Thus begins the sages’ folly

Make the employer an employee?

At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath, and His disciples became hungry and began to pick the heads of grain and eat.
But when the Pharisees saw this, they said to Him, “Look, Your disciples do what is not lawful to do on a Sabbath.”

Matthew 12:1-2

What madness streams from unrepentant hearts!

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The Lord’s contemporaries invented a controversy about the sabbath because they were unaware  of the difference between a weekday and God’s means of refreshing the human race.  The sabbath as a sign in ancient Israel exposed to the light (a) the decree of death (b) the continuing imprisonment of the human race, (c) the reality of labour and (d) the rest yet to be bestowed by God in person. Who needs a sign when the reality is present?

Yeshua made the Sabbath, Joshua lead to rest, but Yeshua has the rest we need and can get only from him.  The rest that God gives to working people – the labour force – is a 24hour deal.  We are so fortunate to have, in many cases, 48 hours every week.  The rest God gives to the busy and burdened is in His Son.

The unemployed and disabled have a rest period too; every day.  Does rest have a better face than “pause from creating “? Does rest have a better face than “land to call my own”?  Yes.  Yes.

Rest denied the unbelieving (death in the desert)


3) For we who have believed enter that rest, just as He has said, “As I swore in My wrath, They shall not enter My rest,” although His works were finished from the foundation of the world.

Rest shared without charge (His) at creation)

4) For He has said somewhere concerning the seventh day: “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works”;

Rest offered the people in the land of rest/promise

5) and again in this passage, “They shall not enter My rest.”

Hebrews 4:3-5

Shut out for the common interest

Living for ever is not natural and Adam’s death proves it.  The opening of the prison and the release of the Holy Spirit are decreed and carefully put on the timetable.

Spirit not given until Yeshua’s glorification

But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

John 7:39

Shut out with purpose

22) Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”– 23) therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken. 24) So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life.

Genesis 3:22-24

Access to life is the core of Messianic revelation. That Christ gives full and abundant life is beyond question. The life is rest, pardon, and fellowship with the heavenly Father.

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