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WordsWork: “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, “

This soul is working his Bible hard. Very, very hard.

The Believer’s Rest Hebrews 4 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

4 Therefore, let us fear if, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you may seem to have come short of it. 2 For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word [a]they heard did not profit them, because [b]it was not united by faith in those who heard. 3 For we who have believed enter that rest, just as He has said,

“As I swore in My wrath,
They shall not enter My rest,”

although His works were finished from the foundation of the world. 4 For He has said somewhere concerning the seventh day: “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works”; 5 and again in this passage, “They shall not enter My rest.” 6 Therefore, since it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly had good news preached to them failed to enter because of disobedience, 7 He again fixes a certain day, “Today,” saying [c]through David after so long a time just as has been said before,

“Today if you hear His voice,
Do not harden your hearts.”

8 For if [d]Joshua had given them rest, He would not have spoken of another day after that. 9 So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. 10 For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. 11 Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience. 12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.

14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. 16 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

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  • Dan Koerner October 21, 2018, 9:24 AM

    Great post for reflection and insight Gerard! Thanks for this and all of your posts. Happy Sunday to all!

  • John Venlet October 21, 2018, 9:39 AM

    I have a friend whose Bible; he refers to the Bible as the Scriptures; looks very similar to the photo which accompanies this post. He rises each day at 4 a.m. and spends three hours studying the Scriptures, cross referencing various Bible commentaries, ancient and modern, annotating “The Book.” He also maintains a separate notebook wherein he jots down thoughts during his early morning study time which he thinks requires further research and study. His Book and its annotations, like the one displayed here, makes my Bible, with its paucity of marginalia, look positively brand new, unfortunately.

    My Dad’s Bible, which has a goodly amount of marginalia, though nothing approaching the one pictured, was passed around to his 8 kids by our Mum after he passed away. Many of the notes my Dad penned within were enlightening, others were more personal, but all lit the way of faith in God a bit brighter, and bolstered the faith he shared with us his kids.

    Let’s hope that the Bible pictured does not simply end up on the trash heap after whoever’s it is passes away. I think there is probably much wisdom annotated within it to light the path to salvation.

  • DavidB October 21, 2018, 3:47 PM

    Showed my wife this picture, she says oh, Inductive Bible. The what? It’s an Inductive Study Bible, we have one, I’ll get it. So, new to me, quite interesting. Worth checking out.