Today the Lord instructs the children of Israel to celebrate certain feasts where they are to rest and worship Him. He tells the people “Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work on it; it is the Sabbath of the Lord in all your dwellings”. God modeled the seventh day of rest during creation. He goes on to say that in addition to a weekly sabbath there will be a Sabbath Year. “Six years you shall sow your field, and six years you shall prune your vineyard, and gather its fruits, but in the seventh year there shall be a sabbath of solemn rest for the land, a sabbath to the Lord.” Then He goes even further to say there shall be a sabbath year after 7 cycles of 7 years (49 years). This is called the Year of Jubilee. In this year all slaves were released, debts were forgiven, possessions were returned and there was rest from work for the people and the land. This is a picture of the rest to come in Jesus.
Ok, get ready to have your mind blown!! I love the way Tim Keller explains this in his book Hidden Christmas. “Finally we learn from the genealogies that Jesus is the ultimate rest. At the end of the genealogy, Matthew makes much of the numbers of generations. In Matthew 1:17 he says there were fourteen generations from Abraham to David, fourteen generations from David to the exile in Babylon, and fourteen generations from the exile to Christ. So there have been “six sevens” of generations, and that makes Jesus the beginning of the seventh seven…The seventh seven, the Sabbath of Sabbaths, was a foretaste of the final rest that all will have when God renews the earth (Romans 8:18-23, Hebrews 4:1-11).” 🤯 How cool is that?! We have an orderly God who is working His plan for our ultimate rest! Keep reading!