Now, being seated is a picture of rest. In the Old Testament, the priests never sat down. There were no chairs in the tabernacle of Moses or in the temple of God because their work was never finished. But Jesus sat down because His work is finished. (John 19:30, Hebrews 10:11–13) And God said to me, “Son, tell My people to have a throne attitude.” So what does it mean to have a “throne attitude”?
Be Rest-Conscious, Not Giant-Conscious
There is another lesson that we can learn from this story. God told the children of Israel that He had come to bring them into “a land flowing with milk and honey”. (Exodus 3:8) This means that the promised land was a place flowing with abundance and provision. It was also a sure promise, a statement of what God will definitely do.
However, what was the posture of God’s people when they reached Kadesh Barnea, the border between the wilderness and the promised land? They sent 12 spies into the land for 40 days and chose to believe the report of the 10 spies who said that the Israelites could not take the land because it was inhabited by giants from the tribe of Anak. (Numbers 13:33)
In Hebrew, the word Anak means chain or neckchain. A chain around the neck is a picture of a yoke which weighs you down. Although God had delivered the children of Israel from their taskmasters in Egypt and they were no longer slaves, they still had a slave mentality. Instead of focusing on God’s goodness and promise, the children of Israel focused on their giant problem—the Anakim—and they were weighed down with anxiety and fear.
Today, some of us still have this slave mentality. We are so focused on our “Anakim”—our problems and symptoms—instead of Jesus’ finished work on the cross, that we cannot enter our promised land of rest.
Now, I want to pose to you a question that God asked me which I had to answer as well. Have you ever read the story of the 12 spies and asked yourself if you would side with Joshua and Caleb—the two spies who said, “Let us go immediately and take the land!”—or if you would agree with the 10 spies?
Well, the Holy Spirit says, “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, like your fathers in the wilderness.” (Hebrews 3:7–9) In other words, are your problems bigger than what God is saying about your situation? Before your body is healed, before the money is in your bank account, before every problem in your life is resolved, will you believe that God will deliver you according to His Word and still walk in rest?
God wants you to have the revelation that whatever you need Him to do for you has already been done because Jesus has accomplished all for you. And God is asking, “In spite of the giants, would you go up and enter the promised land of My rest? Can you be rest-conscious, rather than giant-conscious?”
When You Rest, He Works
What happens when you become rest-conscious? Let’s look at this secret hidden in the story of how Jesus healed a man who had been suffering from an infirmity for 38 years.
Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath.
I asked the Lord why He asked the man to take up his bed. Why not just ask him to rise and walk? And He showed me that the bed is a picture of rest. So what Jesus was actually saying to the man was, “Rise, take up your rest and walk!”
Notice that that day was the Sabbath, the day of rest. Therefore, what God is saying is that when you rest, He works! Isn’t this amazing?
Yet, there was a group of people who were unhappy that the Lord had healed this man.
John 5:10–12, 16
The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, “It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed.” He answered them, “He who made me well said to me, ‘Take up your bed and walk.’” Then they asked him, “Who is the Man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?”…For this reason the Jews persecuted Jesus, and sought to kill Him, because He had done these things on the Sabbath.
The religious people were upset because it was the Sabbath. They saw healing as work. To them, healing the man on a day of rest meant that Jesus was working on the wrong day!
Now, if you had known this man, wouldn’t you ask him, “Hey, what happened to you? How did you get cured?” Instead, the people he met said, “It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed.” Look, this man hadn’t walked in 38 years! But the people around him were only concerned that he had carried his bed on the day of rest. This is how legalistic people are. They cannot see the blessings, only the problems.
The last phrase “had done these things on the Sabbath” in the original Greek is in the imperfect tense. The imperfect tense generally represents continual or repeated action. This means that it was a habit for Jesus to heal on the Sabbath and He had repeatedly performed such miracles on the Sabbath. On the day that man rests, God is able to work!
Your Healing Is In The Rest
Another example is the healing of a woman who was bowed down for 18 years. When Jesus healed her in the synagogue, the ruler of the synagogue, the woman’s “pastor”, said, “There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day.” (Luke 13:14)
What was Jesus’ response?
The Lord then answered him and said, “Hypocrite! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it? So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound—think of it—for 18 years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?”
Jesus said that her healing came just by being a daughter, a child of God. But some Christians still think that healing is man’s work, not God’s work. They go around thinking, “I’m not doing enough, that’s why I’m not healed.” They cannot believe that healing can be as simple as being at rest in God’s finished work, saying and believing, “Lord Jesus, as You are free from every disease and sickness, so am I in this world.”
Did you know that even the words “healed” and “relaxed” are linked in Hebrew? One of the Hebrew names of God is Jehovah-Rapha which means “I, the Lord, am your healing”. (Exodus 15:26) The Hebrew word rapha not only means “to heal”, but one of its root definitions also means “the relaxed”. So healing comes by being at rest, not by working. Jesus’ death has given us life and wholeness.
To be continued……..