I almost use this photograph in my short story post but it works so well here about rest. We have talked a lot about rest here on my blog because it was like a strange concept to me, I was always running to keep up, and having a hard time. I was trying to have great faith but resting, I needed help. I think a lot of us do.
I wasn’t the only one, God offered His Sabbath rest to the Israelites and they murmured and complained about everything, even wanted to go back to captivity, that is so wrong after they had be so totally delivered, they were angry at Moses, God, you name it, even though their shoes didn’t wear out. Shoes often represent peace in Christian dream interpretations.
God would have given them the promised land but they wanted a king not God. Now God finished creation in six days and rested, that is why we go to church on Sunday but it is more than that, He was finished, it was a ready accomplished, He did have to keep working so hard, He could rest and oversee it all. He wanted to enjoy creation and watch it grow.
When they were offered rest and refused He was angry, Hebrews 4 goes into detail, He has offered it to us as believers, because of the work Jesus finished on the cross. Even Jesus had to rest and be refreshed in the Spirit. I think religion has us seeing it as Sunday, but the Sabbath is Friday night at sundown to Saturday at sundown. It is a rest of faith in Jesus provisions bought on a bloody cross. So if He says rest, rest!
He was challenged about healing on the Sabbath, now that is religion talking. Why should you care? Would you rather them keep on being sick or even die? He healed a man with a withered hand, he needed to be able to provide for himself and his family if he had one. Would they have made a beggar of him? The woman with a spirit of infirmity, Jesus straightened her spine, and the man at the pool of Bethesda, a favorite of mine. An angel stirred the water at the pool, it was sort of a mikvah or ceremonial bath. The man had no one to help him in and the first one there was healed, but there stood Jesus. ” Do you want to be healed? ” He asks. Though the man explained, he was told to take up his mat, what he rested on and walk after thirty eight years. Jesus healed on the Sabbath, He can heal anytime or place and I give Him praise for that. But we must rest in Him.
For instance, Isaiah 53 says by His stripes we are healed. 1 Peter 2:24 says were healed. He already paid the price. Healing is there, we have to believe it as a promise and receive. And I believe rest is a part of that. And no doubt He sends ministering spirits to help us even to rest. Hebrews 1:14.
Another example is that we are told to guard our hearts in Proverbs 4:23. But Phillipians 4:7 works for me, the peace that passes understanding guards or rules our hearts and minds. I wasn’t doing very well, I was getting hurt. And apparently I am not the only one, I read some things that had been said to other women and they were pretty horrible, what are Christians thinking, not only should they be resting but watching their mouths as well.
Jesus promised rest to the weary, in Matthew 11:28 so let’s rest, I could use some easy and light. Anything else, well, it has to be the enemy, we are taught to answer yes and no, and to be salt and light, to lose the corrupt communication. If we judge, we judge righteously. You know people by their fruit fruit, Jesus said so. Now listen this verse, I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him. Isaiah 57:19
Jesus willed us His peace, it is a gift. John 14:27. It really is a spiritual gift. We need His peace and His rest. He has already finished His work and sat beside His Father, now He watches over us, are we refusing rest like the Israelites. Sin won’t enter it, Moses struck the rock instead of speaking to it. He didn’t enter. either.
It takes the Joshuas and Calebs to take the city, Joshua’s name is like the Hebrew, Yeshua, salvation and Caleb has a combination meaning faithful and dog, or puppy. The word leb or lev is also heart. Noah’s name means rest, he found grace and in the Ark, also a type of Christ.
As believers we should be able to rest. We need to just be still and let Him fight. Exodus 14:14 and to be still and know God. Psalm 46:10, And the root word in that is meaning to let go, to just be limp, like out in the Spirit. And the other one is rapha or healing. If we don’t rest ,we don’t heal. It is good to get up and go on after injuries or surgery, but this is spiritual rest, and it is more that physical.
Even if your body recovers and sometimes it doesn’t because of traumas and recurring situations, we can have a lot on our hearts and minds and we need it washed and cleansed everyday, though we are already purified by Christ, we take it on and need it off. He bears our burdens, lightens our load and His yoke is easy.
So, I want you to rest with me today and everyday, knowing He is there for you no matter what you are going through, don’t struggle, rest in His promise, and He will send His angels to minister to you. I hope you have angelic repose.