“Moreover I also gave them My Sabbaths, to be a sign between them and Me, that they might know that I am the Lord who sanctifies them.” ~Ezekiel 20:12
When we worship on God's chosen day, we are sanctified! God uses His Sabbath day as a sign to signify to the entire universe that we are His. It’s the day He chose to spend with us, the day He sanctified to set the believers apart from the rest of the world. God created everything that exists in six days, us being the last of His creations, and then, the very next day He chose to spend with us! He made this day especially as a gift just for His children.
Because God sanctified the seventh day, Saturday, and made it special, it has what we might refer to as a supernatural power built into it. We receive a more recuperative and replenishing rest on this blessed day because it is blessed! We get a much greater benefit to our rest time spent with God on His chosen day—much more than any other day of the week.
But didn’t Jesus change the Sabbath day…?
There is no verse anywhere in the Bible where Jesus told the people, that upon His death and resurrection they should change the Sabbath day of worship! All of the apostles kept the Sabbath day holy as Jesus instructed them.
Is the Sabbath mentioned in the New Testament? Absolutely! So then, exactly what does Jesus have to say about this blessed day? Jesus spoke the following words:
“And He said to them, The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Therefore the Son of man is also Lord of the Sabbath” ~Mark 2:27-28
Jesus even kept the Sabbath unto death. He slept in the grave on the Sabbath and rose in the early morning on the first day of the week, Sunday, not to change the Sabbath day, but to honor it!
“Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.” ~Luke 24:1-3
Jesus kept the Sabbath. The disciples kept the Sabbath, and the seventh-day Sabbath is repeatedly mentioned in the New Testament—85 times in the book of Acts alone. There are many scriptures that verify the Sabbath day being the seventh day of the week. All throughout the New Testament, the first day of the week is called "the first day of the week" and the seventh day of the week is called "the Sabbath.” This fact alone should prove when the Lord’s Sabbath day truly is.
Paul, the greatest apostle of the Bible, was in church every Sabbath . . .
“And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded both Jews and Greeks.” ~Acts 18:4
The fourth commandment is the only commandment that starts with the word, remember! God knew we would forget His word. He knew it would be changed, and He knew we would need to remember His command to keep His special seventh day holy.
The Fourth Commandment:
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.” ~Exodus 20:8-11
Why should we observe the real Sabbath…?
Why should I willingly go against most main-stream religions? Why should I be the person that’s different from everyone else? I mean, really, who wants to stand out from the crowd, right?
First off, there is no such thing as a pure religion. Formal religion is the byproduct of man putting his interpretations into the holy word of God. The Scriptures can stand alone; they need no help from the limited intelligence of human beings. God is the Creator of, not only the universe but the holy word as well. As God spoke everything into existence with spoken words, He also created the words that He spoke. He is the author of everything, including verbal, oral speech!
I had a conversation just the other day regarding this very topic. The question was, why should we observe the real Sabbath? I was informed, in no uncertain terms that Sunday is the agreed upon day for Americans to observe as the official Sabbath day of worship. My friend went on to tell me that the problem isn’t when we’re worshipping God, it’s what we’re doing on this special day. She told me that the inherent problem regarding Sunday football and other activities on Sunday was that people are no longer keeping the Sabbath day holy. Although the premise of keeping this day holy by not indulging in our selfish desires is all very true, the fact that most people have been deceived as far as the real Sabbath day should be equally important!
If we're doing the right thing on the wrong day wouldn’t that matter to God. Fact is—if we think it’s okay to change the least of His holy commandments we are walking on very dangerous ground. We are stepping onto a slippery slope when we believe we can so much as change one jot or tittle of God’s holy word. If we truly want to call ourselves “the people of God” we might start to consider actually living out God’s holy word in every possible way!
”For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” ~Matthew 5:18-19
Q: Isn’t it time to follow our Shepherd rather than man?
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