Rest—found 306 times in 296 verses; however, ninety-seven of these instances include the phrase “rest of” which does not refer to rest as a cessation of labour but rest as in the remainder of something.

Variations: rest, rested, restest, resteth, resting, restingplace

First usage: Genesis 2:2 (rested)

Last usage: Revelation 14:13 (rest)

Defined: repose, the cessation of labour, or tranquility

Interesting fact: Rest is not always the cessation of labour. In Matthew 11:28-30, the Lord Jesus invited those “that labour and are heavy laden” to come unto Him for rest. However, He followed that invitation with a request that the people take His yoke upon them. A yoke is an instrument for labour! Labour and rest are often seen as antonyms, but labouring for God and in God’s perfect plan can prove to be restful even while in the midst of an arduous task.

Bible study tip: Periods, question marks, and exclamation marks are used to complete a sentence. These punctuation marks designate that a sentence is either an asking sentence (question mark) or telling sentence (period or exclamation mark). It is important to recognize that verse divisions are frequently not intended to present the completed thought that generally runs into additional verses. Although it is easy to prove that God was certainly involved in the chapter/verse divisions, the Bible student should remember to read the entire thought in a chapter or a psalm by paying attention to the sentence structure. For instance, at least one chapter ends with a comma (see Acts 21:40) signifying that the next chapter must be studied in order to complete the thought.

Sunday, Day 218—Church Day (no devotional)
Monday, Day 219—All Things Are Full of Labour
Tuesday, Day 220—A Day of Rest
Wednesday, Day 221—Church Night (no devotional)
Thursday, Day 222—Rest to Refresh
Friday, Day 223—The Land Shall Enjoy Her Sabbaths
Saturday, Day 224—At the Commandment of the LORD

Day 218: Church Day

Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 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.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.