What is Sabbath rest?
My message today is on the Sabbath Rest. To understand this subject even better let’s begin to read Genesis chapter 2:1-3. The Sabbath was instituted before God had given Moses the Law. It was introduced from the beginning. Just like the other commandment that man shall leave his mother and father and become one flesh.
God blessed the seventh day and sanctified because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made first of all as you can see on the creation at the very creation one God has created the heavens and the earth He made. God had created the universe and its system in a specific way to function on a seven-day cycle. There were no names to the day. It was as day one, day two, day three until the day seven which God called rest (Sabbath). The month was to be counted complete at the full moon. So, God had made the earth rotate and the galaxies move in such a way that once a month the full moon appears. He has made everything to function in perfect harmony until He creates a new heaven and a new earth.
The Sabbath rest is important since God created. Also, God had established seven days in the book of Genesis but revealed this only in the book of Exodus. Why didn’t God reveal this to anybody until He took Israel out of Egypt? Because God wanted to choose a nation and not one person to teach the world His ways. It is through Israel that God introduced His calendar to Israelites including His Feasts.
So, God has created the heavens and the earth and on the seventh, He rested. The seventh-day rest is the culmination of what He created. Jesus was predestined from before the foundation of the world. This world was created to become ready for Christ to come to redeem man from sin. And on the seventh day, God ended his work which he had made meaning that He doesn’t have to create anything anymore until God will create a new heaven and new earth to fulfill the great purpose of the dispensation of His plan of redemption. This is why God had instituted the day of rest, the Sabbath, from the very beginning. God’s Sabbath rest has become a number seven in our week. This is why, before any other laws were given to the Jewish people, the Sabbath rest was a part of the week.
In Exodus chapter 16, Israel was in the wilderness with God. They crossed the Red Sea on dry ground and on the other side their enemies were destroyed. The new life just began and God was teaching the nation His will and His ways. Manna from heaven had become their primarily lesson to learn God’s provision, obedience, and will. So, the Lord said unto Moses behold I will rain bread from heaven for you and peoples shall go out and gather a certain rate every day that I may prove them listen to this prove them whether they walk in my law or not. That was the first lesson. The second lesson was not to pick up the manna on the Sabbath day because the seventh day is the rest for you just I have rested, God said. The reason for the lesson was to test and train God’s people whether they will walk in His laws and ways or not. It is important to honor the Sabbath today in obedience to God. Jesus did not abolish the Sabbath day since it was instituted from the beginning. Just as the marriage commandment is from the beginning. They shall leave his mother and father and become one flesh. Jesus has never changed the day of rest from Saturday to Sunday. He was resurrected in the first day as the Bible says, because if He would be resurrected on the seventh day Jesus would never fulfill all things. Therefore, even the resurrection had to be on the first day in order to fulfill the Sabbath day which is rest. And because He was resurrected on the first day of the week, it doesn’t mean that God has changed the day of rest. Christ has fulfilled everything but never changed anything. Sabbath is important to God and this is why Sabbath is going to be instituted in the millennium again.
When Jesus will reign on this earth everything is going to be exactly as it is in the Word of God. New moon, the Sabbath, the seven days, the 12 months of the year and so on. The Word of God speaks of a 1000-year reign of Christ. How can we count a thousand years without knowing the12 months and seven-day cycle? God didn’t say that He eventually will change His mind about His day of rest. Look at verse five, and it shall come to pass that on the sixth day… God didn’t say on Friday. You will never find in the Word of God the days named as of Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It is always day one, day two, day three etc. it’s interesting that King James or New King James translations never mention Saturday or Sunday. It is Sabbath or rest.
Let’s look at our next point. Then he said to them, “This is what the Lord has said: “Tomorrow is a Sabbath rest, a holy Sabbath to the Lord. Bake what you will bake today, and boil what you will boil; and lay up for yourselves all that remains, to be kept until morning.” So they laid it up till morning, as Moses commanded; and it did not stink, nor were there any worms in it. Then Moses said, “Eat that today, for today is a Sabbath to the Lord; today you will not find it in the field. Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there will be none.” Now it happened that some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather, but they found none. And the Lord said to Moses, “How long do you refuse to keep My commandments and My laws? See! For the Lord has given you the Sabbath; therefore, He gives you on the sixth day bread for two days. Let every man remain in his place; let no man go out of his place on the seventh day.” So, the people rested on the seventh day.
One of the main points in this passage is that the Lord Himself abstained from giving manna on Sabbath. God cannot and will not forsake His own Word.
It is to our benefit that God is revealing these things to us before His coming so that we may live by His Word and do according to all what He said. Let’s look at what God said to Joshua. Moses My servant is dead God. Therefore, arise go over this Jordan though and all your people unto the land which I do give to them even to the children of Israel. Every place but the soul of your feet shall thread upon that have I given unto you. As I said unto Moses, I will be with you. No man be able to stand before you all the days of your life just be strong and of a good courage. For unto this people shall about divide for an inheritance the land which I swore into their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses my servant commanded you. Turn not from it to the right or to the left that you may prosper wherever you go.
God speaks very seriously to Joshua. He says this book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth but you shall meditate on its day and night so that you may to do and observe according to all that is in it. It is important that we meditate on the Word of God day and night that we get God’s instruction from this book of the law. This Bible cannot depart from our heart but we shall meditate on its day and night so that we may observe to do according to all that that is written in it. For then you shall make your spirit, soul, and body prosperous in Jesus and you should have good success. It is all in our hands. Have I not commanded you, be strong and of good courage, be not afraid neither be dismayed. For the Lord your God is with you whatever you go! looking to the Word of God, don’t turn from it to the left or to the right. Meditate in day and night! You have to be in Christ! Without Jesus our Messiah studying the scriptures with all of your heart will lead you to Christ. Yet if you are in Christ, Jesus will equip you, He will fill your life with God’s truth, He will help you to live according to the Word of God because He is the Messiah, the Saviour. Then you will have great success!
God bless you.