The Sabbath / The Rest

The sabbath according to the Scripture

 

 

Regain peace with God…

 

There has been a time where we had sticking points, in relation to the things that are above, of which we didn’t were aware of. Today, these things being resolved, we’re naturally committed to share with you what enables us to regain this peace with God.

Today, it’s about the sabbath, but we’ll also talk about other topics subject to questioning.

 

 

Let’s begin with a question : 

“According to the Spirit of the Scriptures, is the sabbath really a physical day rest ?”

 

Generally, this is what we hear about this :

  • We must rest; refrain from working
  • During the sabbath, we need a pause in our activities and our normal tasks to rest during 24 hours. (According to the Bible, from the sunset on the Friday night to the sunrise on the Saturday night).
  • Refrain from working each sabbath gives tremendous physical and spiritual benefits to the people of God
  • It is forbidden to employ other persons and to make them work for us. Not only refrain from working, but also not employing workers which we have in charge. 
  • The sabbath day, we make a pause in our – routine activities, jobs, purchases, shopping, activities, sport, television – to  spend the day doing spiritually edifying things.

 

 

Now, let’s look at what the Scripture says on this topic : 

 

Here is inserted the Scripture’s part in Matthew 12, which clearly talks about the sabbath.

Here, it is Jesus who answers to what the pharisees said concerning the fact that the disciples do, according to the pharisees, what is “not lawful to do upon the sabbath day”.

 

12 ; 1 : At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat. 

2 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day. 

3 But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him; 

4 How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests? 

5 Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless? 

6 But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple. 

7 But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.

8 For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.

9 And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue: 

10 And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him. 

11 And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out? 

12 How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days. 

13 Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other. 

14 Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.

15 But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence

 

 

Here is some evidences contained in this text :

1 : At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat.

Here we see that the Jesus disciples began to pluck the ears of corn and to eat on the sabbath day, without any reproach from Jesus.

2 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day. 

The pharisees, seeing that the Jesus disciples plucked the ears of corn on the sabbath day, respond to Jesus that it “is not lawful to do” what his disciples are doing on this day.

We clearly see that the pharisees reproach to the Jesus disciples to do what “is not lawful to do” on the sabbath day, while Jesus himself isn’t reproaching in any way his disciples for plucking the ears of corn and to eat it on this day.

3 But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him; 4 How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests? 

Here Jesus appoints David, reminding the Scriptures to the pharisees, telling them how he entered into the house of God and eat the shewbread which was “not lawful” for him to eat. 

5 Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless? 

Here Jesus reminds that in the law, the priests profane the sabbath in the temple, blamelessly, while they profane it. So Jesus approves the priests who profane the sabbath in the temple, without accusing them and condemning them about what their temple’s service those days. 

6 But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple

But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless. For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.

Here Jesus clearly declare why things are the way they are – namely the fact that if the pharisees had already condemn in their hearts those innocents, Jesus’ disciples, this came from something in particular. It came from the fact that they did not understand the meaning of Scriptures in this text : “I will have mercy, and not sacrifice”.

 

Therefore, according to the Scriptures and the translation that Jesus gives for the sabbath, we see here two meanings : 

  • There is the meaning of the sabbath as a mercy toward others, that is the one which God takes delight in.
  • And there is the meaning of the sabbath as a sacrifice “from man” toward God, that is the one which God does not takes delight in.

 

 

 

9 And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue: And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they (the same pharisees) asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him.

11 And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out?

Here we don’t see Jesus saying that the sabbath is about “a physical rest”, but He says that on the sabbath day, it is natural to the one that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will naturally “lay hold on it”, “and lift it out”.

 

12 How much then is a man better than a sheep? 

Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days. 

Therefore the Scripture shows clearly that the sabbath is not about “rest and refrain from working”, because on the contrary we see Jesus responding to the pharisees that the one that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, lay hold on it and lift it out.

So, Jesus responds to the pharisees that on sabbath days, it is natural to give or give back rest to the sheep who lost it. 

We can see here that it is the one who is in rest, who is able to give it back to the one who lost it.

 

 

Also in Hebrews 4 v 9 : There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.

Read carefully : 

…; For he that is “entered” into “His rest”, he also hath ceased from “His” own works

So, it is about enter into the rest of An other one. The one from God, who hath ceased from his own works. 

So, the one who tries to do the same, namely “practice a seventh day rest”, will find himself deprived from enter into An other one’s : The one from God himself.

As long as he will be wrong, he will also have to practice a lot of works during the week in order to have something to rest on the seventh day, as God did from his.

 

 

Therefore, we can see that the one who enter into the rest of God does not “endeavor” to rest in a physical and external way, but we rather see that he already abide into the rest of God.

“…For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works…”

Being enter into the rest of God, the man rest from his works…yes, those famous works who never ended previously. Necessarily because he tried to do what God has already done.

 

However, since he is into the rest of God, this man is now serving the others on the seventh day, as wee seen it before.

 

 

Jesus clearly says in Marc 2 v 27 “The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath.”

Jesus shows here that everything has been done in him and by him and…for the man.

 

 

End notes :

In the Scripture, there are many others texts about the sabbath; but wishing to not be too long-winded, we limit ourselves to this passage in Matthew 12 who gives an excellent explanation of this topic.

We particularly spotlight this text to show that the real sabbath, according to the Scripture, is not a physical rest day, rather the opposite.

 

 

On the other side, know that nothing written above from us is imposed in any way or to any one. No, we simply propose it to you. 

What we have proposed you is only towards the ones who have been waiting for an other view about the sabbath, an other view than the one presented to them so far.

 

Be at peace with God

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