<![CDATA[ Throughout the history of Israel the Sabbath was viewed as a holy day. In the Ten Commandments the Lord said, "Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy" (Ex. 20:8). But not only did the law prescribe a Sabbath day, there was also to be a Sabbath year (Ex. 23:10-11; Lev. 25:1-7; Deut. 25:1-11), when the ground lay fallow, the land was returned to the original owners, debts were forgiven, and slaves were released. While the Jews were meticulous in keeping the Sabbath day, history reveals that at no point in their history did they every fully observe the Sabbath year. In the Old Covenant the Sabbath day was the main thing. But in reality it was a symbolic placeholder in time until the Prince of Peace, the Lord of the Sabbath, would come to: (1) restore believers to the kingdom and thus return us to spiritual land of our fathers in the faith; (2) He would redeem us from sin thereby paying the debt of sin we owed; and (3) He would set us free, for he who the Son sets free is free indeed. It is instructive that the Sabbath year, which was never fully observed by the Israelites in the Old Covenant, is fulfilled in Christ and a new day has dawned for all who believe.]]>
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