As we study offerings this month, I thought I would includes God’s offer of rest, His rest, Sabbath rest, that is ongoing, as He finished creation. And just like His Father, Jesus offers us rest. Our own perfect offering who gave everything for us, now offers us rest, and how? Through the Spirit.
Let’s look first how God offered rest and it was refused.
God has told His people, “Here is a place of rest; let the weary rest here. This is a place of quiet rest.” But they would not listen. Isaiah 28:12
Of course, Isaiah also prophesied Jesus coming.
On that day the root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples. The nations will seek Him, and His place of rest will be glorious. Isaiah 11:10 and 53 is good to read.
God was angry at His people and withdrew the offer of rest, Jesus offers it again to us as believers and He finished His work on the cross and desires to be Lord.
Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Now, Hebrews 4, delves into this rest, the only way we ever have rest is in Jesus and the Spirit. We have to turn or cares over to Him. We can run ourselves ragged and accomplish nothing without Him. There are things only He can fix. Why pray and pick a burden back up again?
There remains, then, a Sabbath rest for the people of God. For whoever 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 the same pattern of disobedience. Hebrews 4:9,10.11, this is a powerful rest.
And take note of the last word disobedience, the subject of a previous post. Disobedience means no rest. Remember, that old saying, No Jesus, no Peace or Know Jesus, know Peace. This is spiritual rest, letting God be God, when we try to work things out, well, they go awry.
Jeremiah 29:11 tells us He has good plans and not for our harm. It takes a lot to make God angry, but He was and now if He had has given Jesus the ability to offer His rest again, we should take Him up on it, right? Why be run down and worn out, when Jesus was the offering for us an offers us rest.
To help get the point across, I have been giving visuals, so today. let’s picture ourselves wandering in the desert, God appears in form of Jesus and offers us rest, we say no. Now, try again, see yourself now, in whatever circumstance you are wandering in, and Jesus offers us rest, we say, ” Yes, please, thank you Jesus. ” We are embraced in His rest.
Rest in God alone, O my soul, for my hope comes from Him. Psalm 62:5
Rebecca Jones Rikki Austin