~ The Truth About The Sabbath ~


Entering into rest is not about refraining from work one day a week. In fact we are not required to obey the law of the Sabbath any more than Jews are still required to make animal sacrifices. We have a better covenant with better promises and those laws have been completely fulfilled by the lord Jesus Christ. For us to fulfill the law we must enter into Christ and remain there.

Acts 17:28 ~ for in Him we live and move and have our being ….

 Entering into the Lords rest is about walking IN Him, obeying His leading and direction. When you do this you cease from your own works and now your works and your burden are His. Making a choice to take up His agenda and His plans daily, instead of our own, is how we take up His burden and His easy yoke. This is the rest of God that we are to labour to enter into.

Hebrews 4:9-11 ~ 9 There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. 10For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. 11 Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.

Matthew 11:28-30 ~ 28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 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. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

This revelation is the key to God’s people walking in the power and demonstration of the Spirit. The Church can’t be trusted with true power until they learn to enter, and remain in this rest. We are redeemed from the law of the Sabbath, which is keeping one day holy. We now must enter that rest DAILY, with EVERY day being holy and dedicated to the Lord and the promises that are tied to honoring the Sabbath are ours to enjoy daily. Look at what is promised in Isaiah 58 .

 Isaiah 58:13-14 ~ “If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, From doing your pleasure on My holy day, And call the Sabbath a delight, The holy day of the Lord honorable, And shall honor Him, not doing your own ways, Nor finding your own pleasure, Nor speaking your own words, 14 Then you shall delight yourself in the Lord; And I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth, And feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father. The mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

Don’t limit your experience with the rest of God to just one day a week. Observance of a weekly Sabbath was just a type and shadow of what we are to live out daily in Christ. Legalistic observance of Holy days, festivals and religious laws removes you from the grace that Christ provides. The apostle Paul labeled it as establishing your own righteousness.

Philippians 3:8-10 ~ 8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,

Our righteousness can only be found in Him, by accepting His completed work of redemption and laying down our life for Him.

 You can enjoy that rest daily …  and you should.

JC

16 responses to “~ The Truth About The Sabbath ~

  1. If we rest in the finished work of our Lord Jesus, we acknowledge there is nothing we can add to it. Thank you for your wonderful article.

  2. therefore let us make effort in work to enter the rest.

    “Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.”
    – Hebrews 4:11
    amen.

  3. Shalom,
    Read with interest! I just published a book called “Enter the Rest – Lessons from the epistle to the Hebrews” that address the Jewish settings in which the book was written into and the most importent goal of resting in God in the Holy of Hollies, in depth. Somebody called it: An Israeli’s perspective on the Jewishness of the epistle to the Hebrews. You may be interested reading it.
    Many Blessings,
    Israel Harel
    Pastor Shaar HaEmek Congregation
    Israel
    Link to the book: http://www.xulonpress.com/bookstore/bookdetail.php?PB_ISBN=9781622306596

  4. The word translated “Sabbath-rest” is the Greek word “Sabbatismos” which actually means “Sabbath-keeping.” Therefore, Hebrews 4:9 should read, “There remains, then, a Sabbath-keeping for the people of God.” 
    For nearly 400 years after Jesus’s ascension to Heaven Christian Gentiles and converted Jews were keeping the Sabbath until RCC outlawed its observance at council of Laodicea, Canon 29. The question is why nobody told Christians and converted Jews to stop keeping the Sabbath for nearly 4 centuries, but Roman Catholic Church?

    • Shalom Anatolija,
      As a native Hebrew speaking Believer from Israel I want to expand a little about Sabbath-keeping. In Hebrew the term, which we still use today, is SHMIRAT SHABAT, which means Sabbath keeping but more accurately, Sabbath guarding. The word is the same in Hebrew (LISHMOR). The meaning has always been, guarding the Sabbath so that no work, nothing that is not rest, will sneak into the Sabbath and defile it. The Sabbath was to be a day of total rest and not what Rabbinical Judaism has made of it, a day full of laws and regulations you must work hard to keep…
      Many Blessings!

      • Israel Harel, Thank you for your insight,
        Sabbath Guarding? I like that, and it makes sense. Combine that with your last statement, “a day full of laws and regulations you must work hard to keep…” and you have the perfect picture of the Type and Shadow of what is ours in Christ. Our labour now is not to keep a list of laws and regulations, but to remain in the rest that is ours in Christ and guard ourselves against turning back to our own fleshly works.
        Thanks again,
        U B BLESSED>
        Jack

    • Anatolija, thank so much for your comments,
      I think you can extend you 400 year number to the present in spite of the outlawing of the observance.
      As far as your question goes, “why nobody told Christians and converted Jews to stop keeping the Sabbath for nearly 4 centuries,” That has been answered throughout the New Testament starting in Acts.

      Acts 15:1-6
      1 And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.
      2 When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question.
      3 And being brought on their way by the church, they passed through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy unto all the brethren.
      4 And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the church, and of the apostles and elders, and they declared all things that God had done with them.
      5 But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.
      6 And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter.

      Command Them to Keep the Law of Moses

      You notice in verse 5 the Pharisees said “to command them to keep the law of Moses.” It was not just circumcision, but the law of Moses that they wanted the New Testament Christians to keep. Verse 6 says “the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter.” What “matter” were they talking about? The “matter” was the question if New Testament Christians should be circumcised and keep the law of Moses. The law of Moses would obviously have included circumcision, the keeping of the Sabbath and Passover and many other things.

      Acts 15: 6-11
      6 And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter.
      7 And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.
      8 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;
      9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
      10 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?
      11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.

      In the verses above Peter being very practical says, God put no difference between us (the circumcised Sabbath keepers) and the Gentiles (the uncircumcised Sabbath breakers) when He gave them the Holy Ghost. In other words Peter says, “Would God have given the Gentiles the Holy Ghost if He thought they were unclean and needed circumcision or the Sabbath or other parts of the Jewish religion.”

      Parts of the Jewish religion taught righteousness which is still valid and will never pass away. But much of the religion was ceremonial like the keeping of certain days which are not valid today.

      Acts 15: 12-21
      12 Then all the multitude kept silence, and gave audience to Barnabas and Paul, declaring what miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them.

      13 And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me:

      14 Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name.

      15 And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written,

      16 After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up:

      17 That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things.

      18 Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.

      19 Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God:

      20 But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.

      21 For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.

      Matter is Concluded
      The “matter” is concluded in verses 19-21. Out of the whole Jewish religion, they write just a few things the Gentiles must observe and the Sabbath is not mentioned. James then says in verse 21, “of old time the law of Moses is read in the synagogues every Sabbath day.” In other words, If the Gentiles had wanted to keep the law of Moses they could have been doing so from long ago.

      Is the Sabbath Optional?
      I have heard the Sabbath taught in a way like obedience was optional. You could obey and make God happy or not obey and God would overlook it. This is not the way the Kingdom of Heaven works. You do not have an option to obey or not to obey God’s commandments. God expects obedience of everyone.

      Complete in Christ Without the Sabbath
      In Colossians chapter 2 the Apostle Paul describes how the New Testament Christian is complete in Christ without keeping the Jewish religion. In verse 16 (written below) he specifically mentions the eating of certain foods, circumcision, and holy days like Passover and the Sabbath saying, “Let no man judge you” meaning don’t let anyone make you think you are doing something wrong for not eating a certain way or not observing Passover or the weekly Sabbath. Can the bible get any plainer than this?

      Colossians 2:16-17
      16. Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:

      17. Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.

      • Israel Harel, thank you for your answer regarding strict regulations of keeping the Sabbath. However, Torah is very straightforward as to how we keep the Sabbath – 6 days you work, 7 days is rest. The regulations you have mentioned is a part of man made traditions. Talmud is not the book to live by, Torah that has been given to Hebrew people at Mount Sinai by Yahweh himself is.

      • Shalom again,
        You have to understand that even under the Sinai covenant, the priests worked on Shabbat, making fire, killing animals, skinning them etc. they also worked six days but did not rest on Shabbat but on another day. If you read my book Enter the Rest (link in my first post above) the last chapter is an in depth study of Shabbat , which is the place where God wants us to live our lives in, daily. Shabbat is much more then a day.
        Many blessings,

      • Truth Preassure, thank you for your reply. 2 Collosians has to be read in its entirety in order to understand the meaning of it. In verse 12 Paul speaks of handwritten sacrificial and ceremonial ordinances that were blotted out by Jesus’s blood. The penalty for sin – death has been lifted off. No more sacrifices, no more ordinances. Later Paul tells newly converted colossians that do not let people judge you if you keep the Sabbath, holy days, eat in certain way. Those were not shadows. Sabbath has been set apart and sanctified by Yahweh at Creation and to be perpetually observed. Paul preached in synagogues on Sabbath. In the book of Acts Jews who got angry at Paul’s preaching left the synagogue and when he finished reasoning Gentiles bagged him to continue the next Sabbath. He surely could have ask Gentiles to get together the very next day, yet he continued the very next Sabbath. Our Lord told Us that Sabbath is created for man and that He is The Lord of it. It is a part of Ten Commandments that has circumcised our hearts at the conversion. He, Lord sealed The Covenant with His own blood at the cross, whatever has been instituted after the fact is irrelevant. Read the book of Romans, especially Romans 3 where Paul clearly stares that even though we are justified by Faith, we are not to forget to obey Father’s will, he even declares “We establish the Law!” Christ himself said that we should not think that He came to abolish The Law and the prophets, but to fulfill It. Fulfill from Greek means to “confirm”. Heaven and earth did not pass away, so not one letter is to disappear from The Law. Feasts are to be perpetually observed in all our dwellings. Food Laws has never been abolished. Leviticus priesthood and The Temple don’t not exist at the moment, so is the sacrificial
        system and ceremonial ordinances, however they will be restored in the millennial Kingdom. Regardless, The Ten Commandments are bare minimum we must do to obey Our Father’s will. Sapvation is in Christ alone yes, obedience to His Word is the result of Our Love to the Father and His Son. His yolk is easy and not a burden. Lord said if you love me, keep my commandments. First greatest is Love for God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength – which perfectly corresponds to the first 4 and second greatest is to love our neighbor as we love ourselves, which again correspond to the last 6. The Lord also said if anyone will brake one and persuade others to do the same will be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven. We tend to think that Lord has done everything for us and therefore obedience to Father’s will and discipline is no longer necessary. We must be like Christ, walk in His footsteps. He told us “Follow me!” Ask yourselves a question what do those words mean? I can’t imagine not to keep God’s holy day which He specifically made for us, the day which separates us from the rest of the world. It is a mark between Us and God. Sabbath has never been declared invalid. It has been kept and will be kept forever Isaiah 66:23
        “And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.”

        Isaiah 56:2
        “Blessed is the man who does this, the man who holds it fast, who keeps the Sabbath without desecrating it, and keeps his hand from doing any evil.”

      • Rightoeusness is not fulfilled by the law, but by the life lived in the Spirit that was provided by Christ
        Romans 8:4
        That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

        Romans 13:8
        Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

        Galatians 5:14
        For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

        Also, the word fulfill does mean “confirm” … but it also means “FULFILL”.

        Just because Paul and other apostles preached in the synagogues on the Sabbath does not mean they were observing the practice. You will not find its observance in the New Testament after Christs death.

        I am very familiar with Romans chapter 3 and still don’t see how you can come up with the conclusions that you do. It is interesting that you would use that chapter because it verifies everything that I have said. Yes it says that we “establish the Law” but how? Read the whole chapter.
        And what about the comments in Acts that I outlined in the previous comment? How do you reconcile that?

        The bottom line is this; If you want to observe the Sabbath because you are doing it out of love for God, I believe He is a good God and will honor it. I don’t judge anyone for what they do out of love for God. But at the same time I think this is living far below the life that is available to us. NO ONE except Jesus was able to FUFILL the law. He fulfilled it, and He confirmed it because you and I could NEVER do it. Now He is to be our Lord, following Him, and what is He doing right now? He is seated at the right hand of God, and we are to be seated ( and remain seated) with Him in heavenly places.

        Observance of the Sabbath predates the Law … So does circumcision. Paul dealt with that in the Book of Galatians. It is clear.

        You said “We tend to think that Lord has done everything for us and therefore obedience to Father’s will and discipline is no longer necessary.” Is that what you think living a life in Christ is? That is very disturbing to me. Do you think that living every moment of every day with the only thing in mind is: “Lord, what would you have me do now? What is your will in this situation? How should I approach this person? I submit my will and my life to You.” takes no discipline or obedience? It takes far more my friend. It IS the life we are called to live.

        We have a new priest and a new priesthood. The Ten Commandments never circumcised anyones heart. I will conclude with your own final scripture.

        Isaiah 56:2
        “Blessed is the man who does this, the man who holds it fast, who keeps the Sabbath without desecrating it, and keeps his hand from doing any evil.”

        “who keeps the Sabbath without desecrating it” Can you keep that? Let me answer that for you. NO you can’t. Your only other option is to give yourself wholly to the one who did… and this is mt point.

        Please know that it is not my intention to argue. We obviously see things very different. I thank you for your passion and input.
        God Bless You.
        jack

      • I will throw in my short two cents…
        Circumcision is an eternal covenant God made with us Jews through Abraham. It is not a part of the Sinai covenant, or the New Covenant. God made it for us Jews for eternity, not for Gentiles.
        Paul and the apostles kept the Laws (but not always, as we know they eat non Kosher food while eating with gentiles). There is a lot to say on that… They did not achieve righteousness or justification from that, but that was their culture and way of life. To the Jews they were Jews to the Gentiles they were Gentiles. A Gentile was not required to become a Jew and a Jew was not required to become Gentile. In God, Jews are Jews and Gentiles are Gentiles – all justified by faith in the Jewish Messiah Jesus. We have the same value, the same way that a man and a woman have the same value, but we have different roles, like men and women have different rolls. I am glad my wife is different then me, that is how we have three children. We need the difference to reproduce.
        There is a lot more to say about what you two have said, but it is too much.
        Just to say that there is no justification by any works, only by receiving the complete work of the Messiah (as it is said about the Shabbat “God completed all the work”). Once we belong to Him, we are created for good works which are the result of obedience to God. We are to enter His rest, stay there and sit at His feet. Do when He says do and not do when He says not to do.
        If some one chooses to express his faith through certain customs, they can do that, but it is wrong when it becomes a way to judge other people that the Messiah died for.
        I wanted to say little and said a bit much…
        Blessings upon you!

      • Again Israel Harel,
        Thank you for your comments.
        Blessings
        jack

      • Hello again Israel Harel,
        A couple of things I couldn’t shake from my thinking and would like your thoughts on it. Your comment “In God, Jews are Jews and Gentiles are Gentiles”. I am thinking of two scriptures,
        Galatians 3:28
        There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
        The only difference, as you mentioned should be the ability to minister Christ to our respective cultures. (not sure if that was what you meant)

        an then, Colossians 3:11
        Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
        In context this is talking about putting on the New Man (Christ)

        are you saying that you still must be circumcised according to the Old Covenant, or eternal covenant as you called it? just curious.

        Also, there is no justification by works themselves. The works that God honors are works that show your faith. Not mindless keeping of rules inspired by fear or compultion. Yes works of faith can look like keeping the sabbath, festivals, holy days etc. …but then I think you said that, just in a different way.

        Many thanks and blessings
        jack

  5. Good morning Jack,
    The verses you mantioned in Gal. And Col. Speak of value and salvation. There is no difference between Jew or Gentile when it comes to that, however it does not mean that the differences between them are gone. If that would have been true, then also the differences between man and woman would have been gone as well. Just as man and woman need the differences between them (again, not in value or salvation) in order to reproduce, so the body of Christ need the Jews and the Gentiles in Him to reproduce. In fact Paul says that when the Jews return to the Messiah it will be life from death to the world (rom 11).
    About circumsition, God is a god that makes covenants. The circumsition is a sign of the covenant God made with Abraham and his seed. He told Abraham it is an eternal covenant (that means for eternity) this is not a part of any law that is needed to be kept to achieve righties ness, it is a mark of a covenant that God has with us Jews, and therefor we Jews need to be circumsized to carry the mark of the covenant. The NT also has marks, but they are on the hands and feet of the resurrected Messiah, not on the human side.
    About the feasts, we celebrate the feasts of God. Notice I did not say keep the feasts, since in order to keep them, we would have to go up to the temple three times a year and also make sacrifices, which is what the TORAH requires. We celebrate the feast, since it is a great opportunity to celebrate what God has done in His presence. Nothing happens if we miss one or two…
    God called Israel my Firstborn. Firstborn is more then just being born first. It has it prevail items and mainly responsibilities. God does not make mistakes and did not go back on His choices. I thanks Him for His grace!
    Your wife should stay a woman! Jews are Jews. BTW being Jewish does not mean keeping Rabbinical laws and also does not just mean being in a certain culture… Just like a man is a man and a woman is a woman so is a Jew a Jew and a Gentile a Gentile. Trying to change that would be creating transgenders… 🙂
    Many blessings and have an great day!
    Israel

  6. Forgot to say that we have same value, but different roles, just like man and woman have different roles but same value….

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