Learning to RestTranscript of this Sermon
- The Necessity of Rest (Exodus 20:8-11)
- The Nuance of Rest (Hebrews 4:1-13)
- What stood out to you from Pastor Dave’s message today?
- Is resting easy for you or do you find it hard to truly rest? Do you see it as a necessity and prioritize it? Why do you think it is in the 10 commandments and the longest, most explained commandment (Exodus 20:8-11)? What things drive you and keep you from resting well?
- The author of Hebrews uses the word rest in different ways throughout the passage. In Hebrews 4:6-8 the author speaks of Joshua and the rest of the Promise Land. Do you have a place you believe would give you the rest you need? Have you ever spent a lot of money to go on vacation only to find yourself exhausted after the vacation? Why are external places unable to meet our internal need for rest?
- The author speaks of God’s rest in Hebrews 4:4; 9-11 (Genesis 2:2-3). Why did God rest if He never grows weary (Isaiah 40:28)? God stopped working so He could delight in, rejoice in, and enjoy His creation (Genesis 1:31). Where would Jesus have you stop and enjoy, delight, play and rejoice? What keeps you from rejoicing, delighting, playing and enjoying the work you’ve accomplished? Where is Jesus leading you to repent and rejoice today?
- Hebrews 4:1-3 speaks of the promise of entering His rest by faith, believing that Jesus meant it when He said ,”It is finished!”. Where do you struggle to believe this and how does that impact your ability to truly rest and rejoice? Where can you repent today and grow in resting and rejoicing?
The Believer’s Rest
1Therefore, let us fear if, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you may seem to have come short of it. 2For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard. 3For we who have believed enter that rest, just as He has said,
“As I swore in My wrath,
They shall not enter My rest,”
although His works were finished from the foundation of the world. 4For He has said somewhere concerning the seventh day:“And God rested on the seventh day from all His works”; 5and again in this passage, “They shall not enter My rest.” 6Therefore, since it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly had good news preached to them failed to enter because of disobedience, 7He again fixes a certain day, “Today,” saying through David after so long a time just as has been said before,
“Today if you hear His voice,
Do not harden your hearts.”
8For if Joshua had given them rest, He would not have spoken of another day after that. 9So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. 10For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. 11Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience. 12For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.