**Remember to check your PROMOTIONS FOLDER. Some years later when I walked the stage to accept my Th.D. We live in the reality of rest. This work of creation was done in six essentially twenty-four-hour days by God, and since that close of the sixth day, there has never been any further creation, with the exception of those divine miracles that we have read about occasionally in the Old Testament, and the flurry of miracles through the person of the Lord Jesus Christ, in which He creates wholeness and wellness within the midst of His now-fallen creation. Now, next Sunday night, with just that overview, I want to transition to how we view Sunday. He is greater than the Sabbath. Also, just because “He rested…” doesn’t mean God stopped working, caring, or being relational. May I suggest one solution to vacating your pulpit for a short season? Rest assured, I never share your information, and I only send information I think you will love. 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We are working.” “For this reason therefore” - verse 18 - “the Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him, because He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but also was calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God.” He was calling Himself - He was calling, I should say, God - His Father, and continually involved in activities that violated Sabbath law. Part of that was the underlying sense that Saturday was a day to enjoy the creation. But rabbinic tradition had formulated - I don’t know, some say nearly 40 different forbidden activities; you see them in the Mishnah - one of which was carrying your mat. When Jesus saw him lying there, He knew that he had already been a long time in that condition, He said to him, ‘Do you wish to get well?’ The sick man answered Him, ‘Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, but while I am coming, another steps down before me.’”. Key takeaways: Being in a “busy” season or needing to get things done is not an excuse for neglecting the Sabbath. But the Jews had added endless restrictions to the Old Testament. This is so important for you to understand. He took hold of him and healed him, sent him away. While you’re not working, all the priests are working, carrying out all the offerings and all the sacrifices.” Which reminds us that this law is not moral; it’s symbolic. Genesis 2:1-3, Mark 2:23-28, Hebrews 4:9-11. It was part of the system that included the temple, the priesthood, the sacrifices. The Sabbath laws were mere shadows of hope, a weekly reminder that there was a paradise to be regained and it was through the means of righteousness. And the manna comes every day except the Sabbath day, and the day before they get enough for that day, so that they don’t have to work on that day. “Immediately the man became well” - in verse 9 - “picked up his pallet, began to walk.” Here’s the rub: “Now it was a Sabbath that day.” Old Testament law didn’t forbid walking, didn’t forbid carrying your pallet from one place to another. But when you enter the rest of grace and the rest of faith, works cease. They may not require a great honorarium while serving, but they certainly are worthy of something. God’s true rest didn’t come through Moses. In essence, to die to self and put carnality to rest… R.I.P.! It seems an odd number, does it not? Each person is fully convinced in his own mind. When it says in verse 2 that “by the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested,” and then in verse 3 again, “He rested from all His work which God had created and made.”, This is a unique day, because, the creation being completed, God stops and rests. When God made a covenant with Noah, He promised Noah that He would never destroy the world again, and God identified a sign. Jesus never attempted to fit His activities into the Sabbath law of the old covenant. It was, in the midst of the moral law, a sign and a symbol to lead the people to rest and repentance. The Pharisees charged Jesus with breaking the Sabbath law, making Himself equal with God, and this led them to kill Him eventually. This is the promise of salvation that God gives to those who put their trust in Him. God likes first things, not leftovers. We’re so unendingly thrilled at the glorious truth of Scripture that comes clear and unmistakable to us. Righteous behavior would also point to a future, a future kingdom when paradise would be regained. Ezk 20:12-13. And then in verse 16: “Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day – things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ.”. The Jews had turned it into an almost unbearable burden. If you receive circumcision, Christ is no benefit to you.” - it doesn’t matter. All Ten Commandments are repeated in the New Testament - some numerous times - except the fourth command. The child of God is now a new person. This was probably some kind of a superstitious idea that the first one in the water when the ripples came got healed.