Is rest important?

2 May

Is rest important?

There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.
Hebrews 4:9-11

What has always been intriguing to me, is how the Bible defines a day: Evening and morning. (Gen 1:3-23). However, we have been trained to accept a day as midnight to midnight. I often wondered why God defined a day as evening and morning; was it to encourage evening prayers? Was it to encourage us to rest in the middle of the day, which in this case would be sunset? Or was it his signature mark? I must confess I’m still not sure, but this is what the Creator chose to do.

Then in Genesis 2:2,3, after creating the first man and the first woman, the bible says God rested. Did God need to rest? Absolutely not. Psalm 121:3,4 says God never sleeps. So why did he create rest? Because he simply wanted to enjoy what he created and of course, his creation would be needing rest from their labour.

Before there was ever a nation, there was a day of rest. It came right after 6 days of creation and was one of the first institutions to be sanctified. Why did God make a day holy? Because He had finished creating the world. This is significant.

We roll on down to Exodus 20, and find it is among the Ten Commandments. In fact, it is a part of those first four commands that tell us how God wants us to regard him. Still, there’s a lot of confusion over this holy day.

I remember going to the reference department of the public library in my home country Barbados, I think it was in 1994. I went to look up the history of the Sabbath for myself. I remember reading that when Constantine converted to Christianity, he asked if they could continue observing Sunday along with the biblical Sabbath. The religious leaders agreed and that’s what they did. Then a popular bishop arose and said that observing both days wasn’t good for the economy. So they made the decision to drop the biblical Sabbath. This is why Sunday is the most popular day of worship to date.

I still kept questioning and praying about the validity of the Sabbath until this thought came to me: God made it holy, that’s why. Not man, why do you need more proof?

He didn’t bless the 1st, 2nd, 3rd day, etcetera, he blessed the 7th day – Friday sunset to Saturday sunset.

It’s a bold command that seems arbitrary. But God chose it for a reason.

Reflect on this: there are many organizations who are pushing Sunday to be a rest day. This goes against what God called the day of rest as well as how he defined a day.

I encourage you to study this on your own. This command does not belong to SDAs, Messianic Jews, or Sabbath keeping Churches, it belongs to all those who believe. It’s a gift for us and it has many benefits. It calls for a lot of faith and identifies clearly, that we serve the Creator of life.

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Daniel 7:25 (KJV)
And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws.

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