And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made. Genesis Every Sabbath is a celebration of the fact that God is our Creator, that He knows each of us personally Psalm It is a celebration of the Fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of mankind.
Deuteronomy After the entrance of sin, mankind lost its rest in God. The consequence of sin was labour and restlessness. Rest is closely allied to peace. It is when we have true peace, the peace of God, that we can have rest for spirit, mind and body.
When we live in a relationship with God, we have rest see Exodus Separation from God leads to a loss of peace, and therefore, to a life of restlessness. Psalm is an example of the above. David has sinned and is here describing the heavy burden of his sin. Like David, a sinner who is aware of his guilt, loses peace, rest and health. 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. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. There remains therefore a rest keeping of the Sabbath to the people of God.
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For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. Hebrews , The redemption that has been provided for mankind in Christ Jesus is a complete redemption. He had completed a perfect redemption. He rested in the tomb on the Sabbath following His work of redemption as a sign that He had finished a perfect work.
He calls all mankind to remember and rest in the finished work of God for our redemption. So, despite the Fall, God still calls mankind to rest.
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The rest Christ offers is rest for our souls. Christ is telling us that He has taken away the curse of sin — He calls us to accept Him as Saviour, and in doing so, find rest for our souls. Note the emphasis; He wants us to have rest for our souls, not just physical rest. This is the true Sabbath rest, resting in the finished work of God. And we are called to accept this perfect Gift in Christ Jesus. If we look at the Creation story, we see that God provided perfectly for Adam and Eve.
All they had to do was receive with thanksgiving and praise what God had prepared for them.
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After sin entered the world, God still remains our provider. Though He completed His creation in 6 days, He sustained the earth on the Sabbath day. He provides for us on the Sabbath day. So when they measured it by omers, he who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack. Exodus , It was also a lesson in stewardship. God provides what we need; there is no need for greed.
Both the rich and the poor have this temptation. The latter probably out of fear because of the remembrance of poverty. In the story of the manna God teaches us that we shall lack nothing if we put our trust in Him. He had commanded the clouds above, and opened the doors of heaven, had rained down manna on them to eat, and given them of the bread of heaven.
Psalm Therefore the Lord heard this and was furious…because they did not believe in God, and did not trust in His salvation. Psalm , 21, How is it with us?
Do we praise God for His providence every Sabbath? Do we live in the confidence that He will provide our every need according to His riches in Christ Jesus Philippians ? Or do we murmur and complain about our lack as the children of Israel did? Because God is our Creator, He is our Father and every human being our brother and sister. This is Biblical basis of equality.
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The Sabbath affirms this. This separation results in inequality and discrimination. Despite the inequalities that sin has brought, God commands that we never forget that all mankind is equal in the sight of God. Also Exodus , Leviticus , Deuteronomy He commands that they too have a Sabbath rest. Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath. While here on earth, Jesus confirmed that the Sabbath was made for man.
It is a universal gift to mankind.
Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath. Read the stories in Matt , Mark , Luke , John ; We too can work as Christ did on the Sabbath — not for self-centred reasons, but in self-giving; doing good for others. We are called, like Christ, to break the bonds of Satan wherever we see men and women imprisoned by him.
Thus we too can fulfil the mission of Christ. But our first priority must be to spend time with Christ, before we go to help others on the Sabbath day. For this reason the Jews persecuted Jesus, and sought to kill Him, because He had done these things on the Sabbath. His people then leave their usual employment, and spend the time in meditation and worship.
They ask more favours of Him on the Sabbath than upon other days. They demand His special attention.
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To this time apply the words of the Revelator, "The temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in His temple the ark of His testament. The ark of God's testament is in the second apartment of the sanctuary. As Christ entered there, to minister in the sinner's behalf, the inner temple was opened, and the ark of God was brought to view.
To those who by faith beheld the Saviour in His work of intercession, God's majesty and power were revealed. As the train of His glory filled the temple, light from the holy of holies was shed upon His waiting people on the earth.
They had by faith followed their High Priest from the holy to the most holy, and they saw Him pleading His blood before the ark of God. Within that sacred ark is the Father's law, the same that was spoken by. God Himself amid the thunders of Sinai, and written with His own finger on the tables of stone. Not one command has been annulled; not a jot or tittle has been changed.
While God gave to Moses a copy of His law, He preserved the great original in the sanctuary above. Tracing down its holy precepts, the seekers for truth found, in the very bosom of the Decalogue, the fourth commandment, as it was first proclaimed: "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 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: 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.
The Spirit of God impressed the hearts of these students of His Word. The conviction was urged upon them that they had ignorantly transgressed the fourth commandment by disregarding the Creator's rest day.