"LET THERE BE LIGHT" Ministries
UNDERSTANDING TRUE BIBLE FELLOWSHIP and FAITH, part 8 quotes
1) Understanding True Bible Faith
5th Pillar – the Law of God, Including the Sabbath of the Fourth Commandment
The fourth commandment of God is:
“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.
“It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest,...from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath.” Leviticus 23:32.
This fourth commandment revealed how God wanted His people to spend their time during each day of the week. The Lord God plainly told His people that “Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God”. God also revealed that this Sabbath commandment was not something newly created just for the Israelites to keep, but it had been first established at creation because “in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day”.
The first six days of the week were nothing more than common work days to be spent in earning a living and doing anything and everything else that you wanted or needed to get done (Ezekiel 46:1). But the seventh day of the week was different: it was not a common day like all the rest. The seventh day was set aside as a day of rest and worship to God because “the Lord blessed the sabbath day and hollowed it” after all His labor of creation those first six days. And just so that no one would forget this fact of truth, God began this fourth commandment by plainly stating and even warning: “Remember the sabbath day to keep it holy”! Thus all unnecessary labor or work was to be avoided in order to keep this Sabbath day holy which God had chosen as His holy day.
“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: 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.” Isaiah 58:13-14.
2) Even though both the 10 commandment law as well as the Ceremonial law had Sabbaths, yet there were clear differences between them.
The seventh-day Sabbath originated in Eden before sin as part of God's immutable Law, and always occurred on the seventh day. While the Feast day sabbaths originated after sin as part of the Ceremonial law, and could take place on any day of the week.
The seventh-day Sabbath was written on stone by God's own finger. While the Feast day sabbaths were written on cloth, or paper, or skin, by the finger of Moses.
The seventh-day Sabbath, along with the 9 other commandments, was placed in the Ark directly underneath the Mercy Seat with God's glory and presence above (see Exodus 30:6, 40:20,34), signifying that they were to be enforced permanently and were unchanging. While the Feast day sabbaths were placed in the side of the Ark (see Deuteronomy 31:26), signifying that they were to be enforced only temporarily until their purpose was accomplished.
On the seventh-day Sabbath no cooking was to be done, but all food was to be prepared and cooked on the sixth day or the preparation day (see Exodus 16:23). While on the Feast day sabbaths you could prepare and cook your food (see Exodus 12:14-16).
On the seventh-day Sabbath, no work could be done – not even sticks were to be gathered for the preparation of food (see Numbers 15:32-36). While on the Feast day sabbaths work could be done in gathering various tree branches (during the feasts of tabernacles) in order to build booths for shelters (see Leviticus 23:34-40).
The seventh-day Sabbath was "made for man" before he had fallen in sin; hence it could not be a type or shadow pointing forward to Christ's death and, hence, could not have been nailed to the cross, but continues pointing backward to the beginning of this earth's history and to the Creator of us all. But the Feast day sabbaths, as well as all the other Ceremonial ordinances of the Jewish economy, came into existence after man had fallen and needed a Saviour; hence they were a shadow pointing forward to redemption and were indeed nailed to the cross (see Colossians 2:14).
3) “For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.” Matthew 12:8.
Jesus is still today the Lord of all His followers, which then means that there is still a Sabbath day which He is Lord of and which all of His followers are to be observing! But since we use a different calendar today than what Christ used, then which day of the week in our modern calendar does this seventh day Sabbath fall upon? The Bible plainly and clearly shows in the events surrounding the crucifixion and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, exactly which day of the week today God's holy Sabbath occurs on.
The Bible records that Christ was crucified on the sixth day of the week, or the preparation day – the day before the Sabbath was to occur (see Mark 15:42; Luke 23:54; John 19:31, 42; Matthew 27:62), He was resurrected on the first day of the week, or the day after the Sabbath had passed (see Matthew 28:1-8; Mark 16:1-10; Luke 24:1-8; John 20:1); which shows that Christ was resting in the tomb during the seventh day Sabbath. It is plain knowledge that Christ arose from the tomb on Sunday morning – which many refer to as Easter (see Acts 12:4). With this knowledge of truth, it then becomes easy to determine exactly which days of the week in our modern calendar correspond with the days of the week anciently.
As Christ arose on the day we call Sunday today, this day corresponds to the first day of the week anciently – or the day after the Sabbath had passed. Then the day we call Saturday in our modern calendar corresponds to the seventh day of the week anciently, and the day we call Friday in our modern calendar corresponds to the sixth day of the week anciently – or the preparation day before the Sabbath occurs! All who desire to follow and serve God with their whole heart, mind, soul, and strength, out of love for what He has done and is continuing to do for them, will see that the seventh day Sabbath of God today is Saturday – the day after Friday, and the day before Sunday! As the Sabbath is kept from one evening to the next, then God’s Sabbath begins at sunset on Friday and ends at sunset on Saturday. This then plainly shows us that the Sabbath day of God has not changed its seventh place in the weekly cycle since it was made holy at creation, and it never will!
God's Sabbath was established in Eden before sin had entered the world as the seventh day of creation week (see Genesis 2:2-3). God re-established the same seventh day Sabbath after sin had entered the world for all His chosen people to observe and worship Him on, after the Exodus from Egypt – some 2500 years later (see Exodus 20:8-11). The very same seventh day Sabbath was observed by Christ and His disciples – some 1500 years afterwards. The very same seventh day Sabbath was still to be observed by all of God's people some 33 years after the death of Christ in the New Covenant period (see Hebrews 4:4-11). And this very same seventh day Sabbath will continue to be observed after Christ comes again and the earth is made new?
“For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain. And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.” Isaiah 66:22-23.
4) The day which the Lord God had chosen to be His Sabbath was the seventh day of the week, or Saturday. This was not an afterthought, but God had established His Sabbath day at creation, which was before sin had entered in and way before any of the pagan religions had first been developed. It was those who rebelled against the Lord God and refused to keep His Sabbath law who had chosen to worship on a different day of the week, and they chose Sunday in honor of their supreme sun god to be their worship day. This then shows us that Sunday, the first day of the week, had no connection whatsoever with the Lord God of heaven, but was connected with honoring and worshiping the pagan gods who ultimately represented Lucifer himself.
This Sabbath day of the Lord was a special day between Him and His people which distinguished them from all pagan worshipers. The Sabbath, then, was actually a sign between God and His people – designating those that kept it holy to be a worshiper of the Lord God, and designating God to be the Lord and protector of those who kept it.
The Sabbath commandment actually contains the three things necessary to make the law of a King valid. It contains the NAME of the lawgiver--Lord; His official POSITION--Creator; and His DOMINION--heaven and earth. These three things are necessary in any royal seal of a King. Thus the seventh day Sabbath contains the seal of God which He has put in His law to make it valid. And for those who keep this seventh day Sabbath holy, God will place His seal in their foreheads (see Revelation 7:3). This is because the Sabbath is a distinguishing sign to all the world that we love and serve God and not man! So says God Himself:
“Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you.” Exodus 31:13.
“Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them....And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I am the LORD your God.” Ezekiel 20:12, 20.
The word Sabbath is made up of a combination of 2 parts: “sab” and “bath”. The root of “sab” is “ab”, which translates and means “father”. The root of “bath” is “ath” or “oth”, and it translates and means “sign or seal”. And the prefix “b” indicates a dwelling place (such as Bethlehem). So putting all these meanings together, we find that the word Sabbath itself means the dwelling place of the sign or the seal of the Father.
And what day in this New Covenant period does God want all of His true and faithful people to worship Him on as His holy Sabbath day?
"For he (God) spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works....There remaineth therefore a rest (a keeping of the Sabbath) to the people of God. (NOTE: this word for "rest" in Greek is "sabbatismos", and it literally translates and means Sabbath keeping – see Strong's Exhaustive Concordance, Greek word #4520.) For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief." Hebrews 4:4,9-11.
5) If we do not keep God’s Sabbath, then even though we may be perfectly keeping the other 9 commandments, yet we are still breaking God’s law.
For example: If one of God’s followers decided not to worship God on His Sabbath day or Saturday, then they would have clearly broken the 4th commandment. By choosing to do their own pleasure on God’s rest day, then this follower of God would be making their own desires to be greater than following the will of God, thereby making their own desires into a god, and thus breaking the 2nd commandment. They would also be placing their own will as a supreme god before the Lord God, and thus would be breaking the 1st commandment.
As the Sabbath day itself is the day of the Lord God – His holy day, but this follower of God wanted to do their own thing upon this day, then they are actually coveting what belongs to God, and thus breaking the 10th commandment. Since they choose not to devote this day to worshiping God, then they have actually stolen time away from God that should have been given to Him, thus breaking the 8th commandment. Neither are they showing the honor and respect due to God who has manifested such fatherly love and care over them, thus breaking the 5th commandment.
By not keeping the seventh day as a holy worship day to God, yet they profess to be a follower of God, then they have broken the 9th commandment by falsely claiming to be something that they really are not. They have also taken God’s name or character in vain and broken the 3rd commandment because they are not following God’s example of resting upon this Sabbath day, and thus are not manifesting the same righteous character of God whom they profess to serve.
By choosing not to remember to keep the Sabbath day holy, thereby willingly committing sin and deserving the penalty of death, then they have actually chosen death for themselves – or are committing suicide – which breaks the 6th commandment. And finally, since they voluntarily chose to be a follower of God, and entered into a covenant relationship with Him – they agreeing to remain faithful to Him as His bride, and God agreeing to remain faithful to them as their Husband, because they have now chosen to break the Sabbath, then they are no longer upholding their part of this marriage contract or covenant. As they are no longer faithful to their righteous God and loving Husband, but have committed sin against Him, then they have actually left His side and united with another – who is the author of sin, and have thereby committed adultery and broken the 7th commandment.
So by just breaking one commandment all the other 9 commandments are broken as well. Thus “whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of [breaking] all” the commandments (James 2:10).
6) "Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus....
"Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie." Revelation 14:12, 22:14-15.