Sleep

Sleep of Physical Rest (Ecclesiastes 5:12)

  • Sleep is good when used for its proper purpose — not for slothfulness, but as rest from a day of productivity
  • Sleep is pleasant — lack of sleep is not pleasant, good, or desirable (2 Corinthians 11:27)
  • Sleep of the working man (2 Thessalonians 3:10; Ecclesiastes 9:10)
  • Sleep implies contentment (Philippians 4:11-13)
  • Sleep implies peace (Matthew 6:25-34)

Sleep of Slothfulness

  • Slothfulness leads to poverty (Proverbs 20:13; 6:6-11) — sleep is good, but the sluggard sleeps too long (Proverbs 6:9)
  • Slothfulness gets progressively worse (Proverbs 26:13-16)
  • Wastes what little time we have (Ephesians 5:16) — some things must be done now and cannot be put off (Proverbs 28:19; 20:4)

Sleep of Unpreparedness (Revelation 3:1-3)

  • Unprepared to the threat of sin (1 Peter 5:8)
  • Unprepared to the threat of false teaching (Romans 16:17-18)
  • Unprepared for our own death (Luke 12:19-20)
  • Unprepared for Christ’s return (1 Thessalonians 5:1-8)

Sleep of Death

  • Death is often described as “sleep” (1 Thessalonians 4:13-14) — emphasizes temporary nature of death (Hebrews 9:27)
  • This sleep provides rest from our labors (Revelation 14:13)
  • Leads to rest for the faithful (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18), not the wicked (Revelation 14:11)

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