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Hebrews 4 and Getting God’s Word Right

Lately, every time I read through the beginning of Hebrews 4 (as recently in my Bible readings, list 3), I feel a surge of anger towards a local preacher and his lousy interpretation (eisegesis) of biblical texts, and the righteous anger that such false teachers abound and continue to presume to instruct others (James 3:1).

Hebrews 4:4 states simply, “For he has somewhere spoken of the seventh day in this way: ‘And God rested on the seventh day from all his works.’ It is a straightforward enough text, referring back to God’s creation of the world in a literal six days.  Yet this individual willingly distorts basic texts to justify his own errors, and in this case the absurd notion that Hebrews 4 teaches an unending seventh day — that we are still in the seventh day, and by extension therefore the first six days were not real literal days either.  Of course the text simply talks about how God, past tense, “rested on the seventh day,” and then goes on to talk about the sabbath rest.  Because we can enter into God’s rest, in the finished work of Christ, has no logical (or any other) connection to the fact of God resting on the seventh day.

Answers in Genesis used to have a full article answering that claim about the seventh day, but I could not find that specific page on their site.  Here is a similar link from their site, that address the issue, with the valid point that,

if we are still in the seventh day, then it means that God is not now creating (but rather resting from His creation work). But if He is not now creating, then none of the physical processes that scientists study are the processes that God used to create the world. So God could not possibly have used a ‘big bang’ and millions of years of slow gradual geological change to produce the world, as Ross believes. But further, the Bible does not teach that the seventh day is continuing. Rather, it teaches that God continues to rest from His creation work (though He continues His work of providentially sustaining and ruling over His creation and of redeeming).

Indeed, as I noticed especially in my reading of Hebrews 1 yesterday, God “upholds the universe by the word of his power.” (Hebrews 1:3).

Thankfully, Hebrews 4 continues to include these great verses:

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.  And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

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