Emanna for 08/26/2019

The Sabbath Day Pointing to the Gospel and God's Rest

Bible Verses

Exodus 20:10 But the seventh day is a Sabbath to Jehovah your God; you shall not do any work, you nor your son nor your daughter, your male servant nor your female servant, nor your cattle nor the sojourner with you, who is within your gates. (11) For in six days Jehovah made heaven and earth, the sea and all that is in them; and rested on the seventh day; therefore Jehovah blessed the Sabbath day and sanctified it. Words of Ministry

The fourth commandment reminds man to remember the Sabbath. In other words, it reminds man to remember God's work. This remembrance reminds man that God spent six days to restore the earth and then rested on the seventh day. The seventh day was originally God's day of rest. Everything in the Old Testament is a shadow of the coming good things (Heb. 10:1). Like all other types in the Old Testament, the Sabbath which God gave man has its spiritual significance. God created man on the sixth day and rested on the seventh day. As soon as man was created, he did not enter into work but into God's rest. God worked six days and then rested one day. But when man came, there were not six days followed by one day, but one day followed by six days. Man rested first and then worked. This is the principle of the gospel. The Sabbath is a type of the gospel. Salvation comes first; work comes later. First we have life; then we have the walk. Rest comes before the work and the walk. This is the gospel. God shows us that He has already prepared the rest of redemption. After we enter into it, we work. Thank God, we work because we first have rested.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Watchman Nee, Messages for Building Up New Believers, p. 213. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 12/07/99)