"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega .. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, .. they .. have right to the tree of life, and .. enter .. the city."
I am a retired pastor of
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My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
Sabbath day is not a worship day. It is a mandatory rest day that God gave to Israel. It is on the seventh day that is Saturday. Apostles gathered on the first day of the week for worship, as in Acts 20:7. Jesus Christ revoked the Sabbath day rest, and tells his people to enter his eternal rest.
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This is: Declaration of Faith #10. What is the Sabbath day Commandment?
God tells his creation to obey him. The Bible says that even the unclean spirits obey him; he commands even the winds and water, and they obey him. Jesus tells his disciples to teach all people to do the things whatsoever he has commanded them. But, people are not obeying. Further, they preach that obeying is works and we are not saved by works. According to them, preaching to obey God is heresy. I preach to obey God. One group of people seems to support me. Then they say; we must obey the fourth commandment of God. It seems that they do not care about the rest of them. What is the fourth commandment? It is: “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.” First, they say that the Sabbath day is Saturday but not Sunday. It is true. The common Sabbath day is the seventh day of the week and it is Saturday. There are special Sabbath days, and that is not the point here. The next point is; how to keep it holy? They say that we should worship Saturdays, but not on Sundays. But, that is not keeping the Sabbath day holy. Let us see what the fourth commandment is, and how to keep the Sabbath day holy.
Let me read; “Exodus 20:8 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:” Sabbath day is blessed and hallowed by resting on that day. Sabbath commandment was given to Israel, to take complete rest by the entire household. One more point should be included with the Sabbath commandment, which is the extension to these verses. That is, if someone break this commandment, how to deal with them. Let us see Numbers 15:30-36. "30 But the soul that doeth ought presumptuously, whether he be born in the land, or a stranger, the same reproacheth the LORD; and that soul shall be cut off from among his people. 31 Because he hath despised the word of the LORD, and hath broken his commandment, that soul shall utterly be cut off; his iniquity shall be upon him." That is, if anyone does not take this mandatory rest, the person must be killed. In verses 32 to 36, (I am not reading it now), we see here, a man gathered sticks on the Sabbath day to cook a meal, and God told Moses to stone him to death and he was put to death. So, Sabbath is to take rest and if someone disobeys, that person must be stoned to death. This is how to keep the Sabbath day holy. It is not about skipping Sunday worship or worship Saturdays only. It is to take rest and kill the one who did not take rest.
Christians confuse the Sabbath day rest with Sunday worship. Disciples of Jesus Christ assembled with the brethren on the first day of the week for worship. But, it was not a mandate. We can worship God on any day at any time. Disciples went to synagogues to preach the gospel on Saturdays. “Acts 20:7 And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight. 1 Corinthians 16:2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him ...” So, they came together on Sunday for fellowship, to break bread, for prayer, and for apostle’s doctrine. We can worship God on any day, at any time, including Sundays and Saturdays. It is not observing Sabbath.
The Lord Jesus Christ repeatedly broke the sabbath day-law to revise it. Sabbath needed to be revised, as eternal rest, for the kingdom of heaven. Many Scriptures show how Jesus Christ worked on Sabbath days, and taught to do good works on sabbath days, instead of resting. That is, Jesus Christ has repealed the sabbath law even for the Jews. The rest; on sabbath was changed to do good works, but it was never changed into a worship day. Let us see how Jesus Christ handled the Sabbath days. Matthew 12:10-13. And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him. 11 And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out? 12 How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days. 13 Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other. That is, Jesus healed him and changed the mandatory rest to do good on work the Sabbath. He could have healed him the next day, but he made sure that he healed him on the Sabbath day. He was doing such things repeatedly in order to repeal the Sabbath day rest to give them eternal rest. Let me give a few more scriptures. In Mark 2:23-28, his disciples plucked the ears of corn from the field and eat, which were not lawful. When they accused the disciples, Jesus said in verse 27.. The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: 28 Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath. Jesus was making the change as the Lord of the Sabbath. In Luke 13:10-16 he loosed a woman from the infirmity of eighteen years, on a Sabbath day. In Luke 14:1-4 Jesus asked the chief Pharisees, is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day? And in verse 4, he took the man, and healed him, and let him go; In John 5:6-11 Jesus healed an impotent man on a Sabbath day telling him, to Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. It was not allowed by the law. In John 9:13-16, Jesus healed a blind man by applying clay to his eyes. Verse 16 says, Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. (Read) John 5:16 says … the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day. 17 But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. 18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God. Jesus Christ broke the Sabbath day. Many Christians deny saying that Jesus never broke any law. He broke all the laws of the flesh to establish the laws of the Spirit. But, the Jews and all the religious people were against Jesus then, and even now. They advocate the religious observations, but not the righteousness of God. 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: 17 Which are a shadow of things to come; See, Sabbath day is also included with the ceremonial festive days, which are not important to God. However, verse 17 says that it is the shadow of things to come. Let us see what it is the shadow for?
In the book of Hebrews 4:1-11, Sabbath is explained. The physical observance was given in the Old Testament, which is the shadow of the spiritual thing, which Jesus gives to his people. Jesus offers it, and we must enter into it, and so we have the responsibility to enter in. Let me read just verses 9-11 (Read it). 9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. (Please notice, it is available only to the people of God. If you are not one of them, it is not for you. If you are one of the people of God, please listen.) 10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. (If you have already entered into the rest, you got it. You are with the Spirit of God, he takes over, you will soar on the wings of the Spirit as an eagle.) 11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. For those who have not entered yet, let us labor therefore to enter. Labor is to do hard work. It does not refer to the works that is in ceremonial works of circumcision, observing the physical Sabbath, ceremonies and feast, following the traditions of the religion, attending churches, singing songs, etc. Nobody can be saved by those works. But we must obey what Jesus Christ tells us to do. "Luke 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able." He tells us to strive to enter. Striving is to work hard, or we may say, labor and heavy laden. Jesus calls us to his rest in Matthew 11. “28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” We must learn from him and follow his ways. It is easy and light. "1 John 5:3 says, For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous." They are not grievous means, it is easy. Let me read a few more verses in Hebrews 4. "Hebrews 4:1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.... 3 ..., as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest:" God got angry at Israel and said that they will not enter his rest. So, fear him and be careful. Verse 7 says, "Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts." It says that, if today, if you hear his voice harden not your heart. Let me say what it is. It is the spiritual reality. The resurrected Lord Jesus Christ and his angels are doing a work among his people even now. If you are in it, if you are not striving to enter, it may be even today, Jesus may give the last call, and close the door for ever. That is what the verse says. So, if you hear his voice today, don’t harden your heart. This is the warning in this verse. We also see that it is not that hard. I hope that you will enter his rest.
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