Seventh-Day Adventists/SDA and the Sabbath
Frank wrote at 2013-04-30 17:23:01
4 29 2013 – SDA and the Sabbath
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Thank you for the interesting question. All Bible quotations in this answer will be from the New American Standard Bible (NASB).
"Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts. By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made" (Genesis 2:1-3).
I believe that God meant to convey to us His great joy and satisfaction at His completed Creation. He pronounced His Creation "very good" (Genesis 1:31). The 7th day was the first day of complete harmony between Himself and man. So God blessed and sanctified the day setting it apart from the first six days of creative work. The 7th day was special. It was the apex of Creation just as the first day of the week is the apex of the second Creation or salvation history.
<<< The seventh day was special because God blessed and sanctified it. The seven days of creation are the pattern for all the weeks that follow. That is, the first six days of the week are for work and the seventh day is a day of rest and fellowship. >>>
Once sin entered the world that harmony was gone. The "rest" of Creation was lost to the world.
<<< Man was not created to rest. God gave work to man to be a blessing. “And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.” (Genesis 2:15 KJV) When sin entered the world so did death. The peace and happiness that is the natural outworking of love was lost to the world as the gratification carnal desires became the new rule of life for man. Even though salvation was offered to all; few were willing to sacrifice self and turn from sin. >>>
Then God went back to "work" in order to bring perfection back to His Creation. Jesus announced to the Pharisees that God has been "working" since the Fall. "For this reason the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because He was doing these things on the Sabbath. But He answered them, 'My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working'” (John 5:16-17). The same rest that Adam & Eve enjoyed, however briefly, in the Garden is ours for all eternity if we accept the finished work of Christ. For God has made Jesus our holy & sanctified rest.
<<< Adam and Eve were not resting while they were in the garden, except on the Sabbath day. Before the fall, the ten precepts that were given to fallen man to show them their sin and need for a savior had not been transgressed. They were ordained to life but once transgressed, all they could do was condemn. “And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death.” (Romans 7:10 KJV) >>>
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).
Only those who put complete faith in Jesus enter the Eden rest of God.
<<< The Phrase “Eden rest of God” is not found in the Bible. The rest from the bondage to sin and its condemnation is found in a covenant relationship with Jesus Christ. It is only by the power of the Holy Spirit that fallen can keep the commandments and be restored to righteousness. >>>
"Therefore, let us fear if, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you may seem to have come short of it. For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard. For we who have believed enter that rest..." (Hebrews 4:1-3).
<<< The rest that the children of Israel at Sinai came short of entering into, is the rest of life in the Promised Land. In Old Covenant typology it represents the rest from a life of bondage to sin; and that means God’s people will be keeping all of the commandments. The rest from a life of bondage to sin is what Christ offers those who are faithful to the end. Only those who are sanctified by the truth enjoy life in God’s kingdom through the ceaseless ages of eternity. “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” (John 17:17 KJV) “Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.” (Psalms 119:142 KJV) In the earth made new the principles of the Decalogue will have been reestablished as the rule of life. Just as it they would have been established in the beginning if Adam and Eve had not sinned. >>>
We experience this rest partially now and fully in the world to come.
<<< In the world to come (earth made new) redeemed man will have been restored to sinless perfection through obedience to the Holy Spirit. “But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;” (Hebrews 3:13-14 KJV) >>>
I pray that this answer was helpful to you. Let me know if I can be of further help.
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