Jesus is our Sabbath rest. In Exodus 20:8-10 and again in Deuteronomy 5:12-14, God instructed the Israelites to “Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work.”
The Hebrew word, sabat means to rest or stop or cease from work. Sabbath rest begins when we lift up the gate of our heart and allow the king of glory to come into our heart. The door in which He comes through is the door of love. It is our love for Him that will draw Him to our heart. “Lift up your heads, o you gates. And be lifted up, you everlasting doors, and the king of glory shall come in. Who is this king of glory? The LORD strong and mighty.”
When the king of glory comes in through the gates of your heart and the door of your love. He will arise as the Sun of Righteousness with healing in His wings. ” But to you who fear My name The Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings and you shall go out and grow fat like stall-fed calves. You shall trample the wicked, for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet”. Malachi 4:2-3.
For us to experience the healing in the LORD’s wings we need to learn and practice His Sabbath rest. Sabbath rest means to quienten our souls and rest in the LORD. I am going to use the imagery of the sun rising above the sky in the early hours of the morning and casting it’s reflections above the calm sea water to describe what happens to our soul when we engage in Sabbath rest.
The sea represents our soul, when the sea is calm, there is no waves and the surface of the water is very calm and smooth. The full reflection of the sun can be seen without any distoration to the image reflected on the water. The Sun of Righteousness is the Spirit of the Lord, when His Spirit enters our heart and becomes infused with our spirit. As we continue to build our spirit up with the word of God, our spirit becomes awakened and elevated above our soul. Lets call the soul the life waters of our being, that is our soul contains, our emotions, intellect, and free will, these areas of our being helps us to be conscious of our environment.
If the life-waters (soul) of our being is calm and at peace, the light coming from our spirit will then be reflected on the waters, that is our soul. When the soul has absorbed enough light to impact the body, whatever sickness or disease the body is suffering from will be healed. This is how the Sun of Righteousness rises with healing in His wings. For us to continue to receive the light from the Sun of Righteousness who resides in our spirit, the spirit that have now being elevated above the soul, we need to have our Sabbath rest.
The Lord consecrated the seventh day for the Israelites as a Sabbath rest. The reason for the seventh day, the Israelites were farmers,they rose early at sun rise to start work and stopped work at sun set. During those times of heavy farm work there was no time set aside to commune with the Lord, so the Lord set aside the seventh day for them to rest just like He rested on the seventh day after His work of creation.
Resting involves quientening our soul in order to commune with the Spirit of the Lord. The Israelites were instructed to withhold oneself from all heavy work, every soul should put aside all desires, since desires are storms of the soul. They disturb the likeness of God in the soul. Just like the image of the sun is torn and distorted on the sea surface when the waves are moved by a storm. It requires a quiet, desire free heart, which can only be obtained by total self-denial, humility, patience and purest love, so that the likness of God in the spirit of man can reflect equally pure and true on our soul, like the earth’s sun reflects on a quiet water surface.
When a person’s soul reaches this level of maturity in the Lord, that soul is then able to function with Godly wisdom, viewing everthing in all fullness of the purest truth. However, as soon as doubt and unbelief comes in, the soul begins to waver, the picture of God in that soul starts getting distorted, and the soul will find herself on the road of deception and half-truths of all kinds and sorts and cannot reach a clear view until regaining the complete rest in God again. And this is the true Sabbath rest in God, and therefore God has ordered the celebration of the Sabbath for His people.
During the Sabbath the person should abstain from every heavy, strenuous work, for every heavy work requires the soul to lend its strength to the flesh and thereby becomes excited with it. This excitment of the soul stirs it into strong movement which causes the soul not to recognize the pure divine truth in it’s self anymore. The true Sabbath rest therefore constitutes reasonable abstaince from all heavy work. If not emergency that involves a life and death situation one should not lay hand on it.
However, in need every person is obliged to help his brother. This is the reason Jesus said to the pharisees in Matthew 12:7 “But if you had know what this means, ” I desire mercy and not sacrifice you would not have condemned the guiltless for the Son of man is Lord even of the Sabbath”. It is not just heavy work one should abstain from during their time of Sabbath rest, they should also put aside all desires. Since desires are storms that stirs the soul, they disturb the peace and calmness of the soul and the image of the Lord becomes distorted in the soul, like the image of the sun is torn upon the waves of the sea.
The image of the sun flashes from the waves but in a distorted form. If the storm lasts for long soon heavy fumes rise from the moving sea and fill the air with fog clouds. The same happens in our soul when we go through storms, the soul becomes filled with heavy clouds,they then obstruct the light of Christ that is in our spirit from reaching the soul and the soul becomes dark, cannot anymore distinguish true from false. It will then regard the deceptions of hell as the light of heaven. If God does not do something for this soul, such a soul is then as good as lost.
But God does do something, it is not His will that any soul should be lost to Him. He sends strong winds. This means strong trials from above so to tear apart the evil clouds off the soul. The soul should then immediately retire to the true Sabbath rest and thereby bringing the soul to rest. Otherwise there is no rescue for that soul. This is the reasons we go through trials to bring us into a Sabbath rest in the Lord.
Every day is a Sabbath rest, Jesus had His Sabbath rest very early in the mornings before sun rise. The Bible tells us He often went up to the mountains to pray before sunrise. Sabbath rest and praying are not the same, in Sabbath rest the Spirit of God speaks to your soul, teaches it the scriptures, gives it instructions regarding what He wants that soul to do. The soul can then ask questions and have issues clarified for it.
As I said before, trials comes to the soul when the surface of the soul is no longer smooth and calm, the soul is going through turmoil, so it is like the surface of the sea being tossed up and down, so you cannot see the sun’s light reflecting on it. The same happens in our soul as well, when we lack faith and doubt God, the surface of our soul where His light is reflected becomes distorted,and we cannot see the image of Christ in our soul any more.
This is what James meant when he said “if any of you lacks wisom let him ask of God who gives to all liberally and without reproach and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith with no doubting for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord. He is a double minded man unstable in all his ways”. James 1:5-8.
We doubt and walk in unbelief because the light from the Sun of Righteousness is not being reflected on our soul, therefore we cannot see His image or His reflection with our spiritual eyes, as such we doubt what we are reading in His word. As I said before it is at times like this that the Lord sends His wind to disperse the cloud of darkness hovering over the soul obscuring it from the light of the spirit.
The winds come in the forms of trials, these trials are meant to bring the soul into a Sabbath rest in the Lord. But some souls what they do, instead of going into Sabbath rest, they mourn and complain about what they are going through, there by causing more turmoil and stress to the soul. When you are going through trials you are meant to quieten your soul by seeking the presence of the Lord in Sabbath rest.
You do not cause more storms to your soul by complaining and mourning about what you are going through. This might be the reason James wrote “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have it’s perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing” James 1:2-3. Sabbath rest in the Lord builds up our patience as we soak in His presence. It also brings peace and tranquility to our soul.
As the soul quieten down and it’s surface becomes calm and tranquil the light from the spirit will rise up once again and shine it’s light on the soul. The image and reflection of the Lord will then be seen on the soul once again. As you continue to have your Sabbath rest in the Lord, the reflection of His light on your soul will get stronger and stronger and very soon that reflection will be transferred to your body, if your body has any sickness or disease it will be healed. This is the benefits and joys of Sabbath rest in the Lord. The Lord desires that His children have their Sabbath rest in Him every day.