When reading through the verses on the Sabbath I found a couple that talked about the purpose of the Sabbath being to show that God made Israel holy.
“Say to the Israelites, ‘You must observe my Sabbaths. This will be a sign between me and you for the generations to come, so you may know that I am the Lord, who makes you holy.
Also I gave them my Sabbaths as a sign between us, so they would know that I the Lord made them holy.
When you think of holy as meaning, set apart, it makes sense with showing people who trust and rest in God vs people who don’t. But Holy is so much more than being different. If we take this idea of being in God’s rest to its culmination it makes so much sense.
The true beauty of the sabbath is, of course, found in what it points to. He gives us the Sabbath as a symbol of the gift He has given in His Son, the rest from works that we do to be righteous. Our salvation is through faith and our sanctification and righteousness is through that same faith. As Paul says,
For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” Romans 1:17
And as Hebrews says,
“There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his.”
It was never our righteousness we were intended for. It is God’s righteousness we live in when we are in Christ. Our salvation is in being made one with Him, dying to the old self in His death and having His New Life. Only God is holy. He is all our holiness. Which means we simply rest in Him. We simply rest in the One who is holy. By faith in Him, not by works. Our righteousness is filthy rags. But He takes our attempts at morality and righteousness and puts them to rest. He is the bearer of fruit. He is the vine. He is the Life.
Just as the sabbath rest was the sign that God made Israel holy, resting in Jesus is the sign that He is the one that makes us Holy.
This rest is not natural to us, but remember His heart for you, He loves to see us try in our desire to please Him. It means our heart desires to please Him. But it is best when we Rest in Him, with faith in His ability to make us holy and bear fruit in us. This is His heart’s desire for us.
❤ Kara J