Thursday, April 13, 2017
Key Bible Verse: For all who have entered into God’s rest have rested from their labours, just as God did after creating the world. (Hebrews 4:10)
Dig Deeper: Hebrews 4:1-11
Jesus died on the Passover—the day sacrifices were made. On the Jewish calendar, the Saturday after the Passover, when sacrifices were made in the temple, was to be a [Sabbath] day of rest (Lev. 16). On the day after the sacrifices, the people could sit in the pleasure of knowing they were right before the God who loved them.
The Bible calls Jesus our Sabbath. To rest, to wait, to sit, to be in Jesus is true life. We don’t always have to be producing something in order to live. Because to be with Jesus in the grave is to sit with him in the dusty love of God that’s more than enough for the whole world.
The Hebrew term for darkness, arafel, is mentioned fifteen times in the Hebrew Scriptures. Oddly enough, however, over half of those references directly connect to the presence of God. Oftentimes darkness is indicative of God’s presence—God is in the arafel. In fact, when Moses entered the darkness, he met with his God (Ex. 20:21). First John 1:5 says that in God there’s no darkness. But it’s clear from a whole reading of the Bible that God can, and often does, enter the darkness. “The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5). Jesus was put in a tomb. There he lay for one whole day.
– A. J. Swoboda in A Glorious Dark
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