For two thousand years now the debate continues unabated, ‘Is Saturday the Sabbath, or is Sunday the Sabbath…Or neither?’
When Jesus gave His sermon on the Mount of Beatitude, He tells us; Matt 5:17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. And that is exactly what His last words on the cross were concerning…JN 19:30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. Jesus had fulfilled the Law; He had fulfilled all the prophecies regarding Himself and had fulfilled the Words of the Father….PS 95:11 So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest.’
Please, if you have never read this Psalm before …read it carefully …
“95:1 Oh come, let us sing to the LORD!
Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
95:2 Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving;
Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
95:3 For the LORD is the great God,
And the great King above all gods.
95:4 In His hand are the deep places of the earth;
The heights of the hills are His also.
95:5 The sea is His, for He made it;
And His hands formed the dry land.
95:6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.
95:7 For He is our God,
And we are the people of His pasture,
And the sheep of His hand.
Today, if you will hear His voice:
95:8 “Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion,
As in the day of trial in the wilderness,
95:9 When your fathers tested Me;
They tried Me, though they saw My work.
95:10 For forty years I was grieved with that generation,
And said, ‘It is a people who go astray in their hearts,
And they do not know My ways.’
95:11 So I swore in My wrath,
‘They shall not enter My rest.’ ”
The writer of Hebrews takes this Word of God from Psalms to its ultimate conclusion HEB 4:3 For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said: “So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest,’ ” although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
The Lord, in Psalm 95, is addressing those Hebrews who had hard hearts and it was for them, He made the Laws… and they are still under that Law (Torah) today…even the law of the Sabbath…the Rest. “So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest,’ for all those Christians who are returning to the ‘Jewish roots’, please read Gods words again “So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest,’
The writer of Hebrews tells us more Heb 3:18 And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey?
3:19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief .
The writer of Hebrews continues driving the point home 4:3 For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said:
“So I swore in My wrath,
‘They shall not enter My rest,’ ”
although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
4:4 For He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works”;
4:5 and again in this place: “They shall not enter My rest.”
4:6 Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience,
The writer of Hebrews then goes on to explain about the day concerned, regarding “His Sabbath rest”
4:7 again He designates a certain day, saying in David,( i.e. The Psalms) “Today,” after such a long time, as it has been said:
“Today, if you will hear His voice,
Do not harden your hearts.”
4:9 There remains therefore a Sabbath*rest for the people of God. (* G 4520 translates as ‘The repose of Christianity’)
4:8 For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day.
4:10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.
Finally remember well the words of Paul to those in Colossae
2:16 So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths,
2:17 which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.
The New Covenant came in to effect upon Calvary’s cross JER 31:33 “But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. And until that New Covenant is accepted by the Jews they will remain bound by the Law, and to the religious keeping of the Sabbath. Born again Christians already have the new Covenant in the Blood of Jesus Christ and have the Holy Spirit of God; and the Law in their hearts and there Sabbath rest is no longer a single day…it is everyday.
MATT 12:8 “For the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath. “Jesus Christ is our Sabbath rest, and His designated day is TODAY ….and every day… not just Sunday or Saturday …If we are to believe that “He is in us and we in Him”, then is it only on Sunday or Saturday that this occurs, or is it every day of our believing lives until He returns? If you are a born again Christian and you keep Sabbath, as the Jews do, you are in error…
MT 11:28 “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.