Q & A: What Does Reverend Deal say?
‘The word ‘rest’ is often associated with death’
Question: What does it mean when the Bible speaks about providing rest?
Answer: According to the scriptures God created everything in six days and He rested on the 7th day (Gen 2:1-3), and In Matthew 11:28; Jesus emphatically said that ‘He will give you rest’. There are two ways to examine this question. One can look at a non-theological sense, such as (1) to take a break from physical exertion or (2) to take a nap or sleep, (3) to associate rest with death; to be laid to rest. Since God is the ‘Alpha and the Omega’ and the creator of all we must answer this question in a theological sense. In the Old Testament King David’s gift/promise to Israel was rest. In Hebrews it mentions that disobedience and unbelief caused the promise not to be fulfilled. However, in the New Testament that promise was fulfilled by us having faith in Christ; we have entered into that rest (Hebrews 12). That rest is a satisfaction that our souls are saved.
One of my seminary instructors said that,” If you ask the question, where is God? The answer is God is resting’.
Much more could have been articulated on this question.
I implore you to further your spiritual studies. Inquire answers from your pastor. Get involve with a spiritual based bible study group. There are several spiritual based bible study groups in the area.
Just to mention one is The American Legion Post #220, 1455 Sistrunk Blvd meets every Wednesday at noon.
Reverend David Deal is the senior pastor at Every Christian’s Church. The location for worship service is 2750 N.W. 19th St, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Rev Deal can be reached at the Westside Gazette, 545 N.W. Seventh Terrace, Fort Lauderdale, Fla 33311, or by email at David.Deal55@gmail.com