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The 7th Day Is Not The Real Sabbath
Cross casting shadow across the world

The seventh day of the week (Saturday) was the day God gave to the ancient Israelites as a day of ceasing from their labor (Ex 16). To a nation of former slaves who had just left Egypt, a day off of work must have been both a welcome and strange idea.

The word Sabbath (שַׁבָּת shabbath, H7676) means to cease, but most people think it means rest. Rest is certainly part of the Sabbath, but rest is the result of ceasing from labor.

Shadows of things to come

Many of the practices, roles, rituals and observances under the Old Covenant, including the Sabbath, foreshadowed realities that would come to pass in the New Covenant. In fact, the apostle Paul said these things were mere shadows cast by the reality of what was coming.

16 Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. 17 These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ. (Col. 2:16-17 NIV)

Paul is saying the seventh day of the week which the Jews carefully observed was not the real Sabbath! The author of the Hebrew letter concurs.

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"The Bible works not only for your own personal life, it works in archaeology, it works everywhere you apply it. Trust it. Follow it."

Dr. Steven Collins, Dean, College of Archaeology & Biblical History
Trinity Southwest University

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