~ The True Sabbath ~


Do you take a “Sabbath day” during your week? A day of rest? I have heard many arguments that “the Sabbath” is Sunday, or the Sabbath is Saturday, or that it doesn’t matter which day you take a Sabbath as long as you take one. So what day is the Sabbath? You can only find the answer in God’s word.

The truth is; the Sabbath is TODAY. It is always TODAY.

Understand that we are redeemed from the law of the sabbath and are not required to take a day of rest each week. That was just a type of the “rest” that we are to enjoy in the New Covenant. The Lord invites us to abide in His rest and REMAIN there, seven days a week.

 Hebrews 4:10 ~ For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.

The idea is to cease from your own labors and take up His. I know this may tip some religious cows, but if you enter His rest and remain there, you will be living in the center of Gods will. Instead of looking forward to the one day where you can get refreshed and edified, labor to remain IN HIM. There will be no danger of “burn out” or exhaustion because He will always lead you to do the right thing at the right time wether it be ministering, resting, spending time with the family or spending time enjoying His presence.

Jesus rebuked a “hypocrite” in Luke 13:14-16 . Implying that no one truly keeps the sabbath anyway. Those under the Old Covenant could not keep the Law Of The Sabbath, so Jesus fulfilled that part of the Old Covenant.

Look at the rest of that passage in Hebrews,

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

The key to this rest is living a life of obedience to the One residing on the inside of you. Galatians says it well:

Galatians 2:20 ~ I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Loose the mindset of the “Sabbath” as taking a day off from labor, instead, labor to enter His rest daily. If you are truly in His rest you have ceased from your own works and are all about Jesus, and taking up His burden, His yoke, His agenda, and trusting His faith to lead you and direct you into God’s perfect will for that day. Do the words “light and easy” ring a bell?

Matthew 11:30 ~ For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Understand that the Old Testament was written to spiritually dead people and the law of the Sabbath was just a type of the wonderful rest we have in Christ.


2 responses to “~ The True Sabbath ~

  1. Don’t get me wrong when I say what i’m about to. I agree, at least in part, with what you’re saying. Christ said himself “The Sabbath is made for man not man for the Sabbath.” I see what you’re getting at If we’re not careful we can get caught up in the legalism that is keeping the sabbath. However, God saw taking a sabbath as beneficial enough to make it a command in the Old Testament. The Sabbath wasn’t just a day of rest but also a time of remembering the amazing act God did in creation. Taking a sabbath is really just taking a day to throw off your week and focus in. The sabbath is a spiritual discipline of rest. Therefore, I don’t think it’s quite fair to ask “Why are you taking a Sabbath?” as if it’s a bad thing. It’s something we on this side of the cross can do to center ourselves on God each week and remove distractions. One rebuttle could be that, as you stated in the article, we should be in God’s presence all week. True. But a sabbath is not only being in his presence but talking to him learning from him and resting in him all in one God centered day. A sabbath need not be an entirely workless day, but it should be a day when your busyness, work, and plans take a back seat so you can be still and know he is God. I know I rambled but thanks anyway if you read this and made it to the end.

    • Nick,
      Thank you for your comment, and for visiting the site. As you stated, taking a Sabbath is Old Testament Law, and you were right about the reasons for the Sabbath. But the OT sabbath was just a mere type and shadow of what is ours under the New Covenant. The Sabbath was ordained for a day of rest and was Holy unto the Lord. Instead of observing one holy day of rest a week, we are to labor to remain in rest EVERY DAY.(Hebrews 4) As benificial as the Sabbath was in the OT, the benefits of living a life in the Spirit greatly overshadows it. To truely live your life IN Christ means that you have ceased from all your own works, endeavoring to be led by the Spirit every minute of every day. That is the true rest that is ours in Christ. If we do that, (and that is what we are called to do) God will lead us to times of refreshing and rest as needed. He knows us better than we do. He knows when we need to spend time with family, do things relaxing, Perform all the natural things in the world like mowing the grass, doing the dishes etc. There will be labor and work EVERY day of your life
      The question “why are you taking a Sabbath” is a valid question. If you are observing a weekly sabbath because you believe it law you have missed the true meaning of redemption and grace IN Christ. Not to mention the wonderful benifits of a life lived in the Spirit. THAT IS legalism.
      There will be labor and work EVERY day of your life regardless of what you believe but we are called to this labour:
      ~ Hebrews 4:11 ~
      “Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.”

      Thanks again for your comments,
      Be Blessed!
      Jack

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