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My Rest


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My Rest

September 12, 2020

 

[‘My Rest’ refers to the rest Yahweh gives.]

 

(Psa 95:8-11 ASV) Harden not your heart, as at Meribah, As in the day of Massah in the wilderness; 95:9 When your fathers tempted Me, Proved Me, and saw My work. 95:10 Forty years long was I grieved with that generation, And said, It is a people that do err in their heart, And they have not known My ways: 95:11 Wherefore I sware in My wrath, That they should not enter into My rest.

 

Rest H4496 Feminine of H4495; repose or (adverbially) peacefully; figuratively consolation (specifically matrimony); hence (concretely) an abode: - comfortable, ease, quiet, rest (-ing place), still.

[A peaceful rest, as a consolation for what has pasted, a place of peace – comfort - ease – quite.

How many of our sabbaths give us the full rest?]

 

(Isa 18:1-7 KJV) Woe to the land shadowing with wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia: 18:2 That sendeth ambassadors by the sea, even in vessels of bulrushes upon the waters, saying, Go, ye swift messengers, to a nation scattered and peeled, to a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden down, whose land the rivers have spoiled! 18:3 All ye inhabitants of the world, and dwellers on the earth, see ye, when He lifteth up an ensign on the mountains; and when He bloweth a trumpet, hear ye. 18:4 For so Yahweh said unto me, I will take my rest, and I will consider in My dwelling place like a clear heat upon herbs, and like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.

18:5 For afore the harvest, when the bud is perfect, and the sour grape is ripening in the flower, He shall both cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks, and take away and cut down the branches. 18:6 They shall be left together unto the fowls of the mountains, and to the beasts of the earth: and the fowls shall summer upon them, and all the beasts of the earth shall winter upon them. 18:7 In that time shall the present be brought unto Yahweh of hosts of a people scattered and peeled, and from a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden under foot, whose land the rivers have spoiled, to the place of the name of Yahweh of hosts, the mount Zion.

 

Rest H8252 A primitive root; to repose (usually figuratively): - appease, idleness, (at, be at, be in, give) quiet (-ness), (be at, be in, give, have, take) rest, settle, be still.

[When I read verse 7 my mind immediately went to a metal picture from a news reel [1940s] of a African nation whose warriors were stripped to a loin cloth, spear, and shield. They were around 7 feet tall, bare chested, no hair except on their heads and that restrained. That is not what this scripture is about. Israel has been meted out, dealt with and trodden under foot, and their land has been washed away by their conquers. Yet, still the land of Israel has been kept for them and Yahweh’s name and character are worshipped there. Verse 3 plainly states this message is for the entire world, Israel will be restored, and Yahweh will have a people made up of those who have become over comers. We are not promised this life would be easy, we have been promised that no matter what your past when you have repented of evil and entered into covenant with Yahweh this promise is for you.]

 

(Isa 66:1-2 ASV) Thus saith Yahweh, Heaven is My throne, and the earth is My footstool: what manner of house will ye build unto Me? and what place shall be My rest? 66:2 For all these things hath My hand made, and so all these things came to be, saith Yahweh: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and that trembleth at My word.

 

[The same as Psa. 95, so the place of Yahweh’s rest is His abode/home/heaven. If He fills all eternity where can man give Him rest? In what ever place where mankind is meek toward Him. Yielding our strength to do His will. That is where Yahweh has rest.]

 

(Act 7:44-53 ASV) Our fathers had the tabernacle of the testimony in the wilderness, even as He appointed who spake unto Moses, that he should make it according to the figure that he had seen. 7:45 Which also our fathers, in their turn, brought in with Joshua when they entered on the possession of the nations, that Almighty thrust out before the face of our fathers, unto the days of David; 7:46 who found favor in the sight of Almighty, and asked to find a habitation for the Almighty of Jacob. 7:47 But Solomon built Him a house. 7:48 Howbeit the Most High dwelleth not in houses made with hands; as saith the prophet, 7:49 The heaven is My throne, And the earth the footstool of My feet: What manner of house will ye build Me? saith Yahweh: Or what is the place of My rest? 7:50 Did not My hand make all these things? 7:51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Set-apart Spirit: as your fathers did, so do ye. 7:52 Which of the prophets did not your fathers persecute? and they killed them that showed before of the coming of the Righteous One; of whom ye have now become betrayers and murderers; 7:53 ye who received the law as it was ordained by angels, and kept it not.

 

Rest G2663 From G2664; reposing down, that is, (by Hebraism) abode: - rest.

[Tabernacle, temple, hall, church, house gathering, etc. are all places where Yahweh is offered the worship of the masses. Yet in spite of the offering there is really nothing we can give Him that He did not give us first for He is the author of ALL GOOD THINGS, THOUGHTS, WORDS, AND DEEDS.]

(Heb 3:6-13 KJV) But Messiah as a son over His own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end. 3:7 Wherefore (as the Set-apart Spirit saith, To day if ye will hear His voice, 3:8 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: 3:9 When your fathers tempted Me, proved Me, and saw My works forty years. 3:10 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known My ways. 3:11 So I sware in My wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.) 3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living Almighty. 3:13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

 

[Rest has the same meaning as before in verse 11. We are again warned not to harden our hearts. How do we do that? Each time we refuse to do as scripture tells us our heart/mind will become less attentive; our nature will begin to form a habit in response to that scripture. Over time the refusal will spread until all scripture is repugnant to us. Unless you have become a picker/chooser and are comfortable doing so, in that instance you become one who calls on the Almighty but refuses to heed any of His warnings.]


(Heb 4:1-9 KJV) Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into His rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. 4:2 For unto us was the good news preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. 4:3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as He said, As I have sworn in My wrath, if they shall enter into My rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. 4:4 For He spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And Almighty did rest the seventh day from all His works. 4:5 And in this place again, If they shall enter into My rest. 4:6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief: 4:7 Again, He limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts. 4.8 KJV) For if Yahshua had given them rest, then would He not afterward have spoken of another day. 4:9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of Almighty.

 

[Yahweh set the Sabbath Rest for the 7th day when He gave Israel their week. {see Exo. 16} Yahshua never spoke against the Sabbath of Yahweh, but He did give examples showing what was a proper activity for the Sabbath. You can walk, talk, teach, heal, rebuke evil, but you are not to do any work/labor. Remember the lesson to ‘To Serve or Not”?]

 

(Psa 132:11-16 KJV) Yahweh hath sworn in truth unto David; He will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne. 132:12 If thy children will keep My covenant and My testimony that I shall teach them, their children shall also sit upon thy throne for evermore. 132:13 For Yahweh hath chosen Zion; He hath desired it for His habitation. 132:14 This is My rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it. 132:15 I will abundantly bless her provision: I will satisfy her poor with bread. 132:16 I will also clothe her priests with salvation: and her saints shall shout aloud for joy.

 

[Yahweh desired to have the temple in Jerusalem and the land ruled by the obedient descendants of David. Their disobedience is the reason for the mess we live in, but our disobedience is still disobedience no matter the example set before us.]

 

(Psa 139:1 JUB) To the Overcomer, A Psalm of David. O YAHWEH, thou hast searched me and known me. 139:2 Thou knowest my sitting down and my rising up, thou dost understand my thoughts from afar. 139:3 Thou hast girded my walk and my rest, and hast prepared all my ways. 139:4 For the word is not even upon my tongue, and, behold, O YAHWEH, Thou dost know it altogether. 139:5 Thou hast formed my face and my insides and laid Thine hand upon me. 139:6 Thy knowledge is wonderful beyond my ability to comprehend; it is high, I cannot understand it. 139:7 Where shall I go from Thy spirit? or where shall I flee from Thy presence? 139:8 If I ascend to the heavens, Thou art there: if I make my bed in Sheol, behold, Thou art there. 139:9 If I take the wings of the dawn and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, 139:10 even there shall Thy hand lead me, and Thy right hand shall hold me. 139:11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall shine because of me. 139:12 Even the darkness does not hide from Thee; but the night shines as the day; the darkness is as the light. 139:13 For Thou hast possessed my kidneys: Thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. 139:14 I will praise Thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvellous are Thy works, and that, my soul knows right well. 139:15 My body was not hid from Thee, even though I was made in secret and brought together in the lowest parts of the earth. 139:16 Thine eyes did see my substance yet being imperfect; and in Thy book all my members were written, which were then formed, without lacking one of them. 139:17 Therefore, how precious are Thy thoughts unto me, O Almighty! How great is the sum of them! 139:18 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand; when I awake, I am still with thee.

 

Rest H7252 From H7250; prostration (for sleep): - lying down.

[ Both those scriptures that speak of Yahweh’s rest and those that speak to mankind's rest mean to become inactive by laying down or going to your abode. No where is there any hint that stimulation is to take place. To stimulate is to move to action, and action does not give rest. The whole point of rest is a ceasing from struggle, mental, physical, and yes even spiritual. We are stimulated by the teachings, but they are to point us to the means for obtaining rest. They are not to lead us to physically, mentally, or emotionally stir up things. It is true a hike, a book, visiting by going someplace, all are a change from the work day but they do not give us physical rest.

Even slaves were to be given a Sabbath rest under Yahweh. That is definitely physical rest. Our bodies are meant to rest one out of seven days and Yahweh has spelled out many times, plainly, that He intends for us to rest physically on the Sabbath.

Why is it when a company can choose a slogan like, ‘thank G/d its Friday’ do we still refuse to do what our bodies and minds look forward to all week?]

(Gen 18:4 Webster) Let a little water, I pray you, be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree:

 

Rest

REST, n. [L. resto, if the latter is a compound of re and sto; but is an original word. See Verb.]

1. Cessation of motion or action of any kind, and applicable to any body or being; as rest from labor; rest from mental exertion; rest of body or mind. A body is at rest, when it ceases to move; the mind is at rest, when it ceases to be disturbed or agitated; the sea is never at rest. Hence,

2. Quiet; repose; a state free from motion or disturbance; a state of reconciliation to God.

Learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest to your souls. Mat 11.

3. Sleep; as, retire to rest.

4. Peace; national quiet.

The land had rest eighty years. Judg 3. Deu 12.

5. The final sleep, death.

6. A place of quiet; permanent habitation.

Ye are not as yet come to the rest, and to the inheritance which the Most High your Almighty giveth you. Deu 12.

7. Any place of repose.

In dust, our final rest, and native home.

8. That on which any thing leans or lies for support. 1 Ki 6.

Their vizors clos'd, their lances in the rest.

9. In poetry, a short pause of the voice in reading; a cesura.

10. In philosophy, the continuance of a body in the same place.

11. Final hope.

Sea fights have been final to the war; but this is, when princes set up their rest upon the battle. Obs.

12. Cessation from tillage. Lev 25.

13. The gospel church or new covenant state in which the people of Almighty enjoy repose, and Messiah shall be magnified.

Isa 11.

14. In music, a pause; an interval during which the voice is intermitted; also, the mark of such intermission.

REST, n. [L. resto.]

1. That which is left, or which remains after the separation of a part, either in fact or in contemplation; remainder.

Religion gives part of its reward in hand, the present comfort of having done our duty, and for the rest, it offers us the best security that heaven can give.

2. Others; those not included in a proposition or description. [In this sense, rest is a noun, but with a singular termination expressing plurality.]

Plato and the rest of the philosophers -

Arm'd like the rest, the Trojan prince appears.

The election hath obtained it and the rest were blinded. Rom 11.

REST, v.i.

1. To cease from action or motion of any kind; to stop; a word applicable to any body or being, and to any kind of motion.

2. To cease from labor, work or performance.

Almighty rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made. Gen 2.

So the people rested on the seventh day. Exo 16.

3. To be quiet or still; to be undisturbed.

There rest, if any rest can harbor there.

4. To cease from war; to be at peace.

And the land rested from war. Josh 11.

5. To be quiet or tranquil, as the mind; not to be agitated by fear, anxiety or other passion.

6. To lie; to repose; as, to rest on a bed.

7. To sleep; to slumber.

Fancy then retires into her private cell, when nature rests.

8. to sleep the final sleep; to die or be dead.

Glad I'd lay me down, as in my mother's lap; ther I should rest, and sleep secure.

9. To lean; to recline for support; as, to rest the arm on a table. The truth of religion rests on divine testimony.

10. to stand on; to be supported by; as, a column rests on its pedestal.

11. To be satisfied; to acquiesce; as, to rest on heaven's determination.

12. To lean; to trust; to rely; as, to rest on a man's promise.

13. To continue fixed. Isa 51.

14. To terminate; to come to an end. Ezek 16.

15. To hang, lie or be fixed.

Over a tent a cloud shall rest by day.

16. To abide; to remain with.

They said, the spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha. 2 Ki 2. Eccl 7.

17. To be calm or composed in mind; to enjoy peace of conscience.

REST, v.i. To be left; to remain. Obs.

REST, v.t.

1. To lay at rest; to quiet.

Your piety has paid all needful rites, to rest my wandering shade.

2. To place, as on a support. We rest our cause on the truth of the Scripture.

Her weary head upon your bosom rest.

[I find no scripture that gives the idea that any kind of activity is a rest. I know this is a radical idea in today’s world where everyone and everything calls to us to take part. Still we are to rest, cease from motion, the mind and the body.

Yahweh created us with that time clock well in place. Our bodies suffer as does our minds when we refuse them rest. For myself the parts of my body that scream for rest are my hands and my eyes. If I do any non-required reading both my eyes and my hands are required, and therefore are denied their Sabbath rest.

Israel lost its land and political place because they refused both land and body a Sabbath rest. As busy as we are in this land we are still losing control of both areas which are never at rest, or never cease from striving.

I actually started this lesson upon awakening this Sabbath morn after a 12 hour rest. Then I fell asleep before sunset and if Lily had not awaken me at 11pm I might have slept through the night. I almost went back to sleep but this lesson needed to be finished and so the quote from Webster that rest is a cession from all activity. I know this is what is looked at as radical in the churches who demand activity all Sabbath with special things to bring in people and keep them entertained for the day, especially the young. So we start teaching the young that a Sabbath rest does not mean cession, but a change of pace. I wonder how many of Yahweh’s workers would have a healthier, happier life if they were invited to a true rest instead of a change of pace.

How about our children who live at a extremely fast pace in contrast to the restricted activities of my childhood where it was to be quite and restful with no extreme activity. I am sure there would be a decrease in many negatives in their lives. They would be healthier and their minds would have learned to rest instead of seeking constant activity and stimulation. Might we not see a reduction in their mental and emotional health problems of depression, suicide, envy and strife?

We can only set the example before our families at this late date in our lives. Would you be willing to show the example of a cession of all activity except the Sabbath worship? Might it improve your health? I know it will cause resentment in those who are determined not to enter into the Sabbath rest, to cease from the activities accepted as normal Sabbath doings. That is their problem not yours or mine, we can but do as Yahweh requires, not suggests.

We are told Israel of old failed in this requirement in spite of all the rules they made to control activity on the Sabbath. The simple meaning of rest is a cession of activity of all but the normal body functions. Hard to achieve if the entire household is not at rest, but doable if your spouse is in agreement. For those of us who have other family members in the house after they reach a certain age it is not possible to ‘make’ them rest. Each of us are called to bring these things before Yahweh and ask Him to enable us to rest that we might be an example. ]

 

 

 

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