God’s Plan: Sabbath Rest. Reeeeeeeeesssssssssst.
Rest = Restoration, recovery, healing, rebuilding, reclamation, renewal, rejuvenation.
Rest = revival = rebirth/awakening, literally coming alive again.
Sabbath heals me. Rest renews me. Sabbath rest? So good that Hebrews 4 tells us, “…let us make every effort to enter that [Sabbath] rest so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.” Whose example? The people who didn’t receive and celebrate Sabbath rest as an offering from and to God. I don’t want to be one of those sinners!
Sabbath is good times and a gift from God to man, for man!
“The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” – Jesus, in Mark 2.27
But guess what!!??!!
“…celebrate with joy…this festival to the LORD…”
Huge, raucous, loud, days-long celebratory festivals are also an offering to the LORD! God Himself gave mandates for big celebrations in the OT and baby, those people partied like it was 1999! How do I know those OT’s knew how be happy and LOUD?
Nehemiah 12.43 “Also that day they offered great sacrifices and rejoiced, for God had made them rejoice with great joy; the women also and the children rejoiced. The joy of Jerusalem was heard even afar off.”
I was contemplating the rejoicing and celebrating of the Israelites and I saw in my mind’s eye the final scene of Star Wars-Return of the Jedi, where the whole village of Ewoks broke into dance and song at the defeat of the enemy (the Death Star was obliterated and Darth Vadar was defeated). Kinda like the victory WE have in Jesus Christ!