The Sacred Sabbath Day
By Deborah Sexton
Did Yahshua work on the Sabbath?
Many say we no longer have to keep the Sabbath and that Yahshua (Jesus) and his disciples did work on the most sacred day and no longer counted it Holy.
Please know that it is a lie of the enemy.
The Sabbath is as sacred today as it was the first-day God created it for man.
God set aside a special day for man to rest from all his work and commune with Him.
If God had not created Humanity, He would not have created the Sabbath.
The Sabbath was set aside long before the commandments were given
God made this sacred day when He created Adam and Eve. Later when there was Moses God appended it as the fourth (4th) of the Ten Commandments. The finger of God wrote it.
Many probably know that Jewish days are different than most other days, including the Sabbath day.
Saturday (Shabbat) to the Jewish nation is only one day but using the English day, the Sabbath (Shabbat) falls on Friday evening at sundown and ends Saturday evening at sundown. This is the English way of using the Jewish night before light with their observance of the Sabbath day.
The Jewish people didn’t make it that way, God did.
Darkness on the Earth came before the Light.
God ceased His work and rested from His Creations. He wasn’t tired. This simply means He stopped creating.
God setting aside a day for man to rest and commune with Him should have felt like the biggest compliment and acceptance by Him.
But, now no man wants to keep it.
Yahshua taught to observe the Sabbath and keep it holy.
Paul taught the Gentiles some dangerous things.
Read carefully Colossians 2.
16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
17. Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
18. Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
19. And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increases with the increase of God.
20. Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,
21. (Touch not; taste not; handle not;
22. Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?
That’s right, Paul said the voluntary humility and worshipping of angels. Wow!
He called the commandments of God, the commandments of man.
God gave more than the ten.
Paul taught the Gentiles and the weak Jews it didn’t matter which day they chose as the Sabbath, and that nothing was unclean as long as they didn’t “think” of it as unclean.
He told them that it was the lack of faith that was a sin.
One man esteems one day above another: another esteems every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
Romans 14:14,15, 20-22
14. I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteems any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.
22. Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemns not himself in that thing which he allows
23. And he that doubts is damned if he eat, because he eats not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.
So in America for years and years men and women have been going out on the Sabbath, dating, dancing, watching movies, having sex out of wedlock, and desecrating the holy day God made for us.
These things are much worse than working.
They are bringing upon them and America just the opposite of what the holy day should bring. They are bringing damnation upon themselves.
When are we ever allowed to work on the Sabbath?
I’ll have to be in agreement with The New Testament here, there are times when we may do more than rest on the Sabbath.
I’ll use verses from Mark than I’ll elucidate why it’s Okay.
In Mark, 3 It says Yahshua went into the synagogue and saw a man with a withered hand. The others were waiting for him to heal the man so they could accuse him, for healing on the Sabbath.
Yahshua told the man to stand up.
He then asked them “is it lawful to do good or to do evil on the Sabbath? “To save a life or to kill it?”
No one said a thing.
Because of the hardness of their hearts, Yahshua got a bit angry.
He told the man to stretch out his hand, and when he did, hid hand was whole.
The Pharisees immediately went to those of Herod and took counsel on how they could destroy him.
Why do you think that Yahshua healed on the Sabbath?
No, it wasn’t because we no longer have to observe the holy day God set aside for us.
Let’s take a modern day situation for instance.
You are at a lake and you see a sign that says “No Swimming by ordinance 53745 all violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the Law”
You surely would not want to jump in and start swimming because it is against the law.
But, than you hear a muffled cry and see a tiny child drowning in the water.
Do you ignore him because of the law and fear of being arrested? Or do you save the child?
Naturally, you would save him and no one whose duty it is to enforce the law would prosecute you. You would have a higher chance of being arrested and convicted if you didn’t save him.
It is Okay to do something good or merciful on the Sabbath.
It is not Okay to work late at the office or do your ironing at home.
Don’t allow anyone to tell you it is.
Don’t believe anyone who says as long as you set aside a day for yourself to rest that any day is fine.
God chose the day, and He chose the seventh day.
Not the one your calendar says is the seventh day but the one that has always been God’s Sabbath. (commandment 4)
Gods day runs from sunset to sunset.
We are commanded these things concerning the Sabbath
V. 8-To remember it and keep it holy.
V. 9-To do all of your work in six (6) days.
V.10-But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work. Not you, your family, your animals or those who work for you, or your guests.
Why The Sabbath Is A Day Of Rest
The requirement that we rest on Shabbat is explained by the Torah according to two broad themes. First, God “rested” from the work of Creation on the seventh day; therefore, we rest on that day to acknowledge God as the Creator of the universe. Second, we rest on Shabbat as a reminder of the Exodus from Egypt, our redemption from slavery. Our rest, a dignity not granted to slaves, reminds us that we are in bondage to no human master; we therefore acknowledge God’s liberating power in our lives and in the history of our people. An intrinsic feature of rest (m’nuchah) is the prohibition against doing any manner of work (m’ lachah), a prohibition that the Torah mentions no less than six times. The Torah never defines the concept of “work” in precise terms. That task is accomplished by the Rabbis of the Talmudic tradition.
The definition of “work,” they claim, is derived from the Torah itself. One of the biblical verses that prohibits m’lachah on Shabbat occurs immediately prior to Moses’s instructions to the people on the construction of the desert Tabernacle. From this fact, declares one midrash, we learn that the Torah defines “work” as any and all creative activities necessary for the building of that shrine. This teaches us that Shabbat takes precedence even over the construction of the holiest of structures. Over the centuries, the details pertaining to these restrictions have been expanded to include activities that were certainly never contemplated by the authors of the biblical and early Rabbinic sources.
The word Sunday does not appear in the Bible. The Sabbath appears 124 times and the term seventh day appears 52 times. The first day of the week appears in the New Testament eight times. Five of these in Matt.28:1; Mark.16:1,2; Mark.16:9; Luke.24:1 and John.20:1 and refer to Mary Magdalene and others coming to the tomb After Christ’s resurrection. In John it says, “Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be with you”. John.20:19. This is not a church or meeting place, it is a home and the disciples are hiding from the Jewish people for fear of their lives. Jesus had risen on Saturday and on the following day, Sunday, they were in hiding. The other times a meeting was on the first day of the week was Pentecost which fell on the first day of the week for hundreds of years when kept by the Jewish and was called the feast of first fruits. Acts 20:7-8. “Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight. There were many lamps in the upper room where they were gathered together.” The Sabbath was changed from Saturday to Sunday by Constantine in 321 AD and by the Roman Catholic church in 364 AD
In America the Christians rest on the first day or Sunday. On the Jewish Sabbath, in America, people are out on dates, and other abominations, desecrating God’s holy day, and bringing damnation on themselves. The Jewish Sabbath which is one day in Israel, spans two days, Friday at sundown to Saturday at sundown, in America This is because, as in the Bible, the Jewish day starts in the evening, and ends in the morning, whereas the American day begins in the morning, and ends in the evening.