Rev. Joy Ireland – “The Endless Call to Sabbath Rest”
Read Hebrews 4:1-13
“There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work…” – Hebrews 4:9-10a
Sometimes faithful observance of the Sabbath is considered an antiquated part of Old Testament life…weekly refreshment designed only for the Israelites. However, the New Testament passage above silences that argument. The writer of Hebrews, one who placed great emphasis upon covenantal theology, is both convicted and complete in connecting this Old Testament gift to New Testament life.
To enter God’s rest is an essential part of being the people of God, and being the people of God necessitates covenantal obedience. How did Jesus state it in John 15:14? “You are my friends if you do what I command.” That God’s rest (as exemplified in Creation and commanded at Mt. Sinai) was never negated with the coming of Christ is noteworthy. It is still an example of life in covenant with our Creator. Free will gives us the choice; Hebrews 4:11 defines the real issue…obedience or disobedience.
What will you choose? Whether realized or not, the way you live your life week-to-week lets God know your response. And your response is sure to be seen by the world around you. Does your life supply a proper picture of God’s rest to a watching world?