30 Apr 2019 Hebrews (Program #20)

Hebrews (Program #20) – The Remaining Sabbath Rest (3)

We mustn’t just dream about the oneness that God desires. For Him to have a full Sabbath rest there is much more than just being saved by His grace. There must be some growing believers who could enter into the rest that is spoken of in Hebrews chapter 4. The Sabbath is a rest or satisfaction for God and man. But God can never rest in the heavens nor just with the angels, His resting place is the earth and with man. We will see three stages of the remaining Sabbath rest on today’s life study of the Bible.

Why the initial Sabbath came directly after God created man?   What is the connection between man and the Sabbath? In all of God’s creation man is unique. Man has to do with the earth. All the items of creation up to the creation of man were brought into being by means of His word, that is, calling things not being as being through the Word. In the first five days of His creation work, God did not use any kind of material substance. But with the creation of man, because God’s interest is in the earth, God first had a conference among Himself (among the Godhead) where there was a decision, “…let Us make man”. Then God at this time used a certain material – the dust of the ground – to create man. If man had not been created on the sixth day, God would have been unable to rest on the seventh day. It was not that God was tired after six days of creation, even not because that His work was completed. What caused God to rest was the creation of man. If you read Genesis 1 and 2, you will see that God rested on the seventh day because He attained what He desired. God’s heart was satisfied by having a man on the earth to express and to represent Him. When God has this, He rest, He rested after He obtained this goal.

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