Sabbath – In a Larger Context
By Steve Brightbill
“Without a doubt, man needs rest – and on a regular, weekly basis. That’s why God created the Sabbath in the first place. But the weekly Sabbath is but a part of a larger picture.
As God prepared the Israelites for entering the Promised Land, He provided a comprehensive set of laws and instructions which was to guide their worship, conduct, and their relationship with Him. Many of these laws and regulations are detailed in the book of Leviticus. Chapter 25 speaks of a Sabbatical Year and a Year of Jubilee.
The sabbatical year was a year of rest for the land itself. “But in the seventh year the land is to have a sabbath of rest, a sabbath to the Lord. Do not sow your fields or prune your vineyards” (verse 4). As explained later in verses 20 and 21, the sixth year would produce three years of abundance, which would be…”
(this article is an excerpt from the June 1990 edition of the Sabbath Sentinel)
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