Sunday Morning Podcast November 10, 2019. Bro. Dave Goble.
Words are interesting, but we need to understand in all of this to let the Voice of God speak this morning. We are trying to speak of a God that goes beyond our words, and beyond our understanding.
TEXT: GENESIS. 2:1-3
1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
This first passage, speaks to us about a rest, a sabbath that the Lord observed. There will be a lot to say on this, for the title of these thoughts is “The LORD Is My Sabbath.” Hebrews 4:1-11 1 “Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. 2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. 3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. 4 For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. 5 And in this place again, if they shall enter into my rest. 6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief. 7 Again he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time, as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. 8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. 9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. 10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. 11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. Rest…. is to cease from your own works, like did also God, on the seventh day after the creation (verse 4). The Sabbath of Christ…The LORD is my Sabbath. If you don’t remember much else from this, it is ultimately we are talking about “The LORD is my Sabbath.” Or The Sabbath of Christ. And even if you have a particular understanding of this word Sabbath, it is good to know that the word Sabbath is a word that is loaded with meaning, often different with the understanding of different people, with different interpretations. People have created entire religions on a word. If I follow any one of them, I am going to succeed or fail, depending on any one of them. But the bible teaches that we should not argue over a word, but we should worship The Author of The Word. For The Author is more important than the word, and Who we seek to know when we read the Word of God. Sound fair?
Now we draw our attention to Psalms 95:8-11 This passage refers to a rest based on the time of Moses. But we ‘re not so much interested of how this was meant in the time of Moses, but how does this relate to us today. The word Sabbath is from a Hebrew word that means “rest.” The Greek form and meaning of Sabbath, means to refrain from, to desist, leave off as in sin, or to pause. All the different versions describe rest. God wants us to understand something about Himself, and our relationship with Him.”Harden not your heart,…..” (verse 8), speaking about the time of the Israelites led by Moses, while in the wilderness in their stubborness and hard heartedness. They continually disobeyed Moses (and therefore God’s Word). After God had already given them rest! Therefore God says “Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.” (verse 11). These people did not perceive rest, because of their hardened hearts. The most important thing to God was that they entered into that Sabbath. They needed to leave off some things, in order to enter into some things. And so those who had left Egypt had a very difficult time leaving off their ideas, and own ways to enter into His rest.
Rest means much more than a word, ..but precisely entering into His Sabbath. Remember it is about what God did, and then His holy day of rest. Why? Why is there this remembrance day.. a time to have with God? A significance of the question of this day of Rest, (which is more than of the many different varieties of understandings and dynamics of when the “day” rest to being observed should be), is somewhat due to there being different revisions to our calendar through the ages. Ultimately more important than the recognition of the day of rest, is knowing the Author of the day of rest, and entering into it, and not “observing a technical day.” But are you ceasing from your ways, and resting? We may get the “particulars” right, but still get “it” wrong! It’s about keeping the Sabbath Holy. Finding a rest (a desisting, etc.) from my ways. Anything else points back to the time before Christ, which is of no rest. The Sabbath is of Christ! When you stop sinning, you Rest in Christ. Resting in religion cannot give you rest in Christ! The Sabbath won’t take away your physical and emotional needs, but will take them to Christ, to collapse into Christ. Jesus will never fail or let us down!
The LORD is my Sabbath!