Exodus · Peace · Rest in Him · Sabbath

rest in Him… Exodus 31:12-17…

And the Lord said to Moses, “You are to speak to the people of Israel and say,
‘Above all you shall keep my Sabbaths, for this is a sign between me and you
throughout your generations, that you may know that I, the Lord, sanctify you.
You shall keep the Sabbath, because it is holy for you.
Everyone who profanes it shall be put to death. Whoever does any work on it,
that soul shall be cut off from among his people. Six days shall work be done,
but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, holy to the Lord.
Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day shall be put to death.
Therefore the people of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, observing the Sabbath
throughout their generations, as a covenant forever. It is a sign
forever between me and the people of Israel that in six days the Lord
made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed.'”
Exodus 31:12-17 ESV
Early on in His relationship with His people…
God made a law… He commanded them to rest…
it was His idea… His way… for His people to rest in Him…
Rest was serious business for the Israelites…
it was a capital offense… to work on the day of rest…
working seven days a week could get you killed…
Their Sabbath… their day of rest…
was a sign between God and the people of Israel…
a sign of God’s perfect provision…
He Himself… worked six days… 
created everything to complete the world…
then… He rested…
He called His people to do the same…
Work six days…
rest in Me on the seventh…
make it a holy day…
set apart for Me…

In this rest…
He’s telling His people…
He’s the One who provides all we need…
without Him… we have nothing…
In this rest…
He’s telling His people…
Recognize all I do for you…
trust Me to provide completely…
even while you rest…

He sanctifies… He provides…
for us this is true too…
we cannot work our way into anything…
only by His grace do we have what we have…
Only by His grace… can we rest in Him…
We no longer practice Sabbath like the Israelites…
we no longer face the sentence of death if we don’t…
solely because… He has made the Way…
of perfect rest… in Christ Jesus…
Jesus died… for every broken Sabbath…
every broken law…
and for those who rest in Him…
we find life… peace… freedom from condemnation…
and freedom from being found out…
Rest…
Rest in Him…
live your whole life…
as a holy day toward Him…
set apart your life…
and rest in the work He’s doing…
in and through you…

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