HIS REST (Continued)
Scripture Reading: Exodus 5 (KJV)
And Pharaoh said, Behold, the people of the land now are many, and ye make them rest from their burdens._ Exodus 5:5
Pharoah represents the evil one who will do all he can to prevent God's people from entering into His rest. Up until Moses and Aaron asked for the people to go three days journey into the wilderness to hold a feast unto the Lord, Pharoah provided the straw necessary to make bricks. Once he heard their request, the provision of straw was removed, and the Israelites had to gather straw for themselves and meet their daily quota of bricks. This new requirement caused them to be scattered instead of many becoming one and moving in the will of God to a feast unto Him.
What was really the Pharoah's motive for increasing the burden of God's people? He simply did not want them to rest. If they had gone three days journey into the wilderness, they would have fulfilled the spiritual period between death and resurrection which would have guaranteed true rest. The journey would have removed them from Egypt proper which speaks of bondage and the world system. It is impossible to hold a feast unto God in those circumstances yet many churches continue to cede spiritual growth to that carnal, dead system.
As Jesus said, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light_Matthew 11: 28-30." Coming to Christ Jesus is the only true means of obtaining His rest. Once we are out of bondage and have identified with His death, burial and resurrection, we can then rest and hold a true feast of ingathering unto Him.