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Paul Taylor - March 16, 2008
A Rest Reserved
Part of the reason that we observe the Sabbath is to remind us that God has prepared a place of ultimate rest for His people that they will enter at the end of time. This passage in Hebrews explains the existence of that rest through a detailed interpretation of Psalm 95. Even though the Promised Land was pictured as God’s rest, this psalm still talks about a future rest. The rest that is reserved for the people of God is that of living in the presence of God. Faith allows us to enjoy that rest and Sabbath practices that we observe now point us forward to give us hope for ultimate rest in the future.
Scripture References: Hebrews 4:1-16, Hebrews 3:7-19
From Series: "Sabbath: Remember to Rest. Rest to Remember."
We all want rest. Whether we are exhausted from work, school, family, or personal problems, rest seems elusive. We shouldn’t be surprised that rest is one of the major themes of the entire Bible. It is woven throughout the Scriptures from the first chapter of Genesis to the last chapter of Revelation. In this four-part series, we will take a look at the biblical idea of Sabbath to understand what it means to rest in God. We’ll find out why we are to rest, what resting really looks like, and how to hope for the rest that God promises. We’ll conclude our series on Easter Sunday by celebrating the resurrection of Jesus and seeing how that event finally gives us the rest that we’ve always yearned for. Come and rest with us.