Jul 2 2016
Hebrews Series – Chapters 3-4 (audio sermon)
God rested on the 7th day. Does He get tired? What does it mean for God to rest? Jesus said “I will give you rest.” Hebrews 4 says ‘make every effort to enter that rest.’ This sermon explains what God’s ‘rest’ is, and what it means to observe the Sabbath today. Click the arrow to play –
Speakers notes follow –
Hebrews 3. 7-11, 16 – 4.11
Chariots of Fire – Christian & Jewish runners – Sabbath difference
Joshua’s rest, God’s 7th day rest, Our rest today
Jewish believers – don’t turn back – have faith of Joshua
God’s Rest – (10) Gen 2.2
By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.
God tired? Done nothing since? ‘My Father is always at his work to this very day’ (John 5.17)
A resting god – enthroned god – play on words – the god’s throne rested in the temple – his rest now came to all – his presence/rule came to all
Temple 6 stages – builds own – stops creating to start ruling
Sabbath – God stopped building work – started ruling – Israel to stop ordinary work – start ministering God’s rule
Sabbath more than day off – ministry time
Jesus fulfills the Sabbath – Mark 3.1-6
Another time Jesus went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand up in front of everyone.” Then Jesus asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they remained silent. He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored.
Jesus brings kingdom rule on Sabbath – no disease in heaven
‘Come to me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest'(Mt 11.28)
Calling us to enter God’s rest- Gods kingdom
Jesus fulfills Sabbath at cross – 6th day (behold the man) – It is finished – 7th day (rest in tomb) 1st day (new creation)
‘If anyone is in Christ he is a new creation’ (2 Co 5.17 )
Gods rest is not a 24 hr day – Prophetically – 6th day now – 7th Christs return
Rev 21. I-3 Heaven & Earth – now & not yet
‘Today’ our rest, Sabbath – David wrote after Joshua of a rest to enter (7-8) make every effort to enter that rest (11)
Being a Sabbath People – kingdom people
Enact new life – heal person, community, creation
Kingdom first – entering rest- bringing heaven to earth
Hebrews reveals OT in light of Christ having come – not all believers see it
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