Are You Rested?
Topic: Scripture Study Passage: Hebrews 4:1–4:13
I. The essence of God’s hope is Rest!
“And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come. Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, ‘See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.’ But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them.” Matthew 22:1-6
1 Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands,
3 we who have believed enter that rest
6 therefore it remains for some to enter it,
9 there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God
11 Let us strive to enter that rest…
“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.” And then he commands them to put Him first by having no others gods, making no graven images, and not taking his name in vain, and then he gives the longest command, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy (Exodus 20:8-11).”
II. Resting demands stopping your work!
“…whoever has entered God's rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.”
“…good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened. For we who have believed enter that rest (4:2-3).”
III. Rest is essential, but elusive.