Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Hebrews 4:9-10

So there remains a Shabbat-keeping for God’s people. For the one who has entered God’s rest has also rested from his own works, as God did from his.

- Hebrews 4:9-10

Over the years I’ve come across many Christians who sincerely believe that in order to follow Christ we must follow at least some, if not all, of the Old Covenant mandates. But according to the apostle Paul in his letter to the Romans, if we are in Christ we are no longer subject to the law of Moses. We are free in Christ and not under the law of death. So as far as trying to keep the law, whether it would be by trying to keep the Sabbath, keep the dietary laws, or tithing, if we are in Christ we are free from the legalism and death that these things bring. But if that’s the case, then what about this Sabbath-keeping that’s mentioned in Hebrews?

Sometimes things are so very plain and simple that we just don’t get it. I think this is one of those cases, as the passage tells us exactly what it means. There is indeed a Sabbath rest that God’s people are to keep. That Sabbath rest is the same type of rest that God took on the first Sabbath so very long ago – He rested from His own work. In order for us to keep this Sabbath rest, we must rest from our own work, from our striving and busyness. We must lay down our wills and look only to Y’shua the Messiah and His will for our lives. During the times when we are able to do this we will experience the peace of God like never before. We will experience the freedom from burdens we have been carrying that we were never meant to carry. We will truly enter into the Sabbath rest – a pure rest given to us from God.

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