Exodus 20 is addressed to the children of Israel under the old covenant of law. Also see (Exodus 31:16; Deuteronomy 5:15). In the New Testament under the new covenant see (2 Corinthians 3:6-9 and Colossians 2:16-17; Hebrews 8:13)Hi there,
Why would you think the Sabbath is a parable when God literally commanded us to do something- Remember to keep the Sabbath day holy Exodus 20:8- its a commandment. A parable is an illustration of something that has a deeper meaning. A commandment means we are supposed to obey what God stated. The Sabbath came in a covenant of Ten Commandments Exodus 34:28 Exodus 20 so the teaching you are suggesting, does not line up with God’s written and spoken Word.
You will not find this statement supported in scripture and I see you did not offer any scripture:
There is only one weekly Sabbath commandment and God said that the Sabbath is on the seventh day Exodus 20:10. The rest in Christ (spiritual rest) is received though obedience and keeping the Sabbath commandment. Hebrews 4:9-10
Personally I don’t think its wise to create our own meanings to God’s clear instructions.
In regards to our spiritual rest in Christ, in Hebrews 4:9, we read - So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. (NASB) Notice that the Greek word "sabbatismos" here is used no where else in the Bible!
W. E. Vine, Greek Dictionary points out:
Sabbath rest (4520) (sabbatismos from sabbatízo = keep the Sabbath) literally means a keeping of a sabbath or a keeping of days of rest. It is used in this passage not in the literal sense (meaning to keep a specific day, the "Sabbath" day) but to describe a period of rest for God’s people which is modeled after and is a fulfillment of the traditional Sabbath.
SABBATISMOS a Sabbath-keeping, is used in Heb. 4:9, R.V., "a Sabbath rest," A.V. marg., "a keeping of a Sabbath" (akin to sabbatizoµ, to keep the Sabbath, used, e.g., in Ex. 16:30, not in the N.T.); here the Sabbath-keeping is the perpetual Sabbath rest to be enjoyed uninterruptedly by believers in their fellowship with the Father and the Son, in contrast to the weekly Sabbath under the Law.
Because this Sabbath rest is the rest of God Himself, its full fruition is yet future, though believers now enter into it. In whatever way they enter into divine “rest,” that which they enjoy is involved in an indissoluble relation with God. (Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words)
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