Friends, God did not create the Sabbath (for the Israelites) when He gave Moses the Ten Commandments.  He CREATED the Sabbath on the seventh day of creation!!  The Sabbath was a holy day all the way back to Adam and Eve!

‘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 had made. And God BLESSED (1) the seventh day, and SANCTIFIED (2) it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.’  (Genesis 2:2-3)

(1) To bless something is the opposite of cursing it.
(2) To sanctify something is to set it apart as sacred, consecrated, and holy.

The Sabbath has always been, and always will be*, a holy, set-apart day.

WE do not MAKE the Sabbath through our choice to keep it.  It already exists and is holy, apart from us and our actions.  It is a day that God has declared, FROM THE BEGINNING, to be holy and set apart for Him.  Therefore, if we choose NOT to recognize and honor it, then we are guilty of PROFANING the Sabbath.

The Fourth Commandment does not tell us to MAKE the seventh day the Sabbath.  Instead, it tells us to REMEMBER the Sabbath (which was already in existence) and to KEEP it holy (as God already made it holy, in the beginning).

‘Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.’  (Exodus 20:8)

The Sabbath is the day that God has appointed to meet with His people–it is a holy appointment (convocation) that He has declared.

‘Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an HOLY CONVOCATION; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings.’  (Lev. 23:3)

This does not mean that you must attend ‘church’ on Saturday!!  The practice of the early Church was to meet on Saturday nights, which according to their calendar was the beginning of the first day of the week (‘later called Sunday’–a new day began at sundown).  They met to fellowship and encourage one another, as well as to study God’s word.

The Sabbath, on the other hand, is about you resting and meeting with God.  You can meet with God together WITH other Christians on the Sabbath if you choose, but the focus is to be on Him–not so much on one another.

Knowing what you know now, and with the added conviction of the Holy Spirit, if you continue to ‘do your own pleasure’ on the Sabbath, it reveals that you are not fully submitting yourself to God.

Many of you will say–‘but I must work on the Sabbath’!  I understand that for many of you that is a difficult situation.  However, we must obey God rather than men.  You cannot serve both God and Mammon (money).  You display a serious lack of faith in God when you put your trust in money and willingly disobey God to ‘keep your job’.  If your faith in money (your job) causes you to disobey God, then who is really your Lord: God or Mammon?  Find a different job if you must–God will surely provide for you as you act in obedience to Him!

‘Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. BUT SEEK YE FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD, AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS; and all these things shall be added unto you.’  (Matt. 6:31-33)

Others of you will say ‘Jesus is our Sabbath rest’.  Friends, Jesus is also the ‘bread of life’, yet we have not given up eating!  Understand: the Sabbath rest was used to illustrate how we rest from working for our own justification, once we put our faith in Christ.  This is NOT a declaration that the Sabbath has been abolished!  (In fact, if the Sabbath was abolished, the illustration would make no sense–understanding the principle of resting from our works is based on a familiarity with resting on the Sabbath.)

Whether from fear, misunderstanding, or rebellion, many of you profane the day that God has set apart as holy.  That is between you and God–He is your judge.  I will not judge you, because I am not your master, but I cannot refrain from telling you the truth.  At the very least, I will say that you are missing the blessing that is promised to those who keep the Sabbath:

‘If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt 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 the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.’  (Isaiah 58:13-14)

Come judgment day, many of you will hang your head in shame:

‘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.’  (Matt. 5:19)

I urge you to prayerfully consider what has been said

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* Keeping the Sabbath will be a central feature of the Millennium:

‘For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain. And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one SABBATH to another, shall all flesh COME TO WORSHIP before me, saith the LORD.

And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.’  (Isaiah 66:22-24)

ALL people will go to worship Jesus, on His holy mountain, EVERY SABBATH!  He is indeed the ‘Lord of the Sabbath’

‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. . . ALL THINGS WERE MADE BY HIM; and without him was not any thing made that was made.’  (John 1:1, 3)

‘For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.’  (Matt. 12:8)

 

Please note:  this author in no way recognizes, supports, or condones the Seventh Day Adventists or Hebrew Roots movement.

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