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January 22, 2009

Sabbath Keeping


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Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holy day, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come… Colossians 2:16-17

I hear the following sentiment often–

“Nice website, but you’ve forgotten
to tell people that they must keep the Sabbath.”

What the writers are referring to is their belief that we must keep the Saturday sabbath just like the Jews did in the Old Testament. These people are dead wrong and they are out in droves. By and large they belong to a cult called Seventh Day Adventistism. Their founder is a false prophetess named Ellen White.

As with a number of other articles that I have written on this site, the one you are now reading was born out of hearing the same old false doctrine over and over–in this case, sabbath-keeping. I hear from the Seventh Day Adventists and I hear from the Christian babes who are too weak in the word to withstand their assaults. When I got up this morning, 2/22/99, it was in my mind to go ahead and write about it.

The only way to determine if something is right or wrong is by the Bible. It is our only source of truth. I cannot stress the importance of Bible reading enough. When you know the Book, people can’t fool you. You won’t be tossed about with every new wind of doctrine. You won’t be unsteady, unsure and gullible. People tell me, “What they are telling me sounds right.” Forget about sounding right! What does the Bible say, my friend? “Let God be true and EVERY man a liar.” Don’t be lazy, read the Bible. The sluggard will pay dearly.

When someone tells you some doctrine, compare it to the scriptures. Isaiah 8:20–

if they speak not according to this word,
it is because there is no light in them.

How can you know if they are speaking according to God’s word or not? You’ve got to read and study it for yourself. The best thing a Christian can do for their spiritual growth is read the word of God and obey it! If you do these two things you’ve got the best you can get as a Christian. You’ll be a strong built up soldier of the Lord Jesus Christ and you will hear from the Lord.

The commandment we are looking at is–

Exodus 20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Seventh Day Adventists will tell you that you can’t be saved if you don’t worship on Saturday which is ludicrous. They desire to live under the Mosaic Law, yet they do not perform the hundreds of ordinances that it includes. Even if they did try to live by the whole Mosaic law they would fail. If they trust it for their salvation they will go to hell. God has made only ONE provision–Jesus (see John 3:36).

The SDAs keep selected portions of the law based on the writings of their false prophetess Ellen White who supposedly got a new vision. There are no more new visions–we will be judged ONLY by what God has revealed from Genesis to Revelation. Jesus said, “…the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.” (John 12:48)

As you read through this treatise look for these points:

  • The sabbath is a symbol/shadow/type of the heavenly rest–book of Hebrews
  • It does not matter what day you worship–don’t let man judge you in sabbath days–Colossians 2:16
  • Gentiles not to be yoked down in Mosaic law–Acts 15
  • Christians met on the first day–Acts 20:7, I Corinthians 16:2
  • Jesus said the sabbath was made for man’s use, not man for sabbath–Mark 2:27
  • Galatians is for those that would be under the law
  • Sabbath keeping is the only one of the ten commandments that is not exhorted in the New Testament

I will include some excerpts from e-mails exchanged with a person coming out of Seventh Day Adventism. This person’s comments will be in italics. Also included are some relevant scriptures along with short expositions.

I read that it doesn’t matter what day we keep the Sabbath, and felt freedom for a short while and then thought about how Jesus was keeping the Sabbath still.

A couple of things:

  • Jesus was Jewish and He kept the whole law as His fathers according to the flesh did. He kept the law perfectly so He could die in our place. The law could never save anyone. In fact, it killed people–

    Romans 7:9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.

    By the law came knowledge of what sin is. The law kills, it does not make alive. Without the law, no sin would be imputed. How would I know I was breaking the speed limit if there was no sign? I could not be arrested for there was no written law there. But as soon as there is a sign and I exceed its limit, I am a convicted as a lawbreaker.–

    2 Corinthians 3:6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

    Does this mean that the law is bad?

    Romans 7:7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.

    Let me give you an analogy. The law is like a mirror. When I wake up in the morning and look in the mirror I see that I need to comb my hair and brush my teeth. I need to wash my face. Do I then take the mirror and proceed to brush my teeth with it? Do I take the mirror and wash my face with it? No. The purpose of the mirror is to show me what kind of shape I am in. Likewise the law showed us that we look terrible spiritually. Every one of us has transgressed God’s standards. When we look at the commandments we know in our hearts that we have broken them.

    But God did not just show us our filthy condition and leave it like that. In the fulness of time, God sent forth His Son Who is the answer to our sin problem. Jesus Christ is the One that does the cleaning up–the law could never clean you up. Just as a mirror cannot brush your teeth, the law cannot cleanse your spirit and make you righteous before God. Only the blood of Jesus can do that.

    Galatians 3:10-13 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse… But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.Hebrews 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

    1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

    To be cleansed, you’ve got to be washed in the blood. The law can’t cleanse you. It can only condemn you and curse you.

    We have all transgressed the law–that is why it was given to us, so that we would see that we were unclean and needed a Saviour. The whole purpose of Jesus’ sacrifice was to redeem us from the strict Mosaic law. THAT is the new covenant in His blood. We Christians are now free from the schoolmaster that brought us to Christ and we are now under the perfect law of liberty (James 1:25, 2:12)–we are free to do righteousness.

    Galatians 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.3:25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

    In Acts chapter 15 we find out about Jews who tried to make the Gentiles keep the law of Moses–

    Acts 15:1 And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.Acts 15:5 But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.

    The holy men got together to consider the idea that Gentiles should keep the law of Moses–

    Acts 15:6 And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter.

    Peter rose up and said that even the Jews couldn’t keep the law, why yoke the Gentiles down with it?

    Acts 15:7 And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said…15:10 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?

    15:11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.

    James then gave his judgment concerning what part of the law Gentiles should observe–

    Acts 15:13 And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me…15:19 Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God:

    15:20 But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.

    The holy men then wrote letters of instruction–

    Acts 15:23 And they wrote letters by them after this manner; The apostles and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia.15:24 Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment:

    15:28 For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things;

    15:29 That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.

    To think about: What four things were Gentiles commanded to keep from the law? If the sabbath is so important, why didn’t they mention it? I Cor. 6:9 and Revelation 21:8 talk about who will not inherit the kingdom of God…non-sabbath keepers are not mentioned. In fact there is no condemnation in the NT of people who do not keep a Saturday sabbath. Read Romans 14 and I Corinthians 8 to learn about Christian liberty. updatedThe following table shows how nine of the ten commandments are exhorted in the New Testament. The only one that is not exhorted AT ALL is the fourth commandment, “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.” Search the scriptures for yourself and see.

New Testament Exhortation The Ten
Commandments
First CommandmentMatthew 4:10 …Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

1 John 5:21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

First CommandmentI am the LORD thy God…Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Second CommandmentRevelation 9:20 …they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:

10:7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. 10:14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.

Romans 2:22 …thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege?

Romans 1:23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these… Idolatry…as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

Second CommandmentThou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them.
Third CommandmentMatthew 6:9 …Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Matthew 5:34-35 But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne: Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.

Third CommandmentThou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain.
Fourth CommandmentThere is no commandment exhorting sabbath keeping in the ENTIRE New Testament. Rather, (1) we find that we are to let no man judge us when it comes to sabbath days (Col. 2:16), (2) we find Jesus saying the sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath (Mark 2:27), and (3) we find that the seventh day sabbath is a shadow of the true, heavenly rest (Hebrews 4:4-4:11). Fourth CommandmentRemember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Fifth CommandmentEphesians 6:2 Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; Fifth CommandmentHonor thy father and thy mother.
Sixth CommandmentRevelation 21:8 …murderers…shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these…murders…they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

1 Peter 4:15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer,

Sixth CommandmentThou shalt not kill.
Seventh CommandmentGalatians 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery…

Romans 2:22 Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery?…

13:9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery…

Seventh CommandmentThou shalt not commit adultery.
Eighth Commandment1 Peter 4:15 But let none of you suffer as a…thief…

Ephesians 4:28 Let him that stole steal no more…

Romans 13:9 …Thou shalt not steal…

Romans 2:21 …thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal?

Eighth CommandmentThou shalt not steal.
Ninth CommandmentRevelation 21:8 …all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Revelation 22:15 For without are…whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

1 Timothy 1:9-10 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for… liars…and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;

Ninth CommandmentThou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
Tenth CommandmentEphesians 5:5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

Colossians 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry Romans

Romans 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness… covetousness…

Romans 7:7 …I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.

Romans 13:9 …Thou shalt not covet…

I Corinthians 5:11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be ..covetous…with such an one no not to eat.

I Corinthians 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous…shall inherit the kingdom of God.

Ephesians 5:3 …covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;

1 Timothy 3:2-3 A bishop then must be blameless…not covetous;

2 Timothy

2 Timothy 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous…

Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness…

Tenth CommandmentThou shalt not covet.
    • He is a better sacrifice than animals (9:23-10:12)
    • He is a better Priest than the Levitical priesthood (6:20-7:24)
    • He is better than Moses (3:3)
    • He is came by a better tabernacle (9:11)
    • He brings a better covenant. (8:6, 7:19)
    • He offers better promises (8:6)
    • He offers a better country (that is, an heavenly Heb 11:16)
    • He offers a better sabbath (4:4-4:11)
    • He is better than the angels (1:4)
  • For those that would understand the true meaning of the Old Testament ordinances, feast days, sabbath days, etc. there is the book of Hebrews. It contrasts the old covenant with the new and shows us how the old was simply a shadow of heavenly things. Hebrews shows the superiority of Jesus Christ in every aspect and how His sacrifice did away with sundry washings, etc. Jesus is better in every way–

    The whole of the Christian life is about Jesus Who is the Best. Our true sabbath, our true rest, comes when we pass to the other side.

  • The religious people said that Jesus’ disciples broke the sabbath by picking corn on the sabbath day. Jesus responded by saying that man was not made for the sabbath, the sabbath was made for man. In other words, God made the sabbath so that we could rest, not so we could be under a whip to observe it.

    Mark 2:24 And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold, why do they on the sabbath day that which is not lawful?2:27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:

    2:28 Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.

I have read what the SDA’s say about the scripture too. They are so good at covering the beliefs. I just learned about the new covenant and the freedom last week.

Glory to God. May you grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.

When I read Matthew 11:28,29,30 I stopped and said to myself. ” his yoke is easy and his burden is light. I want to know more.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaamen! These are some of my favorite verses. We are not all yoked down by the divers ordinances, we are come into a living breathing relationship with Jesus Christ. We love Him and show that love by serving Him, He loves us and helps us as we walk this pilgrim way.

I can see I have to leave the church now. How does one leave a Sabbath that I have been keeping.

If you want to observe Saturday as your day of rest, go ahead. It is not a crime. But you must realize that every Bible believing church that I know of goes to church on Sunday so you will probably have to change the day that you worship. In time, as you grow in knowledge (start by reading the book of Galatians), you will see that the Sabbath was only a shadow or a figure or example of our heavenly rest that we will enter into one day (read the book of Hebrews).

The SDA believe that since the Pope wrote out a 46 page letter on keeping the Sabbath last year that the Sunday laws will go into effect on the Dawn of this next new years . I have read part of the popes letter, and since this is one of the things that is coming true it is scary to quit keeping the Sabbath.

As I said before my friend, forget about what man says and look at what the Bible says! Jesus said, “…the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.” (John 12:48) He didn’t tell us to listen to what men say outside of the Bible. He said “Sanctify them with thy truth THY WORD IS TRUTH.” The Bible says “Let God be true and every man a liar.” Believe the Bible and make no provision for the influence of man’s doctrine.

Why does God say “remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy” Ex 20:8 ?

The sabbath was given to man so that he would get some rest from his labors and worship God. But more importantly than our physical rest, it symbolizes when we leave our labors here on earth and enter into our heavenly rest. Read the book of Hebrews which opens up the meaning of the entire Old Testament.

Another writer asked me a question about sabbath keeping and then said, “In Romans 14:5-6, Gal.4:10-11 and Col. 2:16-17 Paul had splendid opportunities to the tell the gentiles to always keep God’ s Sabbath and His ordained, appointed feasts but he did not.”

I responded, “The scriptures you list answer your question completely. Let’s take Colossians 2:16 for example, ‘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.'” Romans 14 and I Corinthians 8 are excellent expositions of Christian liberty. I have freedom, bless God.”

I do indeed have respect to the concept of the sabbath and on Sunday, I rarely do more than go to church, cook, and relax. Nevertheless, the sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath. I have some flexibility. Jesus is about freedom not about being yoked up to a 10,000 pound wagon.

The above material is from http://www.Jesus-is-Lord.com

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34 Comments

  1. Ill pray for you Jaz

    Comment by Marcus — January 24, 2009 @ 4:48 pm

  2. Saturday Sabbath is as plain as there is air and water and land and our great God and His son Jesus Christ.;)

    Comment by Marcus — January 24, 2009 @ 4:56 pm

  3. Marcus, You are the one deceived regarding sabbath keeping. To think about: What four things were Gentiles commanded to keep from the law? If the sabbath is so important, why didn’t they mention it? I Cor. 6:9 and Revelation 21:8 talk about who will not inherit the kingdom of God…non-sabbath keepers are not mentioned. In fact there is no condemnation in the New Testament of people who do not keep a Saturday sabbath. Read Romans 14 and I Corinthians 8 to learn about Christian liberty.
    For those that would understand the true meaning of the Old Testament ordinances, feast days, sabbath days, etc. there is the book of Hebrews. It contrasts the old covenant with the new and shows us how the old was simply a shadow of heavenly things. Hebrews shows the superiority of Jesus Christ in every aspect and how His sacrifice did away with sundry washings, etc. Jesus is better in every way–

    The whole of the Christian life is about Jesus Who is the Best. Our true sabbath, our true rest, comes when we pass to the other side.
    * The religious people said that Jesus’ disciples broke the sabbath by picking corn on the sabbath day. Jesus responded by saying that man was not made for the sabbath, the sabbath was made for man. In other words, God made the sabbath so that we could rest, not so we could be under a whip to observe it.

    Mark 2:24 And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold, why do they on the sabbath day that which is not lawful?2:27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:

    2:28 Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath

    Comment by jasmine71 — January 24, 2009 @ 10:55 pm

  4. Because they had been keeping the sabbath for hundreds of years and it was common knowledge. it was unlawful to heal or do any work on the sabbath, the pharisees watched to see if he was going to heal on the sabbath. Jaz poor child i have given you every proof of the Saturday Sabbath and you like everyone else are in total denial to accepting the truth. It is up to you whether you keep it or not I dont care its between you and God. But my proof is irrefutable and undeniable. You just like all the protestant world cant prove that sunday was ever sanctified as the sabbath. Why do all the protestants keep Sunday???? HMMMMM. You are ignoring history and all the documented proof from history. Wake up Jaz, who is being delusional now. Look in the mirror my dear. By your postings you act like your Gods right hand lady and your word is infallable because your the only direct link to God. You need to be humbled a little my dear. you wont admit any fault not even one tidbit and i think you are very arogant when it comes to discussing Gods word. Lets look at 1st Timothy 11-15

    11: Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.
    12: But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.
    13: For Adam was first formed, then Eve.
    14: And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
    15: Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.

    Comment by Marcus — January 25, 2009 @ 5:43 pm

  5. Marcus… (sigh)…. keeping the Sabbath has nothing to do with obtaining salvation from the LORD….that is the point. …You say ” that you can’t be saved if you don’t worship on Saturday” which is ludicrous. You desire to live under the Mosaic Law, yet you do not perform the hundreds of ordinances that it includes. Even if you did try to live by the whole Mosaic law, you would fail. If you trust it for your salvation, you will go to hell. God has made only ONE provision–Jesus (see John 3:36).
    If you want to keep the Saturday sabbath just to worship the LORD and to commune with fellow believers, I don’t have a problem with that.
    I guess I’m not humble because I won’t swallow your beliefs. By the way , women can be teachers and missionaries of God’s Word. However, women can not be Pastors ( the leader of a Church)

    Comment by jasmine71 — January 25, 2009 @ 7:30 pm

  6. As usual you misintrepret. I did not say anything about salvation through the Saturday Sabbath. Jaz what planet are you on.??? Where did i say anything about salvation??? Where did all my work on proving the saturday sabbath go?? What, dont you like all that proof in rebutle to your post. What a poor sport.
    I tell you what Jaz when your in front of God and Christ you can ask them what day the sabbath is and whether it matters and you can argue with God And Christ and see what they have to say about it. You can tell God that his seventh day doesnt matter. Ha Ha Ha. Good Luck, your going to need it.

    I really think you should put the rest of my post up so people can see both sides to the story. Of course i can see how you would not want people to see the truth.

    Comment by Marcus — January 25, 2009 @ 8:25 pm

  7. Marcus , are “what planet are you on” and “Ha, Ha Ha” your examples of true humility and piety??

    Since you agree with me that the Sabbath has nothing to do with one’s salvation, your past comments are rather pointless.

    Comment by jasmine71 — January 25, 2009 @ 11:58 pm

  8. As the good book says the Sabbath lets God know who his people are. It is a sign between he and them forever. I am humble before god and his commandments are great and not grevious to me. They are great and I do my best to obey every one. I am sorry that they are grevious for you Jaz. Good Luck Jaz Good Luck.

    Comment by Marcus — January 26, 2009 @ 9:42 am

  9. Its sad Jaz that all your concerned with is salvation. Your letter of the law to get in. Ha Ha. There is so much more your missing out on. All you want to talk about is how do i get in. Once again:
    4: But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
    Jesus lived by his fathers commandments and mentioned every one. He honored his father by followiig them. Why you choose to ignor this fact is beyond me. He followed EVERY ONE. That includes the SABBATH. You can bet your bottom dollar.
    This is how i choose to live. I HEED EVERY WORD OF GOD. AND FEAR
    So you just keep that Brick Wall up Jaz. You just keep fighting the truth and dont let any of it in. Good Luck

    Comment by Marcus — January 26, 2009 @ 9:58 am

  10. Dont be decieved my bretheren by Jaz please read and learn the truth.

    T he Sabbath rest is so important to God that He established it on the seventh day of creation. It was actually a part of His creation. God made the Sabbath. It just didn’t happen by chance. By this creative act, the Great Sustainer of all that exists concluded the beginning of man’s extraordinary journey on this planet. He also indelibly stamped this day with a “mark” of spiritual perfection. The Bible reveals that this mark will have a profound effect on God’s people and their ultimate destiny.

    The Sabbath was designed to be a weekly memorial of God’s physical as well as His spiritual creation. In a very real sense, it is a continual reminder of the Creator and His plan for man. Because of this, God made the Sabbath holy. The book of Genesis reveals that when doing so, He integrated spiritual properties into this day – properties that would make this day unique. Notice what God’s word says about the creation of the very first holy day, the Sabbath.

    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 the seventh day and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made. (Gen. 2:2)

    The word “sanctified” in this verse is very interesting. Literally translated it means “to consecrate” or “to purify.” In other words, God set this day apart from all other days and when doing so He placed His blessing on it. He made it HOLY!

    The Bible declares the Sabbath is a sacred day – and not one to be taken lightly. God Himself “hallowed” it. Notice what He revealed about His Sabbath when introducing the fourth commandment to His servant Moses:

    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. (Ex. 20:11)

    When God created the Sabbath He elevated it to a special state – He made it HOLY. Only God has the power to make something HOLY, and when He does, it is SACRED and PURE. It reflects the qualities of God Himself. At this point, man can do one of two things: he can honor what God has set apart as HOLY, or he can PROFANE it.

    Why Did God Sanctify the Sabbath?

    The Bible makes it absolutely clear that God set the Sabbath day apart from all other days – He “blessed” the Sabbath and “hallowed” it. But why would He do such a thing? What purpose could God possibly have for making one day of the week different from every other day? And why would He make this day holy? Why would the Great Creator place His blessing on it? God’s word answers these questions and in doing so reveals why His people should have such a profound respect for this day.

    When speaking to the children of Israel, God declared that His Sabbath was a sign between Him and His people. Notice what He says about this sign.

    Verily my Sabbaths you shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations… (Ex. 31:13)

    The word “sign” in this verse is used several times throughout the Bible when describing the Sabbath. It comes from the Hebrew word owth and can be translated as “signal,” “beacon,” “evidence,” or “mark.” It is a term of profound strength and significance. Here God is saying that His Sabbath is a link between His people and their God. Additionally, the Great Creator reveals that He made the Sabbath so that man would know Him. But there is more to this extraordinary day. Later in this same verse, God states that His Sabbath points to a remarkable hope regarding God’s plan for mankind. Notice what He says.

    …that you might know that I am the God that doth sanctify you. (Ex. 31:13)

    Notice the power of these words. Here, God is revealing that He made the Sabbath holy because it is to stand as evidence that He intends to do the very same thing to His earthly family. God’s plan for mankind is that they will also be holy. God set apart the Sabbath so that man could know that He has also set apart His people.

    Ultimately, the fulfillment of this holy purpose will take place when God’s children are born into His Family as literal sons and daughters. When describing this birth, the apostle John proclaimed that God’s family would be just like Him.

    Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. (1Jn. 3:2)

    Imagine being like the God who made the universe. Imagine possessing His love, His virtue, and His wisdom. But that is exactly what is going to happen to those who yield to His authority. The apostle Peter wrote that we are to be partakers of the very nature of God himself (2Pe. 1:4). This is the destiny that awaits all of God’s people. Furthermore, it is a destiny pictured by His Sabbath.

    A Gateway to Holiness

    The Bible reveals that God wants His people to be holy even as He is holy (1Pe. 1:15-16). The Sabbath is a gateway into that holiness. It is a link between corruptible man and an incorruptible God. It stands as proof that God will deliver on His promise to bring a great Kingdom to this earth. God has also promised that His saints will rule with Jesus Christ in that Kingdom (Dan. 7:18).

    When God’s people honor His Sabbath, they are not simply obeying a command, they are declaring their desire to be the recipients of that promise. In other words, by keeping the Sabbath holy, every child of God is not only saying, “Thy kingdom come,” but also, “Your will be done in me.”

    This being the case, every true believer should show great deference to the day that points to their part in eternity itself. Their conduct on the Sabbath should reflect a dignity befitting a king or priest commissioned to serve in that Kingdom (Rev. 5:10). That behavior should not be common or profane, but rather filled with virtue and godliness. Every future leader in God’s Kingdom should reflect a great respect for the wisdom that imagined this day at the very beginning. Their conduct should make it clear that the Sabbath is different. It is not a worldly day. It is a Godly sign.

    Remember the Sabbath

    The scriptures reveal that while the descendants of Israel were in the Sinai Desert, God commanded them to “remember the Sabbath” (Ex. 20:8). However, equally important to God is that His people know HOW to “remember the Sabbath.” God wants us to HONOR and RESPECT this day, not simply be aware of when it takes place. After all, most Bible scholars know that God’s Sabbath falls on the seventh day, they simply do not keep that day holy. They profane the day God “sanctified.”

    However, God’s people must be different and their conduct on the Sabbath must also be different. That conduct should reflect an understanding that the Sabbath is unique. It is a day with great purpose, a HOLY purpose.

    The Sabbath Belongs to God

    The Bible makes it clear that the Sabbath is God’s day. It is called the Sabbath of the Eternal. God repeatedly refers to it as “My Sabbath” (Ezk. 20:12-24). The point here is that the seventh day belongs to God and as such it is not to be contaminated by man. Everything we do on this day should be directed toward our Father in heaven and His purpose for us.

    At this point, it is important to understand a profound truth about God’s Sabbath day. Contrary to popular belief, this day is not about relaxation and comfort. It is not about personal pleasure. The Sabbath is about connection and spiritual rejuvenation. It is about holiness. God’s word is clear and direct: His Sabbath is HOLY.

    Comment by Marcus — January 26, 2009 @ 10:12 am

  11. And Jaz please leave my post up for everyone to see. Its only fair that they see my view.

    Comment by Marcus — January 26, 2009 @ 10:15 am

  12. Keeping the Sabbath makes one holy?? ; that statement is sheer heresy. Only the blood of Jesus on the door post of a person’s soul makes them holy before God.—The only way to determine if something is right or wrong is by the Bible. It is our only source of truth. I cannot stress the importance of Bible reading enough. When you know the Book, people can’t fool you. You won’t be tossed about with every new wind of doctrine. You won’t be unsteady, unsure and gullible. People tell me, “What they are telling me sounds right.” Forget about sounding right! What does the Bible say, my friend? “Let God be true and EVERY man a liar.” Don’t be lazy, read the Bible. The sluggard will pay dearly.
    How can you know if they are speaking according to God’s word or not? You’ve got to read and study it for yourself. The best thing a Christian can do for their spiritual growth is read the word of God and obey it! If you do these two things you’ve got the best you can get as a Christian. You’ll be a strong built up soldier of the Lord Jesus Christ and you will hear from the Lord.
    Jesus was Jewish and He kept the whole law as His fathers according to the flesh did. He kept the law perfectly so He could die in our place. The law could never save anyone. In fact, it killed people–
    To think about: What four things were Gentiles commanded to keep from the law? If the sabbath is so important, why didn’t they mention it? I Cor. 6:9 and Revelation 21:8 talk about who will not inherit the kingdom of God…non-sabbath keepers are not mentioned. In fact there is no condemnation in the NT of people who do not keep a Saturday sabbath. Read Romans 14 and I Corinthians 8 to learn about Christian liberty.
    For those that would understand the true meaning of the Old Testament ordinances, feast days, sabbath days, etc. there is the book of Hebrews. It contrasts the old covenant with the new and shows us how the old was simply a shadow of heavenly things. Hebrews shows the superiority of Jesus Christ in every aspect and how His sacrifice did away with sundry washings, etc. Jesus is better in every way–
    If you want to observe Saturday as your day of rest, go ahead. It is not a crime. But you must realize that every Bible believing church that I know of goes to church on Sunday so you will probably have to change the day that you worship. In time, as you grow in knowledge (start by reading the book of Galatians), you will see that the Sabbath was only a shadow or a figure or example of our heavenly rest that we will enter into one day (read the book of Hebrews).

    Comment by jasmine71 — January 26, 2009 @ 12:06 pm

  13. well jaz i take everything from the Bible so I dont know what else to tell you. Good Luck

    Comment by Marcus — January 26, 2009 @ 3:59 pm

  14. Marcus, You still follow a false doctrine ( Sabbath Keeping) because you do not rightly divide the Word of God. Reread this blog and the blog ‘Good Works and Saving Faith’. May God open your spiritual eyes to the Truth of God’s Word , in Jesus name. —-Peace—-

    2 Timothy 2:15,16 -” Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth (the scriptures). But shun profane and vain babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness.”

    Comment by jasmine71 — January 26, 2009 @ 6:11 pm

  15. Nope sorry i will continue to observe the Saturday Sabbath. And i hope your eyes are opened someday to the truth of the Sabbath.

    Comment by Marcus — January 26, 2009 @ 6:53 pm

  16. I think ill end this debate with Isaiah 58:13,14 one of my fav’s

    13: 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:
    14: 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.

    Comment by Marcus — January 26, 2009 @ 7:00 pm

  17. My thoughts and associated scriptures :
    The Law of the Sabbath was given to Israel exclusively.It was not given to the Gentiles. It was given as the sign of the ” Mosaic Covenant.” Ex 31:13. Ez 20:12, 19-21. The “Sabbath Day” belongs to the Jews alone and is not binding on the Gentiles (the World), or the Church (Christians) , though Christians are expected to observe the “First Day of the Week” for rest and worship. Nowhere in the Bible do we find God finding fault with any nation or people, except the Jews, for not observing the Sabbath. As a Jewish ordinance it has never been abrogated, changed, or transferred to any other day of the week, or to any other people. There is no commandment exhorting sabbath keeping in the ENTIRE New Testament. Rather, (1) we find that we are to let no man judge us when it comes to sabbath days (Col. 2:16), (2) we find Jesus saying the sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath (Mark 2:27), and (3) we find that the seventh day sabbath is a shadow of the true, heavenly rest (Hebrews 4:4-4:11).

    Comment by jasmine71 — January 26, 2009 @ 8:30 pm

  18. yeah Jaz just keep tellin yourself that.

    Comment by Marcus — January 26, 2009 @ 11:51 pm

  19. Marcus , I could say the same to you with just as much confidence.

    Comment by jasmine71 — January 27, 2009 @ 9:54 pm

  20. The Sabbath will be observed during the tribulation (Matt 24: 20-21). And it will definitely be the holy day observed by everyone following Christ’s return in the New Age (Isaiah 66:23). Indeed, unless you discount Isaiah’s words as irrelevant, you are left with a conundrum. Christ is Lord of the Sabbath.

    Comment by Susan Hill — February 18, 2009 @ 8:12 am

  21. Susan, There is no conundrum. In this age of Grace, the Church (born again believers) do not have to observe the Saturday Sabbath ; it has nothing to do with one’s salvation. However, believers should spend a day to worship the LORD ( Sunday is also fine for believers as there is no commandment in the New Testament commanding [the Church] observance of the Saturday Sabbath). Also, in the Tribulation, it will be the Jewish people, again ,who will observe the Sabbath. Please read my previous comments for details.

    Comment by jasmine71 — February 18, 2009 @ 9:52 pm

  22. Thank you, Jasmine, for your comments. The Sabbath honors God’s creation … without creation, there would be no reason for salvation. I believe that there is no commandment in the New Testament concerning Sabbath worship because it was not necessary – God’s chosen people, including Jesus, knew very well which day to honor and worship God. We, as gentiles, are to be grafted into the root of Abraham. The early Church settled the controversy over Sabbath worship by gathering a day later … and doing so secretly so as not to be heckled by unbelievers. They separated themselves. Today I think it is more important than ever to seek unity, reconciliation, and common ground with God’s people. Observing the Saturday Sabbath is not, after all, condemned in the New Testament.

    Comment by Susan Hill — February 19, 2009 @ 7:42 am

  23. Susan, thanks for giving your point of view. Please feel free to view my other blogs.

    Comment by jasmine71 — February 19, 2009 @ 12:33 pm

  24. susan,
    I had to go read the scripture that you pointed out. Mat 24:20-21 And yes, one can conclude that the sabbath is observed at the end times. But when you read the scripture in it’s full text, I think you will see, your missing the point of it.

    If Christ’s return is in the winter, or when young mothers w/ children or in your case are observing the sabbath…how distressing it will be to have to flee or take flight…a decision will have to be made that will cause great distress!

    I believe that jasmines thoughts on Col 2:16 are correct…in fact, it’s pretty clear….we are not to be judged on what we eat or drink or festivals or holy days or Sabbaths! If you read further through the rest of col 2, I think you will see what God thinks of these people that judge in this way.

    I pray that this may open your eyes to the truth.
    In Jesus name, Amen.

    Comment by yep — February 19, 2009 @ 6:24 pm

  25. My favorite Anti SDA / COG scriptures are:

    Acts 15:1-29

    The entire book of Romans

    Galatians 5:1-26

    And so forth…

    Feel free to look for me here on wordpress.com as acriticalchristian1971

    Comment by will the islamaphobe — April 8, 2009 @ 4:08 pm

  26. Thank you for the above scriptures which prove the the SDA and COG do not Rightly Divide God’s Word.

    Comment by jasmine71 — April 8, 2009 @ 5:29 pm

  27. Let no man judge you in any measure…. Only God can judge mankind for He is the one who set the Ten Commandments….He is the Lord of the Sabbath….

    Comment by Mahalia — April 28, 2009 @ 1:35 am

  28. Mahalia, Um…..Your wrong…Every command in the Old Testament that Christians are to observe is repeated in the New Testament… Not only are the commands repeated, but often they are much stricter than in the Old Testament.. Christians are never commanded to keep the Jewish sabbath, the seventh day, Saturday. Why ?this commandment is not repeated in the New Testament…We are not under the law of Moses to keep the day that was a special sign between God and Israel.

    Comment by jasmine71 — April 28, 2009 @ 11:14 am

  29. The people did not receive the Ten Commandments from Moses, as most people seem to believe today. Moses was hearing the very first delivery of the commandments, in this form, along with that whole nation of millions of people! It was not Moses who gave this law to the people—but “God spake all these words.”

    Next, notice Deuteronomy 5:4-22. This is later. Moses is talking to the people of Israel. And to the people Moses says: “The Eternal talked with you face to face in the mount out of the midst of the fire … saying …”—then follow the words of the Ten Commandments (verses 6-21).

    To become a converted Christian, one must become, spiritually, an Israelite! Salvation, as quoted before, is for “every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16).

    But were not Gentiles excluded, under the Old Testament?

    They were not!

    What God gave for Israel was for the Gentiles also. The Sabbath was for Gentiles, as well as Israelites! You want proof? Here it is!

    Gentiles always could come into the congregation (church) of Israel—and many did. Even as they were first leaving Egypt, “a mixed multitude went up also with them” (Exodus 12:38). These were Gentiles.

    In the instructions for observing the Passover, God said: “And when a stranger [Gentile] shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to the Eternal, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land …” (Exodus 12:48). Again, verse 49: “One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you.”

    Always Gentiles could come in and become naturalized citizens of Israel. Thousands did.

    Jesus Christ said the Sabbath was made for man! Not Jews only—not Israelites only—but for MAN! It was made for Adam! It was made for man, in the 20th century—and in century 21!

    Now notice what Christ, the Supreme Authority, says: “Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil. Neither let the son of the stranger [Gentile], that hath joined himself to the Lord, speak, saying, The Lord hath utterly separated me from his people …” (Isaiah 56:2-3).

    Notice that! Let no Gentile, in our time, that has been converted, and joined himself to the Lord Jesus Christ, say that Christ has separated him from God’s people Israel. No, the Sabbath was NOT a sign to separate Gentiles from Israelites! Gentiles were not excluded!

    Continue, verses 6-7: “Also the sons of the stranger [Gentile], that join themselves to the Lord”—that become Christians—“to serve him, and to love the name of the Lord, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; Even them [Gentiles] will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer ….”

    There is proof positive!

    The Sabbath was made for man—for mankind—for Gentile as well as Israelite.

    Comment by Mahalia — May 23, 2009 @ 11:08 am

  30. 2 Timothy 2:15,16 -” Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth (the scriptures). But shun profane and vain babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness.”

    Comment by jasmine71 — May 23, 2009 @ 1:02 pm

  31. It has been brought to my attention that many people are ignorant of the possibility that they are actually descended from one or more of the “lost tribes” of Israel. The Mosaic Law was given to all 12 tribes, not just the tribe of Judah (the Jews). Some lost tribes dispersed to the north and settled in Europe, the British Isles, and the Balkans. Many intermarried with pagans and lost their cultural identity, but still carried the blood of their Israelite ancestors. Other tribes moved to the east and west. Some probably headed southward.

    With this in mind, let’s turn to Rev. 7:4: “And I heard the number of the sealed, a hundred and forty-four thousand sealed, out of every tribe of the sons of Israel.” John goes on to describe the 12,000 souls sealed out of each of the 12 tribes. They are undefiled by women, they were cut off for the witness of Jesus and for the word of God, and they will live and reign with Christ for a thousand years (the Millenium). So we have 144,000 men descended from the 12 tribes of Israel ruling with Christ during the Millenium. It seems that the sons of Israel who died for Christ and God’s word are held in very high esteem by God. (Note that the daughters of Israel are given no such promise.)

    Isaiah 66:22-23 tells us this: “For as the new heavens and the new earth which I will make shall remain before me, says the Lord: so shall your descendants and your name remain. From new moon to new moon, and from sabbath to sabbath, all flesh shall come to worship before me, says the Lord.” This leads me to believe that the sabbath presented in the Mosaic law will be observed during the times of the new heavens and the new earth.

    Colossians tells us not to judge others by what they eat or drink, or their holy days, festivals or sabbaths. We should embrace those who choose to honor God’s weekly and annual sabbaths and festivals because Jesus Himself also honored them.

    Comment by Susan — May 23, 2009 @ 5:04 pm

  32. To Susan, Marcus, SDA, and COG followers: You miss the whole point;Sabbath keeping has NOTHING to do with one’s salvation.. By the way , Jesus did not teach that the sabbath was the way to the Father. You guys are stuck in pure legalism… Tribes have nothing to do with being saved by grace either…a person’s lineage is irrelevant . God extends His grace to all peoples today.

    Comment by jasmine71 — May 23, 2009 @ 11:42 pm

  33. If a person’s lineage is unimportant to God, then why are we told this in Romans 1:16: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel: it is the power of God for salvation to every one who has faith, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” “The Jew first”… why? The first resurrection will be composed only of those men who descended from the 12 tribes of Israel and died for the gospel.

    You, Jasmine, seem to be hung up on salvation while canceling out God’s law. I embrace them both… the entire Bible. One does not cancel out the other. I am not saved by the law, nor is anyone else. Jesus came to complete the law. He is my salvation – my paschal lamb. As I pointed out in an earlier email, you cannot have salvation without first being created. The sabbath honors God’s creative act. The Lord’s Day honors His redemptive promise.

    Comment by Susan — May 24, 2009 @ 7:06 am

  34. Uh….No Susan…The Jews were offered salvation First when Christ came to earth [and preached the gospel] 2000 years ago… but actually the LORD started the process of salvation [for them] through Abraham, father of the Jewish people. The Jews were God’s favored people through out the Old Testament… After Christ left the earth and went back to His Father, the disciples then started preaching salvation to the gentles. And by the way, Christ was the first resurrection . Believers that have died in Christ will be resurrected some day…that’s the second resurrection. Tribes? have to do with the future Jews during the Tribulation…. The Church/believers (Bride of Christ) will have been raptured and in heaven…. Again those tribes will be future Jews who will be saved during the Tribulation …It will be a horrible time on earth…horrible…We are not in it now…..the Church is still on earth and the Antichrist has not come to power!

    Good Works (law keeping) and saving faith

    “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works , lest any man should should boast” (Eph. 2:8, 9). Works have nothing to do with salvation, but we are saved to do good works! ” For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Eph. 2 :10) .
    Our passport to Heaven is having Christ as our Savior, but our reward in Heaven is which for how we live for Him. Saving Faith always produces good works. ” They which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works” ( Titus 3:8). We are justified before God by faith in Christ; we are justified before man by how we live. ” Faith without works is dead” (James 2:14). “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can [that kind of] faith save him?” (James 2 :14).
    Saving faith must produce fruit. Good works are an outward sign to others that we are in Christ. “By their fruits ye shall know them” (Matt. 7:20). Faith without works is not saving faith ; it is a dead profession of salvation, not real possession of the Savior.
    In Summary :
    Faith in Christ is the root; works are the fruit
    Faithful Christian = good fruitfulness for Christ
    Unsaved religionist = false fruit
    Unsaved person = no fruit
    Unfaithful Christian = hardly any fruit

    Comment by jasmine71 — May 24, 2009 @ 9:37 pm


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