Sabbath – Through All Your Generations

So, if the Lord does not change, then how can mainstream Christianity say that one of his commandments is no longer valid. They profess to believe in the Ten Commandments, but completely skip over one of them and annul it in their words and deeds. Even those who claim the Sabbath was changed to Sunday (hmmm…and God doesn’t change), don’t keep Sunday as a legitimate Sabbath. The following passage makes it abundantly clear that the Sabbath is a serious matter to YHWH and that it is forever.

Adonai said to Moshe, “Tell the people of Isra’el, ‘You are to observe my Shabbats; for this is a sign between me and you through all your generations; so that you will know that I am Adonai, who sets you apart for me. Therefore you are to keep my Shabbat, because it is set apart for you. Everyone who treats it as ordinary must be put to death; for whoever does any work on it is to be cut off from his people. On six days work will get done; but the seventh day is Shabbat, for complete rest, set apart for Adonai. Whoever does any work on the day of Shabbat must be put to death. The people of Isra’el are to keep the Shabbat, to observe Shabbat through all their generations as a perpetual covenant. It is a sign between me and the people of Isra’el forever; for in six days Adonai made heaven and earth, but on the seventh day he stopped working and rested.’” ~~ Exodus 31:12-17

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4 thoughts on “Sabbath – Through All Your Generations

  1. God doesn’t change in character or holiness. He does change his mind in his dealings with men. Look up the many references where it says “the Lord repented” of the evil he was going to do. He even “repented” that he made man. (Gen. 6:6) Case in point: sending Christ to die for our sins was a huge change in his relationship with humanity.

    Are you Hebrew? The scripture clearly says the Sabbath covenant was between himself and the Jews. We should set apart time for God, and the New Testament example set by all of the saved Jewish apostles is to assemble on the first day of the week.

    What need is there for a “New Testament” if the old one is adequate? I’m not saying we should throw out the Old, but rather view it in context – it reveals the nature and character of God, and every NT principle has a parallel in the OT. We see Christ revealed throughout.

    Paul says twice in 1 Corinthians that “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient.” (6:12, 10:23) Romans 7:6 – But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. Galatians 5:4 – Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

    Do you sacrifice animals for sin? Who is your priest? Does your husband trim the corners of his beard?

    I appreciate you reading my comments. I assure you that there is no spirit of antagonism here; obviously we differ, but I’m curious what your answers would be to these questions. Thanks.

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    1. Thank you for commenting and especially for doing it without antagonism. That is greatly appreciated! I hope you will receive my response in the loving spirit it is intended.

      I believe that mainstream Christianity, which I came out of, has relied too heavily on the teachings of protestant church fathers when reading and interpreting the Bible. That is a hard thing to overcome and put aside, but I ask that you consider this. Often things are misinterpreted due to a lack of understanding of Hebraic idioms, sayings and culture. As anything we write today is naturally colored with verbiage of the current culture, those writing in Biblical times expressed things in ways that were easier to understand during that time. They had expressions we don’t understand today, just as we have expressions now that would befuddle them. I’ve come to understand that the Jewish context in which the “new testament” was written is crucial to having a correct understanding of the message being expressed.

      The “new testament” is not a term given by God, but rather by man. It is really incorrect. The new testament is not the new covenant. (If you read what the new covenant entails, you’ll see that most of it is not yet in place. Everyone does not know the Lord or have the Torah written on their hearts, etc.) The “new” testament does not negate anything in the “old” testament. A great comment I heard recently is that the new testament is just a commentary on the old testament. It never replaces anything, but gives more information on the past instructions.

      No one was ever saved by animal sacrifices or heeding the commandments of God. The people in “old testament” times were saved by grace through faith just as we are. We look back to the cross, but they looked forward in faith, not even knowing the savior’s name. It is clear throughout Scripture that no one was ever saved by works. (Works are the loving act of obedience after being saved.) The exodus is a parallel for salvation. The people were rescued from Egypt (saved) and went from being slaves of Pharaoh to being servants of God. THEN, after they were saved, they received the instructions (Torah means “teaching” or “Instructions”) on how to live with others and how to approach God. Adonai made a covenant at Mount Sinai with the people. If they obeyed Him they’d be blessed, if they disobeyed they would be cursed. This covenant did not nullify the Abrahamic covenant, but built upon it. The Abrahamic covenant was still in effect, as was the previous covenant with Noah (and the whole of humanity) to not completely flood the earth again. God gives progressive revelation, more clarity on His truth as time goes on. But His Truth doesn’t change.

      Actually, I would submit that the Messiah’s substitutionary death on our behalf was no change at all. The Father demonstrated substitutionary sacrifice throughout the temple sacrifice system and everything related to those sacrifices points to Christ. He prepared the Jewish people for their ultimate substitute sacrifice (Jesus) by mandating their strict animal sacrifice system. Again, the animal sacrifices were not for salvation, but rather their obedience gave proof they were already saved and showing their love through their obedience.

      The Sabbath was never changed to Sunday. It is mentioned so often in the “old” testament and is considered so important (penalty of death) that Jesus surely would have corrected people, if He had wanted it changed. The disciples met together many days of the week. We are told that when the “new” testament talks about them meeting on the first day of the week that this is proof the Sabbath was changed. However, the Lord gives clear instructions and doesn’t leave something that crucially important up to speculation. He says many times that the Sabbath is for all generations. If we as believers in Jesus are grafted into the olive tree of Israel, we are included in the “children of God” to whom all the commandments, including the Sabbath, were given.

      The Apostle Paul is greatly misunderstood. Even Peter states that his teachings are hard to understand and get twisted. I believe that is what we have inherited from protestant church fathers. They have twisted Paul’s teachings because they don’t understand the Jewish context in which he was writing. I encourage watching the 119 Ministries video series called “The Pauline Paradox” for further study on that matter.

      Again, I think if we can remove the preconceived notions we’ve held from church traditional teachings, we can see what the Bible says for itself. But since we are so removed from the culture and context in which the Bible was written, we must strive (and it can be difficult) to understand that part (culture and context) before just accepting what a preacher or other teacher says. There are lots of good teachings on the true Jewish foundation of Christianity, such as the HaYesod study from First Fruits of Zion and the many wonderful (and free to download!) videos from 119 Ministries. Do not trust my words, the words of a preacher or the church “fathers” or anyone. Study and test these things for yourself.

      Thank you again for writing and for doing so without malice, strife, or antagonism. May you be blessed greatly by YHWH the Father in your walk of faith!

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