Glimpses of Our God; The Sabbath in Light of the Cross

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The Sabbath In Light Of The Cross

Brief overview: The Seventh-day, Saturday is God’s holy Sabbath where we are to rest from all secular work and activity. God sanctified the Sabbath day and made it Holy. See Genesis 2:1-3, Exodus, 20:8-11, Exodus 31:13, John 14:15, Revelation 14:12 

Why it is important to understand the truth about the Sabbath:

The Sabbath is the only commandment that begins with “remember” while it is also the one commandment man has forgotten. While many agnostics believe that God created us and then left us on our own, the Sabbath tells us that our Creator wants to have a relationship with us. The Sabbath also tells us who our God is. You can keep the other nine commandments and worship any god you choose. You can have no other gods before you besides television and not bow to any other god than television and so forth. The Sabbath commandment is the only commandment that tells us who the Lord is. This is why Satan wants us to forget this commandment. He wants us to forget God. He wants to be our god instead! The Sabbath is a sign that we belong to the true God, the one who died for us.

Why it is important to understand the Sabbath in light of the cross:

Satan does not want us to forget the Sabbath because he wants us to forget the law. Satan knows we are not saved by the works of the law but by grace. The Sabbath is a sign of God’s grace. We do no work on that day, demonstrating that it is not our works that sustain or save us but rather God’s work both at creation and the cross that sustain and save us. We rest on the Sabbath showing that we are resting our faith in the only One who can save us, Jesus Christ. I can imagine God walking with Adam and Eve through the garden, as He showed them all He had made for them, and the wonders of not their works but His works. Adam and Eve realized that day with God, “it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves.” (Psalms 100:3) Before and after the Cross the Sabbath is a sign that it is God’s work that creates and sustains us.

The Sabbath Commandment reminds us that God is our creator and we refrain from work and worldly activities on the Sabbath day as we rest our faith in God’s power to save and provide for us, instead of our own works and ability to do business and make money.

The same principle is seen in the story of Cain and Abel. In Genesis 4 we read about Abel worshiping the way God had commanded in bringing a lamb as a sacrifice. God accepted Abel’s sacrifice as the lamb God instructed him to bring pointed to Jesus: the Lamb of God who would be sacrificed for our sins. Abel, more than just worshiping as God had instructed was saying he trusted in Jesus to save him and not his own works, he was looking to the Cross. Cain’s sacrifice was refused because he did not worship the way God had instructed, and he brought his own fruit, the work of his own hands. God cannot accept our works and could not accept Cain’s works either. Only the Cross can save us.

Today, many people like Cain, try to be saved by worshiping their own way. Jesus says about them, “But in vain they do worship me, teaching [for] doctrines the commandments of men” (Matthew 15:9). Our own works and man made ways of worship will never save us.

The story goes of a little boy years ago who had built his own wooden sailboat. Tied to a string he set the boat out to sail in a nearby creek and then would use the string to reel it back in. One day the string broke and the little boat fell victim to the rapids and sailed away. Several days later the boy is window shopping downtown when he sees his boat in a toy store window. He goes inside and tells the owner, “That’s my boat in the window.” The owner of the store not sure if he should believe the young lad tells the boy he will have to purchase the boat if he wants it back.

The boy does several chores around the home and neighborhood to get the few dollars the boat costs. He returns to the store and purchases his own boat. Walking home, holding his boat close to his chest he was over heard saying, “little boat you are twice mine. First I made you, and then I bought you.” That is what Jesus is telling us through the Sabbath today. As we rest from our works on the Sabbath and put our faith in Him, He tells us, “You are twice mine. First, at creation I made you, and then at the cross I bought you.”

Further study on the Sabbath:

Which day is the Sabbath?

But the seventh day [is] the sabbath of the LORD thy God: [in it] thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that [is] within thy gates: 

For [in] six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them [is], and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.  Exodus 20:10, 11

 

Who was the Sabbath made for?

And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:  Mark 2:27

 

Whose day is the Sabbath?

Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.  Mark 2:28

 

 

What does God call the Sabbath?                 

If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, [from] doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking [thine own] words:  Isaiah 58:13

 

When is the Sabbath to be observed?

From even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath.   Leviticus 23:32

 

What marks the beginning of a day?

And the evening and the morning were the first day.  Genesis 1:5

 

What did Jesus do on the Sabbath?

And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.  Luke 4:16

 

What else should be done on the Sabbath?

And, behold, there was a man which had [his] hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him. 

And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift [it] out? 

How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days. Matthew 12:10-12

 

What are we to “remember” to do?

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.  Exodus 20:8

 

What are we to refrain from on the Sabbath?

Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 

But the seventh day [is] the sabbath of the LORD thy God: [in it] thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that [is] within thy gates: 

For [in] six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them [is], and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.  Exodus 20:9-11 

 

Why were the Jews carried into captivity?

In those days saw I in Judah [some] treading wine presses on the sabbath, and bringing in sheaves, and lading asses; as also wine, grapes, and figs, and all [manner of] burdens, which they brought into Jerusalem on the sabbath day: and I testified [against them] in the day wherein they sold victuals. 

There dwelt men of Tyre also therein, which brought fish, and all manner of ware, and sold on the sabbath unto the children of Judah, and in Jerusalem. 

Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, and said unto them, What evil thing [is] this that ye do, and profane the sabbath day? 

Did not your fathers thus, and did not our God bring all this evil upon us, and upon this city? yet ye bring more wrath upon Israel by profaning the sabbath.  Nehemiah 13:15-18

 

What are we to learn from this?

There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. 

For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God [did] from his. 

Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.  Hebrews 4:9-11

 

What does God want us to be?

And [they that shall be] of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.  Isaiah 58:12

 

How only is this possible?

If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, [from] doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking [thine own] words:  Isaiah 58:13

 

What is God’s promise?

Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken [it].  Isaiah 58:14

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El Sábado en la Luz de la Cruz

El Sábado en la Luz de la Cruz

 

1. ¿Qué creo Dios en el Séptimo Día? Génesis 2:2,3 _____________________________

Mientras la Biblia nos enseña a dejar a un lado todo el trabajo y las actividades seculares innecesarias, el descanso del Sábado implica realmente más que un descanso físico.  Usted ve, Adán y Eva fueron creados el día antes del Sábado, así que no necesitaron tanto descanso físico pues ellos no estaban realmente físicamente cansados.  Ellos de todos modos no tuvieron una larga semana.

Me puedo imaginar a Dios caminando con Adán y Eva a través del jardín, mientras El les enseñaba todo lo que El había hecho para ellos, y las maravillas no de sus trabajos pero de Su trabajo.  Adán y Eva realizaron ese día con Dios, “El es Dios; el nos hizo, y no nosotros a nosotros mismos”. (Salmos 100:3)  Antes y después de la Cruz es el Sábado el símbolo de que es el trabajo de Dios quien nos creo y nos sostiene.

2. ¿Jesús abolió o cambio el día Séptimo el Sábado? Mateo 5:17-19

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3. ¿No fue el Sábado creado solamente para los Judíos? Hechos 13:42

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En ninguna parte de la Biblia hay nada mencionado sobre algún cambio en el Sábado, y vemos que los gentiles guardaron el Sábado así como los judíos.  Marcos 2:27 dice que el Sábado fue echo para los hombres que significa toda la humanidad, Judíos o gentiles por igual.

4. ¿Cuál es el significado del Sábado en la luz de la Cruz?  ¿Cómo la Biblia dice que somos salvos? Efesios 2:8,9

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De manera que somos salvos por la gracia de Dios y no por nuestras obras.

5. ¿Es el Sábado una muestra de que somos salvos por obras o por gracia? Hebreos 4:7-9

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Así como el Sábado es una muestra que fue el trabajo de Dios lo que nos creo y no nosotros a nosotros mismos, asimismo después de la Cruz el Sábado es el símbolo de que es el trabajo de Dios en la Cruz lo que nos redime.  Nosotros descansamos de nuestros trabajos y aceptamos la gracia de Dios.

6. ¿El viejo testamento esta en acuerdo con la idea antes mencionada? Exodo 31:13

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Así mismo como Hebreos 4 menciona que el Sábado es el símbolo de haber sido salvos y santificados por la Cruz y no por nuestras obras, así mismo Exodo 31:13 nos dice que es Dios el que nos salva y no nosotros a nosotros mismos.

7. ¿El cuarto mandamiento revela a Dios como ambos creador y sustentador?

Exodo 20:8-11

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El mandamiento del Sábado nos recuerda que Dios es nuestro creador y nos refrenamos de trabajo y actividades mundanales en el día del Sábado así como descansamos nuestra Fe en el poder de Dios para salvarnos y proveer para nosotros, en vez de en nuestras propias obras y habilidades para hacer negocios y para hacer dinero.

El mismo principio se puede ver en la historia de Caín y Abel.  En Génesis 4 leemos acerca de Abel adorando a Dios de la manera que el ordeno trayendo un cordero como sacrificio.  Dios acepto el sacrificio de Abel ya que el cordero que Dios le dio instrucciones de traer acentuaba a Jesús: el cordero de Dios que seria sacrificado por  nuestros pecados.  Abel, mas que adorar de la manera que Dios le había indicado estaba diciendo que confiaba en Jesús para salvarlo y no sus propias obras, el estaba mirando a la Cruz.  El sacrificio de Caín fue rechazado porque el no estaba adorando de la manera que Dios había indicado, y el trajo su propia fruta, el trabajo de sus propias manos.  Dios no acepta nuestras obras y tampoco acepto las obras de Caín. Solamente la Cruz nos puede salvar.

Hoy día, muchas personas como Caín, tratan de ser salvos adorando a su propia manera. Jesús dice acerca de ellos, “Mas en vano me adoran, enseñando [por] doctrinas y mandamientos de hombres.” (Mateo 15:9). Nuestras propias obras y formas de adoración creadas por hombres nunca nos salvaran.

8. ¿Si tenemos fe Jesús nos salvara, que tenemos que guardar? Apocalipsis 14:12

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Guardando los mandamientos incluyendo el cuarto, demostramos que tenemos fe en Jesús.  Como la vieja canción “Confianza y Obediencia” nos dice, si confiamos en Jesús vamos a obedecerlo a El.  Si no confiamos en El vamos a instituir nuestro propio plan de adoración y salvación, que al igual que el de Caín fracasara.

9. ¿El ejemplo de quien debemos de seguir? 1 Juan  2:6

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10. ¿Nos dio Dios un ejemplo de guardar el Sábado? Génesis 2:2,3  

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11. ¿Nos dio un ejemplo aquí en la tierra? Lucas 4:16

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12. ¿Nos dio El otro ejemplo después de El morir en la Cruz? Mateo 28:1

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El Hijo de Dios finalizo el trabajo de nuestra creación en el sexto día y descanso en el séptimo.  Cuatro mil años después, el Hijo de Dios termino el trabajo de nuestra redención en el sexto día y descanso en el sepulcro en el séptimo.

La historia parte de un pequeño muchacho hace años quien había construido su propio  barco de vela hecho en madera.  Atándolo a una cuerda el saco el barco fuera para navegar en un lago cercano y luego utilizaría la cuerda para asegurarlo al regreso.  Un día la cuerda se rompió y el pequeño barco cayó victima de la corriente y navego lejos.  Muchos días después mientras el muchacho estaba mirando vitrinas en la ciudad el vio su barco en la ventana de una tienda de juguetes.  El fue adentro y le dijo al dueño, “Ese es mi barco en la ventana.”  El dueño de la tienda no estando seguro si el debería creer al joven muchacho le dijo al joven que el tenia que comprar el barco si lo quería de regreso.

El muchacho hizo varias tareas alrededor del hogar y en su vecindario para conseguir los dólares que costaba el barco.  El regreso a la tienda y compro su propio barco.  Caminando a casa, sosteniendo su barco cerca de su pecho el se escucho decir, “pequeño barco eres mió dos veces.  Primero yo te hice, y ahora Yo te compre.”  Eso es lo que Jesús nos esta diciendo a través del Sábado hoy día.  Mientras descansamos de nuestras tareas en el Sábado y ponemos nuestra fe en El, El nos dice, “Ustedes son dos veces míos.  Primero, en la creación los hice, y luego en la Cruz los compre.”

13. ¿Si amamos a Jesús que nosotros debemos hacer? Juan 14:15

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14. ¿Usted ama a Jesús lo suficiente para guardar Sus Mandamientos incluyendo el Sábado?

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