February 2 2017 – Keeping the Sabbath and experiencing its rest.

Isaiah 58 verse 13 says:

13 “If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath,
From doing your pleasure on My holy day,
And call the Sabbath a delight…” 

This verse speaks of keeping the Sabbath.

What does that mean for us today as Christians ?

The Sabbath was the seventh day of the week and the Jews kept it by resting on that day to commemorate the seventh day of creation when God rested (Exodus 20:9-11). In the New Testament we’re told that we are to enter God’s rest (Hebrews 4:10), referring to the work God has done for our salvation. We are to lean and depend entirely on that work from start to finish, not our own.

Thus this verse speaks of our need to nurture and guard God’s activity in our life and not encroach on it, pollute it with our own. In New Testament terms this verse is telling us to walk and be guided by the Spirit and not make any room for the activity of our flesh, our old man. It’s telling us not to mix our activity with God’s, our will with God’s but to give ourselves fully to Him and His ways, delighting in and embracing His plans, purposes and methods in our life.

It’s only as we intentionally abandon ourselves to God in this way that we’ll truly keep the Sabbath and experience its rest.


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