The Sabbath Series
“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.”
Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 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: 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
But what is the Sabbath day?
According to the Torah, the book of Exodus establishes the Decalogue (or Ten Commandants) that were revealed to Moses, by God, on Mount Sinai. Although the observation and practice differ through various denominations, at its root, the Sabbath is a day of rest and worship for God.
The biblical Hebrew definition means to “cease” or “stop”. Sabbath appears, in some form, 172 times in the bible. During Creation, God rested, blessed the seventh day, and made it holy. Noah’s ark came to rest in the seventh month. After being released from Egypt, the Israelites were instructed not to gather on the seventh day. Shortly thereafter, Moses descended the mountainside with instructions to remember and keep the Sabbath holy. The bible clearly defines the Sabbath as a perpetual sign and covenant between God and God’s people.
But what day is the Sabbath?
The weekly Sabbath is on the seventh day according to the text. The biblical Sabbath, in context with the time and culture, is Friday sunset to Saturday sunset. There were horrible, even deadly, consequences for those who did not honor the Sabbath correctly. Even the authority of The Messiah was questioned for healing on the Sabbath. There is a remnant who has continuously honored the biblical Sabbath and warned that in the end time, a coalition of religious and secular authorities would introduce and enforce an international Sunday law.
But who sabotaged the Sabbath?
Sunday worship is so common among faiths, the Sabbath is not widely regarded as being sabotaged. However, it only takes a little exegesis of the text and historical research to validate the statement. There are many reasons for the shift to Sunday worship. Unfortunately, the root cause of the shift involved the “saints”, “church folk”, “priestly people” and had nothing to do initially with worldly involvement. An old ancient trick of The Trickster is to mix lies and truth. It is one of the highest forms of deception. The time and name change for the more relaxed law became “The Lord’s Day.”
"Let us therefore no longer keep the Sabbath after the Jewish manner and rejoice in days of idleness…But let every one of you keep the Sabbath after a spiritual manner, rejoicing in meditation on the law, not in relaxation of the body, admiring the workmanship of God, and not eating things prepared the day before, nor using lukewarm drinks, and walking within a prescribed space, nor finding delight in dancing and plaudits which have no sense in them. And after the observance of the Sabbath, let every friend of Christ keep the Lord's Day as a festival, the resurrection-day, the queen and chief of all the days."- St. Ignatius
Enters the rise in “blue laws” and the involvement of the Roman Catholic church based on their man-made authority and papal infallibility. This marks the exit of practicing the God-covenant Sabbath in exchange for a Lord’s Day determined by man.