A Sabbath-Rest for the People of God
1Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. 2For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed.4:2 Some manuscripts because those who heard did not combine it with faith 3Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said,
“So I declared on oath in my anger,
‘They shall never enter my rest.’ ”4:3 Psalm 95:11; also in verse 5
And yet his works have been finished since the creation of the world. 4For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: “On the seventh day God rested from all his works.”4:4 Gen. 2:2 5And again in the passage above he says, “They shall never enter my rest.”
6Therefore since it still remains for some to enter that rest, and since those who formerly had the good news proclaimed to them did not go in because of their disobedience, 7God again set a certain day, calling it “Today.” This he did when a long time later he spoke through David, as in the passage already quoted:
“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts.”4:7 Psalm 95:7,8
8For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. 9There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works,4:10 Or labor just as God did from his. 11Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.
12For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
Jesus the Great High Priest
14Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven,4:14 Greek has gone through the heavens Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Pumziko Aliloahidi Mungu
14:1 Ebr 12:15Kwa hiyo, kwa kuwa bado ahadi ya kuingia rahani iko wazi, tujihadhari ili hata mmoja wenu asije akaikosa. 24:2 1The 2:13Kwa maana sisi pia tumesikia Injili iliyohubiriwa kwetu, kama nao walivyosikia; lakini ujumbe ule waliousikia haukuwa na maana kwao, kwa sababu wale waliousikia hawakuuchanganya na imani. 34:3 Za 95:11; Kum 1:34, 35; Ebr 3:11Sasa sisi ambao tumeamini tunaingia katika ile raha, kama vile Mungu alivyosema,
“Kwa hiyo nikaapa katika hasira yangu,
‘Kamwe hawataingia rahani mwangu.’ ”
Lakini kazi yake ilikamilika tangu kuumbwa kwa ulimwengu. 44:4 Mwa 2:2, 3; Kut 20:11Kwa maana mahali fulani amezungumza kuhusu siku ya saba, akisema: “Katika siku ya saba Mungu alipumzika kutoka kazi zake zote.” 54:5 Za 95:11; Ebr 3:3Tena hapo juu asema, “Kamwe hawataingia rahani mwangu.”
64:6 Ebr 5:1; 3:18Kwa hiyo inabaki kuwa wazi kwa wengine kuingia, nao wale wa kwanza waliopokea Injili walishindwa kuingia kwa sababu ya kutokutii. 74:7 Za 95:7, 8; Ebr 3:7Kwa hiyo Mungu ameweka siku nyingine, akaiita Leo, akisema kwa kinywa cha Daudi baadaye sana, kwa maneno yaliyotangulia kunenwa:
“Leo, kama mkiisikia sauti yake,
msiifanye mioyo yenu migumu.”
84:8 Yos 22:4; Ebr 1:1Kwa maana kama Yoshua alikuwa amewapa raha, Mungu hangesema tena baadaye kuhusu siku nyingine. 9Kwa hiyo basi, imebaki raha ya Sabato kwa ajili ya watu wa Mungu; 104:10 Law 23:3; Ufu 14:13; Ebr 5:4kwa kuwa kila mmoja aingiaye katika raha ya Mungu pia hupumzika kutoka kazi zake mwenyewe, kama vile Mungu alivyopumzika kutoka kazi zake. 114:11 Ebr 5:6; 3:18Basi, na tufanye bidii kuingia katika raha hiyo, ili kwamba asiwepo yeyote atakayeanguka kwa kufuata mfano wao wa kutokutii.
124:12 Mk 4:14; 5:1; 11:28; Yn 10:35; Mdo 12:24; 1The 2:13; Isa 55:11; Yer 23:29; Ufu 1:16; 1Kor 14:24, 25Kwa maana Neno la Mungu li hai tena lina nguvu. Lina makali kuliko upanga wowote wenye makali kuwili, hivyo linachoma hata kuzigawanya nafsi na roho, viungo na mafuta yaliyo ndani yake; tena li jepesi kuyatambua mawazo na makusudi ya moyo. 134:13 Za 33:13-15; Mit 5:21; Yer 16:17; 23:24; Dan 2:22Wala hakuna kiumbe chochote kilichofichika machoni pa Mungu. Kila kitu kimefunuliwa na kiko wazi machoni pake yeye ambaye kwake ni lazima tutatoa hesabu.
Yesu Kristo Kuhani Mkuu Kuliko Wote
144:14 Ebr 2:17; 6:20; 8:1; 9:2; Mt 4:3; Ebr 3:1Kwa kuwa tunaye Kuhani Mkuu kuliko wote ambaye ameingia mbinguni, Yesu Mwana wa Mungu, basi na tushikamane sana kwa uthabiti na ule ukiri wa imani yetu. 154:15 Ebr 2:17, 18; 2Kor 5:21; Isa 53:3; Lk 22:28; 1Pet 2:22; 1Yn 3:5; Ebr 7:26Kwa kuwa hatuna Kuhani Mkuu asiyeweza kuchukuliana na sisi katika udhaifu wetu, lakini tunaye mmoja ambaye alijaribiwa kwa kila namna, kama vile sisi tujaribiwavyo: lakini yeye hakutenda dhambi. 164:16 Ebr 7:19; Efe 2:18; 3:12; Ebr 10:19Basi na tukikaribie kiti cha rehema kwa ujasiri, ili tupewe rehema na kupata neema ya kutusaidia wakati wa mahitaji.