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A Rest For The People Of God

yeshuablackIs the Sabbath a sign of God’s people?  Will the world know those who follow God because of the observance to a 7th day physical rest?

There is much debate around the timing and observance of the Sabbath.  Many believe we are commanded to observe it because it was made holy by God at creation, and/or reinforced upon the children of Yisrael through Moses.

I hold neither to be a valid representation of the Sabbath today.  The Sabbath rest we are to enter into has always been through faith in Messiah.  And is understood through the book of Hebrews chapters 3-4 & 8-10.  As mentioned in another blog post of mine called “What’s your job duties in the Temple of God“, when the priests are done gathering the blood from the sacrificial offerings they presented it to the High Priest, who then takes it into the Holy of Holies, and sprinkles it on the Ark.  While this happened the other priests would have STOPPED their work, and rested.  Counting on the High Priest to do his job.

Yeshua has entered the most holy place not built by hands, with his blood as an offering for our sins. And much to some of the priests surprise, he hasn’t come back out, yet. And some seem to think he has died up/in there, and have started to re institute the sacrifices to the Law for righteousness sake.   As if this shows love for God!

What do you think will happen when Yeshua comes back out of the most holy places? And finds his so called children operating the functions of the first outer court? Making a mockery of his own Work. Don’t you think he is going to take those tablets and smash them down on the ground and slay them with the wrath of his coming? And consecrate those who will stand for the Word of God, Yeshua?  Does not the very book of the law condemn those already who have not believed in the declarations of the Lord?

This lays to waste any notion of operating the Law given Moses after Yeshua is offered as the eternal sacrifice.  As explained in more detail in my other post.

But, what about the fact that the Sabbath was instituted at the creation?  The other school of thought is that since it was from creation that it is now still applicable.  Because the creation is till here.  And with this wedge driven into your heart you seek to observe it as God desires.  Here is where Hebrews 3-4 come into play.  Let’s look at it.

First, we should place some context on this.  We just saw in verses 1-6 how Yeshua is compared to Moses and found greater, in every way.

Hebrews 3

7 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, “Today, if you hear his voice, 8 do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the wilderness, 9 where your fathers put me to the test and saw my works for forty years. 10 Therefore I was provoked with that generation, and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart; they have not known my ways.’ 11 As I swore in my wrath, ‘They shall not enter my rest.'”

And again the comparison stands.  They heard what I told them then, so Today when you hear my voice, don’t react like they did.  They did not know God’s ways because they did not realize it was operable only from the heart.  Not by merely doing the commands, but doing it with God inside you.  Remember how His words are not too far from them, but on their lips and in their heart?  In this way, the law was spiritual.  Not that it could impart eternal life, but that it was only truly operable through the heart.  And most only saw physical commands.

But, the point here is, Today we here his voice.  And we are to take it to heart.  Or we will not enter His rest.  We will not be able to observe the Sabbath the way He commands it.

12 Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. 13 But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

Today God is living in us which cause all sin to be removed from our hearts.

14 For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end.15 As it is said, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” 16For who were those who heard and yet rebelled? Was it not all those who left Egypt led by Moses?17 And with whom was he provoked for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did he swear that they would not enter his rest, but to those who were disobedient? 19 So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief.

Today we are hearing God as they did, His voice is speaking again.  He is a living God.  Not a God who speaks only once.  And we are called here to not disregard it as the former children did.  They did not enter God’s Sabbath, even when they observed it by command through Moses!  But some did, as we see in Hebrews 11.

So, this rest/Sabbath is unable to be observed without Faith.

Hebrews 4

1 Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it. 2 For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened.

The promise of entering His rest/Sabbath still stands.  And, look at this!

3 For we who have believed enter that rest, as he has said, “As I swore in my wrath, ‘They shall not enter my rest,'”although his works were finished from the foundation of the world. 4 For he has somewhere spoken of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all his works.” 5 And again in this passage he said, “They shall not enter my rest.”

6 Since therefore it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of disobedience, 7 again he appoints a certain day, “Today,” saying through David so long afterward, in the words already quoted, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.” 8 For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken of another day later on.

We who have believed in Yeshua enter the rest God commanded from the foundation of the world!!

Not through observance of a certain day, but observance of a certain Word.  Namely that which calls us to receive Faith in Yeshua Messiah for the things ‘HE’ does, in and through us.

9 So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, 10 for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. 11 Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.

12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

O.k. here’s the real deal.  Through Faith in Yeshua we not only are united as one with God, we let Him live Today through our bodies.  Not us, but Him.  In so doing, we enter the rest of God.  We end the life that was for our self, and rest in the life that He lives through us today.  Today when we believe the Words Yeshua spoke to His disciples, we too are filled with the Holy Spirit.  Who comes to live in our souls this very day.  He asks us to rest from our own works.  During Moses’ time He commanded us to work with Him as He worked among us.  Today He commands us to not work for ourselves, but to let Him work through us.  If we say we love Him, yet live for ourselves, we lie.  And the truth is not in us.  But if we say we love Him, and empty our souls of our own desires and wants.  And offer our lives for the good of God and others.  Then He is TRULY living within you.  And I am positive He empowers us to do wonders greater than we ever imagine.  If we only believe, and have Faith.  That God lives in us.  And leads us into His rest.

Shabbat Shalom!!  Everyday is rest in the Lord!!

Yeshua Shabbateinu!!  Our Sabbath Rest

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8 comments on “A Rest For The People Of God

  1. David Shimshon
    January 21, 2013

    Think of this too. This is why God removed the temple and the people from the land. So we would be able to receive God’s rest and not be confused. It was never clear why God would send Yeshua to reinforce the Law given Moses, then remove any possibility of observing it. He even taught that it was going to happen. And Steven was killed for repeating it.

    Steven knew how to receive the rest of God. And they murdered him for receiving it and resting in it.

    This is why the message is so counter to Judaism. And those who were officiating Judaism in Yeshua’s time. It really did say that they were lost without Yeshua. And Yeshua really did say that there would come a time when you would NOT be able to worship God in Israel. But that it would be possible through the Spirit and Truth. That was made and spoke from the foundations of the world.

    We who believe have entered this rest of God. We do no works of our own but rely on the very breath and life of God within us to exist.

    If we take up are own life in order to save it we die. If we lay down our life for God and others, we live forever, with Him.

    Charles, Yes, your email precipitated this post. I love you brother. Enjoy, or stew. I”m here for ya.

    Shalom Shalom

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  2. Charles
    January 21, 2013

    Stew. No thanks, I have already had dinner. So what good is stew? I understand the greater principle of Sabbath and resting from trying to work spiritually through the flesh rather than through the spirit of God in us. But we still have to accept that God marks time for those of us who live within the constraints of time. Even in the Kingdom of Messiah it says that things will be set out from one Sabbath to the next and from one New Moon to the next. Additionally it says that those people of the nations who came against Jerusalem in the last days will come up every year and worship the Lord God at the Feast of Tabernacles, and failure to do so, will bring a severe penalty to that nation. The prophecies that God gave concerning the Millennial Kingdom contain certain Moedim and aspects of worship. A person might observe any of the commandments incorrectly in a legalistic way in an effort to obtain their own righteousness but they will fail. But a person can also enter into the things God gives as a blessed time of fellowship with God and with one another knowing that it bears nothing in regards to our righteousness. Man was not made for the sabbath, but the sabbath was made for man. So the Sabbath was designated and for a purpose. It is a blessing, a time to fellowship, study, and appreciate God. This is not a denial of faith on the observers part. It is a blessing given to us by God and received by those who accept it as such. If we fail to observe it, then we miss a blessing but we do not diminish our salvation. Because that is not earned by us for what we do. I want to keep God’s appointment times because he has set time aside to be with us communally and we should take advantage of those times. Do you see the difference?

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    • David Shimshon
      January 21, 2013

      Yes, I believe I see the difference your describing. I have focused on it before myself. I just think your not really seeing how we fulfill the Sabbath requirement through our Faith. A Faith that manifests the very presence of God in you. I see you still concerned about how/when/what to do in regards to the Sabbath. Yes, we live in this world. And yet we are not of this world. We exist in this world to the glory of Messiah and have our being in Him. He is our rest. You do understand this. But your still looking past it.

      Yes, we can appreciate a 7th day rest. I do. But I know it’s because that is the pattern of our God. And even still, if the Lord wants to work in me on my 7th day. I will do what he leads me to. Because as Yeshua said, it is right to do good on the Shabbat. There is no law against it.

      What has caused this need to physically observe the Shabbat, yet you understand you can’t physically observe the rest, without Yeshua in your heart. The key is Yeshua in your heart. The rest all hangs on that my brother. We do not offend God in any way when we live in unity with Him, Today, and everyday.

      Shalom Shalom

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  3. David Shimshon
    January 21, 2013

    Oh yea, and then there is the fact that in the new earth and heavens, there is no sun nor moon. The Lamb is the light of all things and all things receive light from Him. How then can you figure the Shabbat with no sun and moon?

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  4. David Shimshon
    January 21, 2013

    How will you observe the Law without the Sun and Moon?

    If you think the Law will last for eternity. Tell me how, when there is no sun or moon, and there is no more day or night, and the Light of the Lord is our illumination, how will the Shabbat, the days, seasons, months and years be counted? How will you observe the Shabbat when you have no sun to determine the days from nights? How will you observe the feasts, when there will be no moon for months and seasons?

    Isaiah 60:19-20
    “No longer will you need the sun or moon to give you light, for the LORD your God will be your everlasting light, and he will be your glory. 20 The sun will never set; the moon will not go down. For the LORD will be your everlasting light. Your days of mourning will come to an end.

    Joel 2:10
    The earth quakes as they advance, and the heavens tremble. The sun and moon grow dark, and the stars no longer shine.

    Joel 3:15
    The sun and moon will grow dark, and the stars will no longer shine.

    Revelation 21:23-26
    And the city has no need of sun or moon, for the glory of God illuminates the city, and the Lamb is its light. 24 The nations of the earth will walk in its light, and the rulers of the world will come and bring their glory to it. 25 Its gates never close at the end of day because there is no night. 26 And all the nations will bring their glory and honor into the city.

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  5. Charles
    January 21, 2013

    During the Millennial Kingdom there will be flesh and blood people on the Earth. They will live in a healed world, under the Kingship of Yeshua the Messiah and because of these things they will live greatly extended lives. Their lives will still follow the Sun and Moon the Sabbaths and the Moedim. During that time, we who have been saved by His Blood and have been translated into the immortal body will live in New Jerusalem, and will as you say bask in the light of God’s presence and have no need for Sabbaths or Moedim. We will live in the “Sabbath moment” all the time as it were.

    Then after the end of that 1000 years HaSatan is loosed once again in the earth to draw out the last of the rebellious ones and following that the final judgement. God then makes all things new, a New Heaven and a New Earth and all the old ways will be done away with. Until then we live according to the Grace that he has given us and to the fullness of the Spirit as much as we have been able to surrender to his working in us.

    You are not hearing me though David. I am not overly concerned with the when where and how of the Sabbath. I live by faith in the moment as the Spirit speaks. But I do not want to become a slave to money or wages and work 7 days a week either. And if I set aside a day to have appreciation day for God’s grace toward me, to enjoy my freedom in God, it is not sin to do so. It is sin when I cross the line and begin keeping the Sabbath legalistically in fear that if I fail to do it correctly that I will loose my salvation, then I have already stepped away from faith and moved toward self righteousness. That is where so many of our brothers and sisters are today ; Slaves to legalistically observing Torah commands trying to please God rather than resting in the fact that he is already pleased with them.

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    • David Shimshon
      January 21, 2013

      Amen Charles. Wouldn’t that make us redeemed Yisrael then?! As you mentioned when you said during that time we who have been saved by his blood and have been translated into the immortal body live in the New Jerusalem. They are the redeemed of Yisrael!

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