Studies for Young People
In the Book of Hebrews
Theme: Stay Focused
Lesson 5: Tapping Into God’s
Review the previous lessons briefly:
Lesson 1: Jesus should be the center of our attention with a Jesus-First Attitude.
Lesson 2: He is worthy of our praise and our worship.
Lesson 3: Don’t quit; He died for you and me.
Lesson 4: The dangers in becoming hard hearted.
Lesson 5 begins by reminding us that because of Israel’s unbelief, they did not enter into the Promised Land and find the rest. The rest here is talking about of course is Canaan Land. In verse 1 he is warning them to not fall short by turning your backs from the final rest God has for His people, and also then reemphasizes his warning not to become hard hearted.
Now, let’s read our Part of our Text: Hebrews 4: 1 – 11.
Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest. Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief: Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
The First Supernatural Resource
The Power of the Word of God
Verses 12 and 13 of our text, tells us that the Word of God penetrates, or cuts, the hardest of hearts.
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
Psalm 19: 7 – 11 has this to say about the Word of God.
The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.
List six names Psalm 19: 7 – 11 give the Word of God.
What six things Psalm 19: 7 – 11 say the Word of God is?
What is more to be desired than gold and sweeter than honey or the honeycomb?
What are two benefits the servant receives from the Word of God?
Psalm 119: 9 – 16 has this to say about the Word of God.
Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes. With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth. I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches. I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.
According to Psalm 119: 9 – 16, how does a young man cleanse his way?
How does he keep it that way?
2Timothy 3: 14 – 17 has this to say about the Word of God.
But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
What are we to continue doing?
What is that able to do?
What four things is scripture profitable for?
List two reasons why.
The Second Supernatural Resource
The Power of Prayer
Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Because of what Jesus has done for us and because he is the great high priest (greater than any on earth), hold on to your profession of faith. Don’t quit on him or give up. Because of him we have access to the throne of grace to obtain mercy and find help in time of need.
Read what Paul had to say to Timothy about prayer.
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
Who did he tell young Timothy to pray for first?
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
Why pray for others first?
Who cares; and why?
Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity. I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
What two ways did Paul will that all men pray?
Jesus in Matthew 6: 5 – 15 teaches us how to pray.
And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
E. M. Bonds said this about prayer, “Prayer cannot be retired as a secondary force in this world. To do so is to retire God from moving in our lives. It is to make God secondary. The prayer ministry is an all-engaging force; it must be all-engaging to be a force at all. Prayer is the sense of a need for God and a call for God’s help to supply that need. How we estimate and place prayer is how we estimate and place God. To give prayer a secondary place is to make God secondary in life’s affairs.”
God doesn’t play second fiddle. We limit God when we don’t give him first place in our lives. And he is to be first in our lives because he is worthy and he is able. We must learn to come boldly before his throne of grace and ask for help when we need it.
How do you estimate and place prayer in your life?
How do you estimate and place the Word of God?