The Sabbath is Today
In Hebrews 4:4 we are told "…on the seventh day God rested."
In Hebrews 4:7 we are told "…God again set a certain day, calling it Today…"
Today. Today is every new day in our lives. Today, each Today, is to be a Sabbath Day for us who live in the New Covenant. Every Today we are to rest in Him and cease from our own (self-motivated and self-executed) labor as we are told in Hebrews 4:10: "...for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from His." There never comes along a Today when God cracks the whip and says, "Okay, back to work! No grace for you today. Get that heavy yoke back on your shoulders. You’re on your own today. Work. Work. Work."
Isaiah 58:13-14a (NIV) says:
If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath
and from doing as you please on my holy day,
if you call the Sabbath a delight
and the Lord’s holy day honorable,
and if you honor it by not going your own way
and not doing as you please
or speaking idle words…
then you will find your joy in the Lord…
Is it not Today that we are to find to be a delight and honorable? Consider Psalm 118:24: "This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." Is it not Today that we are to forget about self-motivated plans--going where we want to go, doing as we please, speaking what we decide to speak--Today, every Today?
It isn’t as if we rubbed out the fourth commandment; it’s just that God took the seventh day and added the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth to it, calling them all a Sabbath day of real rest. Or, you could say, He changed the Sabbath from the seventh day to Today.
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