Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 12, 2023

“Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.”

Today’s devotion comes from Leviticus chapter 23.  Here is a link to this Scripture –

I quote only the following verses.  

“The LORD spoke again to Moses, saying, “Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘The LORD’S appointed times which you shall proclaim as holy convocations—My appointed times are these:

‘For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day there is a sabbath of complete rest, a holy convocation.  You shall not do any work; it is a sabbath to the LORD in all your dwellings.

The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “On exactly the tenth day of this seventh month is the day of atonement;  it shall be a holy convocation for you, and you shall humble your souls and present an offering by fire to the LORD.  You shall not do any work on this same day, for it is a day of atonement, to make atonement on your behalf before the LORD your God.  If there is any person who will not humble himself on this same day, he shall be cut off from his people.  As for any person who does any work on this same day, that person I will destroy from among his people.  You shall do no work at all.  It is to be a perpetual statute throughout your generations in all your dwelling places.  It is to be a sabbath of complete rest to you, and you shall humble your souls;  on the ninth of the month at evening, from evening until evening you shall keep your sabbath.”  Leviticus 23:1-3 and 26-32.


This chapter contains certain holy convocations of which I quote only two in order to highlight the central theme of rest. 

“6 The LORD preserves the simple;
I was brought low, and He saved me.
7 Return to your rest, O my soul,
For the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.

8 For You have rescued my soul from death,
My eyes from tears,
My feet from stumbling.” Psalm 116:6-8.

But, we do not rest easily in the sense that we would rather work to prove our own righteousness than rest in the righteousness of Christ and all else that Christ provides.  We prefer to show that we are distinguished worthy of salvation by providing good works or at least our will to be saved. But, Scripture states that we do not receive salvation by our works nor even by as little as our will.

“For He says to Moses, “I WILL HAVE MERCY ON WHOM I HAVE MERCY, AND I WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON WHOM I HAVE COMPASSION.”  So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.”  Romans 9:15-16.

“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.
But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’” Jeremiah 6:16.

Even to this day, we still prefer to work rather than walk in the good way of rest.

We live in a world in which it is hard to rest.  “Just do it!”: urges the world.  

Even in church, the emphasis many times is what we should do rather than on what God has done.  We hear it in sermons, and we hear it in what leaders say to the members of the church outside of the worship service.  How often do we hear leaders of the church proudly say to the members “I am busy” as if it is “The badge of honor”!

But, Hebrews 4:1-11 exhorts us to enter God’s rest to the point that we are severely warned if we fail to enter that rest.  “For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His.  Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience.”  Hebrews 4:10-11. 

In Romans 10:2-4, Paul testifies about Israel “that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge.  For not knowing about God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God.  For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.”

“Therefore they said to Him, “What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?”  John 6:28. 

But, there is hope!

“Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.”  John 6:29. 

“But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, “LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.”  1 Corinthians 1:30-31.

“For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble;  but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God.”   1 Corinthians 1:26-29.

“O LORD, my heart is not proud, nor my eyes haughty;
Nor do I involve myself in great matters,
Or in things too difficult for me.
2 Surely I have composed and quieted my soul;
Like a weaned child rests against his mother,
My soul is like a weaned child within me.
3 O Israel, hope in the LORD
From this time forth and forever.” Psalm chapter 131.

“5 My soul, wait in silence for God only,
For my hope is from Him.
6 He only is my rock and my salvation,
My stronghold; I shall not be shaken.
7 On God my salvation and my glory rest;
The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God.
8 Trust in Him at all times, O people;
Pour out your heart before Him;
God is a refuge for us. Selah.” Psalm 62:5-8.

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”  Matthew 11:28-30.

“The LORD is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.
3 He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.” Psalm 23:1-3.


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