Hebrews 4:1-3 (NIV) – A Sabbath-Rest for the People of God
1Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. 2For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith.[a] 3Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said,
“So I declared on oath in my anger,
‘They shall never enter my rest.’ “[b] And yet his work has been finished since the creation of the world.
“One can’t enter rest due to unbelief“
Hebrews 4:9-11 (NIV)
9There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. 11Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.
“Let us all labour to enter His rest this year.“
“When you do nothing, God does EVERYTHING. Rest not FROM work but IN work.“
Genesis 1:5 (NIV)
5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
Genesis 1:13 (NIV)
13 And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.
Genesis 1:31 (NIV)
31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.
Genesis 2:2-3 (NIV)
2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested [a] from all his work. 3 And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.
“Rest is Holy.“
“In Israel, Sabbath is practiced every Friday from 6pm to Saturday, 6pm. After 6pm, only then would people start to labour. This is reflected from Genesis 1:5, 1:13, 1:31; where the word “EVENING” comes before “MORNING” – meaning – rest before work.“
Collosians 2:16-17 (NIV)
16Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. 17These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.
“Lets not be carried away with indirected work but to follow directed work – directed in Christ.“
John 5:16-19 (NIV) – Life Through the Son
16So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jews persecuted him. 17Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working.” 18For this reason the Jews tried all the harder to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.
19Jesus gave them this answer: “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.
Leviticus 25:19-22 (NIV)
19 Then the land will yield its fruit, and you will eat your fill and live there in safety. 20 You may ask, “What will we eat in the seventh year if we do not plant or harvest our crops?” 21 I will send you such a blessing in the sixth year that the land will yield enough for three years. 22 While you plant during the eighth year, you will eat from the old crop and will continue to eat from it until the harvest of the ninth year comes in.
“Land where crops are planted on is always “rested” on the 7th year in Israel. This practice is done so that the land is always fresh. It is also practiced to let the farmers rest.“
“Rest brings commanded blessings.“Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)
28“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30 (The Message)
28-30“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
“Jesus’ yoke is easy and light. We would not be burdened as long as He is with us.“
“Jesus is never rushed nor hurried throughout his life.“
Deuteronomy 28:8 (NIV)
8 The LORD will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The LORD your God will bless you in the land he is giving you.
“Restful increase means that when you rest in Him, you would be blessed in every angle of your life, from education to financial to work.“