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The Sabbath Rest Remains

A Look at Hebrews 4:1-13

“Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it”(verse 1).

The Bible gives a promise for entering God’s rest that still stands even within the context of the new covenant.  The Sabbath rest has not been done away with or changed for it is an eternal reminder of the Creator’s rest.  We must be careful that we do not fall short of entering His rest.  ‘Falling short’ is a Hebrew idiom for sin, and we must not ‘fall short’ and like an arrow in archery shooting for a target,  miss the mark.

“For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith” (verse 2).

Sometimes it is surprising to read that the Israelites had the gospel preached to them.  This is because the gospel had been whittled down to be the new testament only with John 3:16 as its foundation.  However, the Israelites received the good news of salvation through  Moses.  Deuteronomy 18:15 describes a future deliverer, a prophet to be raised up from among the nation of Israel to whom they were to listen.  It was the veiled gospel of good things to come.

Israel’s obedience to God’s commandments would be  the evidence of their faith and would set them apart from the rest of the nations of the world.  If they followed God’s ways,  they would be a light to the nations and salvation would come to the world through them. 

They chose, however, to have Moses speak directly to them rather than God (Exodus 20:19).  Because they did not want to hear to God’s voice themselves, Moses became the mediator between God and the Israelite people.  They had more fear of God than faith in His loving-kindness so His words held no value to them.  They didn’t mix His commandments with faith and without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).

How often is the word of men accepted over the Word of God because of the fear of having to change, suffer or walk alone?  We must not be only hearers of the Word; we must be doers of the Word  as well (James 1:22).   We must believe by faith the commands of God and put aside the teachings of men along with centuries of twisted and inaccurate doctrines.  According to the writer of Hebrews, faith and obedience go hand-in-hand.  You can’t have one without the other.

“Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said, ‘So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest…’” (verse 3).

Those who believe God and the truth of His Word will enter His rest.  However, if they anger God by a  lack of action-based faith, they will be no different than the Israelites in the wilderness who did not enter His rest (Psalm 95:11).  According to Hebrews 3:18-19, it is the disobedient who do not enter His rest. It is the disobedient who have a lack of faith.    

“And yet his works have been finished since the creation of the world.  For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day (Sabbath) in these words: ‘And on the seventh day God rested from all his work” (verse 4).

This verse is a direct reference to the seven-day Creation account.  God rested from all His creative work on the seventh day.   His example set the cycle for our weekly lives showing us that we are to work and be creative for six days and then rest on the seventh.  The  seventh-day Sabbath is not just any day that we choose, it is the  day that our Creator chose: ”He also blessed the seventh-day and made it holy” (Genesis 2:3).

“It still remains that some will enter that rest, and those who formerly had the gospel preached to them did not go in because of their disobedience”(verse 6).

It still remains, however, that some will enter into God’s rest through obedience. Some will not enter  God’s Sabbath rest in spite of having the good news preached to them.

In the wilderness, some of the children of Israel collected the right amount of manna on the sixth day so they would have enough on the seventh.  Others collected too much or not enough and suffered the consequences.  The disobedient children of Israel did not enter into God’s Sabbath rest.    Their persistent disobedience caused an entire generation of Israelites to die in the wilderness and not enter the Promised Land.

According to Paul’s words in Corinth, we are to learn from the Israelites’ mistakes and not fall into their same faithless disobedience (1 Corinthians 10:11).  However,  rather than learning from Israel, it seems that because of the gospel, many refuse to enter His rest!

“Therefore God again set a certain day, calling it Today, when a long time later he spoke through David, as was said before: ‘Today if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts’” (verse 7).

God set aside a certain day called Today.  He didn’t bless Today like He did the Sabbath.  He gave Today another purpose. 

‘Today’ is ha yom in Hebrew and means ‘the day.’  Today is not about the Sabbath. Today is not about you setting aside whatever day  works for you to rest or pick another day to call the Sabbath.   Today is THE day, if you have ears to hear His voice, that you are to commit your heart to Him.  Today is THE day you have been given to make a choice.   Today may fall on the seventh-day Sabbath or Today may just be the day of the week that the Creator chooses to write His Sabbath on your heart so that you can enter into His rest.   Today, when He speaks,  you are to obey His words.  Today is the day of God’s favor (2 Corinthians 6:2).

“For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day” (verse 8).

Though Joshua led the people from the wilderness into the Promised Land, he did not give them rest.   In fact, it was through Joshua that the Israelites slowly claimed their Land through battles and wars with kings of pagan nations.  It wasn’t until King Solomon that Israel had peace with the nations around them and ‘rested’ from warfare.

Another day is coming when God’s rest will be eternally established.  On that ‘day,’ written about in Revelation, those who have combined faith and obedience in their walk on earth will enter God’s rest, His  New Jerusalem and His eternal Sabbath. 

“There remains then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his” (verse 9).

Some like to spiritualize this verse which only brings confusion to the fourth commandment of remembering the Sabbath day.     Read the verse again slowly.  What do you see?  God rested from His creative physical work.   Those of us who desire to enter His rest must imitate Him and rest from our own creative works, our daily jobs just as He did.

There is no suggestion in this verse that ‘resting from works’ means resting from meaningless Jewish manmade traditions, doctrines of your denomination,  or ‘works of the law’ for salvation.  None of these were the  works from which God rested in the beginning.  He did not need to rest from manmade traditions or church doctrines nor did He need salvation from sin.

There are some who teach that the Sabbath is a representation of the Messiah himself. They believe that when we accept Yeshua’s work on the cross for our salvation that we somehow enter a personified Sabbath rest.  Though we may liken Messiah’s delivering us from the law of sin and death as a type of ‘sabbath’,  he is not a day of the week, especially the seventh-day Sabbath God commanded His people to remember.  When we keep the seventh-day Sabbath, God pours His light onto one of the shadows of His ‘appointed times.’   With His light, we begin to see and understand the reason for  Sabbath and  the Messiah who called himself  ‘Lord of the Sabbath.’

“Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their (Israelites) example of disobedience” (verse 11).

Entering God’s rest takes effort because the world never rests; even most church goers never rest.  There will always be activities and opportunities for breaking the Sabbath command.  Entering into the Sabbath takes serious action on the part of the believer.   This is not works-based action in order to be saved;  it is faith expressing itself through love for our Father and his commandments (Galatians 5:6).

Some church leaders teach that keeping the Sabbath is a burden which is a gross twisting of Scripture (1 John 5:3).   Sabbath is one of the Ten Commandments.  It is one of the guidelines describing how we are to love God.  Keeping the Sabbath is our response to His incredible love, grace, and mercy to us.  He desires to give us rest from our creative works whether it’s seedtime or harvest. He does not want us to be a slave to the world’s ways which is where the burden really lies.

Not entering God’s rest is considered ‘falling short.’  This is the second time the writers says this meaning that it is doubly important to remember.  Letting our arrows miss the mark is sin and sin is disobedience to God’s commandments.  Consistently ‘falling short,’ proves that we are not learning from Israel’s example.   

“For the word of God is living and active.  Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (verse 12).

The Word of God, the commands of God, the Torah, and ‘the law’ are all the same expression for God’s sword that penetrates the soul and spirit. God judges the thoughts and attitudes of each person’s mind  because His Word is spiritually active.   It is designed to ‘cut us’ to the heart so we look within, judge our motives, and turn away from a disobedient lifestyle. There are many anti-semitic attitudes surrounding the Sabbath  that need to be ‘cut out’ of our hearts. God’s sword needs to penetrate our souls and spirits to remove all anti-law doctrines so that we are transformed through the renewing of our minds. 

“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight.  Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (verse 13).

Nothing in creation is hidden from God, especially the hearts of His people.  He knows the iniquity in our hearts; He sees every sin we commit and every justification we create.  Our actions of faith or faithlessness in this life will be uncovered and laid bare before our Father’s eyes just like it was with the Israelites. We will all stand before the Judge of the Universe and give an account for the actions  or inactions in our lives.  He will use His commandments, His Torah, as the standard for righteous judgment.

A Weekly Choice with Eternal Vision

Sabbath was created in the beginning by God as part of His eternal  and complete plan of salvation.  God rested from His creative works  and we are to imitate Him.  He gave Sabbath as a command to Israel and they are to our example of obedience or disobedience.  When we mix faith with action, we live out the gospel as preached to them and show forth our hope in the coming eternal Sabbath.

Faith in Yeshua does not nullify the Sabbath. As God’s Son, he  had to obey all of his Father’s commands or he would not have been sinless.  With God in the beginning at Creation, he is ‘Lord of the Sabbath.’  The Sabbath still remains until eternity and we have the same decision as Israel:  enter into God’s rest by faith or disobey.  By making every effort to enter the weekly Sabbath and taking a day off from regular creative work, we show our Creator that we trust in His provision for our lives now and forever.

©2004  Tentstake Ministries Publishing, all rights reserved.  No copying or reproducing of this article without crediting the author or Tentstake Ministries Publishing. For a hard copy of this article,  please purchase Journey with Jeremiah: Nourishment for the Wild Olive.  

The Biblical Sabbath – Shabbat

Candles, Bread, Wine

“On six days work will get done; but the seventh day is Shabbat, for complete rest, set apart for the LORD…. The people of Israel are to keep the Shabbat, to observe Shabbat through all their generations as a perpetual covenant” (Exodus 31:15-16).

There is a lot of confusion today about the Sabbath.  Some people believe that it was done away with when Yeshua died on the cross.  Other people believe that the day was changed from the seventh day to the first.   Still others say that all but the fourth commandment are in force because it was not reiterated in the New Testament.  Some even go further and say there are no longer any real commandments we have to obey because we’ve been ‘set free from the law.’

In the Beginning

The first mention of Sabbath is Genesis 2:1-2:

“Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.  By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.  And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.”

In the beginning, God created a day to honor ‘ceasing from His creative work.’   He made it holy or set it apart from the rest of the week.  This is the foundation for the seventh-day rest known as the  Sabbath.   

In Hebrew the word for Sabbath is Shabbat and its root is the word sheva meaning ‘seven.’  This gives witness to the Sabbath day being the seventh day of the week versus any other day.

Each letter in the Hebrew alphabet have a picture associated with them.  When the individual letter pictures are joined together, a word picture develops that gives insight into the word.

Hebrew Word Pictures

Sabbath or Shabbat – שבת

Shin ש – A Tooth means ‘consumed or Shekinah, ‘the Divine Presence of God’

Bet ב – A House means ‘home, family’

Tau ת – A Cross means ‘sign’ or ‘covenant’

The Hebrew word picture for shabbat: The covenant sign of God’s consuming divine presence in the home or family.

Sabbath Instructions

The next time Sabbath is mentioned is in the wilderness after Israel had spent  400 years in slavery in Egypt never having a day of rest.  God explained the Sabbath command to this mixed multitude with specific guidelines about gathering manna:

“I will rain down bread from heaven for you.  The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day.  In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions.  On the sixth day they are to prepare what they bring in, and that is to be twice as much as they gather on the other days. …Keep in mind that the LORD has given you the Sabbath; that is why on the sixth day he gives you bread for two days.  Everyone is to stay where he is on the seventh day; no one is to go out.  So the people rested on the seventh day” (Exodus 16:4-5,29).

Sabbath for the Israelites was a test of faith.  God wanted to see if His newly formed nation would simply follow His instructions.  It was no different from Adam and Eve in the Garden.  If they would just simply obey His Word and prepare for the Sabbath by gathering enough manna on the sixth day, they could stay in their tents and rest on the Sabbath.  Some, however, did not listen to God’s instruction and their disobedience brought maggots and stench to the community!

“Some of them paid no attention to Moses; they kept part of it [the man] until morning, but it was full of maggots and began to smell” (Exodus 16:20).

The Ten Commandments

God includes the Sabbath in the Ten Commandments, part of His instructions that would set Israel apart from all other nations.

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a  Sabbath to the LORD your God.  On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates.  For in six days the LORD made the heaven and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy” (Exodus 20:8).

The commandment about Sabbath begins with the word remember.     ‘Remember’ that only a couple of chapters earlier the Israelites were tested regarding to the Sabbath day and some of them paid no attention. To begin this commandment with remember suggests it will be the one most likely forgotten.  The Sabbath was not only to be a weekly reminder that God was the Provider for Israel’s sustenance and life, but that He was their Creator. 

To ignore the  Sabbath is to lose the picture of God’s cycle of working for six days and resting on the seventh.  The modern-day result of forgetting the Sabbath,  along with workaholism,  is the acceptance of evolution within the Body of Messiah.  Some pastors teach there is evolutionary creation with each day being 1000 or even 1 million years.   Such thinking negates the sign of Jonah that Yeshua gave for his time in the grave:  three days and three nights. The Hebrew word, yom, is used for each day of creation as well as the three days Yeshua was in the grave.  Each yom of creation was identified numerically from one to seven, ‘evening to morning’ defining a 24-hour day within a 7-day weekly cycle culminating with the Sabbath.

Appointed Time

Sabbath is given to God’s people as the first of  the ‘’appointed times.’

“There are six days when you may work, but the seventh day is a  Sabbath of rest, a day of sacred assembly.  You are not to do any work; wherever you live, it is a Sabbath to the LORD” (Leviticus 23:3).

From previous instructions given by God for the Sabbath along with this one,  families were to assemble in their tents in a sacred manner to remember their Creator and rest from their labors. It was to be remembered whether they lived in the wilderness, the Promised Land, or the dispersion among the nations. 

Sabbath Regulations

God gives more regulations to His people regarding the Sabbath in the Torah and through the Prophets. These guidelines defined what He considered work so that Israel would rest and remember Him and not fall back into a lifestyle of bondage. 

“Six days you shall labor, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during the plowing season and harvest you must rest” (Exodus 34:21).

“Do not light a fire in any of your dwellings on the Sabbath day” (Exodus 35:3, Leviticus 26:2, and Deuteronomy 5:12).

“While the Israelites were in the desert, a man was found gathering wood on the Sabbath day.   …Then YHVH said to Moses, the man must die” (Numbers 15:32).

“When the neighboring peoples bring merchandise or grain to sell on the Sabbath, we will not buy from them on the Sabbath or on any holy day” (Nehemiah 10:31).

“When evening shadows fell on the gates of Jerusalem before the Sabbath, I ordered the doors to be shut and not opened until the Sabbath was over.  I stationed some of my own men at the gates so that no load could be brought in on the Sabbath day” (Nehemiah 13:19).

From these Scriptures came the following Sabbath instructions: Do not kindle a fire, do not gather wood, do not buy or sell, do not carry a load, rest in season and out, and a Sabbath day’s walk.  None of the regulations resulted in harsh punishment except once because God never killed anyone for random disobedience.  After watching His people live in slavery for 400 years, He had to show them that He was serious about ceasing from work.  He knew that one rebellious person would cause everyone else to be disobedient.

The Sabbath and Yeshua

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.  Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that had been made” (John 1:1-3).

In these two verses, Yeshua refers to the beginning when Sabbath was created.  He was there in the beginning with his Father when  He spoke the seventh-day into existence.  As the spoken word of God, Yeshua was an integral part of creating the Sabbath.

Yeshua did give one ordinance for the Sabbath when he was accused of disobeying man’s traditions.   He made it lawful to do good.  He demonstrated what was good by healing the sick and feeding his disciples.

“How much more valuable is a man than a sheep!  Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath” (Matthew 12:12).

“Now if a child can be circumcised on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses may not be broken, why are you angry with me for healing the whole man on the Sabbath” (John 7:23).

“One Sabbath Yeshua was going going through the grain fields, and his disciples began to pick some heads of grain, rub them in their hands and eat the kernels.  Some of the Pharisees asked, ‘Why are you doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?’  Yeshua answered them, ‘Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry?  He entered the house of God, and taking the consecrated bread, he ate what is lawful only for priests to eat.  And he also gave some to his companions.’  Then Yeshua said to them, ‘The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath’” (Luke 6:1-5).

On the Sabbath, Yeshua went into the synagogue and taught his brothers and sisters, the lost sheep of the House of Israel.   He read  the Hebrew Scriptures according to the Sabbath custom, he he healed people and he cast out evil spirits.   Not only were the Jewish people amazed, they believed in him (Mark 6:2, John 8:30).

Throughout the centuries rabbis and other leaders compiled their own interpretations to the instructions given through the prophets which added great burdens on the people.  This was not God’s purpose for the Sabbath so Yeshua untwisted men’s interpretations showing that the Sabbath was made for mankind and not men’s rules.  He wanted to show his brothers and sisters  how they were to live out the Sabbathand not become enslaved to it. 

“Then he said to them, ‘The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.  So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27-28).

As the Son of God, Yeshua has authority over Sabbath.  Though man can enjoy the day, determine how he will spend the day in rest, he  has no authority to change it, remove it, add to it or take anything away from it.  No man, except Yeshua, would have had this authority and he never took it. 

The Jews’ Sabbath

Many people still believe, in spite of the Biblical evidence, that the seventh-day Sabbath is only for the Jewish people.  When Yeshua stated that Sabbath was created for man, he spoke in a broader sense than just Jewish or even Israelite men and women.  After all, Sabbath was created ‘in the beginning’ before there was ever a Noah, Shem, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob or Tribe of Judah.  There was only Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and Sabbath was created for them to fellowship with their Creator. 

Though Yeshua never spoke Greek, it is important to note that the Greek word anthropos translated “man”  in Mark 2:27 literally means “man-faced.”  According to Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Hebrew and Greek Words, the primary definition of anthropos is, “a human being, whether male or female, without reference to sex or nationality, to include all human beings.”  This means that Yeshua knew and understood that Sabbath was created for all human beings, not just his Jewish brothers and sisters.

Yeshua never taught that the Sabbath was abolished or would ever be.   In fact, he taught just the opposite when he says that nothing will disappear from the Torah until heaven and earth pass away.     Just because he angered the leaders of his day doesn’t mean he was in any way breaking the Sabbath as God intended; he was challenging their manmade rules that had become so steeped in tradition that they had become blinded to the commands of God (Mark 7:8).

These Scriptures in the Gospels, spoken and lived out by Yeshua, confirm that Sabbath was re-iterated in the New Testament. Yeshua, who was with the Father at the creation of the Sabbath, kept the day holy as it was meant to be and called himself the Lord of the Sabbath for all men everywhere who would come to him and put their faith in God.

After the Resurrection

“Then they returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a  Sabbath day’s walk (or 3/4 miles) from the city” (Acts 1:12).

The Apostles and the first century church remained faithful to the Sabbath. This short walk shows that the disciples didn’t break the Sabbath.  Even with the resurrected Messiah, they still respected the allowable travel distance given to Israel.  Paul reasoned in the synagogues and shared the gospel on the Sabbath.

“On the next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the LORD …” (Acts 13:44).

“Saul [Paul] spent several days with the disciples in Damascus. At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Yeshua is the Son of God” (Acts 9:20). 

“On the Sabbath they [Paul and his companions] entered the synagogue and sat down.  After the reading from the Law [Torah] and the Prophets, the leaders of the synagogue sent word to them, saying, “Brothers, if you have a word of exhortation for the people, please speak” (Acts 13:15-19).

“As Paul and Barnabas were leaving the synagogue, the people invited them to speak further about these things on the next Sabbath” (Acts 13:32).

“Instead we should write to them [the gentiles], telling them to abstain from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals and from blood.   For the Torah of Moses has been preached in every city from the earliest times and is read in the synagogues on every Sabbath” (Acts 15:20-21).

Nothing changed regarding the seventh-day Sabbath after Yeshua’s resurrection.  Jews and gentiles who wanted to know God and hear the Word of the Lord gathered in the synagogues on the Sabbath. They heard the words of Torah, they heard the Apostles preach, and they learned about the Lord of the Sabbath.   

Prophetic Signs and Promises

“I am the LORD your God; follow my decrees and be careful to keep my Torah.  Keep my Sabbaths holy, that they may be a sign between us.  Then you will know that I AM the LORD your God” (Ezekiel 20:19-20).

The prophet Ezekiel reminds the Israelites of the continued importance of Sabbath as a sign between God and His people.  No matter where they lived,  Sabbath was the sign they were in covenant relationship with Yahweh, the King of the Universe.  By keeping the Sabbath, they remained in the center of God’s promises and divine will.

“Say to the Israelites, ‘You must observe my Sabbaths. This will be a sign between me and you for the generations to come, so you may know that I am the LORD who makes you holy” (Exodus 31:13).

Sabbath for the Nations

Isaiah prophesied blessings for those from the nations who keep the Sabbath.  Foreigners or gentiles who are joined to God (through faith in Yeshua), who serve Him, love His Name and worship Him, may enjoy all the Sabbath blessings included in the covenant and promises He made with Israel.  They are no longer excluded and strangers. They can worship God together with Israel on His holy hill and receive joy in His house of prayer.

“Let no foreigner who has joined himself to the LORD say, the LORD will surely exclude me from His people.’   And foreigners who bind themselves to the LORD, to serve Him, to love the name of the LORD and to worship Him, all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it and who hold fast to my covenant – these will I bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer” (Isaiah 56:7).

“If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the LORD’s holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words, then you will find your joy in the LORD and I will cause you to ride on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob” (Isaiah 58:13-14).

Just like the Jewish people, the nations are to enter into the Sabbath  rest and focus on the Creator of the Universe.  They are to take delight in the Sabbath and honor it by staying home and resting, not doing their own thing.   Their blessing is finding joy in the LORD and feasting on the inheritance given to Jacob, Israel.

Eternal Sabbath

“As the new heavens and the new earth that I make will endure before me,’ declares the LORD, ‘so will your name and descendants endure.  From one New Moon to another and from one Sabbath to another, all mankind will come and bow down before me,’ says the LORD.  And they will go out and look upon the dead bodies of those who rebelled against me; their worm will not die, nor will their fire be quenched, and they will be loathsome to all mankind’” (Isaiah 66:22-24).

These words of Isaiah prophesy of the time after Yeshua’s Millennial Kingdom, the time of the new heavens and earth.  They also speak of mankind.   The word mankind means everyone regardless of nationality, gender, religious affiliation or doctrinal views of the Sabbath.  There will be mankind who will obey and worship Yahweh and there will also be mankind who do not.  Just like in the wilderness, the consequence for disobedience will be that their worm will not die (maggots) and they will be loathsome to everyone.

When God created the Sabbath,  He never said, “There was evening and morning, the seventh day.” Sabbath was supposed to be eternal fellowship between God and his glorious creation: mankind.  Adam and Eve and all of their descendants were to live in the Garden of Eden forever, but sin ended that eternal fellowship.  In order that mankind would not forget God’s promise of redemption, He commanded remembering the weekly Sabbath as a memorial to the Garden of Eden and a foretaste of the future.   As it was ‘in the beginning‘ so it will be ‘in the end’ when there is a new heavens and a new earth.   The New Jerusalem will down out of heaven and Yahweh will once again make His dwelling with mankind (Revelation 21, 22).  It is with this vision and hope of the eternal Sabbath and everlasting fellowship with our Father that we should remember the weekly Sabbath with joy and delight.

©1997 Tentstake Ministries Publishing, all rights reserved.  No copying or reproducing of this article without crediting the author or Tentstake Ministries Publishing. For a hard copy of this article,  please purchase Journey with Jeremiah: Nourishment for the Wild Olive.