Rest (Week 1)
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Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God;
God desires rest for us because it does not come naturally to us.
God always leads by example. Genesis 2:2-3 2 And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made. Rest- (Hebrew, shabath) cease working
God institutes the Sabbath. • Old Testament Exodus 20:8-11 8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it. The Sabbath is the fourth Commandment and was given as a reminder to rest, like God did after creation. To keep this mandatory day holy, people had to abstain from their normal jobs on Saturday.
• New Testament Romans 14:5-10 5 One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it. He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks. 7 For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. 8 For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living. 10 But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. Cf. Colossians 2:16-17; Galatians 5:1 Scriptures make it clear that, for the Christian, Sabbath-keeping is a matter of spiritual freedom, not an obligation from God. This is because Christ fulfilled the law to make us free from its requirements.
Sabbath is joyous gift from God to set a healthy pace in our lives.
• Times to work 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 10 For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. 11 For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but are busybodies. 12 Now those who are such we command and exhort through our Lord Jesus Christ that they work in quietness and eat their own bread. Colossians 3:23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord Proverbs 13:4 The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; but the soul of the diligent shall be made rich [supplied].
Jesus will never call you to do something in which he will not supply the need and strength to accomplish it.
• Times to rest Matthew 11:28-30 28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Rest- (Greek, anapauō) peace, ease or refreshment Psalm 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Philippians 4:6-7 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Rest is pausing from our busy schedules, to make time with Jesus to refresh us spiritually, mentally, and physically.