TOPIC: True rest for the people of God
Opening Prayer: As I read your word O Lord, grant me an insight and grace to do your will in Jesus name.
Scripture: Hebrews 4:1 – 13
Question(s) for Reflection
• Is there any example for me to follow or not to follow? • Is there any warning for me to heed?
God’s will was that the people of Israel, having been freed from the bondage of slavery in Egypt, should find rest in the land of promise. What hindered Israel from entering God’s rest (vs.2,6)? Though the generation of Israelites who were born in the wilderness eventually entered Canaan under Joshua, nevertheless, long after Joshua, David repeated God’s promise of rest (see Psalm 95:7-8). This indicates that occupation of Canaan was not the complete fulfilment of God’s promise of rest (vs.7-9). That promise ultimately finds fulfilment in Jesus Christ. The real rest that God offers all mankind is salvation in Christ Jesus and eternity with him (v.10). Notice what we are expected to do to enter this rest (vs.11-13; cf. Matthew 11:28). Take note that v.11 is not a call to earn our salvation by works, as is erroneously believed by some. Rather it is an exhortation to embrace God’s salvation-rest by believing the word of God and putting our faith in Christ’s finished work of redemption.
• So: Nothing in my hands I bring, Simply to Thy cross I cling.
• Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?
• Father, thank you for the rest you have provided for me in Christ Jesus. Help me not to squander it on the plater of disobedience • Pray for yourself to be a faithful steward of time, talents, gifts, resources, power and influence God has entrusted to you.
Offer a prayer of faith in line with
• Ex. 31-33; James 2
Scripture Union Daily Guide 2 March 2021. Scripture Union is an international, inter-denominational, evangelical Christian organization. It was founded in 1867, and works in partnership with individuals and churches across the world. The organization’s stated aim is to use the Bible to inspire children, young people and adults to know God.