Rest in Your Soul – Exodus


Therefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath (Exodus 31:16).

After the sixth day of Creation, the Bible says that God ended His work which He had done, and He rested (Genesis 2:2). God didn’t take a break on the seventh day because He was worn out. He rested because the work of Creation was over. It was finished.

God commanded the Jews to set aside the seventh day of the week, Saturday, as a day of rest for them. It was to serve as a reminder to the nation that God had done and provided everything necessary for life. Their weekly Sabbath was to be an illustration of faith in God as Provider.

As supernatural darkness descended upon Jerusalem, it wasn’t without meaning when Jesus cried out from the cross, “It is finished” (John 19:30).  In doing so, He declared that the work of salvation was accomplished. He had done everything needed to bring sinful men into fellowship with God the Father. Men need only trust in what He had done and find rest in Him and His work of redemption.

There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His (Hebrews 4:9-10).

++ This is part 2 of a Monday series: Jesus in every book of the Bible.


2 thoughts on “Rest in Your Soul – Exodus

  1. Pingback: Rest for Your Soul - Exodus | Christians Anonymous

  2. Great post, dear Brother. We need to be reminded of this truth ever so often.

    A very important question: Are we RESTING ALTOGETHER in the Lord Jesus Christ?

    “And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man that GATHERED STICKS UPON THE SABBATH DAY. And they that found him GATHERING STICKS brought him unto Moses and Aaron, and unto all the congregation. And they put him in ward, because it was not declared what should be done to him. And the LORD said unto Moses, THE MAN SHALL BE SURELY PUT TO DEATH: all the congregation SHALL STONE HIM WITH STONES without the camp. And all the congregation brought him without the camp, and STONED HIM WITH STONES, AND HE DIED; as the LORD commanded Moses.” [Numbers 15:32-36]

    In the Old Testament, God has given us this account of a man who PICKED UP STICKS on the Sabbath Day. The Old Testament Sabbath Day was a day on which an Israelite was to rest. He was not to make a fire. He was not to do any work at all. So when this man PICKED UP STICKS, he was, in a very mild way, violating the Sabbath Day. It didn’t seem like a very grievous thing. He wasn’t going to his job, or anything. He was just PICKING UP A FEW STICKS.
    But as a result of this violation, The LORD commanded unto Moses that this man be STONED TO DEATH. Now that’s an astounding punishment for a very minor kind of a sin. Why was he STONED TO DEATH? Now the reason for this is that in the Old Testament, the Sabbath Day was a figure of salvation, or the rest that we enter into when we are saved. Even as the Jews were not to work on the Sabbath day at all, but were to rest, so we who have been saved are saved not because of our works, but because we’re resting altogether in the Lord Jesus Christ.

    And the man who PICKED UP STICKS violated that rest in a very minor way. But he is like someone who adds a little tiny bit of his own work to the salvation that God has provided. And by virtue of the fact that this man was STONED, it indicates that when I have added a little work to the salvation Christ has provided by grace, I too am still subject to hell. I am subject to God’s wrath even as this man was subject to God’s wrath. That’s how important this question is.
    Are we RESTING altogether in the Lord Jesus Christ?

    [Quoted from Sovereign Grace of]

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