You say what? Yes, "remember the sabbath day" says the Lord God of hosts. But really why do many in Christendom keep Sunday? Why do you keep Sunday as the sabbath? What is the Sabbath and when is the sabbath day?
So much questions hey, well we have to look into this to see whether people are doing that which is required by the Lord or not.
[a] The Sabbath
In the beginning we are told in Genesis 1, that God created the world in 6 literal days, not according to theistic evolution. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep and God's Spirit moved upon the face of the waters.And God, who is all powerful, created all which was necessary during the six days of creation, from plant life to animal life, from heavenly bodies to humanity, could God have created everything in long period of time if he wanted to? Sure but God decided to do that in six days. So much power being so much demonstrated on God's wisdom. Then it is said after all what he did during the six days of creation;"Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them."- Genesis 2:1
"And 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 the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made."- Genesis 2:2-3.
Here we are presented with another day, which is the seventh day. Scripture tell us that God had ended his work and on the Seventh-day he rested, and because he rested on that particular day which He had made, he then "blessed and sanctified" the day. Meaning God had to rest first at that day and when it comes to an end God made the day holy, the seventh day. Did God need the rest? I mean, was God tired when it says he rested on the seventh day? No! It is written;"Hast thou not known? Hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not,neither is weary?..."- Isaiah 40:28. God does not get tired, in fact on the seventh day God was leading an example for the young married couple and his descendants that they should do as he did, they work six days, then the seventh day which is made holy was for them a day when they abstain from labor which they normally do during the six days.
Now what is the seventh day called in scripture? Good, for it says in Exodus 16:26, "Six days ye shall gather it[manna]; but on the seventh day, which is the sabbath, in it there shall be none." Here was a command given to the Israel concerning the gathering of manna before the seventh day which we learn is call the Sabbath. Keep in mind that the seventh day, the Sabbath, was given at creation week before Israel, it was for every one, not a selected group. That is why God said to his chosen in those days in Isaiah 56:3-6 that even strangers who wanted to keep the sabbath of the LORD they are welcome to do so, God loved it that they should join his people. Sabbath just simply mean rest, so the word used as "rest" in Genesis 2:2,3 can be replaced by the by the word "sabbath".
[b] Why should we keep the Sabbath?
"Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shall you labour, and do all your work: but the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt do any work, thou, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:..." Note God says "remember the sabbath day" which shows that the sabbath was there before, and we seen that it was an institution made during the creation week. And further God says we are not to do any work in that day and it even says strangers, other people who are not of Israel. What is important to note in this forth commandment is that the sabbath is said to be of God not the Jews. The fourth commandment continue,"...for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it."- Exodus 20:8-11,
1. So our first reason why we should keep the seventh day sabbath is because it commemorates creation.
"Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the LORD thy God commanded thee. Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work: but the seventh is the sabbath of the LORD thy God...and remember that thou wast a servant in Egypt, and that the LORD thy God brought you out..."- Deuteronomy 5:12-14,15. Here God reminds the people of Israel that they should keep the sabbath, for he says he brought them out of Egypt, and is worthy to notice that it was not the Israel alone which left from Egypt but also other people who joined them, better known as a "mixed multitude". So us since we required to keep the sabbath, it is worthy to note that we were delivered by Christ from spiritual Egypt, the world, purchased by his blood at Calvary that we should be adopted as the sons and daughters of God.
2. So our second reason to keep the sabbath day is to remember redemption.
[c] Which day is the sabbath day?
Early on in Israel, the days did not have specific names but they were called first day, second day, third day till the sixth day. Only the seventh day was called the Sabbath. But latter on the days were given the names which we now know but it has more to do with paganism, but to know which seventh day is then I'll just have to use the modern names to make things easier. Nothing has changed, just the names. Question: According to scripture tradition, which day was Christ crucified? Friday! And Friday is known in the bible as a day of preparation, but in other bible versions it clearly write the name day. So lets read Mark 16:1.2, it says,"And when the SABBATH WAS PAST, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him[Jesus]. AND VERY EARLY IN THE MORNING THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK, they came unto the sepulcher at the rising of the sun." now lets work this out: Christ as we know died on Friday, and the verse says "when the sabbath was past[finished]...very early in the morning the first day of the week" and this very FIRST day of the week is when Christ we told resurrected IN SCRIPTURE, and we know that Christ rose on Sunday. So it means the sabbath which was past is between Friday,when Jesus died, and Sunday when Christ rose, and there could be only one day: Saturday!. What???? Yes, according to the studies in scripture, the SEVENTH DAY, THE SABBATH WHICH THE LORD MADE HOLY AND BLESSED IS ACTUALLY SATURDAY. SUNDAY IS NOT THE SEVENTH DAY, IT IS THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK.WOOO! And you can read Luke 24:1,2. And this verses you can read them also in other versions were it clearly write Sunday when talking about the first day like Good News Bible...
[d] But what about these verses...?
"...blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us , which was contrary to us...nailing it to the cross. Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days..."- Colossians 2:14,16...This is one of the verses used by many fellow Christians saying that the law was nailed to the cross but we have to be critical here, which law? And they may say well it says I don"t have to be judge on the sabbath days. But is it the Sabbath day, the seventh day, or sabbath days. Keep in mind that sabbath means rest okay. 1) There are two laws talked about in the Bible, this you should know. The ten commandment law was written with God's hand and was put inside the ark of the covenant:"And he [God] gave Moses...two tables of stone, written with the finger of God."- Exodus 31:18...Note Paul say "handwriting of ordinances" and God just used a finger. And Paul talks about sabbath[rest] days which are in a law part with new moons, meat, drinks etc..Question: Does the moral law,ten commandments, have any thing to do with meat, drink etc? NO! And the Sabbath day is part of the ten. Fellow Christians, Paul here is not talking about the moral law but another law...
Which one? Remember Paul in the verse say "handwriting of ordinances" which law is that? it is written;"And he[Moses} took the book of the covenant, and read in the audience of the people"- Exodus 24:7 So further about this book it says,"...When Moses had made an end of WRITING the words of this law in a book...that Moses commanded the Levites...take this BOOK OF THE LAW, and PUT IT IN THE SIDE OF THE ARK OF THE COVENANT."- Deuteronomy 31:24-26. See? this law is the one which Paul is talking about, it was not put inside the ark with the moral law, but at the side of the ark. This law was the ones which had to do with holy festivals which are rest[sabbath] days, festivals such as found in Leviticus 23. They had to do with drinks etc which they pointed to Christ, a shadow of things to come.This law is what we call the ceremonial law, it was the one nailed to the cross, not the ten commandments which contained the Sabbath day. It is of worthy notice to know that as Christ was talking about last days events he said;"But pray ye that your flight be not in winter, neither on the SABBATH DAY"-Matthew 24:20, did Christ acknowledge the sabbath? absolutely. And he shows that his people will be keeping the sabbath in the last days. Saturday is the 7th day, the sabbath of the Lord. Christ say,"And he said to them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: therefore the Son of man is the Lord also of the sabbath."-Mark 2:27,28, he doesn't say the sabbath was for the Jews only, but made for all.
[e] Then why SUN-DAY? WHO CHANGED THE SABBATH FROM SATURDAY TO SUNDAY?
The following are quotes, not mine, but the people who know and are well aware.
"You may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. The scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday, a day which we never sanctify."-The Catholic Cardinal Gibbons, in Faith of our Fathers,pg. 111.
"...the Redeemer, during His mortal life, never kept any other day than Saturday."- The Catholic Mirror(published by Cardinal Gibbons) Sept. 2, 1893.
"1)Question: Which is the sabbath day? "Answer: Saturday is the Sabbath day. 2) "Question: Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?" Answer: We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church in the Council of Laodicea, transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday."- Peter Geiermann, C.S.S.R, The Converts Catechism of Catholic Doctrine Third Edition.
"And where are we told in the Scriptures we are to keep the first day at all? We are commanded to keep the seventh; but we are nowhere commanded to keep the first day...The reason why we keep the first day of the week instead of the seventh is for the same reason we observe many other things, not because the Bible, but because the church has enjoined it."-Anglican -Isaac Williams- Plain Sermons on the Catechism.
"The Bible commandment says on the seventh day thou shalt rest. That is Saturday. Nowhere in the Bible it is laid down that worship should be done on Sunday."-Episcopal-Philip Carrington, Toronto Daily Star, October 26, 1949.
"There was and is a commandment to keep holy the Sabbath day, but that Sabbath day was not Sunday. It will be said, however. and with some show of triumph, that the Sabbath was transferred from seventh to the first day of the week...where can the record of such a transaction be found? Not in the New Testament absolutely not...of course, I quite well know that Sunday did come into use in early Christian history...But what a pity it comes branded with the mark of the sun god, ADOPTED AND SANCTIONED BY THE PAPAL APOSTASY, and bequeathed as secret legacy to Protestantism."- Baptist Dr. Edward T. Hiscox,-a paper read before a New York ministers' conference, Nov. 13, 1893, reported in New York Examiner, Nov. 16, 1893.
And the early church with the apostles observed the sabbath, no wonder Paul says, "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...There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief." - Hebrews 4:4,9,10,11. And by the way the sabbath start from evening to evening, that is from Friday evening to Saturday evening. WHY? Because a day in the Bible start from evening to evening, that is why in Genesis 1 after each day of creation it say "...and the evening and the morning..."... this day and that day...who are we going to follow? God or man's commands? Think about this.
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