to Me and I Will Give You Rest! Part
to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give
you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am
gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your
souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light"
meditation we will address the rest that Jesus promised, "I
will give you rest
you will find rest for your souls."
and spiritual rest that our Creator provides from the labor
and heavy burdens of life is found in the heart of God's law
of love. Let's take a look at that. "Remember the
Sabbath day to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and
do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the
Lord your God. In it you shall do no work; you, nor your son,
nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female
servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within
your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and
the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the
seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and
hallowed it" Exodus 20:8-11.
is a memorial of creation. It refers back to creation week.
"Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host
of them, were finished. And on the seventh day God ended His
work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from
all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh
day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His
work which God had created and made" Genesis 2:1-3.
is also a memorial to the freedom God gave the children of
Israel when He freed them from slavery and brought them out
of Egypt. In Deuteronomy 5:12-14, Moses quotes the Sabbath
commandment and in verse 15 states, "And remember
that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your
God brought you out from there by a mighty hand and by an
outstretched arm; therefore the Lord your God commanded you
to keep the Sabbath day." The Sabbath is a memorial
to the freedom God gives His people when He brings them out
of the slavery of sin that has held them in bondage.
is also a memorial of redemption. Jesus rested from all His
labor on the seventh day following His crucifixion. And He
was resurrected on the first day of the week to begin a new
phase of His ministry.
said, "The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for
the Sabbath" Mark 2:27. The Sabbath is a day of rest
at the end of every week that is also a celebration of life
that embraces and unites creation, redemption and final restoration;
the past, the present and the future. The Sabbath is a time
to experience the blessings of salvation provided to us by
our Creator, Savior and Friend. It is a day to worship God,
enjoy the fellowship of brothers and sisters in Christ, and
to provide service to those in need. The Sabbath provides
not only physical rest, it provides rejuvenation and renewing
of our souls. "I gave them My Sabbaths, to be a sign
between them and Me, that they might know that I am the Lord
who sanctifies them
Hallow My Sabbaths, and they will
be a sign between Me and you, that you may know that I am
the Lord your God" Ezekiel 20:12, 20.
said, "If you love Me, keep My commandments
If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will
love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.
He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word
which you hear is not Mine but the Father's who sent Me"
John 14:15, 23, 24.
on the Sabbath is an expression of our love and commitment
to God. Our life is a measure of time and the way we spend
time is indicative of where our interests and loyalties lie.
We have no time for those whom we do not care for, but we
share our time with those we love, honor and respect. Sharing
our time with the invisible God on His Holy Day is evidence
of our relationship with Him.
the seventh day of the week, is the Lord's day. "For
the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath" Matthew
12:8. So why do most Christians in the world today keep the
first day of the week as the Sabbath rather than the seventh
day? History reveals the answer to that question. Over several
centuries following the destruction of Jerusalem about 70
AD, the transition of the Sabbath from the seventh day of
the week to the first day of the week was the result of many
factors including Jewish, pagan and Christian influences.
A scholarly description of this transition is in a book published
in 1977 by the Pontifical Gregorian University Press in Rome
titled From Sabbath to Sunday, by Samuele Bacchiocchi. "The
adoption of Sunday observance in place of the Sabbath did
not occur in the primitive Church of Jerusalem by virtue of
the authority of Christ or of the Apostles, but rather took
place several decades later, seemingly in the Church of Rome
The complete application of the Sabbath commandment of a bodily
rest to Sunday was not accomplished before the fifth and sixth
centuries." From Sabbath to Sunday, pp. 309, 310.
day of the week Sabbath is a tradition of the elders of the
Christian church from several centuries AD, much like the
traditions of church elders in Christ's day. Jesus spoke of
the traditions of church elders that transgress the commandments
of God (See Matthew 15:1-9). He quoted from Isaiah, "These
people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with
their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they
worship Me teaching as doctrines the commandments of men"
Matthew 15:8, 9.
provides encouragement and wise council, "Beware lest
anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according
to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles
of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells
all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete
in Him, who is the head of all principality and power"
is an amazing gift of rest and freedom from the work and worry
of the rest of the week. It is a sign between God and His
people who are loyal to Him. If we change the day, our loyalty
is not to the Lord of the Sabbath, but to the traditions of
men and we miss the values that God has to share with us on
His special day.
will give you rest... you will find rest for your souls."