4 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.
2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
4 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.
5 And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.
6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:
7 Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.
9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
One of the most important principles in the Bible is the Rest Principle. It is mentioned from Genesis to Revelation.
The Good News was also mentioned in the Old Testament but the word they heard did not profit them.
The people who heard the good news did not mix it with Faith.
God said in his wrath the people will not enter his rest because they failed to understand the Good News.
The first rest in the Bible is seen after the 6th day of creation, God rested on the 7th day.
The 7th verse of this chapter is exactly mentioned in the book of Psalms.
The verse says that he is our God and we are the people of his pasture! God didn’t want us to miss out on what the people in the Old Testament missed out, this blessing he has given us! We are the people of his pasture.
Coming back to Hebrews from verse 8:
So far we were only hearing about Moses and now we have come to the end about Joseph.
Moses had led the people for 40 years of the wilderness but Joseph was the one who took them to the promise land but the people had trouble even in that situation. So Joshua could not give complete rest to the people.
Jesus is greater than Joshua!
Jesus is greater than Moses!
Jesus is greater than anyone else!
Later it says that there remains a greater rest. When God finished his creation he rested.
Our God is a great motivator and encourager. The word ‘rest’ has been used a lot of times.
What Joshua had led the people into was a lesser kind of rest but Jesus has promised a greater rest for his people, greater than the Sabbath rest.
Joshua’s rest was an earthly rest or we could call it a political rest.
When we read these verses there are 5 types of rests mentioned.
1) God’s Sabbath Rest
2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.
God did not take rest to regain energy, he rested because his work was complete.
And the rest he took was not for himself but for us.
God does not need to rest, he is all powerful, he never sleeps he does not need to relax.
When God completed the creation he said ‘It is Finished’
And when Jesus was crucified he also said ‘It is Finished’.
He completed his work on earth.
God’s rest means “work that is done”.
2)The rest for Israel after 40 years of wandering:
The rest that the Israelites got at cannan.
You could call this a partial rest. The kind of rest you get in your homeland.
3) The overcoming rest:
This could include overcoming sin, temptation etc.
The rest one gets after overcoming these worldly things.
4) The future eternal rest in heaven:
The rest we get in heaven after life is called eternal rest!
We could also think that is why people say Rest in Peace:)
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Ps. Damien Antony
Born and brought up in a Christian family, Ps. Damien Antony possessed an unquenching quest for truth right from his boyhood days and eventually his relentless search led him to the Bible. He is a Revival Preacher, Bible Teacher, Leadership Trainer, Author and a Life Coach. He moves under the anointing for Prophetic, Healing, Deliverance, Inner Healing and Financial Breakthrough. God has also blessed him with an Apostolic Mandate to take the Universal Body of Christ to the next level of revelation and anointing.
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