New Moons Part Nine:
Spiritual Rest in Jesus, the Perfection of Grace
As Hebrews 4 tells us, we must be diligent to enter into the rest in Jesus, principally the Sabbath rest. However, the new moon, while not necessarily a time of physical or mental rest, is a time of release that produces a spiritual rest. The Word of God can produce that rest by revealing “the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (4:12). It is a sword that cuts through our excuses, written by the One to whom “all things are open and laid bare” (4:14). On the new moon we come boldly before both the throne of grace in heaven and the altar of God on earth to “receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (4:16).
Jesus told Zerubbabel the key: “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit” (Zech. 4:6). Mountains don’t move by human strength. “What are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become a plain, and he will bring forth the top stone with shouts of ‘Grace, grace to it!’”
The top stone or cornerstone is Jesus. And He is Grace – the perfection of grace. He is our Empowerment. His joy is our strength. But unless we turn over our long-term sorrows to Him, His joy in us cannot be full as He desires. The church today is a sad church, and thus a weak church. Why? They have done things their way, in their strength.
Cain wanted to present offerings to God his own way, not God’s way. So many Christians are struggling because they are not following God’s prescription for the fullness of salvation. They are only drinking sparingly of the wells of salvation by ignoring the new moons. We find greater grace or empowerment from Jesus, who is Grace, when we lay our burdens down to Him at His appointed times. We can certainly lay problems down as they come, yet we need to make a note of those items that have long-term connections so that we can fully lay them down at the appointed time.
Lessons from Psalm 81
The mountains in our lives must be removed God’s way. The words of Psalm 81 are words that have much more meaning when we keep the new moons. Jesus says to the believers, “I brought you out of Egypt, out of sin, so open your mouth wide and I will fill it” (81:10). Today one of the main ways He brings us out of sin is in the observance of the new moons. We lay down our sin to Jesus, and then we open wide our mouths and “eat” the Word of God so we can be filled with Jesus, the Word. Jesus told Joshua that the Word had to be in his mouth – he had to speak it out. But first he had to read it and meditate on it, mull it over both mentally and verbally so he could apply it by speaking to the circumstances he faced in life. Success was guaranteed (Josh. 1:8-9).
Christians have not had success because they have not followed God’s prescription of spiritual healing, a main element of which is the new moon observance.
“Oh, that My people would listen to Me, That Israel [the believers] would walk in My ways!” (Ps. 81:13). Walking symbolizes a way of life, practices and habits that agree with God’s instructions. Christians have not walked in the observance of the new moons.
What does Jesus promise to do for us when we walk in His ways” “I would quickly subdue their enemies And turn My hand against their adversaries” (Ps. 81:14). It is no coincidence that we read in this same psalm: “Blow the trumpet at the new moon…for it is a statute for [the believers], An ordinance of the God of Jacob” (Ps. 81:4). “Jacob” signifies “unbeliever.” Indeed, all mankind will come soon and bow down to Jesus at the new moon and all will be offered believer status. How else can Jesus say in verse 6, “I relieved his shoulder of the burden, His hands were freed from the basket”? How can He relieve our shoulder of a burden if we insist on carrying it ourselves? How can He set us free if we choose to keep that which He has paid for us? And how can He do His part in relieving our shoulder from the burden if we don’t do our part in bowing down before Him at the new moon?
He ends the psalm by saying, “But I would feed you with the finest of the wheat, And with honey from the rock I would satisfy you” (Ps. 81:16). Prosperity begins in the soul. The souls of Christians have been troubled for far too long, burdened down with problems that should have been given to Jesus at the new moon. That disobedience is one reason the church has been bereft of spiritual and financial prosperity.
Jesus said that without Him we could do nothing. The church needs Jesus. The church needs to seek Him His way. The church needs the new moons. We all do.
The Power of Humility
The religious world has been too proud to admit that they have put tradition above God. They have in essence told God that the days they choose to keep are none of His business. They have neither kept His commanded days nor the days of voluntary observance. Admittedly, Satan is the one who has deceived them, lied to them. They have swallowed the lies.
If the church is to be exalted and honored by God and respected by the world for their example of excellence, we must humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God (I Pet. 5:6). James invites us to draw near to God, to cleanse our hands and to release our gloom to Jesus. Finally, he says: "Humble yourselves in the presence of the [Eternal], and He will exalt you" (James 4:8-10).
Isaiah, who learned the lesson of laying down his lies, wrote these words in his last chapter: "…to this one I will look, To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who [stands in awe of] My word" (Isa. 66:2).
But the acid test of that humility is found at the end of his last chapter. It could be the beginning of a new chapter in your life.
How many stand in humble and childlike awe of the verse God wrote only twenty verses later in Isaiah 66:23? God wants to see who will seek the perfection that will be the standard in a world as perfect as He can make it, the thousand-year reign of Jesus on this earth.
Hear it. Heed it: "'And it shall be from new moon to new moon And from sabbath to sabbath, All mankind will come to bow down before Me,' says [Jesus]."
Will you humble yourself and bow down before Jesus at the new moon? Will you surrender your darkness for His light?
Welcome to the understanding of the new moons. Welcome to freedom. Welcome to blessings. Welcome to the Light.
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Part Nine: Spiritual Rest in Jesus, the Perfection of Grace
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