This series looks at how the Sabbath system in the Old Covenant point to the Messiah and how Jesus fulfills the promise of Sabbath in terms of restoration, healing, and freedom.
In Exodus 20:8, God commands His people:
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
This would serve to establish an entire system of observances built around the idea of Sabbath.
We’ve been looking at Jesus fulfilling the hope promised by the Sabbath, and, in Leviticus 25, we can read about both the Sabbath Year and the Year of Jubilee. These were times to withdraw from labor, to forgive debts, and to give rest to the land. Furthermore, it was a time of freedom, a time when slaves would be released from their indentured labors just as God had freed His people from the shackles of Egypt.
Over the past couple of lessons, we’ve looked at how Jesus fulfills the promise of Sabbath. We’ve looked at Him as our Sabbath rest, as our our spiritual freedom, and as our eternal redemption. In this last lesson, we’re going to look at Jesus as our healer. As the Sabbath was a time of healing and restoration for God’s people and His land, so too does Jesus heal and restore us.
Leviticus 25:3-4 reads:
For six years you shall sow your field, and for six years you shall prune your vineyard and gather in its fruits, but in the seventh year there shall be a Sabbath of solemn rest for the land…