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Summary: This is the final in a series of four sermons that was presented to congregations that have come out of a Saturday Sabbath background

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Sabbath Discussion – 4

• This series of four sermons was presented to congregations that have come out of a Saturday Sabbath background

• There is also a chart which accompanies these sermons and can be obtained by sending an email to wcg3gr@wcg.org.au

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

• That’s 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.”


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