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  1. Dear brother Larry,

    We are to live in the reality of Christ, not the shadow, which is unreality. All verses below are taken from the Jewish New Testament (David H, Stern).

    For we know the Torah is of the Spirit; [Romans 7:14 JNT]

    For if the system of cohanim is transformed, there must of necessity occur a transformation of Torah. [Messianic Jews (Hebrews) 7:12 JNT]

    Indeed, if the first covenant had not given ground for faultfinding, there would have been no need for a second one. [Messianic Jews (Hebrews) 8:7 JNT]

    By using the term, “new”, he has made the first covenant “old”, and something being made old, something in the process of aging, is on its way to vanishing altogether. [Messianic Jews (Hebrews) 8:13 JNT]

    For the Torah has in it a shadow of the good things to come, but not the actual manifestation of the originals. [Messianic Jews (Hebrews) 10:1 JNT]

    . . . he takes away the first system in order to set up the second. [Messianic Jews (Hebrews) 10:8 JNT]

    So don’t let any one pass judgment on you in connection with eating and drinking, or in regard to a Jewish festival or Rosh-Chodesh or Shabbat. These are a shadow of things that are coming, but the body (substance) is of the Messiah. Don’t let anyone deny you the prize . . . [Colossians 2:16-18 JNT]

    For every cohen gadol is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices; so this cohen gadol too has to have something he can offer. Now if he were on earth, he wouldn’t be a cohen at all, since there already are cohanim offering the gifts required by the Torah. But what they are serving is only a copy and shadow of the heavenly original; [Messianic Jews (Hebrews) 8:3-5 JNT]

    For if Y’hoshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later of another “day”. So there remains a Shabbot-keeping for God’s people. For the one who has entered God’s rest has also rested from his own works, as God did from his. Therefore, let us do our best to enter that rest; so that no one will fall short because of the same kind of disobedience. [Messianic Jews (Hebrews) 4:8-11 JNT]

    The true Sabbath is the rest that is only found in Christ.

    Limitless Grace to you from the Majestic One!

    In His love,

    Jerry O

    • Jerry, thanks for reading and commenting. It is absolutely true that we are to live in the reality of Christ.

      Even if what you have implied with the selected verses you quoted were true, that God’s previous covenants have all been abolished and only a “new” covenant remains, it should be noted that the seventh-day Sabbath was set apart at creation before any covenant was made (Genesis 2:1-3). It will continue at least through the millennial reign of Yeshua Messiah (Isaiah 66:22-23). I disagree with your initial implication though, but that requires a study of covenants and the book of Hebrews which is way beyond the scope of this post.

      I addressed Colossians 2:16-17, the only time Paul ever mentions “Sabbath” in his letters, here.

      Hebrews 3 and 4, in context, are about entering God’s rest in Yeshua Messiah. This is not at all about the weekly Sabbath. Interestingly, the only time the word “Sabbath” occurs in Hebrews is in the verse you quoted where it says Sabbath keeping “remains.”

      None of the passages quoted are from the Gospels or Acts, where the historical accounts of Yeshua, his apostles and the early believers they all kept Sabbath. It is an unchanging part of following the God of Israel, evident from the Scripture I posted from Isaiah 56. To change or ignore the Sabbath as the early church fathers did is to build a new cart.

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