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Rest is not synonymous with inactivity. What God rested from was the work of Creation. He continues constantly to be active, however, in providentially sustaining all that he has created and in the work both of righteous judgment and gracious salvation. Jesus Christ, indeed, in his incarnation, life, death, rising, and glorification is precisely God in action (2 Cor 5:19). Hence the assertion of Jesus: “My Father is working still, and I am working” (Jn 5:17RSV). What the Christian will rest from is the struggle against the forces of evil and the afflictions by which this present life is marred. The rest into which the Christian will enter will not be a state of uneventful boredom. God himself is dynamic, not static, and so also is his rest.
Consequently, all that a Christian rests from simply set him free to be active ceaselessly and joyfully in the service of God, the Creator, and Redeemer. In perfect harmony with all God’s works, and in complete fulfillment, Christians exultantly praise and serve the triune God. Joy will be full, without the possibility of improvement or deficiency (cf. Rv 4:8–115:8–147:9–12). Such will be the rest without end of that eternal Sabbath that has a morning but no evening: “Let us, therefore, strive to enter that rest” (Heb 4:11RSV). More
Elwell, Walter A., and Philip Wesley Comfort. Tyndale Bible Dictionary 2001: 1121. Print. Tyndale Reference Library.
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Old Testament & Psalm, Option I Old TestamentGenesis 24:34–38, 42–49, 58–67 Psalm Psalm 45:10–17 or Song of Solomon 2:8–13 or Old Testament & Psalm, Option II Old Testament Zechariah 9:9–12 Psalm Psalm 145:8–14 New Testament Romans 7:15–25a Gospel Matthew 11:16–19, 25–30

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