The Word On The Sabbath

The Word On The Sabbath

The Word On The Sabbath
If someone were to approach you and ask you what “The Sabbath”
means to you: what would your reply be? Does it mean anything to you; do
you ever give any thought on this subject? Well, if your answer is no you are
not alone, not by any means. The majority of people in society go through
their lives never giving one single thought towards the only day of the week
that our Father in heaven made holy and blessed.
Well, I would like to share with you the facts and truths coming
strictly from Gods’ word pertaining to the Sabbath day. I have spoken to
several people concerning the Sabbath and some have said that Sunday is the
Sabbath, and others say that the Sabbath was nailed to cross with Jesus
Christ, while still others could care less about the bible all together.
So, I will start from the very beginning and show you just how very
important the Sabbath is to our heavenly Father. First of all I would like to
clarify a misconception that many do not believe that God created the
heaven and earth in six days, in Genesis 1:5 it says: And God called the light
Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning
were the first day. And so on. So, as you can plainly see God did in fact
create the heaven and earth in six days, not thousands of days’ as others
would have you believe.
In Genesis 2:2,3 were it states: And on the seventh day God ended his
work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work
which he made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: becaus
said let’s look at these texts for a second, to begin with this is the ONLY
commandment that God starts with telling us to remember and that the
seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. Can’t you see how
powerful that commandment is; and how foolish we would be to ignore and
not live by it?
Let’s turn to Exodus 31: 12-14: And the Lord spake unto Moses
saying, Verily my Sabbath ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you
throughout your generations: that ye may know that I am Lord that doth
sanctify you. Ye shall keep the Sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you.
Once again the Lord is showing us his people whom he loves more that
anything that the Sabbath is a sign of his love between Him and us.
Here again in Leviticus 23: 3; Six days shall work be done: but the
seventh day is the Sabbath of rest an holy convocation; it is the Sabbath of
the Lord in all your dwellings.
And turn to Isaiah 56:2; Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son
of man that layeth hold on to it, that keepeth the Sabbath from polluting it;
and keepeth his hand from doing evil.
Next, I have a text that even has a promise attached pertaining to the
keeping of the Sabbath. Check out Isaiah 58:13, 14; If thou turn away thy
foot from the Sabbath, from doing thine own pleasure on my holy day; and
call the Sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable and shall honour
him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking
thine own words; then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord, and I will cause
thee to ride upon high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of
Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord has spoken it. Wow, let me tell
you when the Lord brought me to that text I was so deeply moved by just
how much the Sabbath means to the Lord and the reward of being blessed by
just keeping the Sabbath holy.
I believe this next scripture is short but gets straight to the point;
Ecclesiastes 12:13; Fear God and keep his commandments for this is the
whole duty of man. I mean you can’t twist this meaning or confuse it with
something else. The Lord says we are to keep his commandments and the
fourth commandment pertaining to the Sabbath is one of these
commandments that are to be kept by man.
Now, I’m sure that some if not many of you are thinking that I have
been quoting the Old Testament scriptures on the topic of the Sabbath, I’m
not finished yet, now I will take you through the New Testament and show
you many scriptures that show the seventh day is the Sabbath day of the
Lord thy God.
This scripture is for those who think that Sabbath keeping was nailed
to the cross, turn to Matthew 5:17-19; Think not that I am come to destroy
the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy but to fulfill. For verily I
say unto you, till heaven and earth shall pass not even one small mark shall
in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall
break one of these least commandments and shall teach men so, he shall be
called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach
them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. Now, this text
was spoken by Jesus himself: and it clearly states that Jesus’ death on the
cross did in no way destroy the law, that nothing in God’s word will EVER
change. In fact, what was nailed to the cross was our sins, that by taking
Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior and submitting our lives daily
to Him, we no longer have those blots on our record.
Now, Jesus spoke again pertaining to the Ten Commandments, go to
Matthew 22:37-40; Jesus said unto him, thou shalt love thy Lord with all thy
heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great
commandment. And the second is like unto it, thou shalt love thy neighbor
as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
O.K. you say how does one pertain to the other; go back to Exodus 20: 3-17;
The Ten Commandments; the first four commandments are showing love to
God and the remaining six commandments show love towards others. Do
you see the connection here on what Jesus was saying? The Ten
Commandments are nothing more than loving God and others. And once
again this is what Jesus expects of us.
Now these next scriptures show that even Jesus in his death and
resurrection kept the Sabbath. Matthew 28:1; In the end of the Sabbath, as it
began to dawn toward the first day of the week…Jesus had risen. Mark 16:1;
And when the Sabbath was past …very early in the morning the first day of
the week Jesus did rise. Now, we know that Jesus rose the third day. Friday,
Saturday, and Sunday, being the third day. Even in His death Jesus kept the
Sabbath holy.
It is no secret that the Romans changed the day of worship from
Saturday to Sunday in recognition of Christ’s resurrection, everyone knows
that, but nowhere in the bible does God make any reference or gave
permission to such a change of His holy day.
Here again Jesus himself speaks: Mark 2:27, 28; And He said unto
them, the Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath:
Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath. That couldn’t be any
plainer than that, I don’t think any other words would improve on the
meaning of this text from the Lord.
Mark 6:2; And when the Sabbath day was to come he (Jesus) began
to teach in the synagogue. Even when Jesus was on earth He kept the
Sabbath by preaching on that day.
Turn to Romans 3:20; Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no
flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. God
knew that we would need a reminder of what behavior would cause us to sin.
He wanted to give us every possible chance not to forget his love for us.
This next verse says a whole lot in and of itself. Romans 3:31; Do we
then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.
We keep God’s law because we love Him for all the love he has given to us.
Take the time to read Hebrews chapter 4 in its’ entirety. Verse 4 is
one verse that I will share with you; For He spake in a certain place of the
seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his
works.
Now, turn to I Timothy 6:14; That thou keep this commandment
without spot, unrebukable until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ. We
are to keep the commandments without spot until Jesus’ return.
I John 2:3,4: And hereby we do know that we know Him if we keep
his commandments. He that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not his
commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him. Look at how powerful
these words are, if we don’t keep the commandments and yet claim to know
God, the word says that we are a liar and the truth is not in us. The Truth is
Jesus Christ. I think this is food for thought.
This next scripture ties it all together: The works of his hands are
verity (truth) and judgement; all his commandments are sure. They stand
fast forever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness. Psalms 111:
7,8. God’s commandments are meant to be obeyed throughout time
And lastly, Colossians 2:8: Be on guard against arguments that
undermine the gospel. Such arguments are based not on truth, but on human
tradition. That’s the way the world thinks.
In summary: God rested on the seventh day and hallowed it, resting
from creating the heaven and earth. He gave us that day to devote to Him,
giving thanks to Him for loving us. The seventh day Sabbath was blessed
by The Lord and made a holy day and man has no right to change that day to
whichever day he chooses. I mean, if the Sabbath was meant to be so
insignificant would God have gone through all the trouble in making this
day holy? And would you have seen so many scriptures in the bible
instructing us to keep the Sabbath holy? I say not. Satan knows the
significance of this holy day to God and will do everything in his power to
turn the heads of those that don’t diligently study the scripture for God’s
truth. Think about it, why is it only the fourth commandment that seems to
have disappeared and yet the other commandments still hold true…Thou
shalt not kill, commit murder, adultery and so on. Why don’t we approve of
these actions that are also part of the Ten Commandments, why because we
know that they are wrong. Well, I have to tell you that breaking the seventh
day Sabbath is wrong in every sense of the word and those that don’t wake
up and clear the smoke screen that Satan has created risk losing eternal life
with our heavenly Father. That is a too high a price for any of us to take a
chance on. This is for those who believe that the Old Testament no longer
applies today. Where in the bible did God say that? Nowhere! You want to
know why? Because God means what he says and says what he means.
When God speaks it’s as though it’s in stone. Hmmm that’s why the Ten
Commandments were written in stone, because they we’re never intended to
be changed, or altered. I don’t know about you but I know that I do not want
to put my salvation in the hands of those whose beliefs are based on man
made traditions i.e. Constantine changing the Sabbath from Saturday to
Sunday. NO man has that authority outside of Jesus Christ. Look at the
facts, read what the bible says, that is the only truth there is. God is not a
liar, He is never changing and what he says in The Word is WORD

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