Wrapping John 5, Part 2: Jesus and the Earth’s Coming Sabbath

Wrapping John 5, Part 2: Jesus and the Earth’s Coming Sabbath

Genesis 1:31-2:3

1:31-2:3  And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.

  1. In Isaiah 46:8-10, the Lord says, “I am God … declaring the end from the beginning.” Is that true? Has He told is something about “the end” in “the beginning”? If so, what and where?
  2. Biblical ‘types’ are “shadows of things to come.” For instance, the O.T sacrifices were “shadows” of the N.T. sacrifice of Jesus. Can you think of other ‘types’ and their fulfillment?
  3. Colossians 2:16-17 speaks of the Jewish feasts & festivals – and even the Sabbath – as “shadows” which are realized in Christ. How are the feasts and the Sabbath realized in Christ?
  4. Exodus 31:13 calls the Sabbath “a sign.” What does it point to?
  5. What was God’s reasoning behind the Sabbath day? Why did He decide to sanctify it and make it holy? (See Exodus 20:11.)
  6. Seven is the number for completeness in the Bible. Can you think of significant ways that ‘seven’ is used in Scripture?
  7. Six is the number of imperfection in the Bible. Can you think of examples of it being used that way (Dan. 3:1 & Rev. 13:18)?
  8. What is the ‘Sabbath of the Land’ and why do you think it was important (see Leviticus 25:3-5).
  9. What do you think is really going on in Luke 13:31-32? What does Jesus’ answer mean? Is there something symbolic here? How do we square Jesus’ answer with Ecc. 10:20 & Ex. 22:28?
  10. Is there anything symbolic in John 2:1? John 2:6? John 11:6-7?
  11. Is there something significant about the description of Solomon’s throne in 2 Chron 9:17-18? Any symbolism here?
  12. What about in Josh. 6:1-4. Do you see any symbolism relating to the earth’s Cosmic Week here? (Cosmic Week = the idea that earth has been allotted a ‘week’ of seven 7000-year days).
  13. Jesus’ healing of the paralytic man on the Sabbath was the 3rd of John’s 7 Signs. What do you this sign means or ‘signifies’?
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