Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall
Heb. 4:12a “For the Word…”
The writer of Hebrews used scripture as the basis for his discussion of God’s rest, because we can know nothing of God’s rest apart from the Bible. “Rest, this treasure, is found in Scripture. There it is deposited, revealed, declared, and laid up safe for the edification of the church in all ages” (Owen). To find rest, we must search the Scriptures. Thus, our writer emphasizes the importance of the written word.
Heb. 4:12b “…of God…”
Throughout Hebrews, our writer mentions God as the Speaker in Scripture. This divine inspiration, God speaking in and by the penmen of Scripture is the foundation of our faith. We must greatly reverence the Bible, as truly spoken by God.
Some read the Bible casually, but its greatest pearls are found by reading it with a sense of urgency and eagerness. The blessed man is one who “delighteth in the law of the Lord, and meditateth in it day and night” (PS 1:2). This attitude is found only in those who believe that God would “open his eyes, that he might behold wondrous things out of his law” (PS 119:18). The Psalmist knew God spoke in the written word, and therefore he knew he was assured of finding wondrous things therein.
When we accept Scripture as coming from God, we have no trouble believing it will be sufficient for our e