The Davidic covenant promised rest to the enthroned king and his people. The logical progression of Hebrews concurs with this notion. In Hebrews 1 and 2, we see the preeminence of Christ as
divine Ruler and Deliverer of His people. Hebrews 3 and 4 show Jesusโ superiority to Moses and Joshua as the divine Leader who provides rest. Sabbath rest in the Old Testament is portrayed in two versions of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5). The former text
stresses Creation, the latter Redemption. In Hebrews 3 and 4, Paul uses the Exodus generation (not their young children) as an example of unbelief and disobedience (Heb. 3:19) to show the detrimental consequence of being unable to enter into the land of rest in Canaan. Turning to his audience, Paul exhorts them with a quote from Psalm 95: โToday, if you hear his voice, do not harden your heartsโ (Heb. 4:7, NRSV), but, rather, enter into His rest (Heb. 4:9). What is this rest (in Greek, sabbatismos) that Paul speaks of? Why is Paul encouraging his audience to enter into it? These are the questions we shall address.
Panel: Lorraine McDonald, Beverley Brown, Mark Palmer, Michael Baker
Hosted by: Lorraine McDonald
Aired: Saturday 29 January 2022 9am-11am