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Menuchah: Rest, Resting-place.

Menuchah is the English form of the Hebrew noun, מנוחה. It comes from the root verb, נוח (nuwach), which means to rest, settle down, remain, repose, or be quiet. An interesting note is that the name Noach/Noah (rest) also comes from this root. Now he called his name Noah, saying, “This one will give us rest from our work and from the toil of our hands {arising} from the ground which the LORD has cursed. – Gen 5:29 (NASB)

I did some research on the internet to see how other people understood the meaning of menuchah and found that in Jewish thinking, it’s associated with the spirit of tranquility enjoyed during Shabbat (the Sabbath). This rest goes beyond just refraining from work and is mentioned in the afternoon service as “a rest of love freely given, a rest of truth and sincerity, a rest in peace and tranquility, in quietude and safety.” (from Shabbat Rest and Renewal at myJewishLearning.com)

For the Jews, menuchah also refers to the rest that the Nation of Israel was to find in the Promised Land. Moses reminded the Children of Israel before they crossed over the Jordan, “For ye are not as yet come to the rest (menuchah) and to the inheritance, which the LORD your God giveth you.” – Deut 12:9 (KJV). This rest in “the Land” is still the hope of Jews who feel it will happen when the Messiah comes.

For those of us who know Yeshua/Jesus as the Jewish Messiah (who has already come), menuchah is the place of rest given to us by and in Yeshua/Jesus. As He said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” – Matt 11:28 (KJV). Yeshua/Jesus is the Sabbath-rest for the people of God. In Him we have rest from the fear of death, rest from seeking righteousness in our own strength, rest from sin that is the enemy of our souls, rest in the guidance of the Good Shepherd – rest in the Will of God.

May the Lord bless your efforts to know Him through the Word.