Hello and welcome to our final episode of season 2. Season 2 episode 100 of The Berean Manifesto, brought to you by The Ekklesian House. This is Pastor Bill and over the next 10 minutes, or so, we are going to be talking about The Sabbath and Jesus.

Just so we’re all on the same page let’s jump back to Genesis 2:1-3 CSB, “[1] So the heavens and the earth and everything in them were completed. [2] On the seventh day God had completed his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. [3] God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, for on it he rested from all his work of creation.” Then in Exodus 20:8-11 CSB God said, “[8] Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy: [9] You are to labor six days and do all your work, [10] but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. You must not do any work-you, your son or daughter, your male or female servant, your livestock, or the resident alien who is within your city gates. [11] For the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and everything in them in six days; then he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and declared it holy.”

Fast forward to Hebrews 4:1-13 CSB, “[1] Therefore, since the promise to enter (God’s) rest remains, let us beware that none of you be found to have fallen short. [2] For we also have received the good news just as (the Israelites who left Egypt) did. But the message they heard did not benefit them, since they were not united with those who heard it in faith. [3] For we who have believed enter the rest, in keeping with what he has said, So I swore in my anger, "They will not enter my rest," even though his works have been finished since the foundation of the world. [4] For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in this way: And on the seventh day God rested from all his works. [5] Again, in that passage he says, They will never enter my rest. [6] Therefore, since it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news did not enter because of disobedience, [7] he again specifies a certain day-today. He specified this speaking through David after such a long time: Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts. [8] For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. [9] Therefore, a Sabbath rest remains for God's people. [10] For the person who has entered his rest has rested from his own works, just as God did from his. [11] Let us then make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall into the same pattern of disobedience. [12] For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. [13] No creature is hidden from him, but all things are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give an account.”

Alright, so let’s break that down a bit.  In this passage the author is talking about the promised rest of God coming one day and because of the hardness of the hearts of the children of Israel God swore that none of them alive at that time would enter into God’s rest.  At that time they thought that the rest of God would come to them in the promised land.  But it didn’t, so the people continued to observe the Sabbath to commemorate the day God rested until they could enter into His rest.

This is when we get to verse 12 where we find, “For the word of God is living.”  Except the author isn’t talking about the written word of God, or the Bible, or even the spoken word of God.  Although the words of God will endure forever.  This phrase “word of God” is the same phrasing John used in John 1:1 CSB, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”  Then reading ahead to verse 14 CSB we find the Word to be a person, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We observed his glory, the glory as the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”  This person is Jesus.  Jesus is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow.  He is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.  No one is hidden from Him, but all things are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give an account.  There’s another mention of that judgment we recently talked about.

But the main point here, is that it’s all one statement from verse nine through verse 13.  Let’s read it again without some of the poetry, Hebrews 4:9-13, “[9] Therefore, a Sabbath rest remains for God's people. [10] For the person who has entered his rest has rested from his own works, just as God did from his. [11] Let us then make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall into the same pattern of disobedience. [12] For (Jesus) is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. He is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. [13] No creature is hidden from (H)im, but all things are naked and exposed to the eyes of (H)im to whom we must give an account.”

Jesus fulfilled all the law; line for line, point for counter point.  And for the Sabbath, Jesus provided our salvation relationship with Him.  We’ve spoken in the past about why the Sabbath day isn’t an observed law anymore, but is a benefit to the body, and soul.  This is still true, taking a day of rest after every six days of work is as essential to your health as getting enough sleep every night.  But for your spirit, salvation is your Sabbath rest from the war between yourself and your carnal flesh that Paul talks about in Romans 7.

I encourage you to go read Romans 7 & 8 for yourself, but I’ll summarize chapter 8 here.  There is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus because the Spirit of life has set us free from the laws of sin and death.  And the Spirit of the one who brought Jesus back from the dead lives in you and will give you life.  Living according to the spirit removes your obligations to the flesh and you have become a child of God.  This life you live and its sufferings pale in comparison to the day you are revealed as an heir of God; that day you will be justified and glorified.  All things are working together to prepare you for that day.  So if God is for us who can be against us; because nothing can separate us from His love.  Not death or life, angels or principalities, the present or the future, not height or depth, or anything else in creation.  And this love is Jesus.

This is Pastor Bill saying, “Until next time…”

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