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God’s Presence Dispels Fear
May 28, 2013
The Ever-Present God
May 30, 2013

Entering The Rest – Part 4

Waterfall

“For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.” Hebrews 4:4

We are still developing our study on “rest.”

The reference in Hebrews 4:4 “in a certain place” is Genesis 2:2. “And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.” (Genesis 2:2)

As a side trail, some people have used passages like this to try to prove the Bible isn’t inspired. Their argument is that if inspired, that the writer would have said exactly what scripture it was instead of saying “in a certain place.” First, God wrote it through human writers who were doing the remembering. Second, there were no chapters and verse numbers until the 16th century. They read the Hebrew texts backwards and it would be hard to say exactly where this passage was. Thirdly, just maybe the Holy Spirit didn’t want to tell you so that you would have to look it up yourself. So much for the side trail.

This passage begins to define what “rest” is. As a pattern God set on the seventh day of His creation, He rested. It was a rest day. In other words, He ceased from His labors. Therefore, we can see that God’s rest, as we will come to know it, is a ceasing from works.

The seventh day became known as a day of rest or a shābat—sabbath. It became part of the Law. The law to honor the Sabbath is the fourth commandment. Even the Law pointed to God’s Sabbath of rest. In this rest, they would cease working for their salvation. The doing would end and the believing would begin.

“And Moses gathered all the congregation of the children of Israel together, and said unto them, These are the words which the LORD hath commanded, that ye should do them. Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be to you an holy day, a sabbath of rest to the LORD: whosoever doeth work therein shall be put to death.” (Exodus 35:1-2)

Here in Hebrews the writer points out that it was not their violation of the Law that kept them out of the Promised Land, it was their unbelief. Therefore, that helps us define “rest” a little further. Stay tuned.