|Posted by byfwc on December 28, 2015 at 2:20 PM|
Why is the Sabbath Important?
by Pastor John J. Tatum
We have been taught that Jesus changed the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday…
1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
• God is creating
• God is speaking
• And through the darkness he speaks Let there be light and there was light…
• And the evening and the morning were considered the first day, by God…
• Notice that God never had any names for the day. He only called it The First day…
So the Sabbath of the Lord starts Friday at Sundown and ends Saturday at Sundown
Gen 2:1-3 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2 And 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. 3 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.
• He rested from his work
• He blessed the seventh day
• He sanctified- He set it apart, from every other day
Some people will say that the Sabbath day was under the Ceremonial Laws of God… That is Not true…
Let go to the Commandments… If you can read it, then you can believe it
Ex 20:8 8 Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
• This Commandment start off with “Remember”, and all of the other commandment start off with “Thy Shall Not”…
• What has our society tell us to Forget the Sabbath day…Just the opposite!
• The reason why it says remember, is because it had already been established in the beginning of Creation…
Now let see who is doing the talking or giving the instruction…
Ex 20:1-2 1 And God spake all these words, saying, 2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage
• The Lord spake…Not Moses
Psalms 89:34 34 My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.
• God will never alter anything that has gone out of his lips…
Mal 3:6 6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
• God is letting us know that he does not change-alter, modify, vary, adjust, or amend
Ex 20:9-11 9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God:
• He said 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:
11 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.
• When did he make the heaven and the earth, he did that back in creation
• So this 4th commandment is taking us back to creation, and telling us to “Remember”…
• He blessed the 7th day and hallowed it… Never did he bless the 1st day or set it apart…
Let see who doing the talking, because this is Not the Law of Moses, but of the Most high…
Ex 31:12-16 12 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 13 Speak thou also unto the children of Israel…
• Notice he didn’t say speak to the Muslims, or to the Christians, Buddhist, or Roman Catholic Church… But to Israel…
…Saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations;
• The Sabbath day is the purist sign, in this perverse and wick generation, That we are his people, set apart, for his use…
• How Long? Throughout your generations…
…That ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you.
• He has sanctify you, set us apart…
14 Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people.
15 Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.
• This is a day of rest… we worship everyday…
16 Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant.
• For a perpetual covenant…continuous, everlasting, uninterrupted, unending, permanent…
Isaiah 56:2 2 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.
• You are blessed when you keep the Sabbath from polluting it…
• How can you polluted it?
1. Not remembering it
2. Not resting
3. Not keeping it Holy
Isaiah 56:5-7 5 Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off. 6 Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, 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 will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.
Neh 13:15-22 15 In those days saw I in Judah some treading wine presses on the sabbath, and bringing in sheaves, and lading asses; as also wine, grapes, and figs, and all manner of burdens, which they brought into Jerusalem on the sabbath day: and I testified against them in the day wherein they sold victuals. 16 There dwelt men of Tyre also therein, which brought fish, and all manner of ware, and sold on the sabbath unto the children of Judah, and in Jerusalem. 17 Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, and said unto them, What evil thing is this that ye do, and profane the sabbath day? 18 Did not your fathers thus, and did not our God bring all this evil upon us, and upon this city? yet ye bring more wrath upon Israel by profaning the sabbath. 19 And it came to pass, that when the gates of Jerusalem began to be dark before the sabbath, I commanded that the gates should be shut, and charged that they should not be opened till after the sabbath: and some of my servants set I at the gates, that there should no burden be brought in on the sabbath day. 20 So the merchants and sellers of all kind of ware lodged without Jerusalem once or twice. 21 Then I testified against them, and said unto them, Why lodge ye about the wall? if ye do so again, I will lay hands on you. From that time forth came they no more on the sabbath. 22 And I commanded the Levites that they should cleanse themselves, and that they should come and keep the gates, to sanctify the sabbath day. Remember me, O my God, concerning this also, and spare me according to the greatness of thy mercy.
16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
• It was his custom to go to the synagogue on the Sabbath
Mark 2:23-28 23 And it came to pass, that he went through the corn fields on the sabbath day; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn. 24 And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold, why do they on the sabbath day that which is not lawful? 25 And he said unto them, Have ye never read what David did, when he had need, and was an hungred, he, and they that were with him? 26 How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the shewbread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with him? 27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: 28 Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.
• He is Lord of the Sabbath, he made it and told you what day it was
After the ascent of Christ
Acts 13:14 14 But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and sat down.
Acts 13:27 27 For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him.
Acts 13:42 42 And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath…
Acts 13:43-45 43 Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.
44 And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God. 45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming.
Acts 15:21 21 For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.
Acts 16:13 13 And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither.
Acts 17:2 2 And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures…
Acts 18:3-4 3 And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers. 4 And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.
Apologetics- This is one of the scripture they used to justified Sunday…
Col 2:8 8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
Col 2:14-15 14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
Ex 31:18 18 And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.
• There is a difference between the hand of man or Moses and the finger of God
Col 2:16 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…
• Don’t let no man judge you in meat, because you don’t eat swine, catfish or shrimp
• Don’t let no man judge you in drink
• Don’t let no man judge respect of holyday or new moons or a Sabbath days… don’t let anyone judge you…