The Rest

May 24, 2016

Genesis 2:2

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested  from all his work. 3 And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

The Rest

The seventh day God set as a precedent of His rest and finished work.  The foundations had been laid, creation and life had been set in motion.  What God created He also finished, but like a wound up clock creation was released and set in motion to fulfill God’s purpose.  The seventh day is not just any day, but it is a holy day and it is a blessed day.  God taught us in this day that there is a time for work and creation, but just as importantly there is a time for rest.   It is in the rest that regeneration takes place.  Renewal and refreshing are the order of the day. It is in this day and this principle that we cease from our works to truly appreciate His.  

This is such an important principle that God has Moses put it in the Ten Commandments to remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.  It played an important part in the ceremonial law and was established and an age abiding covenant.  Through the Exodus of the children of Israel from Egypt God also taught us what it was to not enter into His rest.  This warning is brought forth to the New Testament in Hebrews 3:7-16 on through Hebrews 4:1-11. The context of this scripture and study is more than can be covered in this brief dissertation, but I encourage you to read and study its context.  

The meat of this warning is this, ““So, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you hear his voice, 

8do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the desert, 

9where your fathers tested and tried me and for forty years saw what I did. 10That is why I was angry with that generation, and I said, ‘Their hearts are always going astray, and they have not known my ways.’ 

11So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.’ ” There are things in our life that can cause us to miss the rest of God the foremost of which is not resting in Him.  Man’s works will always strive with God’s finished plan.  Trials and tribulations are a part of life and in the Rest of God we learn to know Him as our sufficiency, provision and salvation.  Outside of God’s rest we are much like these rebellious Israelites.  We always think that we know better, could do better and so we murmur and complain against God and His anointed.  Our hearts become hardened through the deceitfulness of sin which leads to unbelief, disobedience and rebellion towards God.  When did Eve partake of the fruit of the tree of Good and Evil?  Wasn’t it when she started listening to the voice of the deceitfulness of sin.  This resulted in unbelief, unbelief resulted in sin and rebellion and that resulted in Adam and Eve losing that place of rest in God. 

What God is promising to us who have ears to hear is that their still remains a rest for the people of God.  Hebrews 3:19 establishes, “So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.”  Hebrews 4:1 comes back to assure us, “ Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. 2For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith. 3Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said, 

“So I declared on oath in my anger, 

‘They shall never enter my rest.’ ” And yet his work has been finished since the creation of the world. 4For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: “And on the seventh day God rested from all his work.””

If we are to enter into the rest of God then we must know that it is by faith and not by works.  It is an entering into the finished work of God in Christ Jesus.  It is seeing our completeness and fulfillment in Him and not in ourselves.  It is in knowing our identity in Christ and living out of that identity as Jesus did in the fullness of faith, obedience and conformity to the will and purpose of the Father.  If we are to set creation free, we must not only enter into the God rest, but become that place of rest for others in Him.  Simply put, the rest of God is living in the YES of the Father!   2 Corinthians 1:20 declares, “ For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.”  Let us come into alignment with God’s Yes, so that we might enter into the rest of God.

Blessings,

#kent

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