Our writer's goal in today's text is to make clear to these Jewish believers - these believers under so much pressure to come again under the emptiness and bondage of the first covenant of the law - he wants to make clear to them exactly why they will never find God's "promised rest" or the "city to come," or the "promised inheritance" under that covenant. Again, this is more than just ancient history for us. You have neighbors who believe in God - who think through some religious practice, or some form of meditation, or just through their best efforts of humanitarian compassion or tolerance of differing ideologies - people who think God will accept their best efforts while they live and will embrace their souls after they die. Most people maintain some form of this delusion as the operating system of their lives. And there are dozens of false Christian leaders making small fortunes propagating the kind of teaching people want to hear.