|Posted on April 5, 2019 at 6:40 AM|
Setting the Captives Free World-Wide ~ Breaking the Chains of Bondage (Isaiah 61:1)
God’s Road Map to Heaven by Way of Route 66 ~ Seeing Jesus in Every Book of the Bible (The Sabbath)
God’s Purpose for the Sabbath
The day of rest was a part of creation; it was the seventh day that God ceased from creating everything. The seventh day was also sanctified or set apart as a holy day (Genesis 2:3). So, what is the day of rest pointing to or fore-shadowing of Christ? Again, you will not see Jesus’ name, but He was there; Jesus was the Lord of the Sabbath (Luke 6:5). What does this mean? Jesus had power, authority and ownership of the Sabbath.
The children of Israel were told what to do about keeping the Sabbath Day (Deuteronomy 4:1-14) but they did what they wanted to do. God warned them if they did not keep the Sabbath, they would be put to death (Exodus 31:14-15).
They got side-tracked and did not obey the command: In six days the Lord made the heaven, earth, the sea and all that was in them and rested on the seventh day, wherefore the Lord blessed the seventh day and hallowed it (made it holy)- (Exodus 20:11). God rested, therefore He commanded them to rest (Hebrews 4:9-11). There were severe consequences for not following God’s commands.
And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man that gathered sticks on the Sabbath day. They brought him to Moses and all the congregation and put him in a ward until they declared what was to be done to him. And the Lord said to Moses, he shall surely be put to death. All the congregation took him outside the camp and stoned him to death as the Lord commanded (Numbers 15:32-36).
Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath (Mark 2:27), it was for man to rest from labor and spend time with God, also Salvation brings rest in Christ (Matthew 11:28-30). Jesus was Lord of the Sabbath under the Old Covenant (Luke 6:5). It took the ultimate blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ to purchase Salvation for mankind (Hebrews (10:1-12), which means after He died and rose, He became the Sabbath for us (Hebrews 4:10).
All things were made by Him (John 1:3), and with that being so, Jesus created the Sabbath; He instituted the observance of the Sabbath and He is the fulfillment of the sabbath (Colossians 1:16-19), therefore the focus should be on Jesus and not a day (Colossians 2:16-17). Born-again believers should understand that Jesus died and took care of all the things the Old Testament saints were looking forward to.
If the children of God embrace a day more than they embrace Jesus Christ, then they do not understand Salvation, because the sabbath or a holy day is wrapped up in Jesus Christ.
When Jesus said: “It is finished” (John 19:28-30), everything was complete because He brought in a new and better covenant. Once Jesus the testator or owner of the will died, the new covenant was in effect (Hebrews 9:16-22).
Isn’t it interesting to know that under the new covenant, the Word of God does not command us to keep the Sabbath day holy (Exodus 20:8-11)? However, we should set aside a special time to fellowship with other saints (Hebrews 10:25). Therefore, we should let no one judge us as to what day to observe; if a person chooses to observe a sabbath or holy day, that is fine; just don’t say it has to be done, because that is not true according to the Word of God (Romans 14:5-10).
Next: The Ceremonial Laws ~ Leviticus
Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG