“There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God./ For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his./ Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief (He.4:9-11)”.
From verses preceding it is clear that a rest is promised to the people of God. In the second chapter of the Book of Genesis we read that God sanctified the seventh day, (Ge,2:1-3).The Spirit is particular to add,”And on the seventh day God ended the work which he had made(v.2a).Sabbath was in the Will of God and He blessed and sanctified it which signifies fulfillment. It is to this rest the writer to the Hebrews refers in his epistle. We shall also read the preceding verses before we go on to the example God had set before us: / For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it./ 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./ For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works(He.4:1-4).
We shall see a mode of inversion in many places in which God has intended sabbath as a rest day in relation to eternity which is called God’s Rest. What does that signify? Our earthly rest bears relationship to the Rest to which God entered. The Lord’s Prayer teaches us, “Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven (Matt.6:10).” In an earlier post we considered this verse,”As the heavens are higher than the earth so are my ways higher than your ways…(Is.55:9)” Ways of God and thoughts of God refer to Father Son relationship which can only be understood by faith. Be that as it may God sent his only begotten Son and his name Immanuel was a sign. God among us is a narrative devise whereby heaven and earth do find a common basis. In short the Word made flesh the Son of man is the turnstile through which man may enter the rest of God. This narrative device is Mode of inversion. We shall consider one verse,” So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen(Matt.20:16)”. Many are called but few chosen. Reason for which we can understand from the verse quoted:”For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it./ For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said,…” The nation of Israel rejected the Son of man because of their disbelief. It is to them Isaiah is addressing the verses given in this chapter. “The Lord God, which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him(v.8). The remnant of the Jewish nation and the Gentile nation shall be found in that rest and it is what faith in the risen Christ would mean.
Thus saith the Lord, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed.
2 Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil.
3 Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the Lord, speak, saying, The Lord hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree.
4 For thus saith the Lord unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant;
5 Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.
6 Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the Lord, to serve him, and to love the name of the Lord, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant;
7 Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.
8 The Lord God, which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him.
9 All ye beasts of the field, come to devour, yea, all ye beasts in the forest.
10 His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.
11 Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.
12 Come ye, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and to morrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant.