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The Sabbath Test

God said the seventh day (Friday sundown to Saturday sundown) is the Sabbath. He said to keep it holy.

For a time, the LAW added to the Commandments, and made things much stricter (the Israelites could do no work, could not light a fire in the home, etc., or incur the death penalty). We are not under the LAW now, but we are still supposed to keep the Commandments. So, that means we focus on God from Friday sundown to Saturday sundown.

We don’t work (for wages) then, or participate in activities that oblige others to have to work then (in other words, we don’t shop or go to restaurants etc. then either). We also prepare the day before the Sabbath, so as not to do housekeeping or yardwork then. It is possible to prepare most meals in advance.

Some people believe we can just pick a day to call our Sabbath. No!! We do not just pick a day–GOD defined the Sabbath. (So many people lack reverence (‘fear’) for/of God!)

The reason many people are told they must work on Saturday is the same reason Friday night is the biggest ‘party night’: Satan seeks to cause people to profane the Sabbath, in order to upset God, because it brings him (Satan) pleasure to see God upset.

As I often say, this is our ‘test life’. This life is filled with many trials and events that are meant to test us, and to prove our commitment. God is sifting those who DO love Him from those who only pay Him lip service.

What did Jesus say about serving God or money? Did He say ‘surely God understands that you must earn a living’? No! Basically He told us we had to make a choice:

‘No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.’ [money] (Matt. 6:24)

How true it is. To serve God often means that we will have to lose out on monetary opportunities–but God’s kingdom operates on a whole different economy!

‘For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.’ (Ps. 50:10)

‘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)

‘Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.’ (Luke 6:38)

When we are told that we must work during the Sabbath, that is a test of our faith. We must remain faithful.

Some people literally behave as though they are SLAVES to mammon/money. It seems not to have occurred to them that they are EMPLOYEES, not slaves. Employees are employed (used) by their employer (user), and employees USE money. An employer–employee relationship is NEGOTIATED to be acceptable to both parties.

This is a very different mindset to have, than the person who puts their FAITH/trust in money and will do whatever their employer demands in order to obtain it! A person who consents to this is in the bondage of slavery to mammon.

As an employee, you have the right to set some limits on your time, and to say that you are not available to work during the Sabbath. (Ideally you discuss this at your job interview.) If your employer is amenable to it, then all is well. If not, then you must choose whether to look for a better work arrangement elsewhere, or to submit to a slave–master relationship with your employer.

Yes, it may mean taking lower pay or a less glamorous job elsewhere . . . or not putting your college degree or training to use (usually temporarily) . . . but would you disobey God for an extra $20,000 a year? $10,000? $5,000? What is your price? Do you HAVE a price? Because if you are willing to disobey God for ANY amount of money, then you are a slave to mammon and NOT a servant of God!

‘He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.’ (1 John 2:4)

Which do you choose . . . to put your faith in God, or to put your faith in mammon? . . . to obey God, or to obey men? Who answers your prayers, your employer, or God? Who will care for you, your employer, or God?

Those who do not sincerely wish to obey God will always try to justify their disobedience. Yes, Jesus is our Sabbath rest. He is also the Bread of Life, but who among us has stopped eating? Stop making excuses and put Jesus first.

 

(NO!!!  I’m not a Seventh Day Adventist–that is a cult.)

 

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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.

Putting together different things I have read, it appears that mankind is near completing 6,000 years on the Earth, from the time of Adam and Eve.  Scripture tells us that:

‘And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also [is] flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.’  (Genesis 6:3)

It is possible that these ‘years’ are Jubilee years.  Every Jubilee cycle encompassed 50 years.  50 x 120 = 6,000

We also know that:

‘. . . one day [is] with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.’  (2 Peter 3:8)

We also know that when Jesus returns, at the end of the Great Tribulation, He will begin His 1,000 year (millennial)  reign.  (See Rev. 20:4-6)

This certainly looks like a ‘week’ of  days that each equal one thousand years.  I see a clear pattern here, that is reflected in man’s seven day week.

‘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.’  (Leviticus 23:3)

It seems to me that the weekly Sabbath is a foreshadowing . . . a prophetic picture . . . of God’s week in relation to man.  When Jesus returns, the Earth’s seventh day Sabbath will begin.

 

Isaiah 66:15-24 tells of the time at the end of the Tribulation and the beginning of Christ’s millennial reign:

For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.  For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many.  They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one [tree] in the midst, eating swine’s flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the LORD.  For I [know] their works and their thoughts: it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory. [see Rev. 16:16, 19:11-21]

 

And I will set a sign among them, and I will send those that escape of them unto the nations, [to] Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, that draw the bow, [to] Tubal, and Javan, [to] the isles afar off, that have not heard my fame, neither have seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory among the Gentiles.  [see Matt. 24:14]

 

And they shall bring all your brethren [for] an offering unto the LORD out of all nations upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the LORD, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the LORD.  [see Jer. 30:1-10, 46:27-28]

 

And I will also take of them for priests [and] for Levites, saith the LORD.  [see Rev. 20:4-6]

 

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.  [see Rev. 21:1-8, 22:1-21]

 

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.’  [see Isaiah 34:9-10, Rev. 14:9-11, 19:20, 20:10-15]

Throughout the entire seven thousand years of this age, mankind will keep the Sabbath, as a day to worship the Lord.