GOD’S HOLY SABBATHS AND FEASTS TEACH GOD’S
PLAN OF SALVATION FOR ALL MANKIND
Paul took the time to teach the gentile converts of the Congregation of God at Colosse about God’s Holy Days. He then told them to let “No One” judge them regarding their keeping of God’s Holy Sabbaths, His Holy Feasts or the new moons (Col 2:16). Paul went on to explain why… it was because God’s festivals, new moons and Shabbats were made in the image of the Son of God – like an image or shadow that is cast by His Body. Please understand the clear words of Paul in this regard:
Col 2:16 So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths, 17 which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance (body KJV) is of Christ (Messiah).
The apostle Paul likened God’s festivals, new moons and Sabbaths to an image or shadow that is cast from the Body of our Messiah as picturing God’s plan of salvation and our inspiring future in the Kingdom of God! What a meaningful and beautiful truth!
Let’s explore this enlightenment briefly in summary:
How is the Sabbath a reflection of the Body of Yeshua (Jesus)? To begin with, the Sabbath (Shabbat) is something that the Father Himself has kept from creation (Gen 2:3). It was also the first of God’s listed Feasts (Lev 23:1-
Deut 5:12 – 'Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as Adonai (The LORD) your God commanded you. 13 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 14 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of Adonai your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your ox, nor your donkey, nor any of your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates, that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you. 15 And remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and Adonai your God brought you out from there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore, Adonai your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day. (emphasis mine)
In verse 15 God enjoins Shabbat with freedom from slavery. Consider… the Israelite people were slaves and had to work seven days a week! God’ commanded His people that the Sabbath was to be day of rest to commemorate FREEDOM! This is because, God at creation, had made man free from religious or other oppression, as man had not yet disbelieved God in favor of believing Satan in the Garden of Eden (Gen 3). Satan, through deceptively obscuring God’s love and truth, leads us to disbelieve and disobey God – bringing us only religious and moral oppression based upon lies and by appealing to our vanity. But Shabbat is a sign typifying the coming freedom from Satan and from worldly oppression as we celebrate our reunion with God in God’s millennial land of rest (Heb 4:1-
These are only some of the many reasons why the New Testament Congregation continued to cease from buying, selling, and working on the Sabbath. Notice that Yeshua’s custom was to keep Shabbat and to use it as a time to teach the ways of God (Mark 6:2, Luke 4:16-
Luke 13:15 – Adonai then answered him and said, "Hypocrite! Does not each one of you on Shabbat loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it? 16 So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound — think of it — for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on Shabbat?" 17 And when He said these things, all His adversaries were put to shame; and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Him. (emphasis mine throughout)
This is why Paul said, “There remains therefore a Sabbath rest for the people of God” (Heb 4:9) NASB. Indeed, Yeshua proclaimed Himself “Lord of the Sabbath (Mark 2:28)! May all mankind soon learn that the Father’s practices and commands are truly given to us in wisdom and in love!
If you turn back your foot from Shabbat, from doing your pleasure on My holy day, and call Shabbat a delight, the holy day of Adonai honorable, If you honor it, not going your own ways, not seeking your own pleasure, nor speaking your usual speech, then You will delight yourself in Adonai, and I will let you ride over the heights of the earth, I will feed you with the heritage of your father Jacob -
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