Hebrew’s Study 11
If you are a small construction business, you will get away with breaking most safety rules. Railings on openings; railings on scaffolding; air gun operation; safety glasses; no drinking on the job.
If you are a big construction business you will not, because OSHA will inspect your job site. When companies are inspected they make sure they are ready for inspection. They are motivated to diligently install railings, and diligently inspect dangerous equipment.
Are you naturally diligent? What if no one is looking? Will you sweep dirt under the rug? Will you shove junk in the closet to give the impression you keep a nice house? Do you need motivation for diligence? Are you motivated by knowing that others may see you?
Motivation has been the intent of this author for some time. He has been motivating us to be sober toward our love of Jesus Christ. Using Psalm 95, he has motivated us through warnings of the wilderness example. Last week he removed objections and told us about a day set aside to increase our motivation to hold on to the promises. This morning is another motivation–Jesus the Christ has an all seeing eye.
Who or What is the Word of God? (vv.12,13)
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.” (Hebrews 4:12–13, NKJV)
The Word of God is Jesus Christ the God-man. This may sound strange. We call the Bible the Word of God. However, the evidence in the passage points to Jesus being the Word of God.
- First, the Word of God is the proper name of Jesus with respect to His divinity.“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.” (John 1:1–2) “He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.” (Revelation 19:13)
- Second, the attributes listed cannot properly be said of the Bible, but only of Jesus.
- Powerful- operation;
- “And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.” (Hebrews 4:13)
Some say, verse 12 is about the Word of God and then it changes to Jesus in verse 13. This is understandable because the Bible is called the sword of the Spirit in other places. However, the enumeration of verse 12 is clarified by verse 13 which is clearly speaking about Jesus. Thus, the Word of God is Jesus considered in his divine nature–Jesus the God-man.
What does He see? (vv.12,13)
Jesus sees all the thoughts and intents of the human heart. Nothing can stop him from seeing you. (v.12). This is the point of all the parts of verse 12. The hidden assumption here is that men can hide their intents and thoughts. The author, then, speaks of Jesus in such a way for you to realize that he will see you. You can’t hide from his stare. For example, take the description of the sword.
- First, the double edged sword is often with Jesus as the one who judges. “He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength.” (Revelation 1:16) “And He has made My mouth like a sharp sword; In the shadow of His hand He has hidden Me, And made Me a polished shaft; In His quiver, He has hidden Me.”” (Isaiah 49:2)
- Second, this sword is called double edged but more literally mouthed. The Hebrews said that a sword had a mouth or two mouths from their experience with wild beasts. A beast attacked and conquered a person by their mouth. So too with a sword. The important point to note is that Jesus is alive and powerful and sharp like a sword or the teeth of a lion cannot be stopped. In other words, he pierces.
Notice the point. Men put on armor. They hide in fortresses. We hide behind lies about what we really think and feel. Our lies become like armor that keeps people from seeing our inmost thoughts and intentions. We build emotional walls that keep people out so that we cannot be held accountable. Nevertheless, Jesus is sharp. His teeth of perception are like a saltwater crocodile. In a recent study, saltwater crocodiles slammed their jaws shut with 3,700 pounds per square inch (psi), or 16,460 newtons, of bite force. By contrast, you might tear into a steak with 150 to 200 psi (890 newtons). Hyenas, lions, and tigers generate around 1,000 psi (4,450 newtons).
I hide my secrets in my soul. Jesus is sharp he sees all in the soul and the spirit and the joints and the marrow.He knows all your hidden thoughts and intents.
That this is the correct way to view this passage is confirmed by verse 13. Verse 13 supports the piercing omniscience of Jesus by pointing out that: “And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes …” (Hebrews 4:13) Angels, demons, believers, unbelievers–Jesus knows their minds, hearts, emotions, temptations, thoughts, and inclinations. Nothing can hide you. Nothing can cover you.
Why does he see? (v.13)
Jesus sees because He is the Christ and the Christ is the judge. “Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”” (Acts 17:30–31)
As judge, he is able to see all truly to give just judgments. This is pointed out in the final words of verse 13. “And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.” (Hebrews 4:13)
Will you give an account as a Christian? Yes. The whole point of the author’s development of Psalm 95 and the wilderness experience is that you must give an account of your belief in God’s promise to you in Jesus Christ. If you don’t embrace the promise of the Father through Jesus Christ, then you will be held accountable and will not enter His rest.
That is the ultimate. There are also temporary accounts. Consider the first 4 chapters of Revelation. The point is that Christ is intimately involved in His churches. When he spoke to those Churches, he revealed his piercing knowledge of them. He could see their love, their desires, their thoughts. If their thoughts were backsliding toward unbelief, Jesus took account and chastened them with temporary sickness or death. (Rev. 2:18-23)
I want to give you an example. This is very serious. I want you to pray that the Spirit will help you to hear this:
““And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write, ‘These things says the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet like fine brass: “I know your works, love, service, faith, and your patience; and as for your works, the last are more than the first. Nevertheless, I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. And I gave her time to repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent. Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation unless they repent of their deeds. I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works.” (Revelation 2:18–23)
Jesus the Christ has an all seeing eye. Who- The Word of God is Jesus Christ the God-man. What- Jesus sees all the thoughts and intents of the human heart. Nothing can stop him from seeing you. (v.12). Why- Jesus sees because He is the Christ and the Christ is the judge.
Circle back around, Jesus through His word will reveal our hearts to us. Look now at verse 11.
“Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.” (Hebrews 4:11)
The whole point of knowing the divine omniscience and sharpness of Jesus and his accountability is diligence. Remember the fear of diligence from two weeks ago. Here it is again. With diligence from the profound fear of Jesus as the all seeing one.
Consider Jesus Christ in his omniscience for motivation. If you are feeling weak and small. Jesus can see faith as small as a mustard seed and knows how to water and tend to the seed. Take heart. He will not break the bruised reed or quench even the faintest spark on the candlewick of your faith.
“Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.” But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.” But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.” (Matthew 15:21–28)
The disciples could not see any faith, but Jesus sight was so penetrating that he saw a great faith and healed her. Though you feel no better than a begging dog, Jesus sees you and you are His precious lamb.
Jesus motivates us not only from smallness, weakness and a dis-heartedness but also from backsliding toward unbelief. The Choptank off the coast of St. Michaels held islands large enough for camping and deer. Now the islands are gone. Likewise, your love and embrace of Christ can erode by the currents of the world.
How do we act diligently against backsliding? This is another way of asking, how does God preserve His people?
He does so through grace. God graciously preserves His people. He does so through means of grace. Joel R. Beeke and Mark Jones are worth mentioning at this point:
They recognized that though the grounds of our perseverance are in the three persons of the Godhead, the means are in our own hands, by God’s appointment. He will preserve us by His grace, making our use of the means of grace effectual to the accomplishment of His purpose. Therefore they taught that for anyone to expect to be preserved without using the God-appointed means of grace is to insult God and to trifle with His grace. Watson wrote, “As Paul said, ‘Except ye abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved’ (Acts 27:31). Believers shall come to shore at last, arrive at heaven; but ‘except they abide in the ship,’ viz., in the use of ordinances, ‘they cannot be saved.’ The ordinances cherish grace; as they are the breast-milk by which it is nourished and preserved to eternity.
Jesus sees our hearts and intentions. He reveals our hearts and intents to us through our conscience and the Word. What is Jesus revealing from His word read and preached to you about your heart and intentions and thoughts? Are you ignoring what he is saying through the Spirit and Word? Is your heart hardened through the deceit of sin?
Let us, therefore, be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.