The True Sabbath
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What offers rest and freedom from work,
release from the toil of the week?
When rest is there we often shirk;
the Sabbath we fail to seek?
God must command for we'll not rest;
we take pride in our toil,
saying, “What I've made I declare best;”
then our works turn and spoil.
The Lord's Word points to His Son,
the Life the Pharisees sought.
The Sabbath points to this One,
the Source of rest He had wrought.
Can a mere day so provide?
It is He who made the day.
He had counciled in Him abide,
to find the rest we pray.
© Bob Barra, 9-30-2012
We have learned that the Bible always points to God's Son (John 5:39, Hebrews 10:7). We know Who the true High Priest is as well as Who is our Kinsmen-Redeemer.
Isn't it just as true that the Sabbath of the Old Testament foretells of another Sabbath; not a day but a Person.
What I see when people debate when is the true Sabbath, even if one party is right it causes persons to take sides. In Jesus, in His Church, with Him being the Sabbath, no one can refute.
"Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said:
'So I swore in My wrath,
“They shall not enter My rest,”’”
although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. For He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: 'And God rested on the seventh day from all His works' and again in this place: 'They shall not enter My rest.'
Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience, again He designates a certain day, saying in David, 'Today,' after such a long time, as it has been said:
'Today, if you will hear His voice,
Do not harden your hearts.'
For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day. There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.
Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience. For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.” ~ Hebrews 4:1-14
The Old Testament Sabbath points to the True Sabbath, being Jesus Himself. In Him we can rest from our works of the flesh and prideful toiling.
"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." ~ Matthew 11:28
Sounds to me like Jesus is offering Himself to be our Sabbath, our future place of rest.
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