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6: Entering God’s Rest (Heb 4:1-13)
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6: Entering God’s Rest (Heb 4:1-13)

The Basics


The previous passage began the second warning section in Hebrews. It called believers to guard against an evil heart of unbelief leading to rejection of God. We learned from the example of the Israelites that the outcome of unbelief is failure to enter God’s rest. The passage of this lesson expands the thought of entering God’s rest and applies this teaching to present-day believers.

Key Verse

“Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience” ().






Key Words/Phrases

General Analysis

1.   Record what this passage has to say about “rest.”

Segment Analysis


1.         Why does the author tell us to fear in verse 1? Explain the consequence that we should be careful to avoid.

2a.        What is “the gospel” that was preached to us as well as to the Israelites?

2b.        Why did the word they heard not profit them?

3.         Did God’s promise of rest to the Israelites fail? From the tragic end of the Israelites who fell in the wilderness, what lessons can you learn about receiving God’s promised rest?


4.         When did God’s rest begin?

5.         How does the author show that the promise of rest still remains?

6.         What is the meaning of “rest”? What does it mean to enter God’s rest and cease from our works?

7.         Who is able to enter God’s rest? Have you entered that rest?

8b.        What does such diligence teach us about the nature of faith?


9.         How is God’s word living and powerful? Explain the effects of God’s word.

10.        How does God’s word relate to His judgment?

11.        Why does the author talk about the word of God in this context? What does it have to do with entering God’s rest (To answer this question, look at the entire passage of this lesson)? What role does God’s word play in our salvation

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