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Monday, August 10, 2009

Jesus is our Sabbath Rest

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."

Jesus is our Sabbath Rest- Updated in 2011

The sad fact is the subject of the Sabbath is a contentious one for many and it should not be that way.
I am not a teacher but I am a sharer and this is a study that I did on the subject of the Sabbath. I believe this is the understanding I have received by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.

The Dictionary correctly gives a basic definition of the Sabbath as:
The seventh day of the week, Saturday, observed as the day of rest and worship by the Jews and some Christian sects.

Let’s go to the scriptures to read what they reveal about the Sabbath.


 Shadow of Things to Come

“And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it; because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made” Genesis 2: 2, 3 KJV

God “ended his work” and “rested on the seventh day” and he "blessed" and "sanctified it". This scripture is very significant as a foreshadow of what this “rest” and "sanctification" would come to mean under the New Covenant.

I understand that this scripture is a foreshadow of Jesus Christ who would come to be the fulfillment and the completion of God’s true “rest”.

God gave the Sabbath to the Israelites and it was established as a remembrance that God created the universe in six days and then “rested” on the seventh day. He wanted His people to follow His pattern and rest also. (Exodus 16:29, 30, 20:8, 9, 10,11). 


Exodus 20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Exodus 20:9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
Exodus 20:10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
Exodus 20:11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
  (Foreshadow of Jesus.)

It is very important to understand that the Old Testament represents types and foreshadows of God’s plan of redemption for mankind that would come to be fulfilled through Jesus Christ. I understand that Jesus' sacrificial death on the cross and resurrection IS the completion and the fulfillment of God's plan and the end of our labors to save ourselves through our works. (Titus 3:5, Eph 2:8-9, Rom 3:28, Gal 2:16, Gal 3:11, and more.)

Jesus tells us in Mat 5:17 “Think not that I come to destroy the law or the prophets. I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 
 The word “fulfil” is G4137 in the Strong's and means "to complete, end, to render perfect." 

Jesus renders perfect, fulfills, and completes God’s plan of redemption for mankind and therefore the Mosaic Covenant (Moses) that was given at Mt. Sinai (Exodus 20) is no longer in effect (ended) under the New Covenant and Jeremiah confirms this:

Jer 31:31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
Jer 31:32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: [Refer to Exodus 20]
Jer 31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

The book of Hebrews reconfirms:
Hebrews 8:8  Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:
Hebrews 8:9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.
Hebrews 8:10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:

Now let’s look at something else amazing the Lord showed me!

Isaiah 41:21 The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable.

The word “magnify” is H3121, and the Lexicon says this word “gadal” means to “twist together and to bind together.“ That is really what Jeremiah 31:31-33 is saying! The word “honorable” is H142- ‘adar- and this means to “glorify.” I believe this is speaking of Jesus Christ. The law of Christ is spiritually written on our hearts and we are therefore bound to the Lords laws by the SPIRIT of God!!

 Jesus IS the Lord of the Sabbath! 

Mat 12:8 “For the son of man is Lord even of the Sabbath day.” 
Mark 2:27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: 28 Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath. (Refer to Exodus 20:10) 

Jesus is the “Lord” and “master” of the Sabbath day. (Strong’s Concordance, Lord= G2962- he to whom a person or thing belongs, about which he has power of deciding; master, lord).


Jesus IS NOW Our Rest!

Jesus said “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Mat 11:28, 29

I am obeying the 4th commandment by resting in my Savior Jesus Christ.

Substance Is In Christ

Paul tells the Romans- Rom 10:4 "For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believes." 

Paul tells the GalatiansGal 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 
  
Paul is also very direct in addressing the issue of the Sabbath in Colossians 2:16, 17
“So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.”

And for those who say Paul is referring only to festival sabbaths, the word “sabbaths” in that verse is G4521-sabbaton and here is the Strong’s definition:
1) the seventh day of each week which was a sacred festival on which the Israelites were required to abstain from all work                                                                                              
a) the institution of the sabbath, the law for keeping holy every seventh day of the week                          
b) a single sabbath, sabbath day                                                                                               
2) seven days, a week

Paul reveals the broader concept of types and foreshadows from the Old Testament and how they are fulfilled under the New Covenant when he speaks about Jesus as the second Adam.

1 Corinthians 15:46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. 47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.

In other words the natural/physical came first (Old Testament foreshadow), the spiritual came second (New Testament fulfillment.)


The Early Church- What did they do?

I can find no scripture in the New Testament where either Jesus or Paul instructs the church to observe the Sabbath. To the contrary the book of Acts just mentions a few things that were given as instruction to the Gentile believers. Refer to Acts 15:19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24. Acts 21:25. In fact, scripture says that the early church did meet on the first day of the week which is SUNDAY!

Acts 20:7 And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.

Paul addresses the church in Corinth about taking a collection for the Saints on the first day, which is SUNDAY!

1 Corinthians 16:1 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given orders to the churches of Galatia, so you must do also:
1Corinthians 16:2 On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come.


Read all of Romans chapter 14.
Romans 14:5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. 6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.

Conclusion


The scriptures seem very clear to me. Jesus is our Sabbath rest. I rest in Him knowing that by doing this I am obedient to His 4th commandment.

I am NOT saying that those who observe the Saturday Sabbath are in error. NO- I am not saying that. If you want to observe the Sabbath as a day of rest, then please do and enjoy your rest. But are you aware of these scriptures: Gal 5:1, 2, 3, 4.

Colossians 3: 23 "And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;"

Come on brothers and sisters, observing the Sabbath is not a requirement for salvation or to please God. There is only ONE Covenant and ONE Law of Christ (Gal 6:2) that is now written on our hearts. (Jer 31:31, 32, 33, 34, Heb 8:8, 9, 10.) It is a work of the Holy Spirit through sanctification and not of our flesh by the keeping of laws and Sabbath days.

Praise our Almighty God and His Son Christ Jesus!
Sarah





Articles:
http://www.thegracetabernacle.org/studies/gtsn_sabbath.html 


http://www.ldolphin.org/sabbathrest.html 



BE SURE TO READ THIS ARTICLE. IT HAS IMPORTANT HISTORICAL FACTS:
http://www.letusreason.org/7thad18.htm



 

7 comments:

  1. If you research how the Sabbath came to be celebrated on "sunday" you will find that it was perverted this way by the catholic church in 365 a.d. Prior to that all christians observed the Sabbath on the 7th day, as God intended.

    Furthermore, observance of the Sabbath on the 7th day is one of the 10 commandments. The verse that is often cited about "observing the new moon, or the sabbath..." is NOT talking about the weekly Sabbath, but about the special feasts and rituals which were commanded as shown in Leviticus.

    To say that it doesn't matter what day you observe the Sabbath is to say that it was ok for the catholic church to change God's Word and that it is also okay not to obey the 10 Commandments any more because Jesus Christ fulfilled the Law. We KNOW we are not to worship Idols, or murder, or steal, so why does the 4th Commandment not hold any significance any more? This just doesn't make any sense, and does not take away from anything that Jesus Christ did, but rather honors HIM by honoring what HE did, which was to observe ALL the Law, which includes the 4th Commandment.

    BTW: the catholic bible does not list the 4th commandment; they removed it after changing the Sabbath from the 7th day (Saturday) to Sunday the 1st day (research Constantine and his worship of Sol Invictus) and then split the 8th Commandment into two, so they could have 10.

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  2. Well kattaie, You just presented the same argument that most strict Sabbatarians offer up. But I think I laid it out pretty simply in the post. Jesus is our Sabbath rest. But if you want to take Saturday to honor the Lord then go ahead.
    Read Romans chapter 14.
    In Christ, Sara

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  3. Very good post.

    I went to church faithfully for five years till the Lord told me to stop going to church on Sunday. I abide in Christ everyday; I obey the Lord everyday. The Lord is my life and my light every day--not just for two hours on Sunday or Saturday or Wednesday night.

    If people want to emphasize the practice of going to church on Sunday, I just hope that they are truly surrendered to Christ--and I hope their pastor is truly surrendered to Christ. They should try eating one meal per week and see how long they last (I usually eat two or three meals per day). I feed on the Bread of Heaven (Christ) every day. I rest in the Sabbath (Christ) every day.

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  4. Amen Tim. We must abide in Jesus every day and not just on Saturday or Sunday at church. I quit going to church over a year ago myself. For people who are more mature in Christ, it is not a bad choice. I prefer it.

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  5. Please keep in mind these scriptures. I hope after praying over them, the Holy Spirit will enlighten you to the Truth. Be careful of clinging to specific scriptures to support your view.
    Exodus 31:16 Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant.
    Perpetual means forever, unchangeable, never-ending. Again, I say, never-ending.
    Romans 14:5 is not referring to the Sabbath, as Paul refers to the Sabbath in Hebrews 4, which makes it quite clear. Please read that scripture.
    Matt. 5:17 is very, very important as it describes how Jesus came not to abolish the law but to fulfill it. Yea, He took everything to a higher level. Our righteousness must surpass the scribes and pharisees (who kept the Saturday Sabbath). They were proud of keeping the law, but they loved their traditions more than their neighbor.
    Jesus kept the Saturday Sabbath, as did the prophets before Him and the disciples that followed Him. The church didn't start keeping the first day of the week, Sunday, as the Sabbath until much, much later, and Jesus had this to say about people who change laws and times
    Matthew 15:13 "But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.
    The 'weed' of Sunday worship will eventually be pulled up.
    The Ten Commandments, written in stone by the Father's finger, stand as much today as before.
    Jesus came not to abolish the law.
    Through supernatural means, the Lord told me to keep the Saturday Sabbath starting two years ago. I have received spiritual blessings and graces because of it.
    Peace unto your house,
    Hyster

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  6. To HYSTER- thank you for your comment. Like I said if anyone wants to partake of a literal Sabbath rest then do it unto the Lord as the scripture says. Do you also observe to the extent that the Old Test commanded? It's pretty strict stuff.

    I have found that many Christians (I was one of them until recently) do not understand the depth of the richness of how the Old Testament was a playing out of what would come to be the fulfillment of the redemption of mankind. Among other aspects such as the sacrifice, etc. to fully understand what the Sabbath rest was meant to become is so key to understanding what Jesus is to us now! The perpetual covenant has been transformed and is a better one now. Just like Jesus is a better sacrifice.
    (Heb 10:1-18, Heb 9:11-28)

    I wish you and others could get this, but it is the Holy Spirit that has to reveal it to you. I pray He will and that you will receive it.
    In Christ, Sarah

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  7. Saints here is a great Bible study about our true rest- which is our Lord Jesus Christ-

    http://www.biblestudygames.com/biblestudies/sabbath.htm

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