The 7th Day Sabbath PART 1
Q. Where did the Sabbath come from?
A. Our Heavenly Father. When He created the world He set aside a day to rest, to reflect on His work and He created a day for us to reflect on Him (Genesis 2:2-3). Every day was good except the 7th Day. The 7th day was a day God set aside; He blessed and sanctified this day (Genesis 2:2-3. When God did this He made the 7th day special. This was before any Israelite or Jew came on the scene.
Q.Is the Sabbath apart of the Ten Commandments or the man written Mosaic Laws that Moses wrote under the direction of God?
A. The Ten Commandments are not the same as the Mosiac Laws (which were nailed to the cross) are found in Exodus 20:1-17. The 4th Commandment is the only Commandment God told us to remember, He was speaking to the Israelites, but He was talking to the entire world. The fourth Commandment Exodus 20:8-11
8 Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
10 But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
11 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.
Q. Are the Ten Commandments null and void today?
A. Of course not, God wrote the Ten Commandments with His own finger (Exodus 31:18). God makes no mistakes; He knows the beginning to the end. There are laws set into place today that if we break them we are sent to jail; they are stealing, killing, lying, and in some cases adultery. Where did these laws come from? They come from The Ten Commandments, how would man know these laws are wrong if they didn’t get it from God’s Law? If the Ten Commandments are null and void, stealing, killing and lying shouldn’t be laws today; they are the 6th, 8th and 9th Commandments.
The 7th Day Sabbath PART 2
Q. What does man say the meaning of worship and holy is, is there a difference?
A.Many say they are one in the same but they are different. Websters dictionary says WORSHIP means
: reverence offered a divine being or supernatural power; also : an act of expressing such reverence
: a form of religious practice with its creed and ritual
: extravagant respect or admiration for or devotion to an object of esteem
HOLY means: exalted or worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness.
Q.What does the bible say about the meanings of worship and holy?
A.Worship- Shehhah “do obeisance to, prostrate oneself before, do reverence to, welcome respectfully
Holy- Qadosh or Qodesh literally means "to be set apart for a special purpose".
Q.Many say we can worship on any day, is that true, and is there a difference between worship and holy?
A.That is true we can worship God freely on any day, He wants us to acknowledge Him and give Him praise and worship Him every day. There is a difference in worship and holiness. Of course He wants us to worship Him every day, but the Sabbath isn’t merely a day of worship, it’s a holy day that God told us to keep holy that He sanctified, blessed, and hollowed at the beginning of time. Why would He go back on His word and tell Jesus to abolish the 4th Commandment when He died on the cross, but keep the other 9? God wants us to not just keep the Sabbath holy but to be holy like He is. 1 Peter 1:15-16 tells us
15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. Peter is quoting from Leviticus 11:44 and Leviticus 19:2.
Q.How do we become holy like God that seems impossible?
A.1 Samuel 2:2 and Isaiah 6:3 are just two of many examples of passages about God’s holiness. Another way to say it is absolute perfection. God is unlike any other (see Hosea 11:9), and His holiness is the essence of that “otherness.” His very being is completely absent of even a trace of sin (James 1:13; Hebrews 6:18). He is high above any other, and no one can compare to Him (Psalm 40:5). God’s holiness pervades His entire being and shapes all His attributes. His love is a holy love, His mercy is holy mercy, and even His anger and wrath are holy anger and holy wrath. These concepts are difficult for humans to grasp, just as God is difficult for us to understand in His entirety.
Next, what does it mean for us to be holy? When God told Israel to be holy in Leviticus 11 and 19, He was instructing them to be distinct from the other nations by giving them specific regulations to govern their lives. Israel is God's chosen nation and God has set them apart from all other people groups. They are His special people, and consequently they were given standards that God wanted them to live by so the world would know they belonged to Him. When Peter repeats the Lord's words in 1 Peter 1:16, he is talking specifically to believers. As believers, we need to be "set apart" from the world unto the Lord. We need to be living by God's standards, not the world's. God isn't calling us to be perfect, but to be distinct from the world. First Peter 2:9 describes believers as "a holy nation." It is a fact! We are separated from the world; we need to live out that reality in our day-to-day lives, which Peter tells us how to do in 1 Peter 1:13-16.
Finally, how can we become holy? Holiness only results from a right relationship with God by believing in Jesus Christ as Savior (accepting His gift of eternal life). If we have not placed our faith in God's Son alone to save us from our sins, then our pursuit of holiness is in vain. So, we must first make sure we are born-again believers (see John 3). If we truly are believers, then we recognize that our position in Christ automatically sets us apart from the world (1 Peter 2:9). After all, we have a relationship with the living God! Then we must daily live a set-apart life, not trying to "blend in" with the world, but instead living according to God's Word as we study the Bible and grow in it.
The 7th Day Sabbath PART 3
Q. Is the Sabbath important?
A. Of course it is important. Not because I said it is, but because God said it is, the bible was written by God spiritually, He inspired and gave men the words to write. There is no separation from God's Law (10 Commandments), from the Old to the New Testament.
The 4th Commandment is the only Commandment that points to the Creator (Exodus 20:11), and in recognizing the Creator we recognize Creation, and in Creation we acknowledge the 7th Day Sabbath, so to neglect, dismiss and say it doesn't matter which day to worship and keep holy is denying who the Creator is and what HE deems to be holy.
Q. If I worship on Sunday instead of Saturday (Sabbath) does that mean I'm not obeying God?
A. Worship is not meant for only one day. We have to change our mindsets, because giving worship and being holy are two different things. Worshiping or going to church on Sunday is not disobeying God. Disobeying God is not keeping His Law (10 Commandments), if you break one you have broken all of them (James 2:10). Many break the 4th Commandment, by replacing it with the first day instead of the 7th day, even with the replacement the 1st Day (Sunday) isn't kept like the Sabbath, it can't be kept like the 7th Day, or the 1st Day is worshiped and kept holy and the 7th Day is neglected.
Q. So you’re telling me if I don't keep the 7th Day Sabbath that's a part of the 10 Commandments (the 4th to be exact) of the Old Testament, I’m disobeying God?
A. That is absolutely correct. Many excuses have been made for not OBEYING the 4th Commandant of God's Law. It was nailed to the cross, done away with; Paul says we are under grace and not the law. Paul's words are often misunderstood, most of the time for the excuses of not keeping the 7th Day Sabbath and keeping Sunday instead.
The 7th Day Sabbath PART 4
Time to clear up the misconceptions.
Misconception One:Was the Sabbath a Ceremonial Law which was nailed to the cross in Colossians 2:14? Misconception Two: You can’t judge me if I don’t keep the Sabbath because Paul said in Colossians 2:16 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 2:16 KJV). What was Paul talking about here?
Answer: The Sabbath was not a part of the Ceremonial Laws it was a part of God’s Law. In Colossians Paul is talking to the Colosse saints, giving them instructions. Colossians 2:14 says Christ blotted out the “handwriting of ordinances that was against us.” This could not refer to the Law of God. God’s law is not contrary to us. “The law is holy and the commandment holy, and just, and good” (Rom. 7:12).
In Colossians 2:16, Paul is thought by many to have abolished the days God made holy. Is it logical that Paul would have commanded the Gentiles in Corinth and elsewhere to observe God’s festivals (I Corth. 5:7-8), and then contradict himself by telling the Colossians not to observe them? Yet many make Paul just that inconsistent!
You have to do your research of the customs back in the bible days to understand what Paul was talking about in Colossians 2:16. The feast days are talked about in Leviticus 23:33-39. The Sabbaths Days could be on any day of the week, when it was on the 7th Day Sabbath it was called a high day. People were critiquing the Colosse saints, they were new believers so he was encouraging them and telling them don’t let anyone judge you; because you keep God’s Law (10 Commandments, you eat certain meats, and the fact you keep feasts days.
Paul’s plain statement of verse 16 is misunderstood and stretched to say that God’s Holy Days are done away. “Let no man therefore judge you.” Does this say “God has abolished these holy days”? Look at the verse again. It says, “Let no man judge you” concerning these matters. To judge is not to abolish.
The original Greek in verse 16 for “meat or in drink” – en broosei and en posei means “in eating and in drinking.”
Again, there is no mention of the abolition of God’s Law or His Holy Days. The scripture tells us the Colossians were keeping those days. In fact, the very criticism the Colossians were receiving in relationship to the observance of these days proves they were keeping them.
The once-pagan Colossians never kept these Holy Days of God before! They were heathen prior to conversion. Now that they had learned the Gospel, they were keeping holy the days God made holy. And Paul is warning them not to return to or be influenced by their old pagan ways, the ways of those who hated God’s law and His festivals.
Now notice Colossians 2:17, “Which are a shadow of things to come.” Or better translated, “which foreshadow things to come.” Did these Scriptural days foreshadow things to come? Yes they did.
Do the weekly Sabbaths foreshadow good things to come? Indeed they do! The weekly Sabbath is a memorial of creation. Sabbath keeping is a test of obedience (Ex. 16:4-5, 22-31). No one shall enter into an eternal rest unless he first, here and now, is willing to enter into the rest of each Sabbath, each 7th day of the week. And that is exactly what the Colossians were doing – observing the weekly Sabbath.
The Sunday Myths & Sabbath Truths Part 1
Lately I have been hearing a lot of people tell me the reason we don’t have to keep the 7 Day Sabbath kept by the Israelites and the Jews is, because we should rest in Jesus, because He is Lord of the Sabbath Luke 6:5, and in Matthew 11:28 Jesus tell us He will give us rest. Even though we should rest in Jesus, this does not negate the Sabbath. The famous myth is Colossians 2:14 & 16; Colossians 2:14 says Christ blotted out the “handwriting of ordinances that was against us.” This could not refer to the Law of God. God’s law is not contrary to us. “The law is holy and the commandment holy, and just, and good” (Rom. 7:12). In Colossians 2:16, Paul is thought by many to have abolished the days God made holy. Is it logical that Paul would have commanded the Gentiles in Corinth and elsewhere to observe God’s festivals (I Corth. 5:7-8), and then contradict himself by telling the Colossians not to observe them? Yet many make Paul just that inconsistent!
Here is even more proof Paul is talking about the Book Of The Law and not the Ten Commandments, in Deuteronomy 31:24-26
And it came to pass, when Moses had made an end of writing the words of this law in a book, until they were finished, That Moses commanded the Levites, which bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord, saying, Take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, that it may be there for a witness against thee.
The cross reference text is Colossians 2:14
Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross
Other people say they observe Sunday, because of Christ resurrection, but Christ never told us to keep the day He resurrected holy, neither did the Apostles. Luke 22:19-20 Jesus tells us what to remember him by, which is Communion, the bread is His body and the wine (grape juice) His blood. Jesus never said observe my birthday, my resurrection or the day I died; it’s good to remember these, because it’s a reminder of Jesus’ love and what He did for us, but they’re not celebrations or days to observe. We are a society that loves to celebrate, but when it comes to obeying God we lack that same passion. The REAL celebration is going to come when we get to Heaven. Jesus wants us to focus on preparing for His Second Coming and for the crisis right before His coming. All these celebrations we keep are not necessary, Jesus never told us to celebrate certain days.
The Sunday Myths & SabbathTruths Part 2
The 7 Day Sabbath was set aside from the beginning in Genesis 2:2-3 before Jews, Gentiles and before sin entered the world. The devil is very deceptive; he has convinced man the 7 Day Sabbath is not important and that you can worship God on any day, but why do you choose to keep Sunday holy and observe it over the 7 Day Sabbath? We should worship God everyday, but only one day should be kept HOLY (Exodus 20:8-11). The problem is people don’t recognize the true importance of the Sabbath. They don’t see it points to who the Creator is and how we know who He is (Exodus 20:11).
When people say the day doesn’t matter or the LAW was abolished, I say according to who, man or God? We have to stop interpreting the bible and let it interpret itself. We need to stop taking one verse and making it the complete gospel. People often take Paul’s words out of context. To truly understand the bible we have to have a Hebrew and Greek Lexicon or Strong’s Concordance with us while we do our studies. We often think every word translated from Hebrew and Greek in the bible means the same as the English language today. To truly study the bible you can’t just take one text and then interpret it to whatYOU think it means; witness texts are required. It’s wise to have a history book or know the customs of God’s people in the bible as well. All throughout the bible the Sabbath is stressed as being important; many discredit the Old Testament, because of the New Testament. The Sabbath is a sign or a covenant to God and His people, Ezekiel 20:12, 20 tells us it's a sign because it's how we know who God is and only He can make us holy.
What people don’t understand is Jesus quoted many times from Isaiah and the Old Testament, the Apostles did the same. The Old Testament has prophets not just for the bible days but for the last days as well; Isaiah, Jeremiah and Daniel were prophets for the last days. Isaiah talked about the importance of the Sabbath in Isaiah 58:13, he also prophesied about the Sabbath being observed in the New Earth when Christ and the saints return from Heaven to earth, after the 1,00 years in Revelation 21:1-5 & Isaiah 66:22-23.
Another argument is the law was abolished. Many say that Paul said we are no longer under the law in Galatians 3:21-25. Paul is only describing the role of the Mosaic (Ceremonial) Law or how the Law was used. It was compared to a jail cell, a hard school master; these laws were the Ceremonial Law which were nailed to the cross Colossians 2:14.
People don’t know there are 5 Laws in the bible Civil, Natural, Ceremonial, Moral (Ten Commandments) and Health. Many think the Sabbath wasseparated from the Ten Commandments because it was connected to the Ceremonial Laws, it was only connected to the Ceremonial Laws because of the feast days, it was and never will beseparated from the Ten Commandments. We can't forgetthe Sabbath was established before sin existed (Gen 2:2-3). We have to become bible students, rightly diving the Word Of Truth (2 Tim 2:15), What it comes down to the Sabbath it’s about HONOR. How do we honor, obey and respect God. The bible is our guide book to Heaven and to know what God requires of us.
The Sunday Myths & SabbathTruths Part 3
The Sabbath is a down time from the world, its spiritual time with God. A day set aside by GOD, not man. God knew we were going to forget HIS holy day, that’s why He told us to REMEMBER the Sabbath day to keep it Holy. God told us the day was holy by making it holy ie sanctifying, hollowing and blessing it (Gen 2:2-3, Exodus 20:11). God never blessed, sanctified or hollowed any other day of the week. Why would God tell us to remember and then say it was okay to not keep the day He made holy or forget the day, because Jesus came and died on the cross? Malachi 3:6 tells us God does not change. We have to start thinking critically. Sunday observance doesn’t add up. We can't forget the devilcounterfeits everything God does.
All throughout the bible God tells us to keep the Commandments, Exodus 20:3-17, Proverbs 3:1, John 14:15, Psalm 19:8, Ecclesiastes 12:13, Matthew 5:18-19, Matthew 22:26-40 (The first 4 Commandments tells us how to love God, the last 6 tells us how to treat and love man, that’s why Jesus said in verse 40 these two commandments hang all the law and prophets), John 15:10. The bible has interpreted itself, one verse or two verses can’t throw out all of these texts that stress the importance of keeping the Commandments (Ten Commandments) this is in the Old and New Testament. There is too much evidence on keeping the Sabbath and none for Sunday (Sun-Worship) in the bible. Research Sabbath and Sunday; Google Sabbath change, and all the history of Sabbath and Sunday will pop up. You can change the wording to Sabbath vs Sunday etc..
The devil was trying his best to get rid of the Sabbath, because he knows the importance of it, he was in the very presence of God in Heaven (Ezekiel 28:14). Under the devil's influence 50 million plus Christians were killed under the Roman Catholic church. We have to know our history as Christians. The man made change from the Sabbath to Sunday came from the Emperor Constantine when he became a Christian. Even though Constantine was a Christian he still wanted to hold on to his pagan rituals, so he changed the Sabbath to Sunday under his authority not God’s. He went on to continue worshiping idols by calling them apostles, saints, the virgin Mary etc. He did this because he wanted everyone to join in his mockery and breaking of the first, second, third and fourth Commandments.
People made the Sabbath so taxing in those days and when Sunday was first introduced as a family day people preferred Sunday over the Sabbath and eventually people begin to worship and keep holy a false Sabbath. Doesn't the devil try to make us think keeping God’s Law is impossible? We underestimate the devices of our enemy the devil, he has had plenty of time to perfect his deceptions and he doesn’t sleep; while we are sleeping, he’s setting up his deceptions. One last thing God gave all of the days of the week numbers, but He gave the 7 Day a name the” Sabbath”. The 7 Day is important not because I said it, because God set aside and said it’s special, and holy. The Sabbath is a salvational issue, it’s a covenant between God and man, never to be broken (Ezekiel 20:12, 20). If you know to do right and you choose not to, its a sin (James 4:17).