UNDERSTANDING HOLINESS (PART TWO)

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. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made – Genesis 2:1-3

LIGHT FOR NOW:Rest is to believe in what God has done.

From our study yesterday, what did Moses mean by “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy”? It is important to examine this as Moses referred to Genesis 2:1-3 in the above verse (Exodus 20:8-11). Recall that the word “remember” (“zakar”) means “to think about, to recall an event”. Therefore, what Moses meant by “remember the Sabbath” was to “recall or think about the Sabbath”. The phrase “to keep it holy” (quadash) means to “to make scared or to sanctify” from the Hebrew translation. The word “work” (mlakah) was used for a manner of work, workmanship or labour. Moses said the same thing to the children of Israel in his account of the same event when he gave the Ten Commandments in Deuteronomy 5:12-15. Since the first mention of the word “quadash” was used in relation to the Sabbath, it is therefore important to see the relevance of that relationship. In context of the two texts (Exodus 20:8-11; Deuteronomy 5:12-15), man was to do nothing and do no work. All he was told to do was to “remember”; that is, to think about God and what he has done for us. Observe also that the words remember”, “rest” and “work” were first used in Genesis 2 when the law had not been given.The vital question that comes to mind is what does the Sabbath represent? The Pharisees in the four gospel question Jesus’ actions on the Sabbath (Matthew 12:1-2, 10). Lack of proper understanding of what the Sabbath meant was the reason they questioned Jesus. Observe Jesus’ commentary on the Sabbath (Mark 2:27). The phrase “for man” means “to be made on the account of man”.

 Therefore, it means that when reference is made to the particular day called “Sabbath”, it was man that made the days holy by treating it specially. Thus, men can make things holy by the act of treating them as separate from others. The epistles give us a clearer understanding of what was referred to as the Sabbath in Hebrews 4:1-6. Observe that in verse 1, he described “rest” as a “promise” and in verse 2 as “the gospel”. He had stated earlier in chapter 3 that those that did not enter into his rest could not do so because of unbelief (Hebrews 3:18-19). Take note that in verse 4, he referred to the scriptures as saying that God did rest on the seventh day. The word “rest” (“katapausis”) means a place of rest or no work in the Greek translation. It was used by the writer of Hebrews 8 times. Other references of the word are: Hebrews 3:11, 18; Hebrews 4:1, 10. The implication of the usage of the word “katapausis” as explained is that man is to rest in what God has done. The writer of the book of Hebrews points out that the “rest” is faith; that is, to believe (Hebrews 4:3).Therefore, what God sanctified in Genesis 2:3 was His rest. In other words,

He sanctified faith in His work; that is, what He only has done. The writer of the book of Hebrews records that Abraham and everyone in history who believed in the gospel were treated differently. They all entered into rest by faith in Christ. Hence, faith in Christ is treated differently by God (Hebrews 4:2-3; Hebrews 11:1-40). Thus, we can say that the Sabbath is not a particular day; it is Jesus’ finished work, it is a person. Faith in this person (Christ) is faith in the Sabbath (finished work/the rest of God). Your arrival in Christ is your arrival in the Sabbath (that is the rest of God which is salvation). Therefore, since the believer is in the Sabbath, every day for the believer is the Sabbath (the rest of God, the finished work).

INSTRUCTION: Believe the Gospel.

PRAYER: I am washed and sanctified by the Name of Jesus via the Gospel, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: The believer in Christ is not looking for sanctification. He is already sanctified.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOSHUA CHAPTER 9; EVENING: 1 JOHN CHAPTER 5

Published by lightfromtheworddevotional

Light from the word is a scripture based daily devotional by Prophet (Dr.) John Linus, Senior Pastor Word of Faith Covenant Assembly Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

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