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by Micah Anthony
Dear Bible Student, I’ve designed this study so you can look up scriptures prayerfully with open mind, finding the answers there. You’ve asked me to show you what Yahweh’s word says concerning how to keep the fourth of His ten commandments.In this study we'll break down eight Biblical principles for how Elohim wants us to keep His Sabbath day command. The number eight is symbolic for new beginnings. Hopefully you'll have a new beginning of pleasing Elohim by learning and obeying His commandments concerning the Sabbath day; instead of the commandments of men. With that, we'll use the KJV Bible to read and answer any question presented in this study. I'll at times ask you to use a Webster’s Dictionary, Strong’s Bible Concordance, or Thesaurus for word study. So take your time and read all the scriptures or references, looking up any given Hebrew or Greek words to find the answers.
Why We Celebrate: Brothers and Sisters the author of the Sabbath day is the author of the Christian faith, Yahshua Messiah the son of Elohim. It was he who in the beginning (Genesis) as Elohim the Word, created the Heavens and Earth in six days and rested on the seventh day (JN 1:1-3). As you'll see, our Savior and Lord Yahshua Himself has revealed from His own word (the Bible), the meaning that he attaches to the Sabbath; His special seventh day celebration.
In keeping the Sabbath, unlike Evolutionist, atheist or other nonbelievers, we celebrate or commemorate a statement of belief that Elohim Himself specifically declares to us in Exodus 20:11. When you put this statement with what our Elohim in the flesh said in John 14:15, do you agree that obeying His Sabbath command is one way in which we show Yahshua we love and respect Him as Elohim the Creator? By this we recognize, celebrate and proclaiming before all the unbelieving world and more importantly within our hearts before Yahweh the acknowledgment that He alone is to be worshiped as the Sovereign Creator of all things (Ex. 20: 8-11; Col 1: 15,16,17).
Not only is keeping Yahshua's Sabbath day command a memorial or celebration of How He as Elohim created the heavens and Earth in six literal days, it acknowledges His creation of time itself. In Genesis 1:1, the words "in the beginning" pronounces Elohim's start or creation of Earthly time. He is the ultimate source & sovereign power over time itself. From the very beginning Elohim began teaching mankind (the crown of His creation) how to keep track of this newly created Earthly time. Man's fall into sin has made time a limited, temporary resource or commodity for us (see Genesis 1:14; 2:17; 3:23).
Similar to Yahweh Elohim's worship command of giving Him a tenth of our earnings or wealth as a tithe of acknowledgment that all wealth and even our ability to earn it belongs to Him (Deut 8:18; Ps. 50:10-12), so we are commanded to worship weekly by giving Him a seventh of our borrowed time in strictly acknowledging Him; of whom all time belongs. Yahweh specifically choose the seventh day which comes at the end or completion of His created time measure called a week. He did this because He assigned seven as a number symbolic of completion. Six is the number of man and Yahweh Elohim created man on the sixth day in his image and gave man dominion over the earth. At the end of the six day, when the seventh day began, Yahweh Elohim had completed all of his creation work; and on the seventh day he blessed the time to be a special rest in his glorious completion of creation that He called good. Just like the weekly seventh day Sabbath, the eternal Sabbath of which it is a symbolic celebration, will arrive at the end or completion of mankind's time in this fallen sin corrupt world. Until then Yahweh's people as good stewards of the time that He gives us on this Earth, honor and acknowledge Elohim, by celebrating the one special day He picked out of all seven to end His symbolic time measure called a week. In our observance of this special day, Yahweh purposed that man from past to present should always keep Him in remembrance and rest in the fact that He as eternal Elohim is the one and only true Creator and completion of all things good. Elohim desires that we personally remember and celebrate that in His loving thoughtfulness towards us, he has and will again create us anew in His own good and complete image. He created the lights of the expansive heavens above and the whole planet below with a beautiful garden wherein for His pleasure, He graciously placed mankind in the midst. Being made in His image, He gave us dominion over the Earth (Gen. 1: 26). In the garden of Eden, Yahweh walked with man in fellowship all the other days of the week, but unlike the other days when He allowed man;s attention to be divided or preoccupied with tending the garden, He made the Sabbath day a special time of beneficial worship for mankind to rest in the completion of undivided blessed fellowship and loving worship with Yahweh the source of all goodness. From the very beginning, the Sabbath day celebration represented Yahweh our Elohim's loving desire or goal of having a Earthly time set aside for when He can enjoy His ultimate creation; made complete in his own righteous image (mankind), a good rest of mutually undisturbed, uninhibited, undivided pure, intimate fellowship of oneness (Gen 3: 8; 5:22-24; Rev 21: 3-6; John 17:20-26). In the Garden paradise of Eden, the Sabbath was a refreshing gift time for man to experience the pure spiritual bliss, of undivided attention, and acknowledgment of oneness from Yahweh to us, and us to Yahweh our source of all goodness. At this time,the regularly good mental or physical preoccupations of paradise that man would indulged in throughout the other days of the week, were set aside for the even better sole preoccupation of Elohim. Elohim provided no higher time to observe this pure unadulterated, sentiment of uninhibited, undivided fellowship between Himself and man, than His special 7TH day.
Out of all the days Elohim created within His Earthly time period known as the seven day week, those who love Yahweh are to keep the seventh day, totally separate unto Him until its final form is completed, or fulfilled in Heavens Eternity (PS 111: 7,8; IS 66:23). In His scriptures, Yahweh Elohim shows He always meant His weekly Sabbath day rest to be a feast celebrated by His people to symbolize the Glorious rest we will experience with Him for all eternity (Heb 3: 6-4:11)!
Even before the Sabbath was written down on stone tablets as the fourth of the ten commandments Elohim reintroduced this garden of Eden practice to His people ancient Israel soon after they were freed from Egyptian slavery (Ex 16: 3-4;16-30; 20: 8-11). From past to present Yahweh Elohim has declared that as far as Earthly time is concerned, the keeping of the Sabbath day of rest is a sign unto all generations of His people that they have been sanctified or set apart to be with Him for all eternity (Ex 31:13). Therefore we can not miss the fact that the Sabbath Day is also meant by Elohim to be a celebration of His creative power put forth a second time in Yahshua's completed work of redemption from Calvary's tree. This reality is Elohim's new creation of us and the Sabbath as a memorial of Elohim as Creative thus becomes a memorial of our salvation through the creative power of Messiah's death, burial and resurrection. Again the fact that the Sabbath was definitely set forth as a sign of sanctification (Ezek, 20: 12), and Messiah being the one who sanctifies His people, causes the Sabbath to become a sign of what Messiah is to the believer. It is a memorial of our rest in Him, our rest from sin; unto the completion of His work of full salvation in us. As such this memorial is to endure forever. It is Yahshua who saves from sin. This salvation from sin is His creative power actually working within us who by faith, love and yield in submission to him as Elohim, our Creator, Lord and Savior. Only through His power, brought to sinners by the Holy Spirit, can sin be overcome in human flesh, and man enter into the blessed rest of faith in Yahshua (MT. 11: 28). In his scriptures Yahweh our Elohim shows that he takes our keeping of his Sabbath day command very seriously since observing it is one of the ways we give open acknowledgment that we love and recognize Him as the one true Creator of all things (JN 14:15, MT. 22: 36-40). To purposely not keep it as He requires, sends the opposite message to our Heavenly Husband stirring up His wrath (Ex. 31: 14-18). [END] In celebrating the Sabbath day we recognize that Yahshua Elohim eluded to the fact that way back at the end of creation week, He originally made the Sabbath for mankind (MK 2: 27). Since from the beginning,Yahweh Elohim out of love for us, completed His original creation week, by making the Sabbath for our good (MK 2:27; Deut.10: 13), we should not spurn His love by refusing to keep it holy as He requires.
So where does our Elohim in His wisdom, tell us to begin when keeping His Sabbath day holy? What does this mean for us in the practical application or break down of what he wants as far as worship, on this most blessed day? Sabbath Sanctified Celebration Rule #1:When We Celebrate Would you agree that an important part of knowing how to keep Father Yahweh’s chosen Sabbath Day holy, is knowing when to keep it holy (yes or no.)? Unlike today's popular man made method,Yahweh's originally revealed method of reckoning days in the Bible is not from midnight to midnight. Read Gen 1:4-5 and answer the following questions:
Does scripture show that Father Yahweh gave a whole 24 hour day, a dark part and a light part?
Besides night and day what other two names does scripture gives these parts?
Can you name the first part which the Bible shows begins a whole day; and the second part who’s ending finishes a day?
Read Gen 1:5-2:2 and answer the following:The Bible shows that Father Yahweh made creation week(the first week in existence) with how many days?
What numbered day did He rest on, and by what name do men today generally call that day of the week?
Scripture shows when the Sabbath begins and ends....
Read Lev 23:32 (b) and answer.
In the scriptures, when does Elohim instruct us that a Sabbath Day or any day for that matter is meant by him to begin and end?
Read Mark 1:32 & Deut 16:6, What sign did Elohim put in the sky for us to look for and know when it’s evening?
Therefore, it is clear that when the sun goes down on the evening of the sixth day of the week, this marks the beginning of Elohim's seventh day Sabbath. This lead us to...
Sabbath Sanctified Celebration Rule #2:PREPARATION DAY The way in which we spend the seventh day Sabbath time with Yahweh is so important to Him that he gave us a whole day to prepare in advance for it! As we advance in this study, we should have already begun to see that Yahweh's preoccupation of heart concerning the Sabbath day is to spend time in undisturbed fellowship with His people whose heart is likewise disposed to their Elohim's prerogative. In other words the preoccupation or goal of both our Elohim and we His people is to individually and collectively come together on the Sabbath; in one heart and mind of mutual communion and singular focus on Him. We are to do the following commandments every day, but on the Sabbath, this way of life is even more strictly displayed...
Jeremiah 29:,"11‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares Yahweh, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. 12‘Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13‘You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart."
Matthew 22:37, Yahshua declared, “‘Love Yahweh your Elohim with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commandments.”
1 John 4:20,"If anyone says, “I love Elohim,” but hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love Elohim, whom he has not seen.21 And we have this commandment from Him: Whoever loves Elohim must love his brother as well."
Scripture shows the sixth Day is meant by Yahweh as a preparation day so that as much as possible all things that might be a distraction from our Sabbath day preoccupation of loving fellowship in Yahweh's holy rest, can in advance be accounted for and eliminated.
Read MK 2:27 & Deut. 6:24-25. Based on all that you’ve learned so far would you say Yahweh made the importance of the Sabbath day for our good or it’s own good?
Read MK 15:42; LK 23: 54-56.Since the Sabbath is important enough to Yahweh to give us the guideline and example of using a preparation day, should it be equally important to us to wisely use this time in advance to make sure every Sabbath day is segregated from unnecessary secular employments? (Look up and the definition of secular.)
Without distractions Yahweh wants the whole Sabbath day completely devoted exclusively in holiness unto Yahweh.This means participating in no other employment than directly loving Him through the keeping of his Sabbath commandment; and indirectly loving Him by loving each other.
Read Ex 16: 22-23. Does scripture show Father Yahweh established the practice of his people using the sixth day (called Friday) as a day to prepare in advance for the Sabbath? Read John 19:14 (KJV) use the Strong's Concordance to look up the Greek definition of "Preparation": Gr.#3904 & #3903 and say what you think is the best definition. Based on what you've learned so far, fill in the blank of the following sentence in your own words. In order that every Sabbath day can begin and end as a holy rest from my own secular, earthly employments, proper advanced preparation on _____________should be done.
Advancing further in this study, you'll continue to see concerning the Sabbath day, that Father Yahweh wants us to minimize as much as possible the normal every day earthly encounters and distractions of life. On preparation day we should strive before the start of every Sabbath rest,to eliminate such worldly activities or distractions as your cooking, cleaning, shopping, and putting gas in the tank.,ect. If at all possible, we should be willing to sacrifice these types of errands in an effort to prevented them from intruding upon our important Sabbath day time with Yahweh. One might even consider notifying non-Sabbath keeping friends and family who would take your mind off of Yahweh that unless it's Elohim related, or an emergency your unavailable. Elohim's inspired word seems to suggest that even the burial preparations of His own son's (the Messiah's) body, should take a back seat, as something undesired to be done on His holy Sabbath day. These activities which were precious and important to the mourners among Yahshua's family, and freinds were halted as time ran out on preparation day. After the Sabbath day was completed, they sought to finish these activities (MK 15: 42-16:2). Perhaps this was appropriate, since in our Heavenly Husband eyes, His Sabbath is symbolic of eternal life, joy and holiness of Heaven., To continue into the seventh day having their minds and bodies preoccupied in the sadness of dealing with a unclean dead body, (especially one upon which all the sins of the world were placed) may have been inappropriate to keeping it holy. Now that we know when Yahweh Elohim wants us to keep His Sabbath day, and when, why and how we are to prepare for it, next we ask Yahweh, for clear examples or guidelines of how specifically He wants us to keep or celebrate His Sabbath day? This leads to...
Sabbath Sanctified Celebration Rule #3:Exodus 20:8,"Remember the Sabbath day." to keep it holy
Have you ever asked, or heard someone ask,"If Yahweh has already made the Sabbath day holy, how can anything we do or don't do, make what Yahweh has made holy, unholy?(if in a group study, ask if someone has an answer and then compare with the following)
ANSWER: in Heaven, Yahweh Elohim by literal definition of His name, is without peer, the singularly perfect, complete in and of Himself, self existent, ultimate originator, and supreme source of all reality, who by very nature or presence, can't help but hold the eternal position of Highest.Without having to say anything, just His existence alone automatically commands the righteous acknowledgment of praise and worship from His creation. The angels of Heaven exalt him because that's, what and who He already is (see Isaiah 6:1-5). So likewise, we as His Earthly creation, owe Him eternal acknowledgment, by exalting or treating him as who he already is. One of the ways we give Yahweh His due worship, is on His special Sabbath day, acknowledge Him, by treating or keeping this seventh day time period, as He already made it; holy unto Him As motivation "to keep it holy,Yahweh commands that we (His redeemed) "remember" in our celebration of this sacred time, the special loving meaning towards us, that He placed on this day." Yahweh Elohim makes it clear that He has made the hours between sunset at the end of the sixth day (Friday) and sunset at the end of the seventh day (Saturday) exclusively holy time (Exodus 20:11)
In (Duet 5:12; Ex 20:8,11), does Father Yahweh command mankind to keep the Sabbath day as He Himself did? If so what words found there suggest how we should approach it like Him?
Can you use either a Dictionary, Bible Concordance, or Thesaurus to look up the words sanctified, hallowed and blessed, look at their definitions and note any synonymous words you find in common within the definitions of each of the three words.
When it comes to keeping the Sabbath day holy, from the very beginning, our Heavenly Husband made Himself an example for us to follow.... "For in six days Yahweh made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but on the seventh day." he rested
Read Gen 2:3 and answer....
We know that unlike the other six days, Father Yahweh blessed the Sabbath day, but can you find in the verse two other things Father Yahweh Himself did on the first sabbath; as an example to us?[END]
Remember, based on Yahshua's words in Mark 2:27, Yahweh in Genesis wasn't doing these things for himself. The Sabbath motivation of His heart was to bless man even more with a beneficial special day of personal uninterrupted fellowship together with Him. Just as Yahweh purposely stopped His own work and blessed the Sabbath day, making it a special holy time of fellowship with His people, so we should follow His lead and purposely plan to treat the Sabbath time as blessed; in uninterrupted spiritual activities of holiness unto Yahweh.
Read Psalm 121:3-4 and answer whether or not you think Yahweh needed to rest on the Sabbath Day, or was he just doing it as our (Adam & Eve / man kinds) example of how to keep it?
Putting all of what our Elohim is saying together, He tells us that just as He in His holiness rested from doing his own work and everything was declared good, it is good and holy that we like Him on the Sabbath day, keep it holy by resting or ceasing from doing our own work.
The idea that growing in a relationship of intimate, loving eternal Holy fellowship with Yahweh by imitating or following in His example is not just relegated as a Sabbath activity. For a Christian it must be a daily way of life that involves our consistent active sharing in or following after Elohim's own example of what He's done, or is doing. This is a prevalent truth throughout the scriptures...
Song of Solomon 1:4,""Draw me after you and let us run together! The king has brought me into his chambers." "We will rejoice in you and be glad; We will extol your love more than wine. Rightly do they love you."
Matthew 16:24,"Then Yahshua told His disciples, "If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me."
Now I commend you for remembering me in everything and for maintaining the traditions, just as I passed them on to you."1 Corinthians 11: 1," 2 You are to imitate me, just as I imitate Messiah."
Philippians 3:10,", that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death11 so that I may somehow attain to the resurrection from the dead.12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been perfected, but I press on to take hold of that for which Messiah Yahshua took hold of me.13 Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have laid hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize of Elohim’s heavenly calling in Messiah Yahshua."
As we delve deeper in His word, it becomes more and more clear that Yahweh Elohim didn't just tell us to keep this special day holy and leave it up to us to decide how to do that. Elohim took an active leading role that serves for a teaching example for us to follow in how he specifically wants us to uniformly approach keeping his Sabbath Day holy. Before getting into more detail about proper Sabbath Keeping, it's important for us to understand why in our flesh, whether attempting to keep a day or ultimately ourselves holy...
(A) IT'S UNNATURAL TO FOLLOW ELOHIM
We'll start at the beginning, before outside Satanic interference or temptation helped cause the fall of man's nature. Originally mankind was created with a good nature that was naturally inclined to spiritual intimacy and obedience to Yahweh's loving heart. It was a simple thing for Adam and Eve to follow Elohim in keeping the special once a week Sabbath Day requirements of worship. Before the fall, it wasn't a struggle on the Sabbath to put aside and rest from their own separately chosen diversions or routine of daily tending the garden. They instead delighted in spending the time dedicated individually and corporately in exclusive intimate worship unto Yahweh...
Mark 2:27,"Then Yahshua told them, "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath."
As a result of the fall, man's heart or spirit became corrupted and lost the natural intimacy they once desired and held for Yahweh and His Law as priority over all things. That day, this Elohim centered life perspective or mind state of intimacy with Yahweh died within them; becoming unnatural or foreign to them. It was replaced by a new corrupt, self centered or other false god centered nature...
Romans 8:7,"because the mind of the flesh is hostile to Elohim: It does not submit to Elohim's Law, nor can it do so."
As time went on, except for a small minority, mankind as a whole completely forgot the knowledge of Yahweh they once had instilled in them...
Romans 1:28,"And even as they did not like to retain Elohim in their knowledge, Elohim gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;"
Yet when Yahweh Elohim graciously called Abraham and through him brought forth a remnant of mankind who he made into His holy nation or people of Israel, He re-introduced His sabbath day and of necessity, added rules to help steer their naturally foolish and wayward hearts. To those who sought the truth, Elohim's Law opened their minds towards understanding the deeper spiritual meaning of this day of exclusive fellowship and holy intimacy, He desired to share with them. Yahweh's written Law or Torah spelled out for mankind His good, righteous and Holy character and heart's desire towards us...
Romans 7:12,"So indeed, the Law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good."
Under the Old Covenant, it helped that through Elohim's inspired faith, the people had their old human hearts graciously cleansed or forgiven of their past sinful deeds. It helped that Yahweh declared them righteous and gave His Law to let them know what sin was, and a desire to avoid sin; maintaining His imputed righteousness. Despite all this gracious help Yahweh knew that without a completely new heart or nature, It was still hard and unnatural for His Old covenant people to be holy as he is holy. To make things easier, they needed a new (born again/regenerated) Holy Spirit heart living inside them, to naturally and consistently keep His holy and righteous Law(MT 11:29-30). Faith in Yahweh graciously helped start them off right, but due to the weakness of their own corrupted away from his holy image nature, their fleshly efforts to keep the righteous and holy Law were eventually doomed to fall short of the Laws requirement to be like Yahshua. That's why until the New Covenant Promise of Faith in the person and work of Messiah Yahshua came, Yahweh Elohim graciously gave them the temporary guardianship or Law protection of the blood of animals which only covered their sins committed in the inevitable weakness of their flesh.
Galations 3:15," Is the Law, then, opposed to the promises of Elohim? Not at all! For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come from the Law. But the Scripture pronounces all things confined by sin, so that by faith in Messiah Yahshua, the promise might be given to those who believe.Before this faith came, we were held in custody under the Law, locked up until faith should be revealed. So the Law became our guardian to lead us to Messiah, that we might be justified by faith.Now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.
3:19,"Why then was the Law given? It was added because of transgressions, until the arrival of the seed to whom the promise referred. It was administered through angels by a mediator (Moses and the Aaronic priesthood of the sons of Levi who temporarily represented Yahshua's eternal ministry and preisthood) . A mediator is unnecessary, however, if there is only one party; but Elohim is one."You are all sons of Elohim through faith in Messiah Yahshua. For all of you who were baptized into Messiah have clothed yourselves with Messiah. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Messiah Yahshua. And if you belong to Messiah, then you are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise."
Until Elohim Himself came in the flesh and through the better sacrifice of his death burial and resurrection, inaugurated the New Covenant, His Old covenant Law protected His people from their own flawed nature. This protection came under the condition that they by faith in Yahweh obeyed His Law. If they obeyed Yahweh's Law by sincerely battling or striving against their own fleshly nature to please Yahweh as the Law itself prescribed in the first great commandment, they'd first humble themselves under the already revealed knowledge of who He is. Then through the prayer of forgiveness they'd repent from any sins that were inevitably born from their naturally rebellious hearts. If they obeyed Yahweh's Law guardian this way, it would help His people to not only grow in reduced frequency of their sins, but in reduced magnitude as they loved Yahweh by the obedient doing of His righteous works. Yahweh's Law guardian acted as a fleshly heart filter or strainer that retarded or suppressed many sins from being produced. The Major advantage of Yahweh's Law guardian was the mercy feature in which any sin not suppressed or retarded by its filter, could be covered or hidden in sincere repentance from Yahweh's forgiving sight; through the work of animal blood sacrifices. This Elohim provided Old covenant Law guardian acted as a temporary mediator or Earthly priesthood, that was fearfully and obediently worked out by flawed in nature men; who by faith were saved.Except for a small faithful remnant, Israel the earthly nation or kingdom as a whole completely succumbed to their fleshly rebellious nature and fell from the saving faith of the Old Covenant. In their iniquity and condemnation, they did not by faith obey Yahweh's Old covenant Law Guardian as He commanded that they should live by...
Jeremiah 31:31,“Behold, days are coming,” declares Yahweh, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah,32 not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them, declares Yahweh"
(B) HOW FOLLOWING YAHWEH TO KEEP IT HOLY, BECOMES NATURAL AGAIN
Jer. 31:33,“But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares Yahweh,“I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their Elohim, and they shall be My people. Yahweh 34 “They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, ‘Know ,’ for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares Yahweh, “for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”
Acts 17:30,"Although Elohim overlooked the ignorance of earlier times, He now commands all men everywhere to repent. 31For He has set a day when He will judge the world with justice by the Man He has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising Him from the dead.”
With the establishment of the New improved Covenant, Yahweh's people learned that whether having the written Law or not, all people by faith in Messiah Yahshua need to completely forsake trying to walk in righteousness through our old weak and beggarly human fleshly efforts or understanding. In Yahshua our old nature must die, or we must die to it, so by faith we instead have a new Holy Spirit heart nature leading in the gracious righteous, clean, and pure life of Yahshua active inside us...
Ezekial 36: 25,“Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols.26 “Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.27 "“I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances."
By the leading of Yahweh Elohim's own Law of the Spirit of Life in Yahshua we're now empowered to naturally, keep His Sabbath day command or any of His righteous and holy Law...
Romans 2:14,"Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the Law, do by nature what the Law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the Law,"
The apostle Paul is communicating, what he observed among the new Gentile believers in Messiah, who unlike the Jews, did not yet have the outwardly written instruction of Yahweh's Law taught to them. After receiving the Holy Spirit these uneducated in the Law, Gentiles were naturally led to do many of the things written in the unknown to them written Law of Yahweh. Naturally without being told to, they began fulfilling many of Yahweh's Law requirements. Such requirements as hungering and thirsting for righteousness, so that they would come every Sabbath to church to seek and hear the Masters teachings in order to grow in His knowledge. The Holy Spirit led them to study the scriptures (Law & prophets) to show themselves approved; so through repentance of sins, they could walk more and more in his righteous image of Yahshua's Law character (Psalm 25:4-12,, Proverbs 21:21, Isaiah 55:1-2).
Acts 15:12 The whole assembly fell silent as they listened to Barnabas and Paul describing the signs and wonders Elohim had done among the Gentiles through them. 13 When they had finished speaking, James declared, “Brothers, listen to me! 14 Simon has told us how Elohim first visited the Gentiles to take from them a people to be His own.15 The words of the prophets agree with this, as it is written: 16‘After this I will return and rebuild David’s fallen tent.Its ruins I will rebuild,and I will restore it, 17 so that the remnant of men may seek Yahweh, and all the Gentiles who bear My name, says Yahweh who does these things 18 that have been known for ages.'19 It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not cause trouble for the Gentiles who are turning to Elohim. Instead, we should write and tell them to abstain from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals, and from blood. For Moses has been proclaimed in every city from ancient times and is read in the synagogues on every Sabbath.”
Acts 13:42,"As Paul and Barnabas were leaving the synagogue, the people (Jews & Gentiles converts) urged them to continue this message on the next Sabbath.43 After the synagogue was dismissed, many of the Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who spoke to them and urged them to continue in the grace of Elohim. On the following Sabbath, nearly the whole city (Majority Gentiles) gathered to hear the word of the Lord. But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy, and they blasphemously contradicted what Paul was saying.Then Paul and Barnabas answered them boldly: “It was necessary to speak the word of Elohim to you first. But since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles. For this is what the Lord has commanded us:‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles,to bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’”When the Gentiles heard this, they rejoiced and glorified the word of the Lord, and all who were appointed for eternal life believed. And the word of the Lord spread throughout that region."
Whether physical Jew or Gentile,the fact is as we denying our fleshly nature, and become mature in walking in the Law of the Spirit of life in Yahshua, according to John 16:13-15, and Ezekial 36:27, the new Holy Spirit empowered nature within us will lead us to the truth of Yahweh's holy & spiritual Law commands; such as remembering to keep holy the Sabbath day.What in our flesh is a difficult, unnatural and undesirable way to spend time, will be for those led in the Spirit, a natural, desirable delight!
By choosing to walk in our new Holy Spirit nature, we like Adam and Eve before the fall can now naturally delight in following Yahweh's holy Sabbath command. Going back to the very Genesis of our creation we will find and follow Elohim's example set by His Himself of how to keep the first Sabbath day. Doing this deepens both our understanding and intimacy with Elohim as he personally leads and guides our spiritual development within His Sabbath rest. In other words, the foundation of us keeping or celebrating the Sabbath as holy begins with our being sensitive and dedicated to Elohim's own Holy Spirit guidance. This means learning from what we both hear the Heavenly Father has already said and doing what we see He Himself has already done concerning Sabbath celebration.
Read Gen. 2:2 and answer Can you write the word used to specifically categorize whose work Father Yahweh as our example, ended and rested from on the seventh day?
This rule first established by Yahweh's example in Genesis, becomes even more apparent when for the first time Yahweh Elohim reintroduces His Sabbath command to ancient Israel the nation. He specifically says (Ex 20: 9), "Six days you shall labor ". and do all your work
As you look at Exodus 20:9-11, what other words instruct us on specifically whose work we should rest from and what kind of rest we should have?
Yahweh is showing and telling us by his own original example, that on the other days of the week we are allowed to do our own self inspired works or creation, but to keep the Sabbath day holy, we must only participate in activities that strictly follow His example; by watching and observing what He has said and is saying, and what He has done, and is doing. His Sabbath day rest isn't just any kind of rest. We rest from our own activity's unto and in Yahweh. The New Living Translation, verse 10 puts it like this.... "but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to Yahweh your Elohim" In other words, on the Sabbath day we're on a special date time with our Heavenly Husband and He takes the lead about how we are to follow His Heart's desired form of rest.
For us who keep the Sabbath, even our association with worldly non-Sabbath keeping people,friends and family is affected. Unless their participating in Sabbath activity with us, let them know this day is off limits to the self led secular aspirations and preoccupations we normally indulge with them. This day is special, in that it's specifically dedicated only to our Elohim's strong desire for intense holy fellowship with us His people. As such our Holy Spirit led hearts follow His heart holy desire in intimacy with Him and other like minded Sabbath keepers. This leads us to...
Sabbath Sanctified Celebration Rule #4:Yahweh's people must assemble on the Sabbath day for holy purposes.
Just as our Spirit led Master Yahshua was, so His disciples who were likewise led wrote about Yahshua (Yahweh Elohim in the flesh) our example in LK 4:16...
"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 to read." (see LK 13:10;Mark 1:21) The synagogue is a Jewish name for a church building in which Yahweh's people would assemble together on the Sabbath day for holy worship. On the Sabbath it was the Master Yahshua's custom to go to church and read scripture. Led by the Spirit the apostle John wrote in 1 JN 2: 5-6.... "But whoso keepeth his word, in verily is the love of Elohim perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked"
Led of the Spirit, the apostle Paul like Yahshua also customarily went to church on the Sabbath ( Acts 17: 2).
Since time is short, Yahweh gives an urgency for His people to spend as much time together as possible in corporate Elohim only focused activity.This is why concerning Yahweh's appointed times such as the weekly Sabbath day, or annual feast; and even at other times, Paul wrote....
Heb. 10:24"And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and good works: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching." Why did the Holy Spirit lead both Yahshua and his followers to go to church on the Sabbath day with other believers? Because Yahshua who was the WORD/LOGOS made flesh, was the embodiment of Elohim the Father's righteous Law character. True to his Holy Spirit led nature, He wasn't just doing a hobby, He was following a righteous command that He Himself lovingly inspired in Lev. 23:1-3.
Read Lev 23:3 (KJV) and say the word that follows where this sentence leaves off, ” but the seventh day is the Sabbath of rest, an holy_________”
Use a Bible concordance or Dictionary to read the definition of the missing word and answer the next question.
Would you agree that in order to keep the Sabbath day holy as Father Yahweh desires, His people must assemble together or meet on the Sabbath Day?
Should we follow the clear guidelines and examples He sets from the scriptures above, or do you agree with those who say getting together on the Sabbath for church worship with fellow believers isn’t important to Father Yahweh?
If led by the Holy Spirit, you too will keep the Sabbath holy by following His go to church command. To remember to keep the Sabbath day holy is to use it for the purpose for which Yahweh designed or appointed it. It's designed to be a day for both corporate worship as well as private devotion. The Sabbath is not designed for our own ordinary labor, idleness, or amusement. It's meant for spiritual meditations, as well as physical rest in the holy joy of mutual helpfulness. For Holy Spirit filled and led People, it is designed by King Yahshua to be the holiest, happiest, brightest, and best day of all seven. This leads us to...
Sabbath Sanctified Celebration Rule #5:To keep the Sabbath holy, we must discipline ourselves to acknowledge and rest from all that Yahweh's word tells us to rest from.
The deeper we study what the word of Yahweh says on SABBATH keeping, He let's us know that in achieving the motivation of pleasing His heart, there are various clear guidelines or examples of obedience that show resting from our own work has a broader sphere of meaning and influence upon us than we might think. Realize that our own works are categorized by Yahweh as more than just physical labors or exertion, but also mental or distractions or exertions not approved as holy unto Elohim on the Sabbath day are our own works that should be rested from. Let's begin by first defining what the word rest can means to us... Strong's defines REST (Transliteration: shabath,Phonetic Spelling: shaw-bath'): cause to, let, make to cease, celebrate, cause make to fail, A primitive root; to repose, i.e. Desist from exertion; used in many implied relations (causative, figurative or specific) -- (cause to, let, make to) cease, celebrate, cause (make) to fail, keep (sabbath), suffer to be lacking, leave, put away (down), (make to) rest, rid, still, take away.
Would you agree that at the above definition can include resting from both our own uninspired by Elohim, unnecessary physical and mental activities? Consistent with everything else, we've studied on the Sabbath day scripture shows we are to worship Yahweh by as much as possible dedicating any physical exertions or mental expenditures for his purposes only.We must remember that for us, Yahweh who is Spirit, is not just Lord and Creator of the spiritual realm which came first, He is Lord and Creator of the physical realm. In order for our Sabbath rest to exclusively be complete in the holiness of who Yahweh is, His command to rest must apply to ceasing from both our own physical and mental preoccupations.
Whether physical exertions of the body or mental aspirations of the heart, on the Sabbath, we must strive to rest from any worldly, secular, non-spiritual activities not dedicated to or inspired by Yahweh Himself. In obedience we must discipline ourselves to only Elohim inspired physical activities or mental preoccupations. .(A) ISAIAH 58: 13-14 BROADENS THE SCOPE OF WHAT RESTING FROM OUR OWN WORKS MEAN..
The word of Yahweh lets us know that resting from our own works includes, our own words (also see: 1 Pet 4:11), ways, plans, or pleasures...
After reading what Isaiah 58 has to say, along with Rev 4:11, do you agree that Yahweh's reason for required rest from our own works on the Sabbath day is because He knows that doing so helps us as much as possible to worship Him; as we will be worshiping Him in Heaven? Another aspect about keeping as much as possible a holy focus on this day is experiencing pure undisturbed individual and corporate fellowship or communion with Him, helps accelerate our spiritual growth and strength in Christ-likeness. Yahweh's pleasure should be our mutual and primary focus everyday; as we practice what Paul says in...
Galatians 5:16,"So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no Law ..24 Those who belong to Messiah Yahshua have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us walk in step with the Spirit."
Hebrews 12: 1,"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses let us throw off every encumbrance"
"and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with endurance the race set out for us.2 Let us fix our eyes on Yahshua, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of Elohim. 3 Consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart."
When it comes to everyday growing proficient in walking in the Spirit, we are not only to lay aside the sin that so easily besets us, but Yahweh wants us to gain an attitude that is willing to "throw off every encumbrance"! These aren't necessarily things that are considered to be sin, but can either lead to sin or spiritual inefficiency. Like Yahshua we are to be spiritually high speed and low drag, so we must become like top athletes, martial artist, or soldier of whom it is important to regularly go off to spend secluded time at training camps with other like minded, dedicated people who with them are willing to isolate themselves from the every day responsibilities, distractions and restraints of life. It's important for them to regularly spend unencumbered, freed or liberated time to just strictly focus on perfecting and getting better at knowing their craft...
1 Corinthians 9:24,"Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way as to take the prize.25 Everyone who competes in the games trains with strict discipline. They do it for a crown that is perishable, but we do it for a crown that is imperishable. 26 Therefore I do not run aimlessly; I do not fight like I am beating the air. 27 No, I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified."
2 Timothy 2:3,"Join me in suffering, like a good soldier of Messiah Yahshua 4 A soldier refrains from entangling himself in civilian affairs, in order to please the one who enlisted him.5 Likewise, a contender does not receive the crown unless he competes according to the rules."
To be like Yahshua, we Christians must strive to master walking in the Spirit. The Sabbath is a special one day a week training camp where as much as possible we isolate from the every day responsibilities, distractions and restraints of normal life, to be spiritually liberated in spending more valuable time growing and being strengthened by the Master in righteousness. We are free and unencumbered to just strictly focus on perfecting and getting better at knowing Yahshua; without whom we can do nothing.
Yahweh commands a Sabbath training camp or disciplined time with him that's more spiritually focused than any other day of the week. Unlike the other days of the week, when walking with Him, allows time and attention for our own secondary responsibilities,plans or pleasures, we benefit more by forsaking even these pursuits on the Sabbath.Our own normally lawful words, plans, pleasures and ways, are to cease occupying our time and attention which only goes to His words, ways, plans, and pleasures. We must be freed or liberated of any unnecessary conflicts upon Yahweh's Sabbath being a time of special intensified, undisturbed, productive, practical experience in the worship of mutual intimacy with Him. Yahweh's wisdom does this by commanding us to deny or fast from even our own secular desires that normally aren't sinful. They become sinful on the Sabbath because these uninspired by Elohim activities are unnecessary distractions with no spiritual benefit. It's just like the most strict Sabbath day of the year (Yom Kippur), or at other times when the Master Yahshua said we'd gain stronger faith from consecrating or devoting ourselves unto Yahweh in prayer and fasting. Physical food which is not normally sinful to eat becomes sinful if you violate your oath of consecration before Yahweh; by doing so during that given time period (Acts 23:12-15). Likewise, on the weekly Sabbath day, Yahweh commands a consecration of holiness that forsakes as sinful, our own normally lawful plans, pleasures, thoughts, or words. On the Sabbath day, we include these normally allowed secular activities, as our own works to be rested from. This humble form of obedient worship, creates optimal conditions that naturally benefits us with a faster rate of spiritual growth, maturity and fellowship in Messiah.
(B): SABBATH REST IS EXCLUSIVE DELIGHT IN, AND REWARD FROM, THE PROVISION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
In Isaiah 58: 13 What does Yahweh Elohim want us to honor ? ________Despite telling us to honor this by halting or resting from our own plans, ways, pleasures or words, what does Yahweh Elohim still want us to call a delight?
As we humbly deny ourselves our own pleasures, plans, words, and ways, and with our minds follow the leading of His Holy Spirit, Yahweh Elohim causes us to delight in the Sabbath day; which the fleshly minded man sees as impossible foolishness. In v. 14, if we keep Father Yahweh’s commandment concerning honoring His Sabbath day, what does he promise He will cause to happen to us?
Based on MT 15:18, besides resting from our own physical activities, do you think within Father Yahweh's guidelines of keeping the Sabbath day holy, Isaiah 58:13(b) also implies that He is concerned that we rest from our own activities of the heart and mind so that our words which express them are also yielded unto Him?
According to Isaiah 58:14 the big reason Father Yahweh commands us to limit or even eliminate our own purely self motivated physical or mental activities, on His Sabbath Day is so that with the least amount of distraction our mind, body and soul would be yielded unto the Freedom and liberty that only His Holy Spirit can provide.
In this modern era of social media that's so addictive, Christians on the Sabbath should strive not to let the random face book post and text messages cause the thoughts of their mind and words to wander or stray away from holy devotion to Yahweh, into the secular words and thought processes of worldly non-Sabbath keeping people. Unless it's devoted unto Yahweh, it is our own pleasures that we are to rest from.This would include secular t.v, shows, music or games.
When we also put MT 12:8 & Is 58:13, together they show the Sabbath Day is not meant at all for our own labors or amusements; but is holy time sanctified exclusively for devotion, honor and worship unto Yahshua as Lord?
On the Sabbath, our Heavenly Lord and Husband desires us to show forth love towards Him by denying ourselves more than any other day and instead delight to honor, and glorify Him only as we yield everything to His leading alone. This includes His uninhibited possession and leading of the words of our mouths, which is spiritual evidence of the feelings and meditations of our hearts being yielded to His Holy Spirit. Not our ways, our plans but His inspired and ordained ways and plans. Unlike the other days of the week where He tells us, it is not a sin to enjoy some of my own pleasures such as a Steeler's football games on TV, on the Sabbath, my pleasures must only line up with Father Yahweh's pleasures. If the time is not spent dedicated to honoring, glorifying, and acknowledging Him only, I need to repent. On the other six days of the week, it is not sin for me to speak my own words such as discussing the latest sales, non-spiritual jokes, entertainment or playing secular sports or games; but I must repent from doing so on the Sabbath. Because both the content of our hearts and our words are related,we should examine our hearts, words or feelings every day, seeking Father Yahweh's leading; (LK 6: 45;PS 19: 14). If this fact is true on the other days of the week, it's all the more true when it comes to our stricter Elohim led and dedicated only use of our words on the Sabbath. Unlike the other six days of the week where it is okay to make plans such as going to Kennywood Park, not going to church, reading secular books, or playing secular music, or concerts not dedicated to Yahweh, on the Sabbath I repent. On the Sabbath Yahweh's people strive to a greater degree to let Elohim's Spirit possess and lead us in all our ways; making the ways of that day focused specifically to the glory and honor of our Heavenly Father only! The Sabbath is meant to be celebrated Yahweh's way; symbolizing what Heaven will be like. In Heaven everything is Elohim centered or focused exclusively on Elohim honoring activity. In Heavens eternity, there will be no intrusive, distracting non-Elohim honoring elements of this corrupt world.
Entering Yahweh's Sabbath rest by freely choosing not to do our own work or pleasure affords us the best ability to Maximize freedom in His Spirit; doing His work and pleasure only. His Sabbath rest is a weekly expression and reminder that from the beginning, all creation was originally made for his pleasure. Once every seventh day of the week, we exclusively rest in Yahweh so that not only can we bless Him, but so He might bless and encourage us with the closest experience to being together in Heaven, while still yet on Earth. A small celebratory practice taste of how heaven will be. Read Leviticus 23:1-3 and see if Father Yahweh’s word views the Sabbath day as a feast unto Him?
Should we look at the Sabbath day as a weekly feast of spiritual celebration and fellowship together in the goodness of Yahweh?
Read Is 58:13-14;Psalm 92:1-6;Ezek 46:3. and pick the correct answer...
1.) Because we can’t do our own fleshly, worldly entertainments or preoccupations, His Sabbath is a time of dreary boredom, where we miserably go through the motions until it's happily over? or...
2.) Father Yahweh desires for us to make our Sabbath celebration, a delight of High praises and worship directed exclusively unto Him!!!
Though still in this imperfect fleshly world, we celebrate the Sabbath memorial by seeking to rest as much as possible as heirs of the Father and join heirs with the son. We honor both, Elohim the Father and the Son, when we walk in Sabbath keeping as Yahshua did His whole life. Both individually and corporately, we use this Elohim appointed set apart time to intensify our growth in the practice and exercise of exclusively being led by the Spirit who is Elohim the Father and Son in us (JN 5:19-23).
(C) SABBATH HOLINESS INCLUDES RESTING FROM VARIOUS TYPES OF OUR OWN PHYSICAL PREOCCUPATIONS
Many who with their free will choose on the Sabbath day not to practice any limitations (physical or other wise), believe Father Yahweh has nothing to do with the idea. In this way they fail to obey Yahweh's command to keep the Sabbath day holy; mistakenly believing the very mention of limitations to be the extreme teachings of men and not Elohim inspired.
(C-1)Whether Voluntary Or Paid, We Should Rest From Our Own Physical Labors Or Chores
Yahweh's word shows us we are too rest also from our own volunteered non-paying physical labors such as carrying heavy straining loads (Jer.17:19-27). Even such voluntary household jobs that we may give ourselves, like cleaning out the garage, moving furniture, painting or mowing the lawn should be rested from on the Sabbath. We see a further prohibition of this kind of voluntary physical labor exampled in Numbers 15: 32-36.History shows that the longer people move about on the Sabbath, without fear or dedication towards Yahweh's holy purposes, the more likely they are dishonoring Yahweh and His day. Instead of resting from movement motivated by their own purposes, they meet with His disapproval. Read Ex 16:23-30 to find Yahweh's cure for this type of false Sabbath keeping. Can you find and say the number of the two versus that best show Father Yahweh Himself putting physical limitations on his people? Looking at the context, what was it that caused Yahweh Elohim to limit the mobility of His people on the Sabbath? Before we meet Yahweh's disapproval, perhaps it would be wise to rest from our own self made physical movements; and as much as possible perform only those that work towards accomplishing His Sabbath commands or purposes.
Both of the following scripture scenarios eventually reveal how serious Yahweh's displeasure or judgment for breaking His Law is, which one addresses specifically breaking the physical requirements of the Sabbath rest? (Ex 32:15; 35:2-3) [END]
Do you wonder why Father Yahweh had such a serious response for the people of ancient Israel attempting to kindle a fire on the Sabbath or gathering sticks to carrying? Use Webster’s Dictionary to look up the definition of kindle.
Do you think Father Yahweh responded this way because without the modern aid of matches, stoves, or microwaves, creating fire was physical and mental exertion or preoccupation that violated the Sabbath rest command by taking valued time and focus away from worshiping Yahweh?
Is it highly probable that starting a fire and walking around gathering and carrying a load of sticks, required more physical work or exertion on the Sabbath than Father Yahweh wanted.
In Strong's Bible Concordance look up the definition for burden in Jer. 17:19-27 or Neh. 13:15,19. At first glance the definition may not seem to fit the usage of the word in context with the passage. Can you research further by finding and looking up in Websters Dictionary some of the words written in the definition and say the word and it’s definition which you believe best applies to the meaning of burden as used in the scripture text?
The Pharisees and many Orthodox Jewish Rabbi's today, wrongly teach that you’re breaking the Sabbath if you carry even a little pin in your pocket. They say it’s the same thing as carrying a burden. Would you say the definitions shown in scripture is in agreement with this teaching, or it’s an error of man made origin?
Again our Heavenly Husband knows that we can be easily distracted from the spiritual freedom He desires we experience together with Him on the Sabbath. He tells us to prepare in advance so that these kinds of self initiated labors will not detain us from the undivided dedicated attention He so desires from us during His special Sabbath day celebration. This leads to what to many is another very important and even pleasurable preoccupation that we on the Sabbath day are commanded to rest from.
(C-2)Whether Voluntary Or Paid, We Rest From even Non-Physical Labor Employment Or Activities Of The Secular Business World of Commerce or Supply And Demand
This Sabbath prohibition includes ALL forms of worldly employment for which earned income is gained for either ourselves or others. This means eating out at restaurants, going to the malls, ordering products online; ect (Neh. 10: 31; 13: 15-22).
Do you think spending your money for things at stores, restaurants or theaters on the Sabbath day helps encourage others to work; since it’s their business to sell you their goods?
Based on Exodus 20:9-11 is it okay in Yahweh’s eyes to encourage others or even strangers around us to do any of our or their, own work?
Do you think it’s okay in Yahweh’s eyes that many Jews today hire worldly people who don't keep the Sabbath to run their businesses so on the Sabbath they can still make money without having to work themselves?
Read again 13:15-18. What kind of attitude did Nehemiah have towards Yahweh’s people who profaned the Sabbath in this way?
Read 2 Tim 4:2-4. How would you respond to people today who claim to keep the Sabbath but feel they don’t need to obey Elohim’s command not to buy or sell (do business)? Should we respond the same way as Nehemiah; or let people continue to think they’re Sabbath keepers, and its no big deal?
Read Isaiah 56:2-8. What will happen to any man who obeys Yahweh’s limitations; on the Sabbath Day?
On this special day dedicated to Him, our Heavenly Husband doesn't want our focus distracted or preoccupied with earning an income or promoting others to do so by shopping at stores or purchasing the secular services of movies or restaurants.On the Sabbath we are to rest from this kind of pursuit and instead spend time focused specifically on what Yahweh Elohim is saying or doing.
(C-3) Rest From Lengthy Food Preparations
One very popular voluntary labor or chore of physical and mental exertion that can unnecessarily take away from a Elohim only Sabbath focus, is our food preparation (EX 16: 4-5,16-30). Our Heavenly Husband wants us to rest from the distracting preoccupation that extensive food preparation can cause. Remember Sabbath Sanctified Celebration Rule #2? Our Elohim gave our Spiritual fore-Fathers (ancient Israel) and even us today, this specific guideline to follow in order to rest from distracting food preparations on the Sabbath day...
22 And it came to pass, that on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for one man: and all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moses.23 .And he said unto them, This is that which Yahweh hath said, : and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning To morrow is the rest of the holy Sabbath unto Yahweh bake that which ye will bake to day, and seethe that ye will seethe;
Dictionary.com Defines:seethe [seeth]Show,IPA or ( seethed verb, Obsolete ) or ( sod;seethed Obsolete ) or sod·den sod; seeth·ing; noun,verb (used without objec)1.to surge or foam as if boiling.2.to be in a state of agitation or excitement.3.Archaic . to boil.verb (used with object)4.to soak or steep.5.to cook by boiling or simmering; boil. The idea here is ancient forms of food preparation consumed a lot of time and attention, and Yahweh doesn't want us to let our Sabbath priority of undivided attention and important fellowship time with him to be detracted from.Like what was happening with Martha...
Luke 10:38,"As they traveled along, Yahshua entered a village where a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. 39She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to His message. 40But Martha was distracted by all the preparations to be made. She came to Yahshua and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her to help me!”41“Martha, Martha,” the Lord replied, “you are worried and upset about many things. 42But only one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Preparation of Sabbath meals should not be extensively involved or complicated; because only one thing is commanded as necessary on the Sabbath day.To prevent taking unnecessary time away from undivided corporate or individual worship and meditations on Yahweh, on the Sabbath we could simply eat a bowl of cereal for breakfast; and a simple cold sandwich and chips for lunch. We should not be dirtying up the kitchen to stir batter and baking things; or sitting over a hot stove frying up ground meat, boiling noodles, and mixing and stirring in sauces to make things like spaghetti from scratch on the Sabbath. According to the commandment, if we must, we should do all this more involved food preparation or work the day before. We should eliminate having such distractions on the Sabbath by doing all this kind of preparing for meals on the sixth day for both days.Than meals on the Sabbath would already be ready and attention to food preparation minimized against taking unnecessary time and attention away from Yahweh's command to rest in Him. The most you should have to do is a quick warm up of something like spaghetti to serve for dinner. Even better,is eliminating even the need to warm up foods by preparing a slow cooker (crock pot) meal on Friday's so that on the Sabbath, little more than a few seconds to be plugged in and turned on a timer to be ready to serve at dinner time is required. This leads us to...
(C-4) Sabbath Walking [END]
As you'll see, the inspired scriptures consistently seem to promote or suggest that, Elohim's idea of Sabbath rest extending even to the point of steering us to purposely minimize or limit physical exertions as a whole to only what's necessary to fulfill His Sabbath purposes. From Old Testament past, to New Testament future, we see Yahweh's people in their Sabbath worship practicing limited physical mobility. Even resting from unnecessary or to much walking was practiced by the disciples of Yahshua our Lord and Savior who himself did not make them follow unnecessary traditions of men such as washing their hands before eating (MT 15:1-3). For three years, Yahshua taught his disciples by word and deed and only said or did what he saw the Holy Spirit led him to do. As a disciple of Yahshua, Dr. Luke addressed his gospel to a Gentile/Greek, disciple named Theophilus. Luke intended his gospel for the Gentile Christians. Paul was the leading apostle to the Gentiles disciples of Yahshua and may have encouraged Luke to write such an account. Luke wanted to give an account of the gospel to a non-Jewish audience who were not accustomed to Jewish beliefs and practices and who lived in a society dominated by the pagan Greek culture and Greek language. Luke wrote his gospel in the common Greek of the day. It was likely written between 63-70 A.D.
In Acts 1: 12 the Holy Spirit inspired Dr. Luke was led to mention to these Gentile disciples, how Yahshua's three year trained by the Master, New Covenant disciples, and leaders of the New Covenant church, still made it a point to limit their physical exertion of walking by foot through observing the traditionally set Sabbath distance. Holman Bible Dictionary:"Sabbath Day's Journey" Distance a Jew in Jesus's day considered ritually legal to walk on the seventh day. This phrase appears only once in the Bible (Acts 1:12), describing the distance from the Mount of Olives to Jerusalem. Scholars have surmised that the expression came from God's instruction to the children of Israel as they prepared to cross the Jordan into Canaan (Joshua 3:4). As they followed the priest bearing the ark of the covenant, they must maintain a distance of 2,000 cubits from it. Earlier, while in the wilderness, they had been told not to leave home on the Sabbath (Exodus 16:29). Rabbis eventually interpreted these commands as limiting Sabbath travel to 2,000 cubits. That was the farthest that a loyal Jew should be from his center of worship on the Sabbath." In the three years He walked and taught His disciples, they emulated him and got to know his habits and customs, by following him in both example of word and deed. It is likely that our Lord Yahshua followed this same practice on the Sabbath. In light of this and how Sabbath sanctified celebration rule # 3 shows from Genesis mankind learned from Elohim who became Yahshua in the flesh, by following Elohim's own example or practice as well as his words on how to keep the Sabbath. The Holy Spirit who is Yahshua inspired DR. Luke to write and point out these very specific words to fellow disciples who were Gentiles in origin. We know Yahweh is consistent, are we as His disciple going to be likewise consistent in following the Master? Remember what 1 John 2 says...
3 "By this we can be sure that we have come to know Him: if we keep His commandments .4 If anyone says, “I know Him,” but does not keep His commandments, he is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5. But if anyone keeps His word, the love of Elohim has been truly perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him: 6 Whoever claims to abide in Him must walk as Yahshua walked."
(C-5) Physically Fleeing For Life Even More Undesirable On The Sabbath
In MT 24: 20 The Master Yahshua Messiah says that in the tribulation of the future last days, the physical and mental exertion or stress of having to run or flee for one’s life should be prayed against. This specifically implies that even though it's not a sin to engage in the physical and mental distraction of running for your life on the Sabbath, having to do so is even more undesirable than it would be on the other days of the week. It's so highly undesirable because as we've consistently been seeing from Yahweh's word as a whole, this unfortunate circumstance takes away from His people keeping the holy command of resting from man made or inspired preoccupations. This naturally leads to...
Sabbath Sanctified Celebration Rule #6:If you're a Christian, Father Yahweh is the Ultimate head of your house hold. As Elohim's friends or ordained under heads of HIs House hold, you like Father Abraham should be commanding that everyone within your realm of dominion keep the Yahweh's Sabbath. Just as Yahweh Elohim made Adam and Eve, and blessed them to live in a beautiful garden of Eden in which they were put in charge; the ultimate head of Adam and Eve was still Father Yahweh and they were to keep His Laws, statutes and commandments; and teach the rest of mankind (their children-Gen 18: 19; Josh.24:15, Deut 6:6-8;11:18-20) to strive to keep them also...:
In Exodus 20:8-11, can you find or write the number of the verse that shows parents should keep the Sabbath day holy by enforcing it's practice among their children?
Again, as the bride of Yahshua, the Messiah is your heavenly Husband and the ultimate head of your household. Like Adam and Eve He puts you in charge of proactively enforcing the rules of His house hold; even among guest or strangers who might be staying in your house or environment of control (EX 20: 10). Sabbath Sanctified Celebration Rule #7: Like any sin, we are to hold our fellow brother and sisters accountable to repent when found not keeping the Sabbath according to the principles of Yahweh's word (Gal. 6:1;James 5:19-20; 2 Timothy 4:2).
Led by the Spirit Nehemiah 13: 19-21 reproved and corrected his fellow Isrealites. In Numbers 15: we see this exampled..: 32 While the Israelites were in the wilderness, a man was found gathering wood on the Sabbath day. 33 Those who found him gathering wood brought him to Moses and Aaron and the whole assembly, 34 and they kept him in custody, because it was not clear what should be done to him. 35 Then Yahweh said to Moses, “The man must die. The whole assembly must stone him outside the camp.” 36 So the assembly took him outside the camp and stoned him to death,as Yahweh commanded Moses. Unlike under the Old covenant, the New Covenant no-longer cuts deserving sinners off from Father Yahweh's people by physical death; but the steps of trying to get the sinner to repent in MT 18: 15-17 are to be followed.
Sabbath Sanctified Celebration Rule #8: Physical exertion or work inspired by and dedicated too the glorious, holy, good purposes of Father Yahweh is allowed.
(Mt 12: 1-8). First, because Yahshua is the Lord of the Sabbath, and he led by the Spirit gave glory to our Heavenly Father by showing mercy to people who are suffering. This is apart of loving your neighbor and Elohim and to do so is a normal practices of His law. Led by the Spirit, Yahshua gave this man rest from his suffering and glory to the Heavenly Father; he was not guilty of violating the Sabbath command.
Read MT.12: 9-13;LK 6:1-4,9: Would Father Yahweh call it bad for us to do works of mercy in which physical exertions we normally wouldn’t do on His Sabbath day help bring suffering or troubled animals and people relief? Read MT 12:1-4;Lk 6:1-5. Use Strong's Bible concordance to look up the following numbers for definitions of “an hungred “(#3983 & #3993).
Read 1 Sam 21:3-6. David and his men had been running for their lives from King Saul for a long time without and food or drink. They were in need of immediate sustenance. Would you say the fact that scripture doesn’t condemn David or his men for eating the Show bread demonstrates Father Yahweh mercifully makes some allowances or exceptions in certain situations (i.e. Life and death) to some of his rules; including the Sabbath? David and his men were Yahweh's servants. They were in a serious situation of life and death and Yahweh through His priest choose mercifully loving your neighbor over his normal show bread Law. During normal non- life threatening situations what both the Priest along with David and his men did would have been sin before Yahweh.
Does Mt 12:7 suggest that the disciples who were very hungry from walking around on the Sabbath serving the Master in His holy Spirit led ministry, were innocent in Yahweh's eyes when they simply plucked some grains of wheat as they passed a wheat field? Like David and his men who were serving Yahweh and in a harsh situation, obtained merciful relief from hunger by eating of the show bread, the disciples were suffering from hunger, and despite the Pharisees protest, were not guilty in Yahweh's eyes of unlawful farm work or harvesting on the Sabbath. Them picking a few grains of wheat to fill their stomachs with, wasn't even a exception normally not allowed by Yahweh.
Would you agree that helping troubled and suffering animals or people is also in keeping with Exodus 20:10; enabling them to better rest on Yahweh’s Sabbath day?
Read LK 13:15-16. Do you think Father Yahweh forbids us such everyday necessities as getting our thirsty or hungry pets food and water; or changing our baby’s diapers on the Sabbath?
Read 1 CHRON 23:28-32; 2 CHRON 31:2-3;Num 28:9-10,JN 7:22-24 and answer did Father Yahweh have exceptions as far as allowing or even commanding certain types of work to be done on the Sabbath? [END]
If you find He did allow a kind of work on the Sabbath, what category or kind of work would you label or name it under?
In scripture the penalty for men who on their own pick up sticks and light a fire on the Sabbath is death. Other men (priest) performing various Elohim assigned work such as making a fire, killing and cutting up sheep and bulls and placing their bodies on top of the alter of sacrifice on the Sabbath is okay? True/false
MT 12:1-5, Can you find and write the number of the versus from the scripture that further show how in Yahweh’s eyes those who worked on the Sabbath for His purposes are not guilty of breaking the Sabbath?
Read JN 5:5-17.Would you say this also shows that even though as a rule, our own work on the Sabbath isn’t allowed (Ex 20:9), Elohim directed physical labor or work done for His glory and ministry is allowed? Keeping this in mind, go back and consider Neh 13:19-21;15:21 & Num 15:36 to answer the following. Do you think in Yahweh’s eyes Nehemiah or his men would have been guilty of violating the Sabbath rest command, if he physically exerted himself, to carry out his threat? (Why or Why not?)
What about the Children of Israel in Numbers? (Why or Why not?)
Read LK 6:5. Because of who Yahshua is, if He (Elohim in the flesh) tells us on the Sabbath to physically exert ourselves, building an ark like Noah, would you say it’s OK?
In JN 5:5-13, for the glory of Elohim the Father, it was Yahshua the Lord of the Sabbath who led by the Holy Spirit commanded the supernaturally healed paralyzed man of thirty years to get up and carry his bed on the Sabbath day. If done for his own purposes and direction,this man doing the work of carrying his own bed on the Sabbath would be a sin against Yahweh, but since this was done for Yahweh's purposes and direction, he is innocent. If the Spirit leads you to physically exert yourself by dancing as David danced on the Sabbath, you are innocent.
What would you say to someone who teaches that Father Yahweh's word doesn’t ever allow work of any kind on His Sabbath?
Did Yahshua as the Creator of the Sabbath day interpreted how to keep it holy differently than the religious leaders of His time?
Many religious leaders today (modern day Pharisees) attempt to use these same arguments out of proper context of the whole counsel of Father Yahweh’s word to not only replace or throw out the man made regulations of the Pharisees of old, but also Elohim’s still in effect Sabbath command of resting from your own works. Do you agree that Yahweh's people should still strive to follow Father Yahweh’s command of Sabbath rest? Or like many who claim to follow Yahshua, should we make what Yahweh only allowed under rare circumstances as a Sabbath exception; become the rule for all that Yahweh say's we should rest from?
Do you think the anointed King David, along with his men who ate the sacred Show bread and were found guiltless, took this exception to mean that he could now do away with Father Yahweh’s command and teach that anyone not just the priest are regularly allowed to eat of it?
Read MT 5:17-20,15: 1-10. From reading scripture which statement is more probable?
1.) Yahshua (Sabbath Creator) was altogether doing away with physical limitations; even what He himself originally placed on the Sabbath in Genesis and Exodus, or
2.) He was simply restoring the Law (true Sabbath keeping) back to what He originally designed from the beginning; by correcting the false man made laws or traditions the Scribes and Pharisees erroneously enforced as the doctrines of Elohim?
Use the Strong's Concordance and look up the definition of Doctrine or Doctrines:
Again, read MT 24:19-20 and use the Strong's Bible Concordance to look up the definition of flight:
Many professed believers falsely believe that today under the New Covenant, Yahshua (Elohim in the flesh) has put to rest His own Sabbath command for His people to rest from their own human inspired physical or mental activities. As you can see in the above scriptures, Yahshua speaking of the still future end times, shows how the Sabbath command for His people to rest is still expected by him to be an important desire and holy practice. Naturally the immediate need for His people to suddenly depart and have to run for their lives, was made even more difficult if occurring on the Sabbath. Would you agree this is a big reason Yahshua asked the people to pray that their flight would not have to be on the Sabbath?
(A) HIS EXAMPLE OF REST HELPS US GRACIOUSLY SHARE IN HIS GLORY HONOR POWER AND PRAISE FOREVER
So now do you see why once a week Yahweh Elohim has us rest from our own works (plans, pleasures, words, and ways) unto only His works (plans, pleasures, words, and ways)? What Yahweh Elohim has already exampled to us in Genesis during the first Sabbath day of Creation week, unto its completion or New beginning of Heavens eternity in Revelation, is a reminder. A reminder that mans curse began when Adam and Eve forsook or demoted their Creator's only good desire with them, in exchange embracing their own desires that were outside of his leading as priority. They should have strictly chosen Yahweh's plan, pleasures, words, and ways above their own. Our blessings begin when we forsake our ways and forever embrace and follow only Yahweh's own good Heavenly example; above all things. Yahweh unto who every knee shall bow and tongue acknowledge as both the beginning and completion of all things; whether unto eternal blessings or curse. That's why we are forever blessed by him and a blessing to each other, when we continue to follow after His Sabbath example. His Sabbath example unto us is to do good by caring for one another (MT 12: 9-13;25: 34-40). Celebrating the Sabbath is not just meant to be a rest (of ceasing) or synonymous fast (of ceasing) from worldly secular affairs for ourselves. Following after Yahshua's righteous example we are to do good, helping others who are suffering, to also rest on the Sabbath. In fact the ultimate summary description of what Yahweh's eternal Sabbath rest example or fast, is meant to be, is again found in Isaiah 58... 6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?7 Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?8 Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of Yahweh shall be thy reward.9 Then shalt thou call, and Yahweh shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;10 And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day:11 And Yahweh shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.12 And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in. In keeping the Sabbath holy, we symbolically celebrate Elohim's ultimate future example of once again using His Creative power completed in a showcase of His eternal rest with us...Rev. 21 " 3,"And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of Elohim is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and EL himself shall be with them, and be their EL.4 .And He shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away 5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely."
Praise Yahweh! We are going to rest or fast from the curse that our own works brought upon us from the Garden of Eden. A Heavenly rest we'll have with Yahweh Elohim for all eternity!!!
Conclusion:The Sabbath day is one of two surviving institutions established by Elohim in Edenic life that have persisted since the fall, the other being the closely related and symbolic of our relationship with Elohim marriage institution. Te Sabbath day is therefore, fundamental to Edenic and Heavenly paradise ideals. This day of rest occurs weekly, in order to keep always before us the fact of Elohim's rest at the close of Creation week,; and at the completion of this old sin cursed Earthly time. We are to remember Yahweh Elohim everyday, but the Sabbath comes to us weekly, bringing larger opportunities for rest, meditation, and communion with the Creator. Before its blessed and precious effects have been lost, the approach of another Sabbath re-news its hallowing influence. Thus it sweetens all the days and extends its blessings to all our time, as we "remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy."