For he has spoken somewhere about the seventh day in this manner, “And God rested on the seventh day from all his works”; Hebrews 4:4 NABRE
This section of the letter to the Hebrews picks up the discussion from early verses around Psalm Ninety-Five, particularly concerning entering God’s rest. The psalm addresses those who challenge and are unfaithful in the desert, God says they will not enter into His rest. The Israelites were a people on a pilgrimage through the desert, led by God. We too are on a pilgrimage through life to God, who offers rest, but we must accept it with steadfast faith. We can read that if we believe we will enter into God’s rest. This is a rest not only in the future, after we die, but it is a rest we can already begin to enter in this life. The author links the passage about rest in Psalm Ninety-Five to the passage in Genesis, (2:2) God rests on the seventh day of creation. God has set the seventh day apart, the Sabbath, a sign of the covenant that He will establish with His people. God calls His people to a weekly Sabbath rest as a reminder that the deepest meaning in life is not found in work but in living in communion with Him. This is so significant; if we recall the creation story each day has and end and a new day starts, but not the seventh; God’s rest never ends, it is eternal.
We are so busy, working, trying to accomplish, or live in such a way that every moment is useful and creative. God’s example is a day must be taken to rest, to commune with the most successful Creator and to prepare for a perpetual life of rest. Stop, take a day off, maybe it can’t be Sunday for you but it should be a day you are able to do nothing.
Do you take the seventh day as a day of rest? Are you able to rest for a full day?
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