Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 1, 2015

“The Lord God of Israel has given rest to His people”

Today’s devotion comes from 1 Chronicles chapter 23.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Chronicles+23&version=NASB

I quote only the following verse.

“For David said, “The Lord God of Israel has given rest to His people, and He dwells in Jerusalem forever.”  1 Chronicles 23:25.

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This rest is reserved for “His people”.  There was no such rest for the other inhabitants of the land.  More generally, there is no such rest for the wicked.

“There is no peace for the wicked,” says the Lord.”  Isaiah 48:22.

“20 But the wicked are like the tossing sea,
For it cannot be quiet,
And its waters toss up refuse and mud.
21 “There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.”  Isaiah 57:20-21.

In Scripture that speaks about the rest that God promised to give to Moses and His people, we see that such grace is not common, but it is special, distinctive, and peculiar to God’s people.

“12 Then Moses said to the Lord, “See, You say to me, ‘Bring up this people!’  But You Yourself have not let me know whom You will send with me.  Moreover, You have said, ‘I have known you by name, and you have also found favor in My sight.’  13 Now therefore, I pray You, if I have found favor in Your sight, let me know Your ways that I may know You, so that I may find favor in Your sight.  Consider too, that this nation is Your people.”  14 And He said, “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.”  15 Then he said to Him, “If Your presence does not go with us, do not lead us up from here.  16 For how then can it be known that I have found favor in Your sight, I and Your people?  Is it not by Your going with us, so that we, I and Your people, may be distinguished from all the other people who are upon the face of the earth?”

17 The Lord said to Moses, “I will also do this thing of which you have spoken;  for you have found favor in My sight and I have known you by name.”  18 Then Moses said, “I pray You, show me Your glory!”  19 And He said, “I Myself will make all My goodness pass before you, and will proclaim the name of the Lord before you;  and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show compassion on whom I will show compassion.”  Exodus 33:12-19.

“Blessed be the Lord, who has given rest to His people Israel, according to all that He promised;  not one word has failed of all His good promise, which He promised through Moses His servant.”  1 Kings 8:56.

Jesus said:  “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.  …  I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me, even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.”  John 10:11, 14, and 15.  We understand that a good shepherd does not lay his life down for all the sheep of the world but only for his own sheep and that a good shepherd does not give rest to all the sheep of the world but only his own sheep.

“1 The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.”  Psalm 23:1-2.

Which doctrine is more consistent with such rest?

Other doctrine which focuses on man, man’s alleged free-will, and man’s works, whose motto is “Just do it!”?

Or, Reformed Doctrine which rests on the work of God in “Unconditional Election”, “Limited Atonement”, “Irresistible Grace” and “Preservation of the Saints”, the “U”, “L”, “I”, and “P” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation?!

“Thus says the Lord,
“Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths,
Where the good way is, and walk in it;
And you will find rest for your souls.  …”  Jeremiah 6:16.

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