When I started this pondering about the Sabbath, I really thought – two or three posts – I had no idea of going 2 weeks. Monday I start Christmas I promise, and later this morning you can be looking for a quickie birth announcement, as my first grand-baby is coming this morning.
There is one last passage that I want to toss briefly into the mix. It's in Hebrews. Actually half of the third chapter and all of the fourth deal with Sabbath and entering into the rest prepared for us. We could have a lengthy Bible study on this passage, and it would be really worthwhile going verse by verse, but I do not have time here and now to dig in. Perhaps in the new year. For now – a couple key concepts.
The rest God offers is entered by faith.
For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard. - Hebrews 4:2
This faith was demonstrated in obedience, or perhaps I should say lack of faith was demonstrated by disobedience.
Therefore, since it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly had good news preached to them failed to enter because of disobedience, - Hebrews 4:6
There is yet a place of rest available for our entry.
So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. - Hebrews 4:9
We must find this tension of living in the rest God has provided and striving for a rest yet to be entered.
Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience. - Hebrews 4:11
In this letter to the Hebrew Christians, the writer exhorts them toward faith, diligence and obedience.
Lest you be compelled into some legalistic observance of old law, I want you to understand that these three are one.
We are not called to believe facts and creeds, and enter by the sweat of our brow in religious labor, and the keeping of hundreds of ceremonial laws.
The “work” you (we) are called to, is faith, and what faith looks like is abiding. Living in Christ, living, seated in heavenly places in and with Christ. Hearing His voice and responding to it daily. This is the call.
Loving Him and His people, these are the commands He has given, and this is what faith looks like.
Love is the path to rest. [Tweet This]
Have a blessed day
And for now you can call me
Grampa Ben (watch for the announcement later today [big smile])