Entering God’s Rest Part 9
Last week we discovered that God’s purpose for creating the 7th day Sabbath was to keep mankind holy because when kept properly it will make Jesus Lord of our lives 24/7. This is because it requires us to walk by faith in Jesus’ finished work of salvation, which requires that we have faith in Jesus’ power to re-create us in His image. Ephesians 2:8-10 says:
2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. (Emphasis supplied).
This tells us that those who are saved will be saved because they believe what Jesus said just before He died on the cross:
When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. John 19:30 (Emphasis supplied).
Those who believe in Jesus’ finished work of salvation/re-creation will enter God’s rest because they will no longer depend on anything they can do to add to what Jesus has already done: Every good and perfect work that is required of us has already be supplied in Jesus (Please read Hebrews 13:20&21 & Colossians 2:8-10). Therefore the only thing we have to do is walk by faith in Jesus’ finished work. This is the purpose of the 7th day Sabbath: To ensure that we walk by faith in Jesus’ finished work, both of creation and re-creation/salvation (Please read Genesis 1:31&2:1-3; Exodus 20:12&20).
With this understanding we are now ready to look at the meaning and purpose of the 4th commandment which says:
20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 20:9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 20:10 But the seventh day [is] the sabbath of the LORD thy God: [in it] thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that [is] within thy gates: 20:11 For [in] six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them [is], and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. Exodus 20:8-11 (Emphasis supplied).
The 4th commandment was given by God to ensure that we enter His rest and walk by faith in His finished work of creation and re-creation. Therefore it commands that we do not depend on any of our works but to depend rather on Jesus’ finished work to supply all our needs, both physical and spiritual. In order to keep the 4th commandment we must accept and live by the truth that Jesus expressed in Matthew 6:24:
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Jesus tells us here that it is absolutely impossible for anyone to walk by faith in His finished work and serve anyone or anything other than Him: If we don’t serve God 24/7 we don’t serve Him at all because Jesus said, No man can serve two masters. In other-words, the reason so many of God’s people have not entered God’s rest is because they think the 4th commandment is saying that we can work 6 days for the purpose of making money (mammon) and then stop that work and worship God one day. However, the vast majority of God’s people do not give God their full devotion and service even one 24 hour day, not because they are not sincere, but because they are trying to do what Jesus’ says it is impossible to do and that is: you cannot serve God and mammon: You cannot serve both because both require our total devotion 24/7. Mammon requires us to focus on working so we can have enough money to supply our needs, God requires us to worship because we trust in Him to supply all our needs (Please read Matthew 6:24-34). Therefore, those who enter Gods rest will cease their work so God can do His work, in them and through them. This is why we are told in Hebrews 4:9&10:
4:9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. 4:10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God [did] from his. (Emphasis supplied).
Next week we are going to deal with what we are told in Exodus 20:9 which says; Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work. We will show how the correct understanding and application of this text will result in worshiping God on the 6 days of labor as well as on the 7th day.