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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Why?

If you have read more than one of the post on this blog you may have picked up that I am focused on and promote individuals personally engaging in Bible Study.  Not fill in the blanks or other study books but struggling with the text oneself.  Why?
If you need some reasons to get into the Bible for yourself - here is one.  Thoughts at DTTB.
There are a bunch of reasons, some of which if you read through the earlier posts you will see.  Hebrews 4:12 may be the most central of those reasons.  Again it is one of those passages that I had memorized many years ago, one of those passages to which I have turned in speaking, writing, and thought more times than I can accurately count.  The immediate context though enriches its already deeply penetrating value.

The operative word in Hebrews is better.  The writer is contrasting the old covenant with the new and specifically focusing on how Christ is better than anything else we have from God.  In Chapters 3 and 4 he is examining the concept of "rest".  There is much that can be said in regard to this concept.  It is a good study to look at how he approaches "rest" and how this concept relates to our position in Christ.  I recommend the study but I am not going to go into detail about that now.  What I would like you to focus on is that his comment on the piercing quality of the Word of God comes at the end of his thoughts on "rest".

It seems that our engagement in and with the Word of God is connected to our entering into this rest.  Further, the writer expands this in chapter 5 by telling us that we need to continue to grow in our intake of the Word of God not settling for milk, but moving on toward meat.

Take a look at that sequence from 3 - 5 for yourself and come to your own conclusions.  Mine are that our intentional engagement in the meat of the Word is critical to entering into the rest that God promises.

That's why.

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