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God made the Sabbath at the end of the creation week, and it reminds us of our Creator. How does He want us to remember it today?

Sabbath, Keeping it Holy

God recorded the Fourth Commandment in Exodus 20:8-11:

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 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. 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.”

The Sabbath was made at creation

God made the Sabbath at the end of the creation week, and it reminds us of our Creator: “Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. 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. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made” (Genesis 2:1-3).

We follow God’s example and command by remembering and resting on this day each week. Unless God told us, how would we know how He wants to be worshipped? How would mortal man know what is holy time—unless God revealed it? Thankfully He has revealed it, though so few today “remember” the seventh-day Sabbath.

The Sabbath command is repeated in Deuteronomy 5:12-15, but this time God highlighted the theme of freedom. The Israelites were given freedom from slavery under Pharaoh, the ruler of Egypt. This pictured, in type, the freedom we can have from Satan and sin. As the One who became Jesus Christ delivered Israel from Egypt with a mighty hand (1 Corinthians 10:4), Jesus is our Deliverer and Savior today.

Whose Sabbath is it?

“The seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God” (Exodus 20:10). It belongs to God. Jesus said He is “Lord of the Sabbath” (Mark 2:28). But Jesus tells us His purpose for the Sabbath is for our benefit: “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27).

The Sabbath is not a selfish day. We are to let our servants (employees) rest as well (Deuteronomy 5:14). And Christ clarified that it is not wrong to do good on the Sabbath, giving examples of emergencies and setting the example of caring for the sick and injured (Matthew 12:10-13).

Why did the Pharisees and religious leaders accuse Christ and the disciples of “doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath” (Matthew 12:2)? Because they and their ancestors had learned the wrong lessons from Israel’s punishment for Sabbath breaking and other sins. They had added many human-devised rules and laws as a hedge around the Sabbath. God’s commandments are not burdensome (1 John 5:3), but the rules of Judaism had become a burden (Matthew 23:4).

The Sabbath now and in the future

Chapters 3 and 4 of the book of Hebrews weave together the interrelated themes of the Sabbath, entering the Promised Land and entering the Kingdom of God. Each is a type of rest, with the Promised Land an imperfect picture of the future peaceful Kingdom.

The Sabbath, the day God rested, is both the forerunner and the weekly reminder of the wonderful future rest, free from the bondage of sin (Hebrews 4:4, 9). “There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God” (Hebrews 4:9, New International Version).

In that future Kingdom, all people will worship before God on the Sabbath (Isaiah 66:23).

The Sabbath command today

We are still required to work diligently for six days to meet our needs and prepare well for the Sabbath each week. This teaches us diligence, planning and priorities. God mandates a day of rest not to promote idleness, but because we need it.

But more than sleep and doing nothing, the Sabbath is a day for doing something different: refocusing on God, worshipping and fellowshipping with Christians of like mind (Hebrews 10:24-25), praying, studying the Bible and meditating.

The Sabbath is a day to bond with family, appreciate the creation and do good, perhaps visiting the widows and orphans (James 1:27). The Sabbath should be a delight, not by doing our own hobbies, interests and pleasures, but by honoring God and seeking to please Him and do His will (Isaiah 58:13-14).

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Could it be that even we break this commandment in various ways? If we examine how we keep this day, are there any things that we can improve or remove that would please God by seeing that we really do love this day and want to keep it as He wants?

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Could it be that even we break this commandment in various ways? If we examine how we keep this day, are there any things that we can improve or remove that would please God by seeing that we really do love this day and want to keep it as He wants?

James responds:

Do you mean something similar to (but not necessarily limited to) the following?:

Exo 20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

#4. Is it keeping the fourth commandment of God to come out and be a holy, peculiar people, when the church is holding joint-Easter sunrise services with Babylon?

What about the "sunday-keeping - Seventh-day Adventist churches" (in California, Nevada, and Oregon, etc..), are they honouring this Commandment?

WHAT IF THE CALENDAR CHANGES AGAIN, DO WE CHANGE THE DAY OF WORSHIP ALSO???

THE CURRENT SATURDAY, IT MAY NOT BE CHRONOLOGICALLY THE 7TH DAY GOING BACK TO CREATION. IN FACT ODDS ARE IT IS NOT.  IS A "SABBATH", ONE DAY AMONG 7?  OR MANY SUCH AS THE THE OTHER SABBATH NON SATURDAYS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT.  SOME SABBATHS WERE DAY OF THE MONTH SPECIFIC IN RELATION TO MOONS.

RICK said:

"WHAT IF THE CALENDAR CHANGES AGAIN, DO WE CHANGE THE DAY OF WORSHIP ALSO???

THE CURRENT SATURDAY, IT MAY NOT BE CHRONOLOGICALLY THE 7TH DAY GOING BACK TO CREATION."

And God said: Isa. 58:13  "If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, From doing your pleasure on My holy day, And call the Sabbath a delight, The holy day of the LORD honorable, And shall honor Him, not doing your own ways, Nor finding your own pleasure, Nor speaking your own words, 

God said My Holy day. Do we have enough faith in God to believe that He will be able to Guard His Day? Do you believe God would let Satan obliterate Gods Holy day? 

TRUE, BUT THE CALENDAR HAS BEEN CHANGED IN THE PAST AND THE TIME ZONES ARE PRONE TO CHANGES ALSO BY GOVERNMENTS.  MOST RECENT WAS SOME ISLANDS IN THE PACIFIC WEST.  CANT RECALL THE NAME BUT THE LOCAL SDA WERE AFFECTED AND HAD TO CHANGE WORSHIP DAYS...  HOLD UP LET ME SEE IF I CAN PUNCH IT UP....

FROM "ADVENTIST TODAY.ORG"  

THE EVENT

On midnight, (10:00 GMT) as December 29, 2011 ended, Samoa and Tokelau “fast forwarded” to December 31. In other words, these countries chose to “move” from the United States side of the International Date Line to the New Zealand and Australia side to benefit trade and tourism. That meant that the seventh day of the week was now Sunday. What were the Adventists on Samoa and Tokelau to do?

 

THE INTERNATIONAL DATELINE

Imagine you are looking at a globe map of the world. Imagine that your reference point is the Chatham Islands—just east of New Zealand. If your globe is like mine, you will notice a red line that jogs west and south to join a dark, broken line that indicates a 180° longitude meridian that ends at the South Pole.

 If you follow the red line north from the Chatham Islands, you discover that it rejoins the meridian in the vicinity of the Tokelau Islands until it jogs west around the Aleutians and east between Russia and Alaska. (The Meridian begins and ends at the Poles as does that red line.) It’s imaginary and exists only as a figment of the world’s imagination, but it’s very important. It’s the International Date Line (IDL).

Whilst the calendar may have changed, the order of the days has never changed. The Sabbath always has and does follow Friday, which follows Thursday, which follows Wednesday, etc. 

Time zones have come into existence due to modern travel, fast travel, around the globe. What you refer to as "most recent" is the only time that an imaginary line has caused a change of the procession of the days - and is due to a false construct being imposed on them.

Otherwise, the procession of days has never changed and this fact can be demonstrated by the fact that the Jews still call the seventh day the Sabbath and the day before it the Preparation.

Thanks for your reply RICK. I note you are pointing to the controversy about the International Date Line. This is a problem that has been festering for a very long time, to my mind, there has been made wrong decisions and the question has been put in the to hard basket by the GC. If you want to read more about it here is a link:

http://www.adventistonline.com/forum/topics/over-200-youth-expected...

   

THANKS.

Peace 

 

 Brother Ian, I think I heard about this awhile ago, I might have been in the discussions here on AO, not sure... for me, I lean towards the foundational basic truth that brother JohnB brought forth, and that is,

 JohnB wrote: "Whilst the calendar may have changed, the order of the days has never changed. The Sabbath always has and does follow Friday, which follows Thursday, which follows Wednesday, etc. "

   Maybe I didn't fully understand what the problem is.. Perhaps, in a nutshell, you can explain to me what is the problem.

 I believe it's about the government changing the name of the 7th day from Saturday to Sunday, so people who are worshipping on the 7th day of the week, it somehow means they are worshipping on Sunday, which most the world acknowledges is the 1st day of the week... and I guess that means they are worshipping the sun god because the government decided to name the 7th day of the week Sunday. I could be way off base, but that's what I thought to be the problem. Please, Correct me if I'm wrong. 

 If I'm correct, then the only thing festering is wasting our short time on what name the world wants to call the 7th day of the week. 

 Thank you my brother. 

Reasoning, if I may, the problem is that there was a decision to move the imaginary International Date Line (IDL) from one side of the Samoan Islands to the other. By doing that the Samoans lost a day and so the seventh day after the previous Sabbath was now Sunday - it wasn't a question of changing the name of any specific day it was just a question of a day being lost from the weekly cycle by the moving of the IDL. Just to make it more complicated, have a look at the IDL on a map - it is not a straight north-south line but squiggles around and between groups of islands.

So, when everybody is used to having a set seven-day cycle one suddenly moves the IDL from one side of an island to the other it changes the actual day to make it conform with everyone else who is also on that side of the IDL.

Now, once you have grasped the concept of what has happened the question arises (particularly for the Samoan SDAs), "is this correcting a mistake or making a mistake in the order of the days?" This was the problem that the Samoan SDAs were left with: has the creation Sabbath day been restored or is the day now known as Sunday really the original creation Sabbath? The problem has been created by mankind making a decisive statement about a round, globe earth that: the day begins or ends at a specific line stretching from the north pole to the south pole.

Hope this helps 

Peace

 Thank you brother JohnB, much appreciated. :) 


JohnB wrote: "By doing that the Samoans lost a day and so the seventh day after the previous Sabbath was now Sunday - it wasn't a question of changing the name of any specific day it was just a question of a day being lost from the weekly cycle by the moving of the IDL."


Just to be sure I'm following correctly, when you say a day was lost, your saying what was known as the 7th day of the week, Saturday, was changed to Sunday, the first day of the week by the government? In other words, the government change the 7th day (creation weekly cycle) to the first of the week right? 

 But yeah...  see what your saying, a day would have to be lost in order to accommodate that change. 


JohnB wrote: "Now, once you have grasped the concept of what has happened the question arises (particularly for the Samoan SDAs), "is this correcting a mistake or making a mistake in the order of the days?" This was the problem that the Samoan SDAs were left with: has the creation Sabbath day been restored or is the day now known as Sunday really the original creation Sabbath?"

 Why would the question arise among Samoan SDA if the governmental change was correcting a mistake, were there Samoan SDA advocating for the change? 


  Is it way to be sure of the creation 7 day weekly cycle over there?


What place on earth does the 7th day Sabbath start first ? What the world knows as Friday night.


My thinking would be Jerusalem, but I could be wrong... If I'm right, then moving westward, and using the night line as our guide, the rest of the world will follow, including the Samoan islands right or no?

Thank you again my brother. Blessings! 

If I may there seem to be a misunderstanding here the dateline was moved by the civil government to be in line with the commercial sphere of Australia. The SPD Recommended to the SDA church that they should Ignore the change and keep Sabbath on Sunday. While half of the church agree with the SPD the other half did not and are now keeping Sabbath on the day that is ordered by the new calendar. Because of that, they have been disfellowshipped of the SPD. They were following the directives in Rom. 13 see my earlier post.  

Thanks for your reply Reasoning, as JohnB puts it the dateline was moved from one side of the island to the other and a day was lost. To me, the question would be who is in charge of Civil matters? Romans 13 gives us this answer:

Rom 13:1  Let every soul be subject to the higher authorities. For there is no authority but of God; the authorities that exist are ordained by God. 
Rom 13:2  So that the one resisting the authority resists the ordinance of God; and the ones who resist will receive judgment to themselves. 
Rom 13:3  For the rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the bad. And do you desire to be not afraid of the authority? Do the good, and you shall have praise from it. 
Rom 13:4  For it is a servant of God to you for good. For if you practice evil, be afraid, for it does not bear the sword in vain; for it is a servant of God, a revenger for wrath on him who does evil. 
Rom 13:5  Therefore you must be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience' sake. 
Rom 13:6  For because of this you also pay taxes. For they are God's servants, always giving attention to this very thing. 
Rom 13:7  Therefore give to all their dues; to the one due tax, the tax; tribute to whom tribute is due, fear to whom fear is due, and honor to whom honor is due. 

To me, that settles the Question If there is a day lost due to the Civil government it is lost. We have now a situation where half of the SDA church worships on Sunday and calls it Sabbath, sanctioned by the SPD, and the GC is too gutless to settle the matter and have put it in the to hard basket. While the other half of the SDA congregation follows the Rom. 13 direction and worships on the Sabbath as given by the dateline, and the SPD has disfellowshipped them for doing so. You can see how the Devil is having a lot of fun with this question. 

God Bless and have a Happy Sabbath when it comes to your door dateline notwithstanding. 

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