[PC-USA] 1999-09-26 - Passages about Rest

Some of us believe that rest is a four-letter word. We feel guilty when our bodies and / or minds are not busy. But that is not God's intent. He built rest into His Law, into His spiritual providence for us and even into His creation. One definition of rest: The Greek word in Matthew 11:29, is anapausis, "cessation, refreshment." Today we will see several passages about the rest God desires for us, both physical and spiritual.Today we will see several passages about the rest God desires for us, both physical and spiritual.

Physical Rest

Exo 20:10 (NNAS) But the seventh day is a sabbath of the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you.

Gen 5:28-29 (NNAS) Lamech lived one hundred and eighty-two years, and became the father of a son. Now he called his name Noah, saying, "This one will give us rest from our work and from the toil of our hands arising from the ground which the LORD has cursed.

Josh 1:13 (NNAS) Remember the word which Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, saying, "The LORD your God gives you rest and will give you this land."

Mark 6:30-41 (NNAS) The apostles gathered together with Jesus; and they reported to Him all that they had done and taught.And He said to them, "Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while." (For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.)

A Restful Spirit

Exo 33:14 (NNAS) And He said, "My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest."

Psa 37:7 (NNAS) Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.

Psa 116:6-7 (NNAS) The LORD preserves the simple; I was brought low, and He saved me.Return to your rest, O my soul, For the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.

Jer 6:16 (NNAS) Thus says the LORD, "Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, Where the good way is, and walk in it; And you will find rest for your souls. But they said, "We will not walk in it."

Mat 11:28-29 (NNAS) "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS."

Rev 14:13 (NNAS) And I heard a voice from heaven, saying, "Write, 'Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on!' " "Yes," says the Spirit, "so that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow with them."