ISAIAH. 8:16 –- “Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.”
In the above Bible reference God’s Word teaches us that the law of god must be sealed among his Disciples or followers, or as the Afrikaans version says the HEART or SOUL of his disciples. We read further in JER. 31:31—33, as well as in HEB. 8:8—12 that the Law of God under the New Covenant, or under the plan of Redemption should be written in the hearts or minds of His reborn children or as the prophet Isaiah puts it, that it should be sealed or made sure there. In the heart of a born—again Christian we find that the law of God is written there. Daily he will live and walk in that law. The question comes to us, How must the law of God be sealed in his heart?
Any law, be it human or divine, to be of any effect must contain a seal. That SEAL makes that law legal. Take the seal away from any law and that law is no longer legal or of any effect. The SEAL of any law contains three essentials. In the first instance the SEAL must contain the name of the lawgiver. Secondly the seal must give the title or official position of the lawgiver. If we receive a letter from the MAGISTRATE or our town or city, then he signs his name, He shows that he is the MAGISTRATE of that town, (his official title or position) and then also the territory or the name of the town where he is the magistrate. These three essentials found in his seal makes his letter a letter of authority.
Now let us take the Holy Law of God as found in EXODUS 20. and see where we find those three essentials or requirements of a SEAL. We find them in the fourth commandment, the Sabbath commandment only. Let us name them:-
1. NAME of the LAWGIVER …………….… THE LORD YOUR GOD
2. His OFFICIAL POSITION ………….……. CREATOR. “made”
3. His TERRITORY ………..……………….…. HEAVEN AND EARTH.
We find these three essentials of a SEAL in the Sabbath Commandment, and in the Sabbath Commandment only. EXODUS 20:8--11.
EXODUS 31:13. __ “Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my Sabbaths ye shall keep : for it is a SIGN between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the Lord that doth sanctify you.”
EXODUS 31:16, 17. __”Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant.
It is a SIGN between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.”
EZEKIEL 20: 12,20 “Moreover also I gave them my Sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them.”
“And hallow my Sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I am the LORD your GOD.”
The seventh day Sabbath is thus a SIGN, MARK or SEAL of the true God, whereby we can know the true God, and whereby he as Creator may know His children. It is the sign of SANCTIFICATION or of recreation of the sinner. The Sabbath commandment thus contains the SEAL of God, and makes the law of God legal and of authority. Therefore, when we want to seal the law of God in our hearts or mind then we have to do it with the keeping of the fourth commandment.
--------THIS IS THE GOOD SIGN -------- NOT THE MARK OF THE BEAST - that is to follow.... who is this man / beast and what is the Mark...... coming shortly.