Series: The Sabbath Rest
Sun am 28 March 2010 – Kobus Swart
Heb. 4:1-7; (John 5:17, 19); Psalms 127
The Sabbath rest has nothing to do with a 24-hour day on the calendar. The Sabbath is a relationship with the Lord of the Sabbath. Truth is like an onion; it has layers. There are more layers coming off this truth.
“Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, To retire late, To eat the bread of painful labors; For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep. Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; They will not be ashamed When they speak with their enemies in the gate.” (Ps 127)
The father who is in rest, is like a father with arrows in his quiver. Even the arrow will remain in rest if it follows the path in which it is shot. That arrow becomes a “sent one” and when a sent one stays within the parameters of his/her commissioning he/she will also be in rest. Jesus was The Sent one and He modeled this: “I do nothing unless I see My Father do it. I say nothing unless I hear Him” (John 5:19). That is why Jesus was in rest. Jesus demonstrated the Sabbath rest, and emphasized that by performing most of His miracles on the Sabbath.
Everyone who functions outside of this rest, must cease from his own labours to enter His rest. Every sent one will only be in rest if he or she remainsobedient to the one who sent them. Jesus invites us to work with Him in the rhythms of His grace, and so find rest (Matt 11:28-30). God is emphasizing the Father-Son relationship. When we stand before Him we want to hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” That means you have been obedient to what He asked you to do.
When God created rest on the 7th day after creating man, He put principles in place in the Creation that continues to deputize on His behalf.
The big question is, how many of the people sitting in the pews are sons and how many are church members? Show me a father that is in rest, and I will show you a father who has sons that are like arrows doing the thing that they are called to do.
“…those who formerly had good news preached to them failed to enter because of disobedience, He again fixes a certain day, ‘Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts’” (Heb. 4:6-7). It’s a present day, it’s a today thing. Here is a key to rest. Present truth – a ‘today’ Word. Yesterday’s manna has worms in it. That’s why we need a constant proceeding word and if we obey that, we will be in rest. We need daily bread; we cannot feast on yesterday’s bread no matter how nice it was. Ask the Lord for daily bread, and function in that daily bread.
Your safest place is to come into sonship, because you will be on the frequency of the ‘today’ word, of present truth. If you’re not on the sonship frequency, you will listen to the same thing and hear something different. You will listen through the grids of past revivals, and ‘good’ experiences. There is something new on the horizon. Hold everything lightly! When we become possessive over what God has entrusted us to be stewards over, then we are leaving our rest. God gave Abraham a son, Isaac, and God immediately requested him back. In Abraham’s heart, the most loved gift, his son Isaac, was dead.
Society around us is against rest; it generates stress and tension. These are signs of the times. Don’t let somebody else dictate your pace of living. High blood pressure and ulcers do not come from God, they comes from our lifestyles. True worship has a tremendous rest about it. When you flow in true worship you flow in the rhythms of God.
This Sabbath day is the “day of the Lord”.