Read Hebrews 4
Focus on verse 4
We live in an age when we are bombarded with so much information, it is not surprising that we do not always remember where we heard or saw something when we recall it. There are so many sources of information on the internet alone, it is humanly impossible to remember the name of every website one visits even after one short browsing session. This, then is why we often hear the phrase, “I read somewhere” or “I heard somewhere”. I used to feel bad about relating quotes this way, but after discovering what I read in today’s reading I have decided it might just be a valid way of citing sources.
For he has somewhere spoken of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all his works.”(v. 4)
From the context it is relatively clear that the “he” is in reference to God, but I actually did a double take when I read it the first time this evening. Apparently the writer to the Hebrews either didn’t not think it pertinent, or was having trouble recalling where in the scriptures God had said it, but he knew God it was there, and he was correct. Later editors attribute the quote to Genesis 2:2 where the text reads;
And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done.(Genesis 2:2)
All that to say – next time someone says “I heard somewhere that…” don’t be too quick to dismiss it as something the person is making up, and if you remember something but can’t remember where you heard it or read it… just use the generic quote, “somewhere it says” or somewhere I heard”. If it’s good enough for whoever it was that wrote Hebrews, it’s good enough for me… wait, it just occurred to me that perhaps this is the reason he chose not to affix his name to the document! Okay, probably not, but it could make a point if one was ever in a debate over who wrote Hebrews… not that it matters. Didn’t we just talk about not wasting time arguing about myths in the book of Timothy? I’m sorry – I digress.
Not much here today. Just an observation that whoever wrote Hebrews was probably a fallible human who couldn’t remember Genesis 2 from when he memorized it back in Torah School, and that this fact does not in any way depreciate the value of the message of the book of Hebrews.