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Buying and Selling VS Sowing and Reaping

The Principle of the Sabbath is a core concept that you must understand, as it is one of the 613 Torah Principles of God.

When you try to solve a complex math problem and get stuck, you typically return to the fundamental principles looking for the key in order to unlock the impasse, right?

One of these “problems” is the Sabbath.

The Lord knew He was going to be dealing with the Children of Israel who had spent 400 years enslaved in Egypt.  Oppression actually conditions a person to be unproductive, which produces laziness as a lifestyle.  The Sabbath was designed by God from the beginning, as a concept to specifically counteract oppression.

If you are worried about ‘buying and selling’ you probably have a ritual legalistic mindset on the Sabbath versus the positive paradigm of ‘sowing and reaping.’  Yeshua, (Jesus), sowed the Sabbath into your life, and yet still said, “I am the Lord of the Sabbath.”

By the Blood of Jesus at the Cross of Calvary, God dealt eternally with HaSatan, the oppressor.  Likewise, God wants us to deal with all forms of oppression by utilizing the Torah, the Principles of God.  Oppressed people are afraid of everything in life, even their own friends.  The Sabbath, which was “created for man,” is itself foundational to our human rights, not civil rights, because human rights truly set people free.  When you observe someone who is in the spirit of ‘buying and selling’ on the Sabbath versus the spirit of ‘sowing and reaping,’ that spirit of slavery, (oppression), produces jealousy, distrust, suspicion, and hate.

Here’s a key fact:  Jesus was a Torah-observant Jew and in spite of the influence of certain false teachings that teach about Jesus violating the Sabbath, He most faithfully and correctly did keep both the Spirit and Letter of the Sabbath, as testified in the Gospel of Luke.  According to the Biblical text, Sabbath is observed sundown Friday evening to sundown on Saturday – a specific 24-hour period.

Luke 4:18-19

“… the spirit of Yahweh is upon me, on the Sabbath, because He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor.  He has sent me to heal the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord Yahweh.”

Then He closed the book, gave it back to the attendant on the Sabbath, and sat down.  The eyes of all who were in the synagogue were affixed on Him as He said, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”  I don’t believe it was a chance coincidence that Jesus decided to read this particular scripture from Isaiah on the Sabbath, teaching that God’s Anointed, (the Messiah), would come and set the captives free.  It wasn’t the Sabbath itself that was going to accomplish it – it was God’s Anointed.

The main reason we enter into the Sabbath with Yeshua was for Israel  to rest as a free people.  On another level, this deals with a master-slave relationship and how we deal with that enslavement.  These were the same people, chosen by God, who had been delivered from their captivity in Egypt by the power of God and the applied blood of the lamb on the doorposts of their homes and hearts.  Clearly, Yeshua is speaking of Himself as the “Anointed” of God, the Messiah, who would set His people free from their sins, demonic oppression, sorrow, headache, despair, and homelessness.  He would give them vital rest for their souls, by way of a practical visual aid called, the Sabbath.

Jesus was claiming to be the actual physical realization of the Sabbath, the very prophetic picture pointing to Himself, which was accomplished by the shedding of His own blood, as the Passover Lamb of God.  Through His Resurrection and ascension shared with us, you could now find that rest in Him.  The mindset of slavery, (oppression), shifts the paradigm of “rest” from Jesus, the Man, to the day, the Sabbath a destructive religious spirit competing against a Kingdom mindset.

If you are worried about ‘buying and selling’ you probably have a ritual legalistic mindset on the Sabbath versus the positive paradigm of ‘sowing and reaping.’  Yeshua, (Jesus), sowed the Sabbath into your life, and yet still said, “I am the Lord of the Sabbath.”

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