Our Sabbath Anticipation

Tonight I brought a Shabbat Word to the School of Prophets titled “Our Sabbath Anticipation” at Shiloh, Kalona, Iowa. Why is it important that we, as Christians, celebrate the Shabbat? God gave the Sabbath to His creation and He blessed it. He sanctified the Sabbath and we should do the same. On the seventh day, God rests and beholds His creation (Genesis 2:2-3). He is beholding you and all that He has done in you, and He has one thing to say: “It is very good” (Genesis 1:31).

In Judaism, a major part of the Shabbat is anticipating the coming of the Messiah. It is an anticipation of the fulfillment of His Word. In the synagogue on the Sabbath, Christ read from the messianic prophecies in Isaiah and said, “Today, this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing” (Luke 4:21). In Hebrews 4, Paul says that the Lord fixes a day for His people to enter His rest. We too are eagerly awaiting the coming of the Messiah, and we have many Words that have yet to be fulfilled in our lives. The Shabbat is a fixed time to anticipate the fulfillment of those Words.