Sunday, October 24, 2010

Hebrews 4:9-11 – a Sabbath-rest for the people of God

Hebrews 4:9-11 – a Sabbath-rest for the people of God

There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience. – Hebrews 4:9-11
Just like the other commandments, the Sabbath of Moses was a shadow of the Sabbath that Christ gives us. Jewish adherents celebrate Sabbath once a week, but Christ wants to offer Sabbath to his people everyday. Notice that we are to take great effort to enter the rest of God, because we are prone to take the burden of our work and our lives everyday. But to constantly wrestle with those burdens, willingly lay them down and rest is an action of faith and obedience that God blesses.

A friend of mine recently started doing this.  Willing putting away the daily work they would do and celebrate that God gave them the day to rest in him.  Pajama day, resting, doing little things but not all out work. They found it to be the most refreshing, family invigorating day of the week.  Following her lead we have done some of that same thing here.  It is unifying and gratifying that our God would induce our need to rest.  We sould take advantage of it and praise him for It

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