As we close out our study on the Sabbath rest, I want you to know how important it is for us to keep in mind, to study and especially, to receive. When God offered it and was refused He was angry and withdrew the offer, it is the same with Jesus, He offers it but do we receive it?
While we are living under grace, Jesus fulfilled the law and prophecies, but was always challenged by the religious. As believers, we can live by His commandment to love Him and others and not be bogged down in rituals, though I love doing Hebrew studies.
So, that is why I wanted to end with Sabbath Rest, Jesus said He and the Father were one. He was there at creation, and even consented to be our once and for all offering if we received His love and salvation. The Jewish Sabbath is from Friday night to Saturday night, while Christians take Sunday as the first day of the week.
You know, it doesn’t matter, all days are Sabbath to God, holy, sacred, restful and at peace because He gave His Son, He won’t withhold blessings either, Jews bless their children on the Sabbath and so should we bless our families daily. God had created everything and sat down to rest on the Sabbath, but He upholds it all by His Word and power, there was nothing left to do but watch over it, so everyday became a Sabbath day, He could rest, supervise and relax.
It was the same with Jesus, He died a horrible death to save us, He said it was finished and left to be with the Father. He offered rest in Matthew, Paul expounded on it in Hebrews. We don’t have to live under the law and be so sin conscious or self conscious, God wanted us to have peace and be able to approach His throne as beloved sons and daughters, the very Prince of Peace died for me to have His peace, so I want to enter His rest, to remain in His rest, just to live in that holy and sacred place of rest everyday, sheltered from all terror and torment, all the cares of the world and the wicked one’s devices, how about you?
The Hebrew word shalom is more than a greeting, more than hello or goodbye, it does mean peace or how is your peace, it is speaking peace to you. Jesus wants us to peace. Let’s look at what He said,
Whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy there and stay at his house until you move on. As you enter the house, greet its occupants. If the home is worthy, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you.….Matthew 10:12
A couple of more,
…say to him, ‘Long life to you, and peace to you and your house and to all that belongs to you. 1 Samuel 25:6
For the sake of my brothers and friends, I will say, “Peace be within you.” Psalm 122:8
Did God speak peace? Yes. Did Jesus? Yes, His peace He left in John 14:27. Our bodies are the houses or temples of His Spirit, and we need to speak peace to each other as believers, and take note that some may not receive you, let’s look at the KJV on it,
And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you. And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment, than for that city.
Shaking the dust from your feet or casting pearls before swine, though His love and salvation and ultimately His rest are for everyone, not everyone will receive. We are all unworthy, it was His sacrifice that made us worthy, Galatians 3:13. It is import to take Him seriously, and not make His sacrifice a common thing but also to rest and receive the love and joy He wants us to have and that peace.
I hope that helps you understand how everyday can be a Sabbath rest, your work won’t be drudgery like after the fall, Jesus is the curse breaker and peace giver. Shalom.
Learn of my rest and stay there. Words I believe are straight from the Lord
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