How to Enter God's Rest: Hebrews 4


God’s Word Exposes Our Hearts

All things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account: There is no one hidden before God. He sees our heart and knows how to touch it, and we must give account for how we respond to His touch.  

  • Naked reminds us of the way God saw through Adam’s feeble hiding. God sees through our hiding the same way.  

  • Open translates the ancient Greek word trachelizo, used only here in the New Testament. It was used of wrestlers who had a hold that involved gripping the neck and was so powerful that it brought victory. So the word can mean “to prostrate” or “to overthrow;” but many scholars do adopt the simply meaning of “open” – in the sense of laying an opponent open and overcome.  

  • Remember the context. The writer to the Hebrews trusts that he has pierced the hearts of his audience, who thought about “giving up” on Jesus. In this passage, he makes it clear that they can’t give up on Jesus and keep it “hidden” from God. The word of God discovers and exposes their condition.

Based on the Enduring Word Bible Commentary by David Guzik.