All rights reserved). Until my very heart overflow In the OT the concept of rest often meant rest from war as in several of the following passages. Can never find, although they seek, On the other hand when we can say as Paul said "I thank God, whom I serve with a clear conscience" (2Ti 1:3-note), we are surely experiencing some of the fruit of entering into His rest. Come, then, let us labor to enter into this rest. Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who carries out wicked schemes. From morning to night we are plunged in a mass of calculations and activities. MacArthur - God’s rest is not essentially physical at all. to sever; to put an end to (war, Ps 46:9; contention, Pr 18:18), have an end (Ge 8:22; Is. The context of this passage indicates that "soul rest" is found in paying attention to the paths Jehovah has set out from ancient times, giving us timeless instructions on how we should walk and then we choosing to walk in that way. (Meyer, F. B. To his surprise, he found him still straining under the heavy weight, for he had not taken the burden off his shoulders. It’s not about sitting in the living room staring at each other or at the walls. by Horatius Bonar. Obedience (ultimately an act of faith) brings forth the peaceful fruit of His supernatural rest. David's death was similarly described (2Sa 7:12 ; 1Ki 1:21 - both passages in the Lxx = koimao = fall asleep), and Job spoke of the "sleep of death" as rest (Job 3:13, 17 - rest = Hebrew nuach; Lxx = anapauo). --Oswald Chambers, There is no other upon which we can rest in a dying moment, but the Bible.- John Selden, The Bible, as a revelation from God, was not designed to give us all the information we might desire, nor to solve all the questions about which the human soul is perplexed, but to impart enough to be a safe guide to the haven of eternal rest. As alluded to elsewhere in these notes Israel's promised physical rest (especially rest from war, from external disturbances) in Canaan, was illustrative and symbolic of spiritual salvation found only in Christ by grace through faith. Or just across town to an apartment. Verse 10 contains a couple of important grammatical features, but unfortunately this verse is often poorly translated in English versions. This truth should motivate a deep love for Him and a strong desire to walk in a manner which is pleasing to Him, God's rest is a "working rest" for even thought He finished His creation work and rested, this did not a cessation from work, but rather the proper repose that comes from completing a work. Peace, just as the angels announced : "Peace on earth. Now when you lock the doors and turn out the lights, you no longer have the security of knowing where each child is. And so it is possible to interpret God's "rest" in Hebrews 4…. Know Thy certainty of promise, (Sing to the Lord Jehovah’s Name - Isaac Watts 1719), In Hebrews 4:1 the phrase "seem to have come short" (He 4:1KJV) means to essentially to be found to come short. Rest and the Redeemer (cp 1Cor 11:1, cp He 6:11, 12-note): Despite the fact that Jesus knew His time on earth was short and therefore very precious, He redeemed (cp Ep 5:16KJV-note) some of this precious time for rest and refreshment from His active life (Mk 6:45, 46, 47; Lk 6:12; 9:28). In Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism, I have found no rest. This description is the essence of the process of sanctification, of learning to walk by the Spirit (Ga 5:16-note), filled with (controlled by) the Spirit (Ep 5:18-note), keeping in step with the Spirit (Ga 5:25NIV-note). The Church will teach the laws of God, which will in turn disciple the nations to operating their civilizations correctly. Hebrews 4:3 supports the premise that rest is something we must enter into the the first time (salvation rest by grace through faith) but is also a daily entering (also by grace through faith) into God's rest in the process of sanctification, that growth in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2Pe 3:18-note). Still, let us cease from our own works, as God did from His. I have just to roll the burden on the Lord. Oh, had we wings to hasten yonder— Arise and leave your dungeons dreary Jesus, on the seventh day, rested from Calvary; but He pleads in heaven. Anxious to serve his Master, he finds his strength unequal to his zeal: his constant cry is, “Help me to serve thee, O my God.” If he be thoroughly active, he will have much labour; not too much for his will, but more than enough for his power, so that he will cry out, “I am not wearied of the labour, but I am wearied in it.” Ah! INTRODUCTION - Dear reader on this page you will find what I would refer to as a potpourri of commentary notes, quotes, anecdotes, illustrations, poems, hymns, etc that relate to the concept of REST in the Bible. REST, n. L. resto, if the latter is a compound of re and sto; but is an original word. “I will give you rest,” that is, “I will stay you.” Not—“I will put you to bed and hold your hand and sing you to sleep”; but—“I will get you out of bed, out of the languor and exhaustion, out of being half dead while you are alive; I will so imbue you with the spirit of life that you will be stayed by the perfection of vital activity.” It is not a picture of an invalid in a bath chair, but of life at such a pitch of health that everything is at rest, there is no exhaustion without recuperation. I confess I thought of regrettable occasions when I too had acted in a similar fashion. And listen to His promise fair: He laughed and jeered at Aesop, asking him why he wasted his time in such frivolous activity. The robe of righteousness in which we are clad is finished. These predictions have not been fulfilled in history and anticipate the future Millennial Kingdom. He is the One Who comes to my rescue Though sin and Satan seek to smite you, Are you saying, "Can God subdue these Canaanites", instead of "God can"? Know Christ and you will know rest. to desist from exertion, cease, leave off (Job 32:1; Je 31:36; Hos 7:4), rest; to come to an end; to keep or celebrate the Sabbath (Lv 23:32, a cognate acc. Isaiah 62:1 For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not keep quiet (Hebrew = shaqat), until (time phrase - what follows has not yet been fulfilled so it is yet future) her righteousness goes forth like brightness, and her salvation like a torch that is burning. C. Egner. It's as if the Lord were saying, "Set aside your worries. Mr. Taylor was asked many years later. Similarly Isaiah says God brought his people through the wilderness, leading them as a horse that might not stumble, and finally conducted them into the rest of Canaan. We cleaned the student union center from midnight Friday night to 8 a.m. Saturday morning. Yet they are in God’s salvation rest. Heaven (Ed: See #4 above) and millennial rest is the reward of the believer’s labors for the Lord (Re 14:13-note). Comment: The Septuagint (LXX) translates this unique Hebrew noun margowa with the noun hagnismos which means purification, as when one makes something ritually acceptable or generally the process of being morally purified. Paul in the Hebrews explains how God says “As if they should enter My Rest.” He was talking about the rebellious children of Israel that would not believe God that he would take care of them, and that he would bring Rest to the land if they would but obey and follow His covenant. (Ps 39:9KJV) A silent tongue in many cases not only shows a wise head, but a holy heart. Even as God is dynamic and not static, so also is His rest which believers are called to enter (Today!). Christ offers rest to all who will trust him completely. Hebrew Alphabet System (downloadable pdf) for. Here is anew thought of the omnipotence of love. ), The Misery of Those Who Lose the Saints' Rest, The Necessity of Seeking the Saints' Rest, The Duty of Helping Others to Seek the Saints' Rest, The Possession of the Saints' Rest is Not on Earth, How to Seek the Saints' Rest While on Earth, How to Persevere in Heavenly Contemplation, Hebrews 3:7-19 Resisting A Rest - Deffinbaugh, Hebrews 4:1-10 Defining Rest - Deffinbaugh, Hebrews 4:11-16 Striving to Rest - Deffinbaugh, Hebrews: Looking Unto Jesus - Goto Page 119 - Alderman, Hebrews 4:9-10 The Sabbath Rest - James Hastings, Hebrews 4:1-13 God's Rest and Man's Rest - S Lewis Johnson, Hebrews 4:1-13 Entering Into God's Rest - John MacArthur, Hebrews 4:1-13 Entering Into God's Rest - Study Guide - John MacArthur, Hebrews 4:1-12 The Rest of Faith - Phil Newton, Hebrews 4:1-11 Be diligent to enter God's Rest - John Piper, Hebrews 4:1-13 A Perfect Future Rest - Gil Rugh, Walter Kaiser - The Promise Theme and the Theology of Rest - Bib Sac 130:518, 1973, T K Oberholtzer The Warning Passages in Hebrews -Pt 2- The Kingdom Rest in Hebrews 3:1-4:13 - Bib Sac 145:578 (April, 1988), Paul House - The God Who Gives Rest in the Land: Joshua - SBJT 2:3 (Fall 1998), John Laansma - I Will Give You Rest’- The Background And Significance Of The Rest Motif In The New Testament - Tyndale Bulletin 46:2 (NA 1995), David A deSilva - Entering God’s Rest: Eschatology And The Socio-Rhetorical Strategy Of Hebrews - TrinJ 21:1 (Spring 2000), Robert Owens - A Consideration of Work and Rest from the Perspectives of Justification, Creation, and Eschatology - FM 17:3 (Summer 2000), Randall C. Gleason - The Old Testament Background of Rest in Hebrews 3:7-4:11 - Bib Sac 157:627 (Jul 2000), Dobson, E G, Charles Feinberg, E Hindson, Woodrow Kroll, H L. Wilmington: KJV Bible Commentary: Nelson, Wiersbe, W: Bible Exposition Commentary. A believer who has sinned is like a man who is required to be his own executioner. A rest where pure enjoyment reigns, We come on His terms not ours. When all that we need is communion with Him! Ponder the words of Frances R Havergal's beautiful hymn Like a River Glorious (click to play and ask yourself what brings "perfect peace and rest"?)…. (Ed: I agree, it's probably a bit chauvinistic! (Jonah 4:9KJV) In regard to all such dark and unbelieving suggestions, the heart is to keep silence, to be still and know that He is God (Ps 46:10); silent as to murmuring (Php 2:14KJV-note), but not silent as to prayer, for in that holy meditative stillness the heart turns to commune with him. Some commentators feel that the writer of Hebrews is describing primarily past tense salvation (e.g., see Cole's sermon favoring "past tense salvation") and that his goal is to make certain that any Hebrew readers who are waffling between Judaism and Christianity would make the choice (today) to enter into the spiritual rest and peace with God found in justification by faith (Ro 5:1-note). —D. Where? Refrain Commenting on Isaiah 60:1-22 Dr John Walvoord explains that…, God’s future redemption of Israel will bring a glorious future. None of them ever misses it, including the three teenagers! ", "Ah, there is rest!" 12:10; 25:19; Josh 1:13). (Meyer, F. B. Notice that forcible expression: the Spirit of the Lord caused them to rest. Here, rest is but partial, there, it is perfect. We must avoid succumbing to the circumstances and the frustrations, lest we add to this human tendency toward fretfulness. The song of saints on higher ground. Who loved thee from eternity. — He that enters into the Divine rest is not reduced to quietism. Relation of rest to refreshment: Rest was built into the natural rhythms of life by the Creator, Who Himself rested on the seventh day of creation (Ge 2:1, 2, 3). (1Pe 4:14-note). It is that which follows the satisfactory completion of a task. 2). It was resting in Jesus now, and letting Him do the work (Ed: Read that sentence again! Ps 40 describes a man in miry clay (which was to keep the animals from getting out and the harder they tried to get out, the deeper they sank). we can sleep in peace. Here is anew thought of the omnipotence of love. Can we not apply that to our lives as NT believers? construction), observe the sacred day (considered by some a homophonous root); to be ended, (trans.) Each night you make sure each child is asleep before turning out the lights and locking the door. In the bosom of Christ: “Come unto Me, and I will give you rest.” It is in ploughing the furrow of daily duty — “Take my yoke; … and find rest.”, This rest is compatible with great activity. We have no right to allow it. All rights reserved), If our body, soul, and spirit It implies a willingness that He should choose for us, a conviction that the ordering of all that concerns us is safer in His hands than in our own. In fact His rest was associated with the completion of a task (with each day's "work" God concluded "it was good" - Ge 1:10, 12, 18, 21, 25, 31). (Mt 7:21-note, Mt 7:22-note). And now I must close. What is the antidote for this? It was backbreaking manual work and, after some experimentation, Taylor concluded that the men could do more work if they took rest pauses at definite intervals. Foolish, despised ones are heirs to His mercy-- Isaiah 14:7 "The whole earth is at rest (nuach; Lxx = anapauo) and is quiet (shaqat); They break forth into shouts of joy. The glory will come from God Himself, and the nations will respond and come to the light (Is 60:1, 2, 3). You won't last long. They probably would have lost hope if it had not been for the spiritual stamina of one of the ladies, Margaret Williams, who was well-known for her work in sacred oratorios. In vain this frail vessel the tempest shall toss, Refrain If anyone cannot set his mind at rest by disregarding death, that man should know that he has not yet gone far enough in the faith of Christ. From nature we can learn a lesson about the importance of rest. (Meyer, F. B. The rest may be a present experience. Jesus gives to me His rest. The wicked are overcome, and the righteous prevail. Then that day comes when your oldest child leaves home. 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