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. Exodus 31:12-13
One of the great questions and debates that still goes on today, is what was the purpose of The Sabbath? God makes it clear here, “The Sabbath was a sign between You and Me” So think about it, God is trying to establish his people, The Israelites, that are set apart from the rest of the pagan nations.
How will people know the Israelites are followers of the One true living God Yahweh, because the Sabbath was a sign they were the Israelites. When your in a covenant, there has to be a sign or symbol that your committed to it. For example, the covenant of marriage, we wear a wedding ring to show a sign of the covenant of Marriage. The wedding ring doesnt actually make you married, but its a sign between husband and wife
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. Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death. Exodus 31:14-15
The word Holy in the Bible means “Set Apart” The Sabbath is setting the Israelites apart from the other pagan nations. Notice God references Creation into the Sabbath, 6 days your work and the 7th day rest. The same is when God created the world, 6 days of creation and the 7th day God rested. The word Sabbath means Rest
Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant. It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed. Exodus 31:16-17
Again scripture says “Its a sign between God and the Israelites” The sign of the Old Covenant was the Sabbath. As I said, every covenant has a sign, Jesus instituted a sign of the New Covenant.
And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. Hebrews 9:15 (NKJV)
So what is the sign of the New Covenant? Its Jesus Christ, Jesus is the Sabbath, which I talked about in my previous posts. But Jesus is our sign, Communion (the blood and body of Christ) Baptism (The death and resurrection of Christ) These are all sacraments to remember the sign of the New Covenant Jesus
The Sabbath was a foreshadow of Christ , Gods eternal Rest can only be found in Christ alone Amen!