The Sabbath Rest
Hello Fellow Crazy Lovers of Jesus! 🙂
Justin here again with some hot, new bread for your monthly enjoyment (which seems to be about how often I update this marvelous blog). In any case, praise the Lord for another opportunity to share the riches of Christ Jesus!
This week another club member and I covered chapter 4 of Hebrews, and we were impressed with the matter of the Sabbath rest:
“So then there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God.” (v. 9)
From this verse, we see that God has the desire to bring all of His people into Christ as the real Sabbath rest and that from the very beginnings of God’s work in the book of Exodus in getting the children of Israel out of Egypt, He was full of this intent and purpose. His goal was not for them just to experience the Passover Lamb, the exodus out of Egypt, the feeding of the heavenly Manna, nor even the experience of having their thirst quenched by the living water from the cleft rock. No! God’s intention from the very beginning was to bring the children of Israel through all of that SO THAT they could enter into the good land of Canaan, of which this section in Hebrews chapter 4 is concerning. Moreover, with the history of this exodus, we know that all of the children of Israel who came out of Egypt came short of the promised rest of God except Caleb and Joshua, which indicates that entering into the Sabbath rest requires some exercise on our part, but more of that to come.
Now, when you compare Hebrews 4 with First Corinthians 10:1-11, we can see that all of these things written are actually related to the experience of the believers today (1 Corinthians 10:6, 11). Thus, the significance of this section in Hebrews tells us that we must be diligent to enter into the promised rest today, which is enjoying Christ to the uttermost in our spirit (Hebrews 4:11)! The Lord Jesus did not save us (the Passover) and deliver us out of the world through baptism (Egypt and our flesh) to live a life in our soul, where we are full of murmurings and reasonings (the wilderness). Rather, His goal is that we enjoy Christ to the point in which He is manifested as the source of everything we do (the produce of the good land of Canaan); this is done by walking continually in our human spirit (Romans 8:16) to be led by the Spirit (Romans 8:14) who today is the reality of the good land of Canaan (Galatians 3:14, 8; Gen 12:3). As we walk in Him, we are saved from being strewn along in the wilderness of our soul and we experience Christ as the real Sabbath rest TODAY! May we be those who are endeavoring to enjoy this all-inclusive Christ moment by moment so that we can enter into that rest!
I hope you liked this little tidbit of enjoyment! Your reward is this, a picture of our lunch appointment at Dot Island Grill 🙂
Posted on October 5, 2013, in Daily Enjoyments and tagged Berkeley, Bible Study, Christ, Christians, Christians on Campus, Crazy Lover, fellowship, God, Hebrews, Jesus, Justin Starks, Sabbath rest, students, UC Berkeley, UC Berkeley campus. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.