For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Luke 12/32-48: Don’t be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom. Sell that which you have, and give gifts to the needy. Make for yourselves purses which don’t grow old, a treasure in the heavens that doesn’t fail, where no thief approaches, neither moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. “Let your waist be dressed and your lamps burning. Be like men watching for their lord, when he returns from the marriage feast; that, when he comes and knocks, they may immediately open to him. Blessed are those servants, whom the lord will find watching when he comes. Most certainly I tell you, that he will dress himself, and make them recline, and will come and serve them. They will be blessed if he comes in the second or third watch, and finds them so. But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what hour the thief was coming, he would have watched, and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore be ready also, for the Son of Man is coming in an hour that you don’t expect him.” Peter said to him, “Lord, are you telling this parable to us, or to everybody?” The Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and wise steward, whom his lord will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the right times? Blessed is that servant whom his lord will find doing so when he comes. Truly I tell you, that he will set him over all that he has. But if that servant says in his heart, ‘My lord delays his coming,’ and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken, 46 then the lord of that servant will come in a day when he isn’t expecting him, and in an hour that he doesn’t know, and will cut him in two, and place his portion with the unfaithful. That servant, who knew his lord’s will, and didn’t prepare, nor do what he wanted, will be beaten with many stripes, but he who didn’t know, and did things worthy of stripes, will be beaten with few stripes. To whomever much is given, of him will much be required; and to whom much was entrusted, of him more will be asked.“
أَليَوْمَ إِذَا سَمِعْتُم صَوتَهُ، فَلا تُقَسُّوا قُلُوبَكُم الرسالة إلى العبرانيّين04/من01حتى16:فَما دامَ لنا وَعدُ الدُّخولِ في راحَةِ اللهِ، فعَلَينا أنْ نَخافَ مِنْ أنْ يَحسُبَ أحَدٌ نَفسَهُ مُتَأَخِّرًا. سَمِعنا البِشارَةَ كما سَمِعوها هُم، ولكنَّهُم ما انتَفَعوا بِالكلامِ الّذي سَمِعوهُ لأنَّهُ كانَ غَيرَ مُمتَزِجٍ عِندَهُم بالإيمانِ. أمَّا نَحنُ المُؤْمِنينَ فنَدخُلُ في راحَةِ اللهِ. فهوَ الّذي قالَ: أقسَمتُ في غَضَبي أنْ لا يَدخُلوا في راحَتي، معَ أنَّ عمَلَهُ تَمَّ مُنذُ إنشاءِ العالَمِ. وقالَ في الكلامِ على اليومِ السّابِعِ: واستَراحَ اللهُ في اليومِ السّابِعِ مِنْ جميعِ أعمالِهِ. وقالَ أيضًا: لنْ يَدخُلوا في راحَتي. وإذا كانَ الّذينَ سَمِعوا البِشارَةَ أوَّلاً ما دخَلوا في راحَةِ اللهِ لِعصيانِهِم، فإنَّهُ بَقِيَ لآخرينَ أنْ يَدخُلوا فيها. لذلِكَ عادَ اللهُ إلى تَوقيتِ يومٍ هوَ اليومُ في قَولِهِ بِلِسانِ داودَ، بَعدَ زمَنٍ طويلٍ، ما سَبَقَ ذِكرُهُ وهوَ: اليومَ، إذا سَمِعتُم صَوتَ اللهِ فلا تُقَسُّوا قُلوبَكُم. فلَو كانَ يَشوعُ أدخَلَهُم في راحَةِ اللهِ، لمَا ذكَرَ اللهُ فيما بَعدُ يومًا آخَرَ. فبَقِيَت، إذًا، لِشَعبِ اللهِ راحَةٌ مِثلُ راحَةِ اللهِ في اليومِ السّابِعِ، لأنَّ مَنْ دخَلَ في راحَةِ اللهِ يَستَريحُ مِنْ أعمالِهِ كما استَراحَ اللهُ مِنْ أعمالِهِ. فلْنَبذُلْ جُهدَنا في سبيلِ الدُّخولِ في تِلكَ الرّاحةِ لِئَلاَّ يقَعَ أحَدٌ في مِثلِ ذلِكَ التَّمَرُّدِ. وكلِمَةُ الله حيَّةٌ فاعِلَةٌ، أمضى مِنْ كُلِّ سَيفٍ لَه حَدّانِ، تَنفُذُ في الأعماقِ إلى ما بَينَ النَّفسِ والرُّوحِ والمَفاصِلِ ومِخاخِ العِظامِ، وتَحكُمُ على خَواطِرِ القَلبِ وأفكارِهِ. فمَا مِنْ خَليقَةٍ تَخفَى على اللهِ، بَلْ كُلُّ شيءٍ عارٍ مكشوفٌ لِعَينَيهِ ولَه نُؤَدِّي الحِسابَ. فلْنَتَمَسَّكْ بإيمانِنا، لأنَّ لنا في يَسوعَ ابنِ الله رَئيسَ كَهنَةٍ عَظيمًا اجتازَ السَّماواتِ. ورَئيسُ كَهنَتِنا غيرُ عاجِزٍ عَنْ أنْ يُشفِقَ على ضَعفِنا، وهوَ الّذي خَضَعَ مِثلَنا لِكُلِّ تَجرِبَةٍ ما عَدا الخَطيئَةَ. فلْنَتَقَدَّمْ بِثِقَةٍ إلى عَرشِ واهِبِ النِّعمَةِ لنَنالَ رَحمَةً ونَجِدَ نِعمَةً تُعينُنا عِندَ الحاجَة”.
Today if you will hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts. Hebrews 04/01-16: “Let’s fear therefore, lest perhaps anyone of you should seem to have come short of a promise of entering into his rest. For indeed we have had good news preached to us, even as they also did, but the word they heard didn’t profit them, because it wasn’t mixed with faith by those who heard. For we who have believed do enter into that rest, even as he has said, “As I swore in my wrath, they will not enter into my rest;” although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. For he has said this somewhere about the seventh day, “God rested on the seventh day from all his works;” and in this place again, “They will not enter into my rest.” Seeing therefore it remains that some should enter into it, and they to whom the good news was preached before failed to enter in because of disobedience, he again defines a certain day, today, saying through David so long a time afterward (just as has been said), Today if you will hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts. For if Joshua had given them rest, he would not have spoken afterward of another day. There remains therefore a Sabbath rest for the people of God. For he who has entered into his rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from his. Let’s therefore give diligence to enter into that rest, lest anyone fall after the same example of disobedience. For the word of God is living and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and is able to discern the thoughts and intentions of the heart. There is no creature that is hidden from his sight, but all things are naked and laid open before the eyes of him to whom we must give an account. Having then a great high priest, who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let’s hold tightly to our confession. For we don’t have a high priest who can’t be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, but one who has been in all points tempted like we are, yet without sin. Let’s therefore draw near with boldness to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy, and may find grace for help in time of need.”