This five part series on the Sabbath features expositions of five critical texts of Scripture which address God’s appointment of a day to spend meditating and finding joy in Christ alone. With Matthew 12 it is a message of mercy – “I desire mercy not sacrifice.” With Nehemiah 13 it is a message of rescue from the judgment of God for despising Him. With Exodus 20 it is a message of duty and easing from monetary gain. With Isaiah 58 we hear a message of delight and pleasure and honor. With Hebrews 4 we come to what is perhaps the crescendo of the magnificent meaning on the Sabbath – rest, rest, eternal rest. the “rest” of the Sabbath day is symbolic of rest in Christ today and in heaven tomorrow. The day is a shadow and the earthly reminder of something greater. As Jesus said in Matthew, “something greater than the temple is here.” The day reminds us of the gospel and all of its blessings and responsibilities. The message of this series is that there is only one place of rest for weary souls abused by the devil – Christ.
These five messages were delivered to the congregation of Hope Baptist Church in Wake Forest, North Carolina during the summer of 2009.
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