If Dumb and Mortal Beasts Can Cleanse (Hebrews 9:13-20)

If dumb and mortal beasts can cleanse,
Through blood and ashes of a lamb,
What greater cleansing of our sins,
Comes through the one immortal Word,
Both very God and very man?

So wash yourself by Jesus’ grace.
Receive the promise He gives free.
Because His death has taken place,
He mediates for our release,
To bless us through eternity.

The promise ratified by death,
And validated by God’s blood,
That Jesus’ grace may take effect,
Apart from any work we’ve done,
This signatory of His blood.

All praise we render to the Lord,
As we remember what He’s done.
The blood of promise He out-poured,
Let us rehearse that sacrament,
He all our crimson sins expunged.

The History of Rest (Hebrews 4:3-11)

The seventh day the Lord did rest,
Yet rest was made for man.
Perhaps of all God’s gifts, the best
Is rest. So see His plan:
How first the Sabbath God ordained,
For men to rest from work.
This, only faithful men obtained,
And was a type – the first.
And then He gave the Promised Land,
An other type of rest,
A land of fat – yet wicked man,
Still put God to the test.
He gave them kings to bring them peace,
And rest from all their wars.
Yet faithlessness would never cease,
But struggled all the more.
So God gives us another rest,
Redeemed in Jesus’ life.
This Sabbath now by far the best,
To rest by faith in Christ.
Why stand you faithless in the way,
In peril of the sword?
As long as it is called ‘today,’
Turn back now to the Lord!
Be diligent to serve His will,
And not as those who fell;
So enter heaven’s rest fulfilled,
And not be cast to hell.

Rest (Hebrews 3:15-4:11)

For every weak and wearied heart –
Like sailors yearning for the land,
The watchman waits for dawn to start,
The workman sore, with aching hands –
For such as these, in groaning flesh,
God calls, “I have prepared your rest.
Be still, for I will give you rest.”

Oh, do not turn to disbelief;
Apostasy will leave you sore.
But God gives rest, all else give grief.
He is the winner of the war.
Oh, fear the Lord, and dread His wrath,
So tread with care His righteous path;
“Be still, for I will give you rest.”

Why would you choose to leave behind,
The promise of God’s rest to us?
For you will come up short in time,
And thus be damned for your distrust.
But those who hear God’s word in faith,
Obtain the promise that He gave,
“Be still, for I will give you rest.”

The promise of the substitute,
The Gospel Lamb, whose blood was shed,
And took God’s wrath from me and you,
First slaughtered, then raised from the dead.
Oh, hear, and put your trust in this,
That you may claim His promises,
“Be still, for I will give you rest.”