Uncle Pete practiced the Sabbath. He farmed hundreds of acres of prime real estate. On Saturday evening at sundown, he turned the irrigation off and walked away not returning until Sunday night. The presence of Jesus in Pete’s life on Sunday was more important than his investment in the field. (Peter B. Epp of Henderson, passed away Sept. 2, 2017, at the age of 99, at Henderson).
Uncle Peter understood the Sabbath rest is in Jesus. He said: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Jesus is the new Sabbath.
How much trouble can one get into by putting a face to the Sabbath? Ask Jesus. The Pharisees bait Jesus by placing a crippled man in the front row, murmuring among themselves, ‘Will He or Won’t He?’.
You know you have become a Pharisee when it’s easier to see the Devil’s work than God’s works.
Christians who follow the Scofield way of life discount the prophetic but instead pay close attention to the demonic. The reason, of course, is our understanding that God’s Word found its resting place in 66 books of the Bible. When the final apostle died, revelation stopped. So did the apostolic example. Almost immediately, there was a serious departure from Jesus’ teaching.
In this view, Jesus’ impact on the twelve wasn’t even one generation.
However, God not speaking to His children is an impossible viewpoint. Can you imagine a dad staying silent for 70 years? One of the main reasons we believed such nonsense was our understanding of salvation. It was pure legal fiction. Salvation took place in heaven. It was important what you did on earth but as my Sunday School teacher pontificated, “I can leave church this morning and kill ten people, and I’d still make it to heaven.”
If you have visited most churches, you know it is not for the addicted, the public sinner, or the homeless. It is for pretenders. But as Brandon Manning said, “heaven hears the cries of the excluded as they cry out, ‘they won’t let me in, Lord, because I am a sinner.’ God answers, ‘What are you complaining about? They won’t let me in either.”