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Jesus Our Rest

Hebrews 4:1-11

INTRODUCTION

-Many summers back my friend Joel and I decided to hike 2 of the highest mountains in Oregon…in one trip.

-We drove all the way over to the Wallowa Mountains, and started our rugged journey by…cheating.

-There is tram that you can ride to the top of mount Howard which takes you up to 8255 ft above sea level.

-And our ingenious plan (pic of Erik) was to start our climb from there so we wouldn’t have to gain all that elevation on the trail.

-It also saved us one extra day.

-Now you have to do the math with me; I live in McMinnville which is about 150 ft above sea level.

-So what happens when a lowlander straps on a 40lb backpack, at 8000 ft elevation, and at starts to hike?

-You can’t breathe! And so you are very, very tired.

-And so we were going incredibly slow, which made us an easy target for the mosquitoes, and we had one of the most exhausting days of my entire life.

-By the time we camped that night at the base of Sacajawea and Mattherhorn, I could not wait to go to sleep!

-My body was crying out for rest.

-And I’m sure that if we all swapped stories, we could each tell tales of times when we were really tired and hungered for rest.

-Here’s what you may not have realized: one of the gifts that God has given us and wants to give us is the gift…of rest.

-This is one of the quieter themes in Scripture but it makes a bold appearance here in Hebrews 4.

-Let me give you a very quick overview of “rest” in the Bible.

Genesis 2:2 “On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work.”

-WHEN GOD HAD FINISHED CREATING THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH HE RESTED. (GEN 2:2)

-Now God doesn’t get tired, but he rested. Why?

-To establish the precedent of resting for us.

-Later, when God established his people and gave them the Law of Moses, and the idea of rest came up several times.

-First he gave them what was called the Sabbath.

-THE SABBATH WAS GIVEN AS A DAY OF REST FOR ALL THE PEOPLE. (4TH)

-It was a day when no work was to be done, a day for families to spend time together, a day to do nothing.

-The whole purpose of that day was to slow down, quiet down, focus on God, and family, and it was a day not to work. Rest!

-How many of us truly need a day of rest like that in our busy lives

-When God took Israel as his people, he set up their lives how he thought they should be…and that included intentional time of rest

-Every 7 years the farmers of Israel were to give the land a rest

-And every 50 years the whole country took a year of rest.

-But there was another rest that God spoke of for his people.

-In Deut 12:8-11 and (other places in the OT)…it says

-GOD GAVE HIS PEOPLE THE PROMISED LAND AS A PLACE OF REST.

-It was a place of rest from enemies, rest from poverty, slavery.

-A place to rest from their wanderings in the wilderness.

-He wanted it to be a place where they could rest from the temptation to worship other gods.

-The greatest part of that “rest” is that it was God’s idea!


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