The First Holiday


Day of Rest

Key Bible Verse: For anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest. (Hebrews 4:10-11, ESV)

Dig Deeper: Hebrews 4:1-11

The God in the Bible is the one who creates rest, who finds rest, who makes rest for his people. God is always looking for a place where his people might rest.

True rest simply isn’t self-created. It isn’t self-made. Rest isn’t self-attained. Rest is provided. It is built in. In fact, it is in the creation account that God makes the Sabbath day kadosh, or “holy.” Not even humanity gets such a demarcation. The first thing in the Bible that God makes holy is a day, the Sabbath day. And when Sabbath isn’t honoured, all of God’s creation begins to break down . In the same way that God invented the sun for our plants to make chlorophyll, God invested rest that we might live and enjoy living. God makes it from the foundations of the world. To not honour the Sabbath and wonder why we are so exhausted is to cut off the oxygen value in the world and wonder why people are dying.

Sabbath is a dimension of holy living that we are invited to enter into. This is precisely why one can only “enter [God’s] rest” (today’s Key Bible Verses) according to the book of Hebrews. Rest is a place that is made, created for us, [not one] we created for ourselves.

– A. J. Swoboda in The Dusty Ones

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