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EXODUS 16:23

Then he said to them, “This is what the Lord has said: ‘Tomorrow is a Sabbath rest, a holy Sabbath to the Lord. Bake what you will bake today, and boil what you will boil; and lay up for yourselves all that remains, to be kept until morning.'”

In 24 hours the average adult accomplishes much: his heart beats 103,689 times, his blood travels 168 million miles, he breathes 23,040 times, he inhales 438 cubic feet of air, he eats 3 1/2 pounds of food and drinks 2.9 quarts of liquid, he speaks 4,800 words, he moves 750 muscles, his nails grow .000046 inch, and he exercises 7 million brain cells. It’s no wonder we need rest!

When God established the laws governing the lives of the Israelite people, He built into their schedule a time for rest. Physically it enabled their bodies to recuperate. Spiritually it reminded them that their salvation was not complete. They needed a spiritual “rest” that would come only when the Messiah would take away their sins.

The writer of Hebrews makes it clear that even though the Jewish people practiced Sabbath-keeping, the real “rest” was a future event. He declared, “For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day. There remains therefore a rest for the people of God” (Heb. 4:8-9).

In the New Testament the command to “remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy” is the only one of the Ten Commandments not repeated–and for good reason. The spiritual rest that the Old Testament saints looked forward to and which the Sabbath represented is now a reality.

Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28).Taking a day to rest is still an important part of maintaining a healthy body. But it’s a physical necessity, not a spiritual law. Now we can rejoice in the true rest that comes in Christ.



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