God’s Awesome Principle of Rest

Some time earlier this week, Archangel Michael taught me about the Principle of Spiritual and Physical Rest. We will learn:

  • the importance that  God placed on rest by example
  • FIVE key words related to the rest of God
  • benefits of rest
  • how to enjoy rest for the spirit and body

The importance that  God placed on rest by example

God instituted Rest or Sabbaths from the  Creation and gave the blessing of rest to His children.  Rest is so important that God highlighted the concept FOUR times in Genesis 2: 2 & 3. We learn that rest means to end work and to set time aside from labor:

And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made

And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made (Genesis 2: 2 & 3).

so the people rested on the seventh day (Exodus 16: 30).

For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it (Exodus 20: 11)

It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed (Exodus 31: 17).

FIVE Key words related to the rest of God

We need to understand the meaning of FIVE important words before progressing. They are:

  • seven
  • rested
  • sanctified
  • hallowed
  • refreshed

Seven

  • refers to rest in the scripture.
  • 7th day was a rest day.
  • every 7th year was a year of rest or shemittah and a time of debt forgiveness during the 7th month. No work was done.
  • God promised to abundantly increase the harvest in the sixth year to allow for provision up to the eight.
  • every 49th year was a year of restoration of possessions and an entire year of rest.
  • Israelis had two years off when there was a Year of Jubile

Rested

  • shabath
  • to cease
  • rest from burdens
  • put away
  • celebrate

Sanctified

  • qadash in the Hebrew.
  • means to dedicate or set apart.

Hallowed – same as qadash

Refreshed – Exodus 31: 17

  • naphash
  • God made the sabbath day for humans to be refreshed (Exodus 23: 12).
  • scientific research confirms that rest is beneficial for renewal of the brain.

How to work smart not hard

The earliest human activity was gardening, known to be beneficial in exercise and stress reduction. This was not really work, because the earth was well irrigated and there were no adverse conditions. After the fall, work became laborious to the point where our ancestors would sweat and would be pricked by thorns and thistles.We  can learn to work smart by following God’s example:

  • schedule activities – there are six days in the week.
  • conceptualize what you want to do and the easiest way to get it done. God constructed a design for humans before creating them – “let us make man in our image and likeness” (Genesis 1: 26).
  • cluster activities – God made everything after its kind (Genesis 1: 24 & 25). He grouped the creation of body systems and  created animals and plants by species.
  • enlist the help of others
    • God said “let us”
    • angels were enlisted – the morning stars shouted for joy at the Creation – Job 38: 7
  • take breaks – God did all creation work between sunrise to sunset and not 24 hours. 
How to rest

Spiritual rest

  • fellowship with God, worship, read and listen to the scriptures
  • learn the scriptures which will then enlighten our lives and guide us into rest – Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path (Psalm 119: 105).
  • meditate on the Word of God – One of the Hebrew words show that meditate means to speak, utter,  mutter, study the Word of God.
  • believe and apply the Word of God because this is the key to entering into the rest of God (Hebrews 4). The Jews who rebelled against the command to enter into Canaan or Rest, died in the wilderness. God prevented them from enjoying His Rest. In the same way, believers living in every era of time must believe and apply what God says about finances, health, morals, relationships, justice and other issues in order to enjoy the Rest of God.
  • Prayer brings rest – God reveals His will or desire when the believer prays. That knowledge of the will of the Father brings relief or rest from anxiety, so that is becomes easier to accept the will or rest of God:

And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray (Matthew 14: 32).

And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God

And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles (Luke 6: 12 & 13)

Jesus set the example by setting time aside to pray, even in the earliest hours of the day. It is through prayer that the heavens are opened, spiritual transformation takes place and the love of the Father is affirmed. This is a state of spiritual rest:

And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed (Mark 1: 35).

And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray

And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering  (Luke 9: 28 & 29)

Physical rest

Jesus set the example in His ministry

  • He escaped from the crowds when the ministry became too demanding and exhausting:

when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone (Matthew 14: 23)

  • Lord Jesus spent time with friends and took time off for social events – e.g. dinners, weddings

And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat… (Mark 14: 3)

And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there

And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage (John 2: 1 & 2)

  • the Jews had a day of preparation for the sabbath so they were free from cooking and labor

There is a rest for the people of God

Jesus promised that He would give rest to those who come to Him (Matthew 11: 28).  He wants to relieve us from heavy burdens. The only way is to believe and apply the Word. For example, freedom from frustration comes by giving thanks in everything:

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you (1 Thessalonians 5: 18)

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus

I pray that we will apply the Word of God and enjoy His rest and peace.

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