The place of rest, in God, is a place of peace and communion with the Lord. It’s a place where a person chooses to remain, and again it’s a choice. Individuals who received their rest in Him are those who are pure in heart, repentant and faithful. Therefore we find our rest in Jesus Christ, our high priest and mediator.
This is the place where both Moses and Jesus resided. They were both faithful to Him that sent them. Though Moses was an amazing servant of the Lord, Jesus is counted worthy of more glory…He is the high priest of our confession (Hebrews 3:1-6). Because of the faithfulness of Jesus, by faith, we enter in His rest.
The children of Israel could have known this rest three thousand years ago. The Lord desired for the people of the covenant, to know His ways and not His works alone. They continued to miss the mark because of the hardness of slavery and ignorance gained while living in Egypt. God was leading them to a place of wholeness and promise, but their hearts were hard and it kept driving them back to the place of bondage. Through scripture, we know works alone can’t change the heart.
Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says:
“Today, if you will hear His voice,
Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion,
In the day of trial in the wilderness,
Where your fathers tested Me, tried Me,
And saw My works forty years.
Therefore I was angry with that generation,
And said, ‘They always go astray in their heart,
And they have not known My ways.’
So I swore in My wrath,
‘They shall not enter My rest.’” Hebrews 3:7-11
3 Things That Kept the People from His rest
1. Deceitfulness of Sin
2. Hardened Heart
The Lord was always faithful to the children of Israel and whenever they had a need He provided but He didn’t receive faithfulness in return. Be faithful to God, always, and commune with Him. “For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end, while it is said: “Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion” (Hebrews 3:14-15).