The writer of Hebrews is speaking to Christians who are being tempted to give up their faith and give up on God because of the difficulties they face for following Jesus. The teacher has reminded them of the people of Israel who failed to enter the rest because of unbelief. But his hope for the people is this: the promise of entering the rest still stands. A Sabbath rest remains for the people of God (4:9). Therefore, give every effort to enter the real rest that our souls are longing for. But this call can sometimes feel empty when declared in isolation.
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