Has anyone else wondered why and what the Sabbath is? Why did God command Israel to do no work on the Sabbath?
Yes, we all know that God said that the Sabbath was holy to Him (Exo 16:23), but does no one wonder why a day of no work would be considered holy?
So, I believe that the Sabbath rule that God gave Israel pointed to, or was a symbol of this day, just as sacrificing a lamb was a symbol of the sacrifice of Jesus. It seems to me that all of the Law of Moses was symbolic.
I must start my explanation with the very first verses in the Bible. I understand, because God gave me this understanding, that the days revealed as the seven days of creation are days of God’s time frame; not man’s 24 hour days. They cannot be days of man’s time frame, because the two great lights that mark the days of man were not created until the third day of creation. God’s days are marked by what He set out to accomplish. They are not the 24 hour days that are marked by the sun and moon, which are the length of man’s days.
If you think about it you can see that everything that was created before verse 5 was created before the first day. There can be no morning before there was light. After light was created it was possible to have an evening, so when the Bible says. “And there was evening, and there was morning–the first day”, you can see that the sky was created on the first day and everything that was created before verse 5 was created before the first day.
Understanding this one can see that man was made on the fifth day, not the sixth day. Most people think man was made on the sixth day. I see the sixth day as everything that happened and is explained after verse 31, until Jesus came as the sixth day.
Scripture says, (Mat 4:15&16 NIV) “”Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the way to the sea, along the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles–” “the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.””
I believe that was the dawn of the seventh day. There could be a different meaning, but the concept certainly fits with what I believe.
So, now I can explain what I believe the symbolic meaning of the Sabbath is. This is the day when no work can be done to add to God’s work of salvation. One might ask ‘Why is it important to God that one should not try to add to God’s plan of salvation?’ and my answer is, because God suffered greatly to implement His plan. That is right, we seem to think of God sitting on His throne, aloof from the world and its problems, but that is not true. To attempt to add something to God’s plan is to attempt to claim credit for part of it and no one can truthfully do so.
Viewing this attempt from God’s point of view, I can understand why it would anger Him.
Because I understand that we live in the Sabbath of God’s days (God’s time frame) if I were to observe the seventh day of mans days (man’s time frame) as special, I would be guilty of not observing the Sabbath. In other words every day that I live I live in God’s Sabbath and I know that I did not and cannot add anything to the work of God. Every day is the Sabbath and every day I acknowledge that I did nothing but accept His grace. So I actually observe the Sabbath every day.