Some think the Sabbath was created at Mount Sinai when Moses gave the Ten Commandments, another myth! Read your bible. Look in Exodus 16, when the Children of Israel came out of Egypt before they ever got to Mt. Sinai, they ran out of food, you can read in chapter 16, and were told to gather manna. And they would gather manna and
? •…Moses said, “Eat that today, for today is a Sabbath to the LORD; today you will not find it in the field” •
The manna fell down how many days a week? 6 days a week the manna fell, on the Sabbath there was none. God was reinforcing it. But some went out looking for manna and God said
? • …to Moses, “How long do you refuse to keep My Commandments and My Law’s?” •
[ ? • “See! For the LORD has given you the Sabbath; therefore He gives you on the sixth day bread for two days. Let every man remain in his place; let no man go out of his place on the seventh day.” •
~Exodus 16:29~ ]
Before they ever got to Mt. Sinai, God said the Sabbath was holy and they were to keep it holy! one of His laws, not their laws. A matter of fact, Moses had not uttered it prior to that so it makes us assume it was already in existence. And so it’s the Sabbath of the Lord, not the Sabbath of the Jews.
Exodus 16 is where you have this manna experience, Exodus 20 is where you find the Ten Commandments being spoken by the Lord.
“But haven’t the Ten Commandments been changed?”
How many of you have heard this one? Have the Ten Commandments been changed, if so, which ones? None of them have been changed. They’re not subject to change in heaven. And Jesus said
? • “ For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled ” •
Is heaven and earth still there? The Ten Commandments are eternal! They’re the principles of God and that would include the 4th Commandment.
When I first heard this I was very disturbed, I felt deceived. For one thing I had a Jewish background, you’d think I would have known better. And after I became a Christian, here am I going to Church on a Sunday and when I started asking around about “Why?” when first had this brought to my attention. I first went to some of the Pastors and said
— “Why do we go to Church on Sunday?” You know what ended up convincing me? It was the different Pastors I talked to. I’d ask 10 different Pastors why we worship on the first day of the week and I’d get 11 different answers. They disagreed with each other.
Most common ones were:
— “We worship on the first day of the week because that was the day Jesus rose and that’s the new Sabbath” – and I’d say:
— “Where’s the new Commandment that says it’s the new Sabbath?” – and they would say:
— “There’s really no explicit Commandment that says it but we do have the example in the Bible of Jesus rising and we can find where the Disciples met on the first day” – but we can also find where they met on Thursday. We can find where they met on many days on the week, but does that make it a new Sabbath command?
Well I would say that doesn’t make sense to me. I talked to another Pastor and he said to me:
— “Well Doug, we’re not under the law, we’re under grace”
— “Well, does God want us to keep the Ten Commandment or not?”
I remember one time a guy (a Preacher) interrupted a meeting like this and he said:
— “Pastor Doug, you’re putting these people under bondage! You’re preaching the law. It’s works orientated!”
— “I’m talking about rest, you’re telling them not to rest. You’re works orientated!” – Than I said:
— “You tell me something, are we suppose to keep the Ten Commandments or not?” – He said:
— “No!” – Than he realised that sounded bad for a Preacher to say we’re not suppose to keep the Ten Commandments. If you just think about that, than it would be okay to kill or lie or commit adultery. Than he said:
— “Yes!” But than he knew that you include the 4th. Than he said:
— “Nine of them!” So than I said:
— “So you’re telling me the one Commandment that God wants us to forget is the only Commandment that begins with the word “Remember?” ” – That didn’t make sense.
I met another Pastor who was very creative, he said:
— “Pastor Doug I’ve got your answer. Back in the days of Joshua, he prayed and the sun stood still… Saturday turned into Sunday” (Joshua 10:13)
That’s creative, but no one did anything about it for thousand years. So I heard so many things it sounded very peculiar to me that they couldn’t get this together. The Bible tells us the beast power I quoted Daniel 7:25,
? • He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, Shall persecute the saints of the Most High, AND SHALL INTEND TO CHANGE TIME AND LAW. Then the saints shall be given into his hand For a time and times and half a time •
We’re going to learn more this attempt to alter many aspects of God’s law. But God’s Sabbath hasn’t changed. Jesus..
? • …. Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever •
? • Every word of God is pure; … Do not add to His words, Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a
One reason I teach this and believe is, because I do not ever have to be embarrassed about what the Bible says about this subject.
? • There remains therefore a rest for the people of God •
If you look for the Greek…
“Greek word “Sabbitismos” means Sabbath keeping.”
Here in the New Testament is says, there remains of the keeping of a Sabbath for the people of God! Think about it for a moment. The Ten Commandments when God delivers them to His people, speaks from a mountain top so the folks are terrified for their lives, thundering with His own vocal cords, God speaking, not to one person but a whole nation. Writes it in stone, arc welding with His finger in granite. Does everything He can to show this is law. They observe it for centuries. If God was going to change something He established with such “Majesty” wouldn’t be clear in the Bible? Wouldn’t there be all this nebulous wondering about where it is?
If I should tell you right now they’ve changed the speed limit on the Beltway around DC. It’s now 90mph and not only that they’ve reversed the flow of traffic so now we’re going to drive like they do in England on the other side of the road. Anyone here believe me? You know why you don’t believe? It’s absurd! that the government would change a law that is so entrenched that would effect people’s lives so radically without very, thoroughly boardcasting, triumphing that change.
If God was going to change one of the Ten Commandments, especially the one that begins with the word “Remember” don’t you think you would really hear a deafening ROAR! in the New Testament on that subject? But instead there’s a deafening silence. You know why? We must assume it didn’t change. It was so obvious all through the Bible that it was still intact.