Keeping and Observing the Sabbath (Part1)

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What was the Sabbath all about? What was God trying to tell man? What was His purpose? Is it Saturday or Sunday for those in the New Testament? Why did the Pharisees seek to kill Jesus because He healed on the Sabbath? Is it just a religious act or observance?

To begin, the purpose of the Sabbath was to teach us the holiness of God. Like in most other things, man took that which was spiritual and turned it into an occasion for the flesh. And man because of his works and religious observances has tried to earn his own salvation rather than come by faith. Luke 13:10-13 "And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God," (V.14) "And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day." (V.15-17) "The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering? And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day? And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him."

Luke 14:1 "And it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day, that they watched him." (V.2-3) "And, behold, there was a certain man before him which had the dropsy. And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day?" (V.4-6) "And they held their peace. And he took him, and healed him, and let him go; And answered them, saying, Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the sabbath day? And they could not answer him again to these things." This was the lawyers and Bible experts! Most Christians see Sunday as simply a time to go to church. But showing up because the church door is open doesn't impress God nor earn His salvation.

Why did God give a Sabbath rest? It was something all the lawyers and Pharisees and multitudes never understood, and they just did it as a religious observance. One of the major reasons they rejected Jesus was because of what He did on the Sabbath! Jesus said - "by your traditions - you have made the word of God of no effect" (Mark 7:8-9,13)." Mark 2:23-24 "And it came to pass, that he went through the corn fields on the sabbath day; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn. And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold, why do they on the sabbath day that which is not lawful?" It wasn't the sinners that withstood Jesus, and questioned Him, but the religious hypocrites. (V.25-27) "And he said unto them, Have ye never read what David did, when he had need, and was an hungred, he, and they that were with him? How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the showbread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with him? And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:" This is a key! The Sabbath came into being for the needs of man. It wasn't meant as a religious rite or observance, but for our benefit. What is the purpose of our gathering on Sunday? (V.28) "Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath." "Also" - Jesus is Lord over every day, including the Sabbath! He is Lord over rules and traditions and doctrines that would rob us of our devotion to Christ and the reality of His Lordship and pre-eminence. The Sabbath day was made so our spiritual needs could be met.

In Gen.2 we get a shadow of the Sabbath. Paul said it's first the natural, then the spiritual (1Corinthians 15:46). Genesis 2:1-2 "Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made." But did God need to rest because He was tired. Isaiah 40:28 "Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding." So, why did God need to rest? The Sabbath represents a sanctifying, an obedience to God. A cessation of the flesh and denial of the flesh and will of man, an end to self. A coming to the place where you only live for God! For true believers, every day is the Sabbath day - as you cease from your own works and enter into His. It's a total cessation from walking in the flesh and practicing sin and living a life of holiness!

Every time God spoke to the children of Israel, once they came out of bondage in Egypt concerning the Sabbath, it was spoken of as a requirement for them to keep their salvation. The Sabbath represented the covenant of blood. It's a sign of God's covenant. Exodus 31:12-13 "And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you." (First, not the word Sabbaths, plural. Saturday is a singular day). It was "the Sabbath" 'a sign' Abraham was given the sign of the covenant - circumcision and blood was shed. The Sabbath was a sign of God's covenant with man. Again notice the word 'sanctifies.' That's what the Sabbath is about - our sanctification! All through the Old Testament God was giving them pictures of what takes place in the spiritual realm. God had them take all their lambs and have them pass under a rod, and every tenth one was marked with a black 'X' - marked to be sacrificed to God. God likewise is marking those who are His who are separated and sanctified for His purposes. Ezekiel 9:4 "And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof." It was a mark - a sign - a testimony pointing to the Lord Jesus Christ. It was a sign of God's covenant of blood, because we are sanctified by the 'blood of Jesus.' Exodus 31:14 "Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people."

Leviticus 19:1-3 "And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy. Ye shall fear every man his mother, and his father, and keep my sabbaths: I am the LORD your God." Again, we see the word Sabbaths (plural), and the command to be holy along with it. Then the rest of chapter 19 tells us how to keep God's Sabbaths. It's a lot like Romans 12. Verses 1 and 2 gives a command - to present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God and the rest of the chapter tells us how to do it --what should be taking place in our life. Like Romans 12, Leviticus 19 deals with the obedience and life of God's people. Salvation isn't just saying a sinner's prayer, but a commitment to God and a lifestyle we live every day. Salvation is a walk with God on the basis of His Word. (V4) "Turn ye not unto idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods: I am the LORD your God." God isn't impressed with your sacrifice, but our life! He didn't say 'so your sacrifice can be accepted,' but you! Leviticus 19:6-8 "It shall be eaten the same day ye offer it, and on the morrow: and if ought remain until the third day, it shall be burnt in the fire. And if it be eaten at all on the third day, it is abominable; it shall not be accepted. Therefore every one that eateth it shall bear his iniquity, because he hath profaned the hallowed thing of the LORD: and that soul shall be cut off from among his people." Though we don't sacrifice animals, the obedience God demands of us to present our life before Him so that we are acceptable (according to Romans 12) hasn't changed. God still; as then, requires holiness without which no man shall see Him (Hebrews 12:14). God's true requirements and what He has desired of His people has never changed! Leviticus 10:9-10 "And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not wholly reap the corners of thy field, neither shalt thou gather the gleanings of thy harvest. And thou shalt not glean thy vineyard, neither shalt thou gather every grape of thy vineyard; thou shalt leave them for the poor and stranger: I am the LORD your God." God hasn't changed. Jesus spoke of helping those in need, "the least of these my brethren" - and so we do it unto Him (Matthew 25:40). This is all part of keeping God's Sabbaths. Leviticus 19:11-16 "Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another. And ye shall not swear by my name falsely, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD. Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbour, neither rob him: the wages of him that is hired shall not abide with thee all night until the morning. Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumblingblock before the blind, but shalt fear thy God: I am the LORD. Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour. Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour: I am the LORD." All of this is in the New Testament - in Galatians 5, Ephesians 4 & 5, Colossians 3, God hasn't changed! Leviticus 19:17-18 "Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him. Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD." Jesus said 'the law is fulfilled in this - LOVE! We were also warned in the New Testament about anger and about keeping grudges: 'be angry and sin not ... let not the sun go down on your wrath (Ephesians 4:26).' Leviticus 19:19 "Ye shall keep my statutes. Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind: thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed: neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woollen come upon thee." God wasn't interested in their mixing these things, but in an object lesson. He's always giving physical pictures to teach us spiritual truths - He's trying to tell us about compromise and mixture, about separation and holiness, His requirements for His people. Today it's the sheep and goats; the seed of God's Word and man's word, the land or field the seed is planted in is our hearts, and our spiritual robes of righteousness or unrighteousness. It's our lives being acceptable before God.

What does it mean to keep and observe the Sabbaths? It means to put to death the deeds of the flesh! Just like Romans 8:12-14. "Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God." Those who are truly God's children are being led by the spirit to put to death the deeds of the flesh. That's what it means to keep and observe the Sabbaths of God. If you're here and living in unconfessed sin, you're a lawbreaker - you've broken God's Sabbaths - His rest and profaned His testimony. If you've professed to be a Christian, you've made your testimony a lie. God isn't interested in if your garment is made of cotton and polyester.

Exodus 20:1-2 "And God spake all these words, saying, I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage." Your Egypt was whatever God delivered you from. (V.3) "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." That's demon powers according to Deuteronomy 32:17! "They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not." Exodus 20:4-5 "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;" Every time you give in to and obey anger, you are worshipping and serving them - demon powers! Colossians 3 calls anger idolatry (Colossians 3:5-8). Same with lust! When you give into sin, you give into the demon behind it and are worshipping and serving other gods and showing hatred of God! John 3:20 "For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved."

So, is the Sabbath Saturday or Sunday for the New Testament believer? Neither, it's every day! It's coming to a place of resting in Christ, no longer practicing sin in the land, which is your life. It doesn't matter which day you choose to meet and "worship" the Lord for every day is His and we are to live holy lives unto him every day, not just one day a week. Yes, we need a day of rest, which is what the Sabbath was in the Old Testament and not a day of worship, but it doesn't matter which day of the week we take as a day of rest for our bodies just as long as we do it because they are not made to work endlessly, 7 days a week.

1Peter 4:1-2 "Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God." This is our Sabbath rest. Sunday is that time we bring our life before God and present it to Him, as part of our worship. Yet, the day, whether Saturday or Sunday is not a legalistic thing and our salvation has nothing to do with which day we gather and worship, only that we do so.

Exodus 20:6-7 "And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain." Jesus said "If you love me, keep my commandments (John 14:15)." You can't get by with 'taking the Lord's name in vain,' claiming to be His, and using His name for your own benefit and purposes. Exodus 20:8 "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy." There again, holiness! (V.9-11) "Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it." Again, speaking of the Sabbath rest being holy before God. (V.12-13) "Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. Thou shalt not kill." With your tongue as well as physically! (V.14) "Thou shalt not commit adultery." With your eyes! Jesus said if you lust after a woman with your eyes you have committed adultery with her in your heart (Matthew 5:28)! Exodus 20:15 "Thou shalt not steal." Jesus said anyone who tries to come or get to heaven any other way than the narrow way - is a robber and a thief (John 10:1, 7). Exodus 20:16-17 "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's." Now comes the place where we miss it. Here is where men look to men instead of God and put themselves under the curse. God gave man an opportunity to enter His Sabbath rest and they used it to enter into a curse. (V.18-20) "And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off. And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die. And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not." The reason we sin is because we have no fear of God before our eyes or in our hearts (Romans 3:18; Psalms 36:1-2).

Simply summed up - the Sabbath was a time to cease from doing the work of the flesh. The Greek and Hebrew words translated Sabbath come from roots meaning "to abstain, to terminate, or be at an end, to desist from." Have you come to the place of being at the end of yourself and cried out to God to take something out of you? You wanted to stop sinning and to enter into His rest! The message has been the same from Genesis to Revelation. The purpose of the Sabbath is to bring holiness and sanctification and separation to God's people. The purpose of God giving His Spirit was to enable man to keep the Sabbath rest of God - to destroy all the works of the flesh! 1John 3:8-10 "He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother."

The two messages of the Sabbath are (1) cease from sin, rebellion, disobedience and all works of the flesh (natural works) and to enter God's works - the works of obedience. And (2) The Sabbath represents God's people ministering to Him. How do you do that? Through total obedience! Prayer and praise is one of the processes by which the Spirit of God works in us the Spirit of obedience. A crying out 'Abba Father' - Father help me. Jesus said it best "without me, ye can do nothing" (John 15:5). We are commanded throughout the New Testament to continue to produce the fruit of righteousness - the fruit of obedience. Then God is obligated by our obedience to His covenant, to meet and supply all our needs - for more of His Spirit, grace, power, anointing and breaking of bondage's. Our need is to enter into His kingdom! What is His kingdom? "Righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost" (Romans 14:17). Not bless my pocketbook. We seek first His kingdom and righteousness and whatsoever things we have need of will be taken care of (Matthew 6:33). When we walk in obedience, He sends His grace into our lives. That's what the Sabbath represents. A cessation of all evil and sin and works of the flesh! That's what it's always meant!

Did God intend for his people to live like devils for six days a week and then be clean the seventh day? Has He not called us to walk in holiness and sanctification? Weren't we told in 2Peter 2:22 that a dog returns to his own vomit and Jesus said in Matthew 7:6 "don't give that which is holy to dogs" In Philippians 3:2 Paul said dogs are those that work evil, the false circumcision. They pretend to be Christians - they have the talk, but no the walk of holiness.

The Sabbath was to receive the showbread - the bread of faces. What did it represent? His presence! His presence is our living bread! Who does God give His presence to and feed His bread? Those that keep His Sabbaths; who cease from sin and the work of the flesh and are crying out to God for more of His grace and anointing to break the yoke and power of sin in their life. The spiritual truths of God's Word are holy and He won't give it to dogs - to those who continue in sin. It's spiritual! God said "My Spirit shall not always strive with man" (Genesis 6:3). He will try to work with us, but if we are stubborn and reject His efforts to deal with us, He will one day stop dealing with us to redeem us and save us, but instead will judge us, as Jesus did the Pharisees in Matthew 23:32-33. "Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?"

God isn't interested in our keeping days and observing holy days; as Easter when everyone puts on their new clothes and church becomes a fashion show and Easter egg hunt afterwards. How can we think that impresses God? I think most know it's only to impress people. Easter, if it had a purpose, was to acknowledge the resurrection power of Jesus Christ and that we could now be born of The Spirit, and men have made it another occasion for the flesh. Fleshly men keep bringing lies and darkness into the church, and loosing the reality of God's Word and purpose and desire for us. God isn't impressed with our special occasions, and celebrations, because they don't glorify Him, only men's flesh.

What is the purpose of the Sabbath? To cause us to understand God is wanting us to live holy lives every day, to cease from works of the flesh and live and walk in the Spirit thereby entering into His Sabbath rest - which is every day of our lives. All the time since Christ's resurrection is called a day - the day of salvation - God's Sabbath!

The Pharisees were full of Bible study and religious meetings, but never turned from disobedience and rebellion, and never had a heart that was pure in motives before God. Mark 11:15-16 "And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves; And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple." What is God's message? This was one of the laws of the Sabbath, yet it doesn't tell us what day this happened on. I don't think it was the Sabbath for that reason. Jesus was trying to teach them what the Sabbath was all about. They had lost the meaning and purpose of the sacrifices and had just turned it into a moneymaking business. He was saying; "Don't carry and sell goods in the temple!" What is this saying to us? We are the temple of God today! He is saying, "Keep the purposes and motives in your temple - of God and not of the flesh. Let your motive be to please God and do His will." (V.17) "And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves." "Robbers" - who did Jesus call a thief and robber (John 10:1)? Anyone who tries to enter the kingdom of God any other way than by walking the narrow way and coming through Jesus is a robber and a thief. He is saying, "Those aren't walking in and keeping my Sabbaths." They aren't walking in holiness. (V.18) "And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine." They had been doing these things for years, it was business as usual, like today. It's happening again today.

John 2:13 "And the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem," Jesus is our Passover! They didn't know what it was all about! This is the same account as Mark, but a testimony form a different perspective. The gospels have slightly different accounts, testimonies as they saw and heard, showing we all know in part. (V.14-15) "And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables;" Now John is writing from a Jewish perspective. He tells of the sheep and oxen because that's what the Passover was all about to the Jews. Everyone knows that God had commanded them to offer sheep and oxen for the forgiveness of their sins, pointing to the ultimate sacrifice of Christ, "the Lamb of God who taketh away the sins of the world" (John 1:29). The people showed up to buy and offer the sheep and oxen, as they were commanded and Jesus drove out everything, man and beast. What a Passover this must have been! (V.16 ) "And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise." These things that looked like they were doing something great and for God - from the flesh. But God doesn't accept that which looks good to the flesh! The church leaders had lost the purpose of the Sabbath and were using it to fulfill their own lusts and greed. The Sabbath wasn't that we would come before God one hour per week and put on our holy face and live for ourselves all week, doing our own will and purpose. The Sabbath is to testify to God that you have given Him your life and you are honoring His death, burial and resurrection every day by your obedience.

Luke 7:30 "But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him." When self gets into the picture and is the motive in your life, you will reject God's purpose to fulfill the desires of self. Why did Jesus keep healing people on the Sabbath? Was it really work? If so, then Jesus broke the law! But Jesus wasn't doing something of and for Himself, but what God by the Holy Spirit wanted to be done on the Sabbath. The Sabbath is for us to cease from sin and the works of the flesh and learn to walk and live in holiness. Jesus, on the Sabbath, was putting an end to what the power of sin had done in their lives. God had in the beginning prepared a place for man - the Garden of Eden. It was a place where man could have the presence of God! And God told man what to do to keep His presence. That's what the Sabbath is all about. It was made for man, for our spiritual benefit! But man perverted that which God had provided for his good.

Then God sent Jesus, His Lamb, to die for our sins. This is something God prepared and planned from the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8). Hebrews said God prepared a body for Jesus and that He had come to do the will of God (Hebrews 10:5-7).

Hebrews 3:10-11 "Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest." Adam couldn't go back into the garden! And likewise, all since then who have gone astray in their heart have not entered into His rest. It also applies to us. (V.12-13) "Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin." 2Corinthians 6:2 says; "Today is the day of salvation." Hebrews 3:18-19 "And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief." These people are not able to enter into God's rest; that which God has prepared for man. Who? Those who think they can sin and escape the judgment of God. But Jude 5 is a clear warning to us today. "I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not."

Hebrews 4:5-6 "And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest. Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:" They too had opportunity to enter into God's rest, as we today. God hasn't changed in His purpose and desire for man nor in His dealing with us. (V.7-11) "Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. 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. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief"

The fact is, is that Jesus is the fulfillment of the Old Testament Sabbath and when we ender into His rest, we cease from our own labors. This becomes spiritual and is not something that is one day a week or one year in seven years, but everyday for we are no longer doing required religious works and rituals as a part of our salvation, but resting in the finished works of Calvary and what Jesus did for us once and for all. Simply put, Jesus is our Sabbath. Everything in the Old Testament was a type and shadow in the natural of what would be spiritual in the New Testament time, after the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, who is our salvation and the substance of our faith, the object of our faith, the source of our faith, the purpose of our faith and the end of our faith. But that is another message. It is enough to know that unlike some legalist denominations who say that unless you worship on Saturday and cease from work on Saturday and keep it Holy, then you are sinning and not saved. We know that is not true, because Salvation is by faith through grace, it is Jesus plus nothing, not Jesus plus religious works, not Jesus plus how or what method or by what words we are baptized, or which day of the week we separate to the Lord as a day of rest, or that we were circumcised or any other thing by which men try to say that unless you do this or that, this way or that way, you are not saved. That is mockery of the price that Jesus paid in full to accomplish and purchase our salvation.

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