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This series of four sermons was presented to congregations that have come out of a Saturday Sabbath background
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What was the purpose of the Sabbath in the Mosaic Covenant
In Ex 31 it tells us it was to be a sign.
Exodus 31:12-13 (NKJV)12 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 13 Speak also to the children of Israel, saying Surely My Sabbaths you shall keep, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the Lord who sanctifies you.
A sign or sign post is not the focus of the sign its the thing or event to which it points
The sign outside the church building points people to what happens in the building, the focus is on what happens in the building
So we have to look at the Sabbath Day as a sign post that points us to something
In this section of scripture we see two things identified as the object of the sign. It was a sign in that it pointed both backwards and forwards
17 It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever; for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.
So it pointed backwards in the sense that on the Sabbath the Israelites were commanded to mimic the way Adam and Eve lived on that seventh day
Eden - they enjoyed an intimate spiritual rest with God in Eden there was no sin, no need to work, no disharmony
In other works, they enjoyed physical and spiritual rest
Sinai At Sinai the Israelites were commanded not to go out of their place on the Sabbath in order to mimic the rest Adam and Eve enjoyed before sin entered
Eden Adam and Eve ate freely from the garden
Sinai The Israelites were commanded to prepare their food on the sixth day so they could eat freely without any preparation on the Sabbath
Eden Adam and Eve did not labor on that first 7th day. They rested in the finished work of God
Sinai The Israelites were commanded to finish their work on the sixth day so they too could rest on the 7th day.
So it reminded the Israelites of a time when God did not have to work and he reinforced this by prohibiting any work on that day
It was to remind them of the spiritual rest mankind enjoyed with God in Eden before sin entered the equation
But it also looks forward
Ex 31:13 for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the Lord who sanctifies you.
Who ultimately sanctifies us? Jesus Christ
So the Sabbath Day also pointed forward to the one who would ultimately sanctify us or give us true spiritual rest through His saving Work
Thats why Jesus said, Matthew 11:28-30 (NKJV) Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.
Can anything else but Jesus Christ give us spiritual rest?
Can the signpost give us Spiritual Rest? No
Yet in the past our focus was on the Day
But we werent the first to make that mistake the Pharisees in Jesus time did exactly the same thing
The reality was standing right in front of them yet they continued
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