Author: Evangelist David Liebler
Date: Friday, April 04, 2014
This message is complements of one Andrew Peterson who wrote the song titled Rest Easy. In his song you could find many truths that perhaps will speak even to you in some special way, shape or form. Despite how the song ministers to us there seems to be a simple truth of the matter. However, before we get to the punch line, if you will let’s take a look how we got to this point.
When we were kids it seemed we always tried to be better than someone. Whether it be our friends, parents or even our brothers or sisters there was always some type of endeavor to prove we were the better. Remember how it was? You just had to build the better stack of leaves that fell in the fall. In the winter it was the best snowball or snow fort. In the Summer it was how well you mowed the lawn and trimmed the hedges and sidewalks.
On oh that dreaded lawn! Remember if you thought you missed a spot you just had to go and find it and make it right? There was no rest until it was made right by both your parents and yourself. You just knew it had to be perfect if you wanted to get paid for the task. There just was no rest whatsoever.
All this transferred itself into our adult life where we always strived for perfection until we frankly beat out the Jones if you will. You had to have the better house, the better car, the better television set and so on. In the era of CB’s it even was how far could you talk to someone: it was no longer if you could talk to your friend down the street, oh no. Instead it was what country could you talk to next legally/ And by George if you could not do it legally you would try the dark side by going to that certain person who could get you the right equipment for the least amount of price. All in all our life seems to be one of never being able to rest until we proved we were the best.
Does all this gong about move into the realm of our walk with God? Do we unknowingly going about trying to prove to God and other members of the household of faith who we are? Is there some form of doubt in our own mind that we just cannot rest until we prove something to someone and to God?
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 he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
Hebrews 4: 1-11
Now listen, if you will what Matthew Henry has to say about this issue of rest:
“The privileges we have under the gospel, are greater than any had under the law of Moses, though the same gospel for substance was preached under both Testaments. There have been in all ages many unprofitable hearers; and unbelief is at the root of all unfruitfulness under the word. Faith in the hearer is the life of the word. But it is a painful consequence of partial neglect, and of a loose and wavering profession, that they often cause men to seem to come short. Let us then give diligence, that we may have a clear entrance into the kingdom of God. As God finished his work, and then rested from it, so he will cause those who believe, to finish their work, and then to enjoy their rest. It is evident, that there is a more spiritual and excellent sabbath remaining for the people of God, than that of the seventh day, or that into which Joshua led the Jews. This rest is, a rest of grace, and comfort, and holiness, in the gospel state. And a rest in glory, where the people of God shall enjoy the end of their faith, and the object of all their desires. The rest, or sabbatism, which is the subject of the apostle’s reasoning, and as to which he concludes that it remains to be enjoyed, is undoubtedly the heavenly rest, which remains to the people of God, and is opposed to a state of labour and trouble in this world. It is the rest they shall obtain when the Lord Jesus shall appear from heaven. But those who do not believe, shall never enter into this spiritual rest, either of grace here or glory hereafter. God has always declared man’s rest to be in him, and his love to be the only real happiness of the soul; and faith in his promises, through his Son, to be the only way of entering that rest.”
John Darby’s Commentary reads as follows
“The apostle goes on to apply this part of Israel’s history to those whom he was addressing, laying stress on two points: 1st, That Israel had failed of entering into rest, through unbelief; 2nd, That the rest was yet to come, and that believers (those who were not seeking rest here, but who accepted the wilderness for the time being) should enter into it. “
According to Torry, Smith’s Bible Dictionary, Easton’s Bible Dictionary the meaning of the word rest is as follows:
From answersingenesis.org I came across this that may be of interest to some readers:
The ‘rest’ of Hebrews 4 clearly refers to the Kingdom of God. This type of rest was alluded to right back at the time of creation, as well as at the time of the Exodus. Nowhere in the text is it equated with the seventh day of creation, nor is there any grammatical or contextual data suggesting any such equation. Thus, the progressive creationists’ claim that the seventh day of creation is still continuing is without any exegetical foundation whatsoever, making it a worthless argument for non-literal creation days.
If the word rest truly means Rest, Restitution and Restoration:
Does this mean that we are attempting to pay God back for what He has done?
You think about that for a moment and in so doing ask yourself this question: Am I trying to pay back God? Frankly, if what Jesus said on the cross when He said “It Is Finished” is correct then we are going about trying to simply pay Him back when there is no need to whatsoever.
Therefore it simply comes down to this in worldly terms: that snow fort you tried to make perfect it is already done. That perfect snowball has already been accomplished. But wait, this also means one other thing and it has to do with your level of doubt in this entire situation.
Have you ever went fishing off the banks of some river? If you put no worm on that hook you could try all the live long day and still catch nothing. So you strive from seven in the morning until three in the afternoon and still have not caught a single fish. Thus there was truly no rest for what was to be your lazy Saturday and you were spouse to wash the car at high noon.
But wait, lets say you bated that hook what do you think would have transpired? It is true to form that if you give a fish something to eat they will tend to tell everyone about it and by high noon you would have caught not only your limit but was able to enjoy the remainder of the day with a washed car and being plopped down in front of the television set able to watch your favorite team in peace and quiet, unless that is a certain someone has given you a honey do list so long you would think it was a Christmas list Santa got from some kid down the street.
The point of the matter is as follows:
1. As Christians we have nothing to prove to God and to others in the faith.
2. We do not have to ever defend God for anything whatsoever. God is very able to defend Himself and more than likely has been doing quite well at the task anyway.
3. Accept the fact that when Jesus said “It Is finished” accept Him at His Word.
4. Realize that you do not have to repay God anything for what He has done.
5. If there is or has been any form of doubt ask His forgiveness and move onward.
I don’t know about you but I feel good when I mow a lawn or trim a hedge and see that it is in such a menner that I can take a long rest until it needs cutting again.
Thus, I can truly
The following comes from
Using Strong Concorance
1) a putting to rest
a) calming of the winds
2) a resting place
a) metaph. the heavenly blessedness in which God dwells, and of which he has promised to make persevering believers in Christ partakers after the toils and trials of life on earth are ended
1) a keeping sabbath
2) the blessed rest from toils and troubles looked for in the age to come by the true worshippers of God and true Christians
Strong’s G3062 – loipos
) remaining, the rest
a) the rest of any number or class under consideration
b) with a certain distinction and contrast, the rest, who are not of a specific class or number
c) the rest of the things that remain
1) to make quiet, to cause to be at rest, to grant rest
a) to lead to a quiet abode
b) to still, restrain, to cause (one striving to do something) to desist
2) to rest, take rest