Our Sabbath Rest

July 4, 2009 at 7:38 am 10 comments

I believe that we DO need the Sabbath!   Not the sabbath of the Jews or SDA’s though.  The Sabbath as they observe it is a shadow of things to come.  What is a shadow?   If you are standing on a sidewalk at the corner of a building and you see a shadow coming toward you from around the corner you have an idea if it’s a car or person or dog, etc.   But you don’t really have a clue about the actual object until you can see it directly.   A shadow is a 2-dimensional silhouette of the real object.  It IS NOT the object!!!   The 7th-day sabbath as well as the feast sabbath’s and many other things in the Old Testament are shadows pointing to Christ.   Everything about God’s Word points to Christ.

After the Cross our eyes can be opened and we can now see the plan of salvation and The Christ in our 3-dimensional reality. We don’t need the shadow anymore because we have the real object, The Christ. We can now sabbath (rest) 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, in the assurance that He paid the price for MY SINS.

Keeping the 7th-day Sabbath is irrelevant, yes.  But we need to understand that we CAN (must) rest in Him continuously.  We need to rely on Him for our salvation, health and prosperity.   Jesus Christ is our shalom and we need to understand that He paid the price for much more than just our salvation.   His sacrifice and redemption of mankind assured the believer of good health and prosperity in addition to our salvation.

Once a believer understands these concepts it becomes painfully obvious how anti-Christ the whole “health-food” consciousness of the SDA’s really is.  We are to rely on Christ for our health, not soybeans or “clean meats” or lack of spices. Jesus, the Good Shepard, takes care of His sheep.   There is not one indication that the disciples were ever sick or lacked for money.  Think about that………not once!  Jesus took care of them, just as He will do for us once we allow Him to.

I would love to go on…but I’ll leave that topic for another post 🙂

Shalom

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  • 1. David Moorman  |  July 30, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    I think you’re mighty presumptuous frankly. How is it “antichrist” to desire to eat healthy and live a longer and prosperous life? God promised those that obey His commandments would enjoy “long life.” So it can be concluded that a long healthy life is more in keeping with the will of God than not.

    Psa 91:16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

    Pro 3:1 ¶ My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: Pro 3:2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.

    By saying “We are to rely on Christ for our health” one can easily say then we are free to smoke cigarettes, take drugs, and engage in other behavior that is detrimental to the very body that God gave us and that we DO NOT own.

    1 Cor 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

    Lastly, a man given a gift that willingly accepts it is in some way responsible for the maintenance and care of that gift. Our bodies are incredibly complex and well-tuned machines. To treat that body with little regard for He that gave it is the ultimate form of disrespect.

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  • 2. Patricia Kayden  |  October 16, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    God is the one who instructed us to keep the seventh day holy – not the Jews or SDAs. When you reject the Sabbath (and encourage others to do so), you are disobeying God – not the Jews or SDAs.

    God rested on the Sabbath day and hallowed it at creation – before there were any Jews or SDAs.

    Anyways, will leave your blog alone since I can see where you are going.

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    • 3. haldog  |  October 16, 2009 at 6:11 pm

      I understand why you think that Patricia, I used to think the same thing! And then in my studies I discovered Deuteronomy 5:2-3 where Moses reminds the Children of Israel that the 10 Commandments were given to them, only them, not to their fathers. He specifically says that it was given only to them, the Children of Israel.

      Maybe you are of Jewish decent Patricia and if that is the case I can see that you have something of a point, but if you are not Jewish then I have to disagree with you.

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      • 4. Randy E. Nevins  |  December 25, 2014 at 8:12 pm

        Deuteronomy 5:2-3 is not talking about the 10 Commandments. Moses is talking about a covenant with God. That was related to the Temple and sacrificing animals, representing the death of Jesus. The remission of sin. Not the 10 Commandments.

  • 5. Monette  |  October 22, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    When we are speaking about our heavenly father we need to leave out personal opinions or interpretation rather and focus on his words. Patricia made an excellent point about the Sabbath; David highlighted several very important scriptures about God’s laws, and I just wanted to add a few more scriptures to support their points.

    Genesis 2:2-3 NIV
    By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

    Matthew 5:17-20 NIV
    Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the lay, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.

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    • 6. haldog  |  October 22, 2009 at 6:49 pm

      You say that I need to leave personal opinion out of it and let the Word speak for itself. I think you should attemp to do the same.

      I never said that God didn’t command Israel to rest on the Sabbath, but I do say that he never told me, a former gentile, to rest. I am not a Jew, the Torah was not given to me and my forefathers were NEVER commanded to obey it.

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      • 7. David Moorman  |  October 23, 2009 at 5:06 pm

        Actually, if you consider all things in the Exodus of the COI those that left Egypt were a “mixed multitude” and that “mixed multitude” was required to obey all of God’s commandments. Add to that the fact that whether one was a native Israelite (not just ‘Jew’) or not they were required to observe and obey all the laws that God had given Israel. The equivalent would be that a tourist from Canada on his way to Mexico would be required to obey all the laws of the USA, not just the ones he wanted.

        Deu 31:12 Gather the people together, men, and women, and children, and thy stranger that [is] within thy gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the LORD your God, and observe to do all the words of this law: Deu 31:13 And [that] their children, which have not known [any thing], may hear, and learn to fear the LORD your God, as long as ye live in the land whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.

        Suggesting, even for a minute, that gentiles were never required to obey the law of God really does the entire essence of obeying God’s laws and commandments a huge disservice.

        Mat 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

        Man, not just Jew, Asherite, Gadite, etc., shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.

        I think it’s interesting you consider yourself a “former Gentile.” That must mean you plainly understand that we are all “adopted Israelites” into the nation of Israel headed by our Lord and King Jesus Christ. And as we know, all kings and kingdoms have rules. But saying that the Torah wasn’t given to you is kind of a misnomer frankly. When you willingly decide to become a member of the spiritual Nation of Israel headed by Christ our King then you willingly accept His rules and abide by His rules. He is the same God who said, “Remember the sabbath day….”

        Take care.

  • 8. Vusi  |  September 11, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Sabbath must be kept, no matter what. Sabbath was stated way before the LAW was given to moses. It is also stated in the book of Isaiah way after the LAW has passed, when the church is finally married to Christ forever. We need to learn to distinguish between the LAW and the ten commandments of GOD, then we”ll be in a position to understand that which is a shadow and that which is forever. For example, i cannot choose, in my right mind, to keep the first commandment and at the same time choose not to keep and uphold the fourth commandment. That”s hypocrisy. Let us learn to come to a place where we allow the pure word of God to judge us and step into the understanding of one standard of God to justify us.

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    • 9. haldog  |  September 11, 2013 at 8:07 am

      Vusi, please point me to where in the bible, before the 10 Commandments, where it says the Sabbath is to be kept.

      Are you keeping the Sabbath Vusi? If you are a “Sabbath keeper”, do you believe in Jesus the Christ?

      “In that He says, ‘A new covenant,’ He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.” Heb 8:13

      The Old Covenant became obsolete the moment Jesus’ blood was shed. To believe that one must “keep” the 10 Commandments is to show one’s ignorance of scripture and God’s plan.

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      • 10. Randy E. Nevins  |  December 25, 2014 at 8:35 pm

        The temple observance was done away with when the curtain tore from top to bottom. The temple demise does not effect those 10 Commandments written on two stones, by God’s own hand.

        1st Corinthians chapter 7 verse 19 Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing, but keeping the commandments of God is what matters.

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