Day of Light… and Rest!

Where the work goes on There have been so many things going on here at the Staddon house that it has been impossible for me to get anything posted for a while. It seems too bad because those things would make great blog posts. We’ve been splitting bee hives, planting trees, harvesting honey, chipping branches, and all kinds of other interesting projects. I even had my first try at welding. It has been a lot of hard, sweat-dripping work. But what deserves a blog post the most is what our family read in Psalm 118 this morning, especially verses 19 through 23:

Verses 19-20: “Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and will praise the Lord: this gate of the Lord into which the righteous shall enter.” Question:Who is “the door of the sheep” through which they enter into the fold?

Verse 21: “I will praise Thee: for Thou has heard me, and art become my Salvation.” Question: Who is our Salvation?

Verses 22-23: “The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.” Question: Who is the Head that the builders rejected?

Verse 24: “This is the day that the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Key question: What is “this” Day that the Lord has made?

Read the verses again. Verse 24 is just a continuation of the other verses. The gate, the salvation, and the stone are speaking of Christ. The Day in verse 24 is not ultimately speaking of any 12-hour or 24-hour period! This is speaking of Christ, the Eternal Day in which I will rejoice, beginning the moment that I made peace with God through the sacrifice of His Son. “He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life” 1 Jn. 5:12. The water Christ gives is a well of water springing up unto The morning light streaming in on our hilleverlasting life (Jn. 4:14). “For God, Who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” 2 Cor. 4:6. “The Lord is my light and my salvation” Ps. 27:1, “a light to lighten the gentiles” Luke 2:32, Is. 9:2, and Is. 49:6. According to Hebrews 4:8-10 this eternal day that lives within me is the Sabbath, the Day of rest. “Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” Mt. 11:28. My temporal body may work and sweat, but how glorious it is to abide in the Rest of Jesus Christ forever! Woe to me if I attempt the labor of iniquity on this Day! Question: “And to whom sware He that they should not enter into His rest, but to them that believed not? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief. Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into His rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the Staddon house at restgospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not  profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. For we which have believed do enter into rest” Heb. 3:18 – 4:3a.

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5 Comments

  1. James July 1, 2008 at 6:57 pm #

    Oh, Michael, what a rejuvinating post! The Word of God is so refreshing, especially when a theme is highlighted from passages all over the whole Bible. I know faithful work their on the farm will be “restful” because you are not being busy in your flesh but laboring in His rest.

  2. Donald July 3, 2008 at 5:35 pm #

    That was an excellent post to read on July 4 as well! May our priceless independence from tyrants in this world be used to highlight our whole-hearted and voluntary dependence on the Lord from day to day in the work and rest He provides. The pictures as well as the cross-references are a real “highlight” for the theme.

  3. Donald July 11, 2008 at 8:19 am #

    Hey this is Donald–I wanted to follow up on that last comment. The Lord has really worked on our behalf this week. For me I have appreciated many of the little things most of all–such as having the right color paper on hand, being prompted to take extra paper to a meeting, working out a simple way for my assistant and I to check the students daily journals and seeing the menu for the week match the countries we studied almost every time “by accident”. This morning I taught the song Rejoice in the Lord Always. The word rejoice fit in with some other vocabulary for the week such as ‘Responsibility’, ‘Recycling’ (a keyword during our mock UN Meeting) and ‘Reverse’ (all too well known from UNO 🙂 ) and the word Lord came out of our study on France along with King, Duke, Joker and Adviser. “With numberless blessings each moment He crowns . . .”

  4. Michael July 18, 2008 at 1:25 pm #

    Amen Donald! The Lord has worked out so many things so perfectly here to allow things to fit together. I am often so amazed and grateful, since many things simply would not have been possible otherwise.

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