The Sabbath Moon

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God’s Thoughts to Me

You are trying to earn favor with God by observing certain days or months or seasons or years (Galatians 4:10, NLT).

So don’t let anyone condemn you for what you eat or drink, or for not celebrating certain holy days or new moon ceremonies or Sabbaths. For these rules are only shadows of the reality yet to come. And Christ Himself is that reality (Colossians 2:16-17, NLT).

The Shadows of the King

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In any democracy, the government has the privilege of governing the nation with righteousness, integrity and justice. The Cabinet is responsible for making laws that would be fair and beneficial to the citizens of the country.

Likewise, they can also withdraw any law from the statute books when it has served its purpose, is outdated or are not for the good of the people anymore. I was overjoyed when the apartheid laws were scrapped from the statute books of South Africa between 1990 and 1994.

In the same way, our Pappa God, the Author of the Ten Commandments, is the only Person with authority over the old covenant laws of Moses.

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Being the Lawmaker, He had all the right to be the “lawbreaker” as well by withdrawing any law that did not serve the Royal Law of Love.

Our Lord Jesus and the Pharisees were often in heated discussion about the observance of the Sabbath. This day was a gift from Pappa, a gift of rest from our physical, everyday labor to spend time with Him and our families.

It was also a gift to usher us into His emotional and spiritual rest, All in all, the Sabbath was just a shadow of our Lord who invites us to Him to experience rest from our labors and be under the favor of God.

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As with every religious heart, the Pharisees added a myriad of rules and regulations, man-made prohibitions and injunctions to the Sabbath law. They transformed this wonderful gift of grace into a legalistic, nightmarish horror.

When Jesus sojourned the earth, we find three instances where he confronted the hypocrisy of the religious Jews who were trying hard to retain their religious power and authority over the ordinary folk by smothering the Spirit of the Sabbath.

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When Jesus and His disciples were attending a Passover feast in Jerusalem, our Lord of mercy healed a paralytic of 38 years at the pool of Bethesda, meaning “house of mercy”.

The Pharisees were enraged by this poor fellow who had the audacity to break the Sabbath law by carrying the pallet!

At another occasion Jesus and the disciples were walking through some wheat fields on a Sabbath. According to Deuteronomy 23:25 they were allowed to pluck the heads of wheat with their hands, but not to harvest it with a sickle.

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Well, the disciples made use of this concession and were harassed by the Pharisees who accused them of breaking the law by harvesting, and that on a Sabbath!

The third time our Lord of love and compassion, was in a synagogue when He noticed a man with a deformed hand. The Pharisees were watching Him with a hawk’s eye.

According to the law, you were allowed to save someone’s life on the holy day! When they questioned the Lord on what was permissible on a Sabbath, Jesus turned the tables on them by making doing good and saving a life two sides of the same coin.

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A deformed hand was not a life-threatening illness. Yet, if one of their sheep were to fall into a pit on the Sabbath, they would rush to save their asset.

We find the anger of our Pappa burning within Jesus towards the hypocrisy and inconsistency of their hardened religious hearts.

These blind men considered themselves the experts in leading the blind into the Kingdom of our heavenly Father. Yet, they had no inkling of their own blindness.

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They were leading these poor folk straight onto the highway to hell. They hated the only Way and Truth and Life and ferociously tried to get rid of this Man called Jesus.

I used to condemn these Pharisees for their hatred against our Lord Jesus until I realized that for a long time, I used to be exactly the same.

The denomination I attended as a child taught me that a prayer meeting was against our Lord’s command, to go to your inner room and close the door when you prayed.

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We were boxed into a religious closet. An invitation to a personal relationship with our Pappa became a man-made rule.

At communion we sat next to a long table where the pastor would break a loaf of bread and then hand out pre-cut pieces. We drank the wine from a big silver communion cup. Sitting in the pews were against the way our Lord taught us in the Upper Room.

Truth be told, I enjoyed the big gulp I could take of the delicious sherry that was served and we didn’t have to wash all those little glasses afterwards!

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Apart from that, I still don’t know why we did what we did in the way that we did it. I just know that I looked down on those who didn’t do things our way.

I have found that all the different denominations have their own set of rules and regulations that made their particular brand the best and most correct on the religious market.

Although differences in the style of liturgy is not wrong in and of itself, it does earn our Pappa’s stern disapproval when it replaces the unity in the Holy Spirit of love. Of that, everyone needs to be their own judge.

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Dear ones, let us all take a heart inventory, asking our Pappa to uproot all the secret and stubborn laws hiding in the rocky ground of our hearts.

Let us allow Him to destroy all those weeds preventing the tiny mustard seed of faith to sprout and bloom into a mighty tree of life.

Love and blessings

Mia

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32 thoughts on “The Sabbath Moon

  1. Wonderful post! 🙂 Confirming once again what the Spirit is speaking to me. Since our Father has brought me and my kids out of the religious system we have been learning truly what it means to rest in Him and there is absolutely nothing like His Rest. It ‘s like I’m learning to soar on the wind and I never realized how grounded and caged I was before. Freedom in our Lord Jesus is so wonderful and refreshing. I praise Him for His wonderful grace. Many blessings to you sister!

    • Dear Johanna
      What a joy to welcome a new sister at my blog! I cannot agree more on the freedom we experience when we break free from any religious law and only live in our Lord Jesus. He becomes our life and as we learn to always abide in Him, we find that loving the way He wants us to, becomes as natural and easy as breathing. We don’t have to try or strive in the least for He has reconciled us to Himself!
      Much love and blessings to you
      Mia

    • Dear Ruth
      I also like to be challenged with truth! I am glad you are encouraged! Thank you for all your visits and kind comments. I really appreciate your kindness.
      Much love
      Mia

  2. How easy it is, Mia, for us humans to fall into that trap of legalism. Thanks for the post. I especially loved the last two lines and the lovely pictures.

    • Dear Nancy
      The pictures tell the story all by itself, don’t you think! It takes some time and effort to get the right ones for a post. Thank you for encouraging me with your kind words.
      Much love
      Mia

  3. We broken humans have a tendency to fall into these kinds of practices, don’t we? Just because it’s “always been done that way” we tend to not look at the root. But this leads to legalism–the thing that keeps us from deep intimacy with God. Good thoughts, Mia.

    • Dear Laura
      You hit the nail on its head. Legalism is Satan’s secret tool to try and prevent deep intimacy between our Lord and us! We do need to be so careful.
      Much love XX
      Mia

    • Dear Jerralea
      I have found that when we live in His grace, we do live the law of love naturally for He lives His life of love in and through us.
      That is what grace is about, don’t you think!
      Much love XX
      Mia

    • Dear Dolly
      Yes, sweet friend, He NEVER condemns us when He corrects us, you are so right; He is always gentle like the best Pappa ever!
      Much love to you
      Mia

    • Hi Jenn
      Yes, dear friend, it is either law or grace …. religion or relationship …. earning or just plain simple receiving!
      Much love and thank you for always being such a gracious hostess at UNITE.
      Mia

  4. Keeping Sabbath in our hearts, revealing God’s presence within by our deeds, being aware of why we celebrate, no matter how that may differ…all these things and more you capture so well, Mia. Being mindful of Pappa God’s law of love and grace always superceding laws of man, oh yes, indeed. Thank you, sweet friend, for this lovely reflection. Blessings in Him 🙂 xx

    • Dear Joy
      Yes, dear One, the Sabbath of the heart we experience all the time as we abide in Him, makes your whole life an unending life of rest, living in His wondrous peace!
      Much love XX
      Mia

  5. It is a struggle we all face. Do we have religion or relationship? We might be a little more “religious” than we’d like to think. A great post to make one think.

    • Thank you, dear one, for your honesty that we can so easily have a root of religiosity in our hearts. May we ask our Pappa to root it all out!
      Much love to you
      Mia

  6. Jesus and the disciples in the wheat field on the Sabbath is my favorite picture. “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath”–This gives me so much freedom. Thank you for linking up, Mia!

    • Dear Nacole
      Yes, I am thrilled about the freedom I have found in Him and will not change it for anything the world and religion have to offer! Thank you for being our hostess while Amber is still taking a break.
      Much love
      Mia

    • Dear Jody Lee
      I am just so glad our God is everywhere even though we are not yet. Yes, He teaches us as all the lessons we need to learn!
      Much love XX
      Mia

  7. Yes, yes, yes, Mia. This is good! We all need to periodically reevaluate why we do what we do, and look at our heart’s attitudes toward others who do it differently.

    “Although differences in the style of liturgy is not wrong in and of itself, it does earn our Pappa’s stern disapproval when it replaces the unity in the Holy Spirit of love.”
    Amen, sister.

    • Dear Lisa
      Jeremiah doesn’t write for nothing that our hearts is deceitful above all. So you nail it on your head. Thanks for your kind words.
      Much love
      Mia

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