x513.......Sabbath purpose

13 Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you.
14 Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people.
15 Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.
16 Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant.
17 It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.
(Exodus 31:13-17, KJV).

The purpose of the old testament Sabbath was for sanctification. Israel was told by God to rest on each 7th day--to stop work--and do their best not to sin--to do their best to sanctify themselves before God. The Sabbath was all about cleansing from sin--all about purification from sin.

Israel did not have one thing that we as Christians have--the blood of Jesus. Everything to do with purification was done away with in the new covenant--with the greater sacrifice of the pure blood of Christ.

11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;
12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:
14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
(Hebrews 9:11-15, KJV).

The new covenant is different --and specifically in these points. The things that sanctified Israel were the blood offering of animals--and the strict adherence to the laws which sanctified--and one of those laws was the Sabbath ritual.

Now we understand why Jesus healed on the Sabbath--and it is so often recorded in the Gospels--and the Pharisees and priests of Israel were so indignant about His doing this type of activity on the Sabbath. It truly was against the law to work or heal on the Sabbath. We have often been taught that they were "just being legalistic"--and that it makes perfect sense to do good works on the Sabbath. But Jesus was bringing a new covenant--which had different rules--specifically about what sanctified--no longer the blood of animals (which was the tithe!)--no longer the laws of sanctification (such as the Sabbath or the eating of "clean" food)--but His holy blood--once for all--which cleanses--saves heals and delivers us--and allows all to come into the holy presence of God--to enter boldly by the blood of the lamb of God which was slain for all mankind.

think about this: Jesus healed on the Sabbath--and did work on this day--direct disobedience to the OT law. But He did not need the Sabbath--He was without sin--right?

Heb 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
(Hebrews 4:16, KJV).

Jesus, being sinless, obviously did not need to do any of the rituals of the OT which sanctified. But He was also showing that in the new covenant, believers did not need to do these sanctifying rituals. The fact is that the new covenant church in the Bible did not have a specific Sabbath day--they did not operate by any of the other Sabbath laws or rituals. They worked 7 days a week serving God--without a specific day of rest of purification.

the Sabbath was for purification--so that man could enter into the holy presence of God. It had the purpose of cleansing people so that they can enter into God's presence.

it is the blood of Jesus which allows us to "enter boldly" to the very throne of God. It is not the Sabbath day--it is not the special sanctuary which we build--these are old convent concepts which have entered into the church and changed us--turned us backward--to confuse us with old covenant ideas--ideas which Jesus and the new testament clearly tell us are obsolete--and in fact subvert the full purpose of His blood sacrifice.

There is much spoken of in churches today about how that we can "enter into the awesome presence of God"---in church. People go to church Sunday after Sunday--entering into the presence of God--over and over again--and then just going home and living out their lives. WE are taught that this presence will "change us"--a subtle teaching which presumes that we really have a lot of sin in our lives and need constant teaching (shearing of sheep) guidance--in essence the ritualistic cleansing of the Sabbath day.

we are supposed to enter into the presence of God--and come away with His purposes--come away with our ministry.

the blood of Christ is what forgives us--right? (not our Sabbath ritual--not our tithe--not our works of the law)

the blood cleanses us that we may enter boldly to the throne of God--since we can know that all our sin is fully forgiven by His blood--and not our on works. (Israel had to depend on their works to a large degree--since their sacrifice was not perfect like ours)

but what are we supposed to come away with?

"How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" (Hebrews 9:14)

The blood redeems us--allows us to enter into the presence of God (not the Sabbath or anything else of our obedience)--we are thus made priests unto God. Only the high priest in Israel cold enter into the holy place--only he was allowed to be covered with the blood to enter into the holy place.

Since we are all priest unto God......

5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
(Revelation 1:5-6, KJV).

5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
(1 Peter 2:5, KJV).
9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
(1 Peter 2:9, KJV).

WE--every one of us a priest--and therefore have a ministry to fulfill.

We are purged to serve....

"How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" (Hebrews 9:14)

1 Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary.
2 For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary.
3 And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all;
4 Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant;
5 And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly.
6 Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God.
7 But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people:
8 The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing:
9 Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;
10 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.
(Hebrews 9:1-10, KJV).

We enter into the holy place--by the blood of the lamb--the perfect sacrifice of our high priest. All of us--when are covered by His blood--can certainly enter in--yet we are not there for our own thrills and pleasure--or to continually have our own sin forgiven (it was the blood that cleansed us once and always in the first place!). we are to enter in and come away with our service toward God--our ministry.

Remember the example of the the people at the day of pentecost. they receive the power of the Holy ghost--having been cleansed by the blood. The have now entered into the full presence of God--and what do they do? do they all say "Let's come back again next Sunday and do that again?" No. they immediately take on the purposes of Christ--they all go out and witness the Gospel--in miraculous languages--and 3,000 are saved in a day. (God cannot perform miracles if we will not first be obedient to His calling--which means to follow the example of Christ--respect one another as a true body--and go where He tells us to go).

Jesus lived out His life and ministry in the very same way

18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
(Luke 4:18, KJV).

Notice--Jesus says that the Spirit of the Lord is upon Him--He, sinless--has been anointed with the power of the Spirit (just like the people on the day of pentecost--and just like us today--if we will only believe!)--But he comes away with service--not rulership or authority over others--rather authority over the enemy! He takes on the purposes--the ministry which the Father has set out--preach the Gospel--feed the poor--heal the sick--pray for deliverance from the devil--and "set at liberty" (Greek "apostello"--"apostolic liberty" apostleship to all believers)--this describes exactly His ministry plan. Teach the Gospel--of the coming kingdom--heal the sick--cast out the devil--feed the poor--and release the people who have been saved, healed delivered and fed--to go and do the same in His name. Christ the apostle and high priest of OUR calling...

1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;
(Hebrews 3:1, KJV).

This is the purposefull operational plan of Christ--and exactly that of the church in the Bible. The holy Spirit is for witnessing--not for thrills--He is for empowerment of ministry--service toward others--not for repetitive rituals. The entering into God's presence is not for our own sake--it is to release us to serve Him--in His purposes and His ministry.

Not just once a week by ritual--by the "holy-day-of-obligation" that Roman emperors created!