Keeping and Observing the Sabbath(Part 2)
od has set the example for us, of what He wants us to do, and it's more than just going to a religious church service on Saturday or Sunday, depending on how you see it. The Pharisees perverted the Sabbath to an occasion for the flesh for personal gain. We know form Genesis 2 that God created in six days and rested the seventh, but not because He was tired. Isaiah tells us God never grows tired or weary (Isaiah 40:28). What was God doing? Giving us a picture of something He had prepared for His people - a spiritual rest as an expression of His love. The only rule we have to follow is obedience. God's Sabbath was pointing to the day of salvation that would come after Christ's death and Paul speaks of God's people not entering into that rest. Luke 6:1-2 "And it came to pass on the second sabbath after the first, that he went through the corn fields; and his disciples plucked the ears of corn, and did eat, rubbing them in their hands. And certain of the Pharisees said unto them, Why do ye that which is not lawful to do on the sabbath days?" Jesus got into a lot of trouble because of what He did on the Sabbath. (V.3-4) "And Jesus answering them said, Have ye not read so much as this, what David did, when himself was an hungered, and they which were with him; How he went into the house of God, and did take and eat the showbread, and gave also to them that were with him; which it is not lawful to eat but for the priests alone?" The consecrated bread is the bread of faces, which represents God's presence. (V.5) "And he said unto them, That the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath." The Sabbath represents a sanctifying. Every time God spoke of keeping His Sabbaths it was in the context of holiness and separation, a sanctified life. The message of the Sabbath has always been, cease from your works, from sin and disobedience, and enter God's works, the place He has prepared for you to walk - in salvation. God's Sabbaths pointed to the day of salvation, which began when Jesus was raised from the dead and ascended to the throne.
Ephesians tells us when Jesus was raised up, we were raised up with Him and when He was seated on the throne, we were seated with Him in heavenly places. In Revelation, John saw thrones set up for us to be seated with Christ and reign with Him, during the day or time or salvation.
This is the time in which He said "In the day of salvation, I helped you" 2Corinthians 6:2. And Hebrews 4:16 said: "draw near with confidence . . . that we may receive grace to help in time of need." What is His grace? It's His strength and power and anointing and presence! He who was tempted in all points like us is now able to come to the aid of all who are tempted (Hebrews 4:15). When did God open this way for us? At His resurrection! The veil was torn, there is no special people, no Jew nor Greek, all may call upon the Lord and all who call upon the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:13).
2Corinthians 6:1-2 "We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)" The day called the day of salvation began with Christ's resurrection. It's now! 2Peter 3:8 "But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." God warned us, because He knew there would be problems with deception here. And many are deceived of what this very verse is saying. They say it refers to a day in the future they call the millenium. But this one day God is speaking about and calls as a thousand years, not literally a thousand years, is the present day of salvation. (V.9) "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." When does God freely offer salvation to all? Now! Walking in repentance is the walk of salvation. Deception here is how Satan is destroying God's people today. Daniel 7:25 said he would intend, or try to make alterations in time and in the law. He tells us, Christ isn't reigning now, you can't live in victory over sin until Christ sets up His reign in the millenium, using this verse in 2nd Peter. By making God's people think they are waiting for another day to reign with Christ as kings and priests, they loose the victory and fail to walk as over-comers and enter into the rest God prepared for us to enter now. Jesus is on the throne, His reign began 2000 years ago and His own people don't believe it.
Hebrews 3:7-8 "Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:" Whenever God moves among His people, He calls it a day. The first "To day" is now, the present day of grace which is 2,000 years old. The second day, "the day of temptation", is speaking of the 40 years the children of Israel were wandering in the wilderness. (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." God calls today, day after day. It is a time in which God offers man the opportunity to enter into that which He has prepared for them, His rest, His salvation. (V.14-15) "For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation." Today is when His salvation is being freely offered. (V.16-19) "For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? 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." That was their day of salvation and they missed it, they never entered into His rest, and they went to hell. He prepared a place for them and they never entered it. Jesus said "I go to prepare a place for you' - dwelling places for His people, speaking of a spiritual place that we dwell with Him.
Hebrews 4:1 "Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it." Come short of entering the place He has prepared for us in the Spirit. (V.2-3) "For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world." In God's viewpoint! Jesus said on the cross, "It is finished" (John 19:30) but God considered it done before the foundation of the earth. Jesus was "the lamb of God slain before the foundation of the world". Hebrews 4-7 "For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. 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: 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." The day of salvation is today! (V.8) "For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day." Joshua understood they were passing through a time of God's grace, but spoke of a greater time of God's grace and salvation, called "another day." They had a day of grace and salvation offered, but He knew a greater day was coming. (V.9-10) "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." It's talking about works of the flesh, disobedience and rebellion.
1Peter 4:1 "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;" The word Sabbath means "to cease, to abstain, to desist from, to terminate, to be at an end." It's talking about an end of sin in our lives. Why? (V.2) "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 the person who has entered the Sabbath rest. The Pharisees did everything for the sake of their religious observances, and for their greed and lusts. But, whatever you have thought of, concerning the Sabbath, it was all speaking about salvation. God was saying "salvation is entering into God's rest, His Sabbath, and it's a walk of sanctification and holiness." God's warning to keep the Sabbath holy and not profane it is telling us, don't profane your salvation, your walk with God. We don't observe Saturday as a holy day because to the New Testament believer, every day is God's Sabbath. We are to live holy lives every day and instead of not profaning one day of the week as a holy day, we are to not profane our salvation. The letter has become spiritual. The New Testament speaks of "holiness without which no man shall see God" (Hebrews 12:14). If they profaned the Sabbath, they were cut off - they lost their covenant walk with God, their salvation. That was one day a week. We have to live holy every day by the power of the Spirit and not walk in the flesh at all, on any day. That's why Paul said what he did in Galatians 4:9-11. Our new life in Christ goes beyond such elementary things as keeping one day holy over another. We are to live holy lives and walk in God's provision for victory every day.
We are living in the time of God's Sabbath. Going to church and putting on your holy faces on Sunday is a mockery of God if your not living the life the other six days. We aren't under the mere letter of the law, but he Spirit that was behind the law, which was what God wanted in the first place. Deuteronomy 5:11 "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." What is taking God's name in vain? This is not just cursing. It's saying "Lord, I'll live for you . . ." and continuing to live to please your flesh while claiming His promises and provisions in "Jesus name" and not living the life. (V.12) "Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee." Again, God always speaks of holiness with the Sabbath. (V.15) "Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work:" God gave the Sabbath to those He delivered from slavery in Egypt. We too were delivered form slavery in this world to the powers of darkness. The Sabbath is an end to slavery, to us, an end to being slaves of sin. That's what Paul wrote about in Romans 6, that we no longer are to be slaves of sin. Remember its first the natural and then the spiritual. The Old Testament was a physical, natural picture and shadow of that which was to come in the Spirit.
Nehemiah 13:14-17 "Remember me, O my God, concerning this, and wipe not out my good deeds that I have done for the house of my God, and for the offices thereof. In those days saw I in Judah some treading wine presses on the sabbath, and bringing in sheaves, and lading asses; as also wine, grapes, and figs, and all manner of burdens, which they brought into Jerusalem on the sabbath day: and I testified against them in the day wherein they sold victuals. There dwelt men of Tyre also therein, which brought fish, and all manner of ware, and sold on the sabbath unto the children of Judah, and in Jerusalem. Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, and said unto them, What evil thing is this that ye do, and profane the sabbath day?" What is it telling us today? Why are you profaning your salvation day still practicing evil? Why do you continue in sin? I brought you from darkness into light. (V.18) "Did not your fathers thus, and did not our God bring all this evil upon us, and upon this city? yet ye bring more wrath upon Israel by profaning the sabbath." Many today are profaning their salvation and don't understand why they are going through living hell. They have broken God's covenant and are suffering the curse of God because of it, His judgment for sin. (V.19-22) "And it came to pass, that when the gates of Jerusalem began to be dark before the sabbath, I commanded that the gates should be shut, and charged that they should not be opened till after the sabbath: and some of my servants set I at the gates, that there should no burden be brought in on the sabbath day. So the merchants and sellers of all kind of ware lodged without Jerusalem once or twice. Then I testified against them, and said unto them, Why lodge ye about the wall? if ye do so again, I will lay hands on you. From that time forth came they no more on the sabbath. And I commanded the Levites that they should cleanse themselves, and that they should come and keep the gates, to sanctify the sabbath day. Remember me, O my God, concerning this also, and spare me according to the greatness of thy mercy." We are supposed to be priests unto God. In the remaining verses of this chapter it tells how they had intermarried with the evil peoples around them, with darkness. First the natural then the spiritual! We are supposed to be married to Christ, to have no other loves in our heart, meaning no other gods.
Yes God told us to assemble ourselves together (Hebrews 10:25), but God isn't impressed with our keeping holy days or going to church on Sunday or Saturday. He's impressed with pure hearts and holy lives, walking in obedience, sanctification and honor and having a clear testimony. Isaiah 56:1-2 "Thus saith the LORD, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed. Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil." Blessed is the man who keeps the Sabbath! What is it to keep the Sabbath? It's to keep from doing evil. (V.3a) "Neither let the son of the stranger," Foreigners, then not a natural Jew. Today, in the church, but not delivered. Strangers from God's provision of salvation, of His Sabbath rest! (V.3b) "that hath joined himself to the LORD," Those who are joined to the Lord are one spirit with Him. (V.3c) "speak, saying, The LORD hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree." The Eunuch is only in love with God, married to Him. (V.4a) "For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths," Revelation said Satan makes war with those who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus (Revelation 12:17). Those who are sold out to God! (V.4b-7a) "and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant; Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off. Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer." "Those" - who those - those who keep from profaning His Sabbath! We are in God's Sabbath!
Isaiah 58:13 "If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:" If you turn from doing your own pleasure on my holy day (and a day with the Lord is as a thousand years) and you shall call the Sabbath a delight, the holy day of the Lord . . . This is a picture of salvation! (V.14a) "Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth," The heights of the earth! Paul called it heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Colossians 3:1-2 That's not seeking your own pleasure! Isaiah 58:14b "and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it." What was the heritage of Jacob? He had his name, his nature and character changed. God touched him and everyone could tell it and we thought keeping the Sabbath was going to church on a certain day.
Jeremiah 17:19-21 "Thus said the LORD unto me; Go and stand in the gate of the children of the people, whereby the kings of Judah come in, and by the which they go out, and in all the gates of Jerusalem; And say unto them, Hear ye the word of the LORD, ye kings of Judah, and all Judah, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, that enter in by these gates: Thus saith the LORD; Take heed to yourselves, and bear no burden on the sabbath day, nor bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem;" That was the natural. Today in the spiritual, it's don't come before me with your load of sin. It's sin in the lives of those claiming to be God's people. You could say 'keeping the Sabbath' today is 'keeping your salvation,' keeping your garments clean and unspotted from the world. (V.22-25) "Neither carry forth a burden out of your houses on the sabbath day, neither do ye any work, but hallow ye the sabbath day, as I commanded your fathers. But they obeyed not, neither inclined their ear, but made their neck stiff, that they might not hear, nor receive instruction. And it shall come to pass, if ye diligently hearken unto me, saith the LORD, to bring in no burden through the gates of this city on the sabbath day, but hallow the sabbath day, to do no work therein; Then shall there enter into the gates of this city kings and princes sitting upon the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they, and their princes, the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem: and this city shall remain for ever." This points to Jesus! And we are supposed to be seated with Him; and we are called kings and priests unto God. It was all pointing to the spiritual fulfillment of God's Sabbath. (V.26-27) "And they shall come from the cities of Judah, and from the places about Jerusalem, and from the land of Benjamin, and from the plain, and from the mountains, and from the south, bringing burnt offerings, and sacrifices, and meat offerings, and incense, and bringing sacrifices of praise, unto the house of the LORD. But if ye will not hearken unto me to hallow the sabbath day, and not to bear a burden, even entering in at the gates of Jerusalem on the sabbath day; then will I kindle a fire in the gates thereof, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched." That's God's anger and judgment! The only fire not quenchable is the fire of hell. It's referring to our salvation. If we profane our salvation, we won't keep it.
Matthew 12:8 said Jesus is "Lord of the Sabbath" Mark 2:22-28 "And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles. 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? 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: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath." Mark 3:2 "And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him." Is Jesus your Lord? He is Lord of the Sabbath day, the day of Salvation.
Colossians 2:8-10 "Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:" We are complete in Christ. It's something He has done and we enter into. (V.11) "In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:" What is being circumcised by Christ? (V.12-13) "Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;" This is talking about our salvation. (V.14-17) "Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ." The observance of days and times and festivals in the Old Testament is only a shadow of the real thing. There is no life or reality in them, butonly in Christ! Galatians 4:8-11 "Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain." An observance of special days does not impress God.
Hebrews 3:1-6 "Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house. For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house. For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God. And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after; But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end." What else is His house called? His temple, His land, His city, His bride, His possession, Mt. Zion! What is all this talking about. What's it stand for? Salvation! Christ lives in those who have received His salvation. Then, after speaking of salvation, He begins to speak about the rebellious, disobedient and unbelieving people God gave a day of salvation too - called the Sabbath rest. It's a place God has prepared for His people to enter, and it all has to do with ceasing from sin and our own way and following our own will and laying down our life to please Him. Hebrews 4:9 "There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God." "The people of God." Isn't that the definition of Israel? What does God do for those who enter into His rest? He provides them with everything pertaining to life and godliness. He meets all their needs and fights all their battles. It's the place where the peace of God passes all understanding. Jesus said; "I go to prepare a place for you . . . I will receive you unto myself that where I am there ye may be also." Have you received His salvation? Then you should be seated with Christ in heavenly places.
What happens to our salvation, if we practice sin? God will destroy His Sabbath rest. Leveticus 26:1 "Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am the LORD your God." (Colossians 3 tells us what idolatry is to God spiritually. God will not accept any kind of idolatry in the heart! His command isn't just against physical idols. "A sacred pillar" - speaks of your religion. "A figured stone" - is something prepared for God's people that is so beautiful that it gives them a false sense of comfort and security - our cathedrals of today! (V.2) "Ye shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the LORD." We are the sanctuary of God! What are we letting in God's sanctuary? This is keeping the Sabbath, not a day of the week. (V.3) "If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them;" The Sabbath is a walk of obedience. All the blessing of God, all the promises of God are based on obedience. (V.4) "Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit." The rain God wants to give us is the rain of the Holy Spirit. We are His land! The rain is the reviving and refreshing that comes from the Spirit. The produce we are to bear is the fruit of the Holy Spirit. If the rain of the Holy Spirit is not falling on you, it's impossible for you to produce the fruit of godliness and holiness and sanctification. That's what Acts 5:32 means - He gives the Holy Spirit to those who obey and Heb.5:9 says He is only the author or source of salvation to those who obey. Salvation is a lifestyle and walk of obedience, of reverencing Him in His sanctuary. That's why you have to watch your thought life. Leveticus 26:5 "And your threshing shall reach unto the vintage, and the vintage shall reach unto the sowing time: and ye shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely." Grapes are always a symbol for fruit of the Spirit, which is Love. What do we sow in the land? The word of God! "Dwell in your land safely" means to live in peace and rest within the land, because of His presence, provision and protection. Not just physically, but also Spiritually in the land of our hearts! "In your land" - you enter God's Sabbath rest. When you plant seed to grow a crop, first you clear the land. You remove the rocks and weeks - you don't plant among them. You can't hold onto your arrogance, pride and lust and produce spiritual fruit. This is a picture of salvation. What happens when you keep God's Sabbath or salvation? (V.6) "And I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid: and I will rid evil beasts out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land." "Lie down" - That's a picture of rest! "Harmful beasts" are the demon powers - your enemy! "No sword" means no curse or judgment. (V.7-10) "And ye shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword. And five of you shall chase an hundred, and an hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight: and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword. For I will have respect unto you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, and establish my covenant with you. And ye shall eat old store, and bring forth the old because of the new." When you come to salvation, don't all things become new according to 2Corinthians 5:17? Leveticus 26:11 "And I will set my tabernacle among you: and my soul shall not abhor you." But remember that God only dwells with the holy! (V.12-13) "And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people. I am the LORD your God, which brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, that ye should not be their bondmen; and I have broken the bands of your yoke, and made you go upright." "Bands" are the bondage's in your life. "Yoke" is their authority. When we come to God and walk in obedience to Him, He promises to break the power and authority that sins and sin habits have had over our lives and to set us free and bring us to the "liberty" that is in Christ. "Go upright," means to walk erect, to live without bondage or slavery to sin. This is keeping the Sabbath. Most people think only the blessings apply to His people and the curses, but that's not what the scripture says. (V.14) "But if ye will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments;" It doesn't apply to all those who never heard of God, or come to Him, but to His people. (V.15) "And if ye shall despise my statutes, or if your soul abhor my judgments, so that ye will not do all my commandments, but that ye break my covenant:" Your "Soul" is your mind, well, emotions, feelings, and intellect. How many times has God tried to get us to spend time in His word? But our soul abhors it and you preferred to do something else pleasing to the flesh. Or the Spirit of God tried to tell you to pray and you said to yourself "I'm just too tired because your soul doesn't like praying. We are talking about keeping God's Sabbaths. If you don't then (V.16) applies to you. "I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it." This is People who are always in church and hearing the Word, but the enemy steals - eats the seed of the Word of God from their hearts according to Mark 4:14-15. Their soul becomes a desert wasteland and they never have the victory. (V.17) "And I will set my face against you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies: they that hate you shall reign over you; and ye shall flee when none pursueth you." Satan hates you. Yet, if this doesn't cause you to repent. (V.18-19) "And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins. And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass:" All those who stand in pride, continuing in sin and living their life for self - independently of the Lord's Spirit and claim to their life, God says their prayers won't be answered and their life will be nothing but judgment. (V.20-22) "And your strength shall be spent in vain: for your land shall not yield her increase, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruits. And if ye walk contrary unto me, and will not hearken unto me; I will bring seven times more plagues upon you according to your sins. I will also send wild beasts among you, which shall rob you of your children, and destroy your cattle, and make you few in number; and your high ways shall be desolate." What are the beasts of the field? Demon powers! We're talking about what will happen if you break God's Sabbath. Your children won't want anything to do with God. (V.23-25) "And if ye will not be reformed by me by these things, but will walk contrary unto me; Then will I also walk contrary unto you, and will punish you yet seven times for your sins. And I will bring a sword upon you, that shall avenge the quarrel of my covenant: and when ye are gathered together within your cities, I will send the pestilence among you; and ye shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy." This entire chapter is God's dealing with His people on the basis of their keeping His Sabbath. (V.2) "Ye shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the LORD." And walking in obedience. When you trample on the blood of the covenant of Jesus, you will be trampled on by the enemy! Praise the Lord for the truth that is able to set us free from the power of the enemy over our lives because of deception. When we know the truth of God, then we will be set free if we respond to it properly, in faith and obedience. Jn.8:31-32 "Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
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