Rest to my soul – Heb 4:1 – 11
“My people shall dwell in quiet resting places.” –Isaiah 32:18
Peace and rest belong not to the unregenerate, they are the peculiar possession of the Lord’s people, and of them only. The God of Peace gives perfect peace to those whose hearts are stayed upon Him.
HOW CAN I EXPERIENCE THE REFRESHMENT GOD PROMISES?
Psalm 23:1-3 . . . He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength.
As we follow Jesus ever more closely we will experience the rest and refreshment of his presence.
Matthew 11:28-30 . . . Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”
Jesus relieves our burdens and leads us in a life of peace and rest.
Hebrews 4:1-11 . . . All who enter into God’s rest will find rest from their labors.
The final and ultimate rest is the promise of heaven for those who put their faith in Christ.
When man was unfallen, his God gave him the flowery bowers of Eden as his quiet resting places; alas! how soon sin blighted the fair abode of innocence. In the day of universal wrath when the flood swept away a guilty race,
The chosen family were quietly secured in the resting-place of the ark, which floated them from the old condemned world into the new earth of the rainbow and the covenant, herein typifying Jesus, the ark of our salvation. Noah – Exd 5: 29, was a type of Christ, to break the yoke of curse and give rest to our soul
Israel rested safely beneath the blood-besprinkled habitations of Egypt when the destroying angel smote the first-born;
in the wilderness the shadow of the pillar of cloud, and the flowing rock, gave the weary pilgrims sweet repose.
At this hour we rest in the promises of our faithful God, knowing that His words are full of truth and power; we rest in the doctrines of His word, which are consolation itself; we rest in the covenant of His grace, which is a haven of delight. More highly favoured are we than David in Adullam, or Jonah beneath his gourd, for none can invade or destroy our shelter. The person of Jesus is the quiet resting-place of His people, and when we draw near to Him in the breaking of the bread, in the hearing of the word, the searching of the Scriptures, prayer, or praise, we find any form of approach to Him to be the return of peace to our spirits.
“I hear the words of love, I gaze upon the blood, I see the mighty sacrifice, and I have peace with God. ‘Tis everlasting peace, sure as Jehovah’s name
(Heb verb shabbath, meaning “to rest from labour”), the day of rest. It is first mentioned as having been instituted in Paradise, when man was in innocence (Ge 2:2). “The sabbath was made for man,” as a day of rest and refreshment for the body and of blessing to the soul. instituted for man at his creation, is of permanent and universal obligation. The physical necessities of man require a Sabbath of rest. He is so constituted that his bodily welfare needs at least one day in seven for rest from ordinary labour. Experience also proves that the moral and spiritual necessities of men also demand a Sabbath of rest. “I am more and more sure by experience that the reason for the observance of the Sabbath lies deep in the everlasting
Messiah, “the peaceful one,” as the word signifies (Ge 49:10). The Vulgate Version translates the word, “he who is to be sent,” in allusion to the Messiah; the Revised Version, margin, “till he come to Shiloh;”
v10-19 Every seventh year the land was to rest. They must not plough or sow it; what the earth produced of itself, should be eaten, and not laid up. This law seems to have been intended to teach dependence on Providence, and God’s faithfulness in sending the larger increase while they kept his appointments
to be continued…….