Their Rest and Our Rest
Hebrews 4:9,11 “There remained therefore a rest to the people of God.
Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.”
What is this rest?
It is rest concerning the things which are promised us, as Christians.
Paul had been speaking concerning the Israelites which had not entered into the Promised Land, because of unbelief.
Hebrews 3:17-18 “But with whom was he grieved forty years? Was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcasses fell in the wilderness?
And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?”
The land of Canaan, was their rest. But they refused it.(Numbers 13:25-14:11)
Numbers 14:22-24 “Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened unto my voice;
Surely they shall not see the land which I sware unto their fathers, neither shall any of them that provoked me see it:
But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereunto he went; and his seed shall possess it.”
And what is our rest?
Hebrews 4:1-2 “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.
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.”
Our rest is the promises of God to us: Of His Spirit, and the fruit of His Spirit. (Galatians 5:22-23)
Of Peace as a Stronghold (Philippians 4:7, it says “keep”, or garrison in the original)
Of forgiveness and Cleansing (1 John 1:9)
That He would hear us, if we ask in His Name (John 14:13)
Light, or guidance (John 8:12)
Grace, or the unmerited favor of power. (2 Corinthians 9:8)
Our rest has to do with us, actually possessing these promises in our lives. Each promise the Lord gives us: actually obtaining them.
How many are we “entering into rest” about?
And how do we enter into this rest? By “laboring” to believe and obey Him through everything.
I’ll give an example: Caleb.
Caleb was of the tribe of Judah. And he, along with one man from every tribe was sent into the land to “spy it out”.
It was to show the people how great the land was!
And it was beautiful, and productive. Everything the Lord had said!
But, the people of the land were fighters, some giants were there.
So when the spy’s came back to camp, they showed the good things of the land; but emphasized the giants.
The people became disheartened, because they refused God.
How many things had God brought them through?
Yet, now, they would not believe Him, in order to gain all that He had promised?
How strong UNBELIEF is. We are sometimes unaware of our own unbelief, until we are told to do something, we feel we can’t. Then, do we trust God? And how far?
But Caleb and Joshua believed the Lord, and tried to persuade the people to trust in Him; and go into the land. Again, they refused, crying in dismay.
When the people looked for someone to take them back to Egypt; God spoke: and those people were shut out of their “rest” in the land of promise.
Their children went in, and took the land, divided it into tribes. And Caleb, still alive, and still following the Lord; came for his inheritance, his “rest”:
Joshua 14:6, 9, 12 “Then the children of Judah came unto Joshua in Gilgal: and Caleb the son of Juphunneh the Kenezite said unto him, Thou knowest the thing that the Lord said unto Moses the man of God concerning me and thee in Kadesh-Barnes.
And Moses sware on that day, saying, Surely the land whereon thy feet have trodden shall be thine inheritance, and thy children’s forever, because thou hast wholly followed the Lord thy God.
Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the Lord spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakaim were there, and that the cities were great and fenced: if so be the Lord will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the Lord said.”
Caleb had a very beautiful, and hard inheritance: for the Anakaim were giants.
But he took that mountain. And had all that the Lord promised.
To enter into the Lord’s rest for us, is to get the promises that the Lord has given us, into our lives. To prove that He was right. That He is all we need, and will give us all His help.
We do this by believing obedience. By “wholly following the Lord”.
Our Adversary, the devil, would remind us of all the obstacles to obtaining these promises.
Are their obstacles? Of course, that is why we are told to “labor” to enter into rest.
We “labor” to keep hold of faith in the day of trial, fear, or even boredom.
If faith will hold on to Jesus Christ, He will lead us into all the promises He has given us.
Hebrews 10:35-36 “Cast not away therefore your confidence (in Christ), which hath great recompense of reward.
For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.”