A Sabbath Keeping Remains (Hebrews 4:5-11)

Jason Roddy, May 11, 2014
Part of the Exposition of Hebrews series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

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Some have attempted to apply the saving grace though Jesus Christ as a means to abolish the Sabbath, even when Jesus himself has told us otherwise.

Jesus said in Matthew 5:17, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.”

God's commandment to keep the Sabbath cannot be tossed out; nor any of His other nine commandments!

Thankfully, our salvation does not depend upon perfect compliance through human effort, (no person can ever keep the law perfectly; the condemnation of the law has been removed through the saving work of Jesus Christ) however, that does not give permission to remove one of God's commandments.

Heaven forbid that we should ever attempt to change what God has written; to erase one of His commandments because of the great gift of our Saviour is a sensual and fleshly thought that does not belong in the hearts of believers.

We should all the more be looking forward to the holy day that's been set apart to honor our Lord together - not discard it out of convenience or misunderstanding the eternal blessing that has been given to us to worship and enjoy God.

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Hebrews 4:5-11

And again in this passage he said,

“They shall not enter my rest.”

Since therefore it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of disobedience, again he appoints a certain day, “Today,” saying through David so long afterward, in the words already quoted,

“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts.”

For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken of another day later on. So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, 10 for whoever has entered God's rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.

11 Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. (ESV)

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