rescue and rest

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Leviticus 23:1-3

Lev 23:1 Yahveh spoke to Moses, and this is what he said,
Lev 23:2 “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, these are the appointed feasts of Yahveh that you will proclaim as holy conventions; they are my appointed feasts.
Lev 23:3 “Six days will work be done, but on the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convention. You will do no work. It is a Sabbath to Yahveh wherever you stay.

rescue and rest

The LORD listed the Sabbath among the festive celebrations because that is what he intended it to be. It was to be a time set apart every week to celebrate the freedom from bondage bought by the blood of the Lamb. It was to be a celebration of grace, looking forward to the perfect rest promised when the Messiah rules. Jewish legalism turned it into something else, a bondage of works. So, Jesus (the Lord of the Sabbath) had to set the record straight and remind his followers that the Sabbath was made for humans, not humans for the Sabbath (Mark 2:27-28).

Christians are not under any obligation to keep the Sabbath just like we are under no obligation to keep any of the other Jewish celebrations. Paul indicated that Sabbath keeping is an option for us under the new covenant, not an obligation (Romans 14:5). There are many Christians who observe a day of the week (either Saturday or Sunday) as a day of rest and spiritual renewal). It is appropriate to do so as long as you are doing it because of your devotion to the Lord. Under the old covenant, the LORD required Israelites to keep the Sabbath to identify with him, and to celebrate their deliverance from slavery.

LORD, thank you for the rescue we have from sin, and the rest you promise us when Jesus returns. We celebrate our rescue and rest every day.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at -- !
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