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1.   I will have no other gods.

2.   I will not make or bow down to any image.

3.   I will not dishonor you and your name.

4.   I will remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.

5.   I will honor my father and mother.

6.   I will not murder.

7.   I will not commit adultery.

8.   I will not steal.

9.   I will not lie.

10. I will not covet what belongs to my neighbor.

 

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The Sabbath is a Gift

by Bill Wong

 

 

 

Jesus upholds the Law

 

Most people in Christianity today believe that the Law of God has been made obsolete when the Lord Jesus Christ suffered and died for our sins as our atonement. However, the Word of God, the Lord Jesus declares this is absolutely not true.

 

We have ignored His words. As He said, He came NOT to destroy but to fulfill (to make full – give/show its full meaning):

 

Matthew 5:

17      "Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.

18      "For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away,

         not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.   (NASB)

 

 

This is what “fulfill” means; Jesus actually expands upon the Law, giving us its full spiritual intent and meaning, and makes it even more binding:

 

Matthew 5:

21      "You have heard that the ancients were told, 'You shall not commit murder' and

        'Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.'

22      "But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court;

        and whoever says to his brother, 'You good-for-nothing,' shall be guilty before the supreme court;

        and whoever says, 'You fool,' shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.

27      "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery';

28       but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already

        committed adultery with her in his heart.     (NASB)

 

 

 

Jesus also said it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away before the Law will:

 

Luke 16:

17    "But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke of a letter of the Law to fail.    (NASB)

 

 

And just as heaven and earth will pass away before the Law does, Jesus also tells us that His words are greater than heaven and earth and will also endure longer:

 

Luke 21:

33    Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.   (NKJV)

 

 

Since Jesus’ words are greater than heaven and earth just as the Law is greater than heaven and earth, this means that the Law of God is on the same level as the words of Jesus, they both have similar power and authority:

 

Law > heaven & earth

 

Jesus’ words > heaven & earth

 

Law = Jesus’ words

 

 

It should not surprise anyone that we see Jesus’ words and the Law are both greater than heaven and earth (hence the Law is not obsolete), and Jesus actually magnifies the Law – this is because Jesus only speaks what His father tells Him to speak:

 

John 12:

47   And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world.

48   He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him --- the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.

49   For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak.

50   And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak."   (NKJV)

 

 

So Jesus’ words are His father’s words and the Law comes from His father, and therefore we should listen to Jesus when He actually tells us the Law is greater and more binding since He has come.

 

 

 

 

The Fourth Commandment

 

The Sabbath (Hebrew: shabbat) is the 4th of God’s 10 Commandments.   The Sabbath was created on the 7th day of Creation and is a memorial of who God is as the Creator who created all things. This truth is obvious when we compare Genesis 2 and the giving of the 4th Commandment in Exodus 20:

 

Genesis 2:

1     Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished.

2     And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done,

     and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.

3     Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it,

      because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.

4     This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created,

      in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,    (NKJV)

 

Exodus 20:

8    "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

9     Six days you shall labor and do all your work,

10   but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you,

     nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle,

     nor your stranger who is within your gates.

11   For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day.

     Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.     (NKJV)

 

 

 

We see clearly that God is being remembered as the Creator who created everything, including sanctifying the 7th day Sabbath, the only day of the week made holy by God. It is also the only day which is named by God; all other days are merely numbered by their sequence in the week with the Sabbath being the 7th and last day of the week. 

 

There are three points of great significance that the 4th Commandment in Exodus 20:8-11 shows us which we all must know.

 

 

1)   Firstly, we must note how the 4th Commandment in verse 8 begins with the words “remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy”. This is because the Sabbath which commemorates the Creator and His act of creating is itself a part of the creation as the 7th day that caps off creation week, and it begins with this very first 7th day and is to continue every 7th day afterwards forever. We are commanded to remember this holy 7th day that finalizes creation week, and when we remember the Sabbath, we will also remember the Creator, the one true God.

 

 

2)  Secondly, we must also note what verse 10 is telling us. God tells us that the Sabbath is the Sabbath of YHWH our God. The Sabbath is God’s Sabbath, and it is not a “Jewish” Sabbath.  Note: Yah is the short-form name of God (YHWH) as in ‘halleluYah’.

 

 

3)   Thirdly, It is only in this commandment that God establishes His seal. A seal is the symbol of an office and authority. A person’s seal indicates the person’s name, his title and his jurisdiction (what the extent of his authority covers). The Sabbath commandment tells us who the owner of the seal is (God); what His title is (Creator) and what His jurisdiction is (heaven and earth). God is the creator of heaven and earth and is ruler of everything.  

 

 

The Sabbath was created so that mankind can rest in God and spend time with God.   As in any relationship, the most valuable thing we can give a loved one is our time – quality time. This is what the Sabbath is – special set-apart/holy time with God.

 

 

 

 

Lord of the Sabbath

 

Jesus tells us that He is the Lord of the Sabbath:

 

Matthew 12:

8     "For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath."   (NASB)

 

Mark 2:

28    Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath."   (NKJV)

 

Luke 6:

5      And He said to them, "The Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath."     (NKJV)

 

 

Jesus does even more than this. Jesus tells us that the Sabbath was made for man:

 

Mark 2:

27    Jesus said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.   (NASB)

 

 

Jesus said the Sabbath was for all of mankind, not just Jews.

 

 

With the Lord Jesus making it clear that the Law is more powerful than even the heavens and earth and will remain forever, and we are told that Jesus, the Lord of the Sabbath, always remains the same:

 

Hebrews 13:

8    Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (NKJV)

 

 

Doesn’t the Sabbath of which He is Lord and is the seal of God, mean that not only will it last forever like He will, but it also always remains the same (which means it cannot be changed and never was “changed”)?  

 

 

 

 

A Gift from God

 

As we read earlier, the Bible tells us that the Sabbath is the Sabbath of YHWH God. However, as we also read, we see that the Sabbath was made for all mankind. What does this mean?

 

 

The apostle Paul tells us that God’s Law is holy, just and good.

 

Romans 7:

12    Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good.   (NKJV)

 

 

This would, of course, also apply to the 4th Commandment of the 7th day Sabbath.

 

 

The apostle James tells us all good things are a gift from God:

 

James 1:

17     Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights,

       with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.   (NASB)

 

 

The psalmist King David tells us that God’s Law is perfect, pure and righteous:

 

Psalm 19:

7      The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.

8      The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

9      The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.

10    More to be desired are they than gold, yes, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

11    Moreover by them is your servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.   (AKJV)

 

 

 

Since God created His Sabbath (it is His) and sanctified it and then gave it to mankind (it is ours), this means He created the Sabbath just to give it to us – this means the Sabbath is a gift from God.

 

 

The Sabbath is a “good thing given and … perfect gift … from above, coming down from the Father of lights”.

 

 

There can be no mistaking that the Sabbath is a gift that God gives to us.

 

 

This is interesting, because we know that Jesus Himself is the gift of eternal life; it is He who gives eternal life:

 

John 10:

27    My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.

28     And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.   (NKJV)

 

Romans 6:

23     For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.   (NKJV)

 

1 John 5:

11     And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.   (NKJV)

 

 

Therefore, the Bible is telling us that as the Lord of the Sabbath, the Lord Jesus Christ is intimately connected to both eternal life and the Sabbath, and both eternal life and the Sabbath are gifts to mankind that God gives us through His son.

 

 

 

 

The Seal of God

 

However, the Sabbath is not only a gift from God, but God tells us that the seal of God is specifically His Sabbath commandment and it is a sign of who God’s people are.

 

Whoever has this seal shows that he belongs to or falls under the authority of the person who owns and applies the seal. Whoever has this seal, the seal of God, shows that he belongs to God.

 

The Sabbath commandment tells us who our God is that we serve, and the Sabbath is for all of God’s people, both Jews and Gentiles:

 

Exodus 31:

16    Therefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath,

      to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant.

17    It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever; for in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth,

      and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.' "

18    And when He had made an end of speaking with him on Mount Sinai, He gave Moses two tablets of the Testimony,

      tablets of stone, written with the finger of God. (NKJV)

 


Ezekiel 20:

12    Moreover I also gave them My Sabbaths, to be a sign between them and Me,

      that they might know that I am the LORD who sanctifies them.  

 

20    hallow My Sabbaths, and they will be a sign between Me and you,

      that you may know that I am the LORD your God.'   (NKJV)

 

 

Isaiah 56:

1        Thus says the LORD: " Keep justice, and do righteousness, For My salvation is about to come,

        And My righteousness to be revealed.

2        Blessed is the man who does this, And the son of man who lays hold on it;

       Who keeps from defiling the Sabbath, And keeps his hand from doing any evil."

3        Do not let the son of the foreigner Who has joined himself to the LORD Speak, saying,

       "The LORD has utterly separated me from His people"; Nor let the eunuch say, " Here I am, a dry tree."

4        For thus says the LORD: " To the eunuchs who keep My Sabbaths, And choose what pleases Me, And hold fast My covenant,

5        Even to them I will give in My house And within My walls a place and a name Better than that of sons and daughters;

        I will give them an everlasting name That shall not be cut off.

6        " Also the sons of the foreigner Who join themselves to the LORD, to serve Him,
       And to love the name of the LORD, to be His servants --- Everyone who keeps from defiling the Sabbath,

       And holds fast My covenant ---

7        Even them I will bring to My holy mountain, And make them joyful in My house of prayer.

       Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices Will be accepted on My altar;

       For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations."

8      The Lord GOD, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, says,

      "Yet I will gather to him Others besides those who are gathered to him."     (NKJV)

 

 

 

The Sabbath is the seal of all of God’s people, whether they are Jew or Gentile. It is a gift to all mankind. Indeed, the Sabbath is also a gift of eternal life, because Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath and it is intricately tied with our eternal destiny. The Sabbath is itself eternal which means it is what all of God’s children will be observing forever; it is truly a sign and seal of who God’s children are:

 

Isaiah 66:

22      "For as the new heavens and the new earth Which I will make shall remain before Me,"

        says the LORD, " So shall your descendants and your name remain.

23      And it shall come to pass That from one New Moon to another, And from one Sabbath to another,

        All flesh shall come to worship before Me," says the LORD.   (NKJV)

 

Revelation 21:

1        Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.

2        Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,

        prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

3        And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them,

        and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.    (NKJV)

 

 

 

 

The Sabbath is for everyone all the time

 

We cannot fool ourselves into thinking that we should not observe the Sabbath which God gave to us as a gift, but instead observe a day of our own making, like Sunday or “any day in seven”, when we know the Sabbath is the only day of the week sanctified by God, cannot change and will exist forever.

 

If we are supposedly also going to have eternal life one day, how then can we co-exist with the Sabbath day which is also eternal? It simply does not make sense and does not add up.

 

Of course, the truth is self-evident. The Sabbath was made for all mankind since the 7th day of creation week and every 7th day from then into eternity. We were to follow it then, now and always.

 

It is the day we must remember to know who our God is and what He has done and worship Him; the Sabbath is God’s seal which He puts upon us. It is set-apart holy time to spend with our God in a loving relationship.

 

The Sabbath was made for man always with the intention that we give due reverence to the Almighty God and keep His commandments, including the 4th Commandment which contains His seal:

 

Ecclesiastes 12:

13    Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.  (KJV)

 

 


If we claim to be His people who will live with Him and His son Jesus forever with the Sabbath ever-present, doesn’t this mean we should be observing the 7th day Sabbath now?

 

Does it make any sense to say we are covered by the blood of the Lord of the Sabbath but yet we do not honor the Sabbath day which always remains the same just as He does?

 

 

It is not a coincidence that He who gives the gift of eternal life is also Lord of the Sabbath.

 

What the Bible is telling us about the Sabbath cannot be mistaken or ignored.

 

People cannot say the Law is obsolete. People cannot choose for themselves any day with which to “honor” God.   This is us “sanctifying” a day for ourselves and ignoring God’s holy day. We have no authority to make anything holy. Only God can make a day holy and He did – His 7th day Sabbath.

 

We should not make our traditions more important than God’s commandments:

 

Matthew 15:

3        He answered them, "Why do you also disobey the commandment of God because of your tradition?

4        For God commanded, 'Honor your father and your mother,' and, 'He who speaks evil of father or mother, let him be put to death.'

5        But you say, 'Whoever may tell his father or his mother,

       "Whatever help you might otherwise have gotten from me is a gift devoted to God,"

6        he shall not honor his father or mother.' You have made the commandment of God void because of your tradition.

7        You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying,

8        'These people draw near to me with their mouth, and honor me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.

9        And in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrine rules made by men.'"   (WEB)

 

 

 

Doing un-biblical things we want to do which goes against God’s will, is only showing God that we do not respect Him at all.

 

 

How are we honoring God if we refuse to worship Him on the specific day He has made holy for us to do so?


 

How are we honoring God if we are essentially rejecting the gift of the Sabbath that He has given us?

 

 

If we say we belong to God, then we will worship Him on the day He sanctified and gave to us.


 

If we say we belong to the Son of God who is the Lord of the Sabbath, then we should observe the Sabbath day of which He is lord.  

 

His words tell us that the Sabbath has never changed and heaven will crumble first before the Law or His word.

 

 

We must remember that the Sabbath day is God’s Sabbath and it is not “Jewish”.  YHWH God gave it to us as a gift. He created it, sanctified it and gave it to us. 


This is why even after the Tower of Babel, we still see evidence that all of mankind once knew and observed a 7-day week with the 7th day being a Sabbath, because the equivalent of the 7th day in many languages of the world is a variation of the name ‘Sabbath’. For example: in Bulgarian it is ‘sabota’; in Greek it is ‘sabbaton’; in Indonesian it is ‘sabtu’; in Italian it is ‘sabbato’; in Polish it is ‘sobota’; in Russian it is ‘subbota’; in Spanish it is ‘sabado’;  in Somali it is ‘Sabti’, etc. 


 

The Sabbath is holy, just and good and it is a “perfect gift … from above, coming down from the Father of lights”.

 

It was created and then signed, sealed and delivered to all mankind.

 

 

 

Now the question is:

 

Do we accept this gift that was created, signed, sealed and delivered to us or do we reject it? Do we continue to worship on a day created by the tradition of man or do we worship God in spirit and truth on the day which He expressly made holy and gave to us as a gift so we can spend time with Him?

 

We must never forget that the most valuable thing we can give to our loved ones is our time. Not just any time, but quality time – sanctified holy time. This set apart time is the 7th day Sabbath.

 

God gave us His son who is life and the Lord of the Sabbath. The Sabbath is a gift just like eternal life is a gift. Therefore, as the Lord of the Sabbath, Jesus Christ gives us both the Sabbath and eternal life.

 

 

If the groom gives his bride a gift, should the bride reject his gift???!?!?

 

 

 

 

 

Please also see the article ‘God’s Ways are for Everyone’, ‘We are One Israel’, ‘The Bride of Christ’, and others in this section.  Also, see the article Name of God and Messiah.