Plymouth Congregational Church

God for All

Now I Lay me Down to Sleep (part 2)

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“Heaven is MY throne and the Earth is MY footstool. Where then is a house you could build for Me? And where is a place that I may rest? Isaiah 66:1

Pastor Bill, “God asks for nothing but ourselves. Our beautiful church buildings, our slick professionalism, all are nearly useless to God. He does not want what we have; He wants who we are. He seeks to create in our hearts a sanctuary for Himself, a place where He may rest.”

How can you give God a home to rest?

Wait… Wait… Wait… God does not “need” a place to rest because he never rests.

As long as I am attending church,
open to these long wind, and sometimes offensive, sermons,
isn’t that enough?
So, I only attend at Christmas, Easter,
and for special events like the car blessings.
That’s enough.

AND more importantly I am remembering to take God’s holiest of days,
the Sabbath, that blessed Sunday,
to rest me.

I’m GOOOOOD!

“Heaven is MY throne and the Earth is MY footstool. Where then is a house you could build for Me? And where is a place that I may rest? Isaiah 66:1

Yeah, I repeated the opening scripture intentionally.

Pastor Bill, “In the Scriptures this rest is called “a Sabbath rest” (Hebrews 4:9). It does not, however, come from keeping the Sabbath, for the Jews kept the Sabbath but never entered God’s rest. The Book of Hebrews is plain: Joshua did not give the Israelites rest (verses 7-8). And after so long a period of Sabbath-keeping, Scripture continues, “So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God” (Verse 9).”

Let us not confuse ourselves by changing the subject of our conversations. We are not asking or questioning Exodus 31:12 where we, as people, are to be observing the Sabbath. We are looking at God’s resting place.

To fully understand let’s walk behind the curtain and try to answer the question…

What is this Sabbath Rest?

Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work” (Genesis 2:3).

Pastor Bill, “Before God rested on the Sabbath, there was nothing special or holy about the seventh day. Had the Lord rested on the third day, then it would have been holy. Rest is NOT in the Sabbath; it is in God. Rest is a prevailing quality of His being complete.”

I don’t get it?

Please take this example to help develop understanding, not insult. Thanksgiving… Thanksgiving falls on fourth Thursday in November every year. The specific “date” is a moving target, it is the actual “day” that drives the celebration. Or think of your birthday. Your birthday is on a specific day in a specific month, but the actual day of the month changes from year to year.

That is the same with this theory. If God had rested on Tuesday, than Tuesday could be the day of rest, thus our week could end on Tuesday and start on Wednesday. Or maybe God rested on the third day instead of the seventh, thus Wednesday would the third day and our day of rest. It is to say that the rest is not just because it is Sunday, or just because it is the seventh day. It is the day that God rested thus the day we recognize God by honoring Him in having our day of rest for God “rests” within each of us.

It is not about Sunday.
It is not about being the seventh day.
It IS about the day God rested and our honoring Him.

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Author: bkbites

Stay at home Mom of 3 boys, 1 goofy dog, 2 wickedly crazy cats, and a traveling husband. Ah, what can be better? It's a full life without a doubt.

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