I will give you rest

Matthew 11--28

The Verse of the Day for December 28, 2017 is found in Matthew 11: 28, but to better understand exactly what Jesus Christ is saying, we also need to examine verses 29 and 30 which close out the chapter.

Matthew 11:28-30:

28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

Jesus Christ invites his followers, all those who work and are heavy laden, to enter “a place of quiet rest . . . near to the heart of God.” The Lord draws to himself those who are burdened with care, that they might find rest to their souls. In thinking about a place of rest from one’s labor, we recall the original intent of the Sabbath, first spoken of Genesis 2:1-3:

So the creation of the heavens and the earth and everything in them was completed. On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation.

This passage in Genesis connects the Sabbath and the “seventh day” and “rest,” all terms derived from the Hebrew word Shabbat. Described as the centerpiece of Jewish life, Shabbat (the Sabbath) is designated as a day of rest and celebration beginning on Friday at sunset and ending on the following evening after nightfall.

The concept of the Sabbath comes to mind while reflecting on the Verse of Day and the following verses in Matthew 11:28-30.This particular passage also brings to mind the following lyrics:

We will Rest in the Lord

We will rest in the Lord. We will rest in Him.

No matter the challenge, we will put our trust in him.

Our desire is not just to be hearers

But also to be doers of the Word.

May we so live our lives to rest in the Lord.

 

Sometimes we carry a load that we are not meant to bear.

We fall beneath the burden and end up in despair.

Then we look unto Jesus, to lighten our load.

For he has said, “Come unto me. All ye that are heavy laden,

and I will give you rest, for my yoke is easy

and my burden is light.”

 

We will rest in the Lord. We will rest in him.

No matter the challenge, we will put our trust in Him.

Our desire is not just to be hearers

But also to be doers of the Word.

May we so live our lives to rest in the Lord.

As we come to the end of another year and prepare to embark upon the next phase of our journey, we are mindful of maintaining the balance between working and resting. In reflecting over the past year, I recognized  I worked harder and more often than I should have, relying on my own strength to overcome the challenges that confronted me, and I rested less than I could have. In the coming year my desire is to work less and rest more being assured that God, my Father, has promised to always be with me in the time of need.

The passage from Matthew 11:28-30 opens “I will rest in you” by Jaci Velasquez, who closes our discussion:

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