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The Sabbath By: David Ben-Ariel


Did you ever stop to think why Christians keep Sunday? Did they get it from the
Bible? Is there a clear-cut command that says, "Thou shalt keep Sunday?" Why did
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Does it make any difference which day we observe, as long as we keep one day in
seven? What does the Bible actually say? "And on the seventh day God ended His
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Since mankind lost or neglected the truth about God's Sabbath, the Creator chose to
View all Categories reveal it again when He was in the process of making Israel into His Servant-Nation.
God instructed them, in order that they could teach others: "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.... For in six
Submit 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" (Ex. 20:8-11).

Notice: God claims the Sabbath as His. He doesn't refer to it as the "Jewish
Sabbath." Though it became known as that to distinguish it from the various pagan
days of worship (Ga. 4:10). "The Lord's day" was meant for all mankind to enjoy and
appreciate (Matt. 12:8; Isa. 56:6). And the early Church, composed of both Jews and
Gentiles, did celebrate the proper Sabbath together for over THREE HUNDRED
YEARS! That's longer than the U.S. has known independence.

When God restored the Sabbath to Israel, it was the same seventh day Sabbath
instituted at Creation. It wasn't changed to a different day. And its purpose remained
the same: to reveal the CREATOR and commemorate His majestic works of art.

Jesus honored His Father by keeping God's commandments. The fourth


commandment is to remember the Sabbath day. Christ didn't forget the importance of
attending Sabbath services (Luke 4:16) - NEVER ON A SUNDAY- and the apostle
Paul encourages us to avoid the habit of skipping Church services (Heb. 10:25).
After all, it is a commanded assembly (Lev. 23:3) that offers us a chance to better
understand the Scriptures (Acts 19:8). Why miss out?

As well as reminding us of God's awesome ability, the Sabbath is a memorial of


Israel's deliverance from Egypt (Deut. 5:15). It also foreshadows our future
redemption from European tyranny and portrays our ongoing deliverance from sin
(Isa. 14:3; Ga. 5:1). The plagues God sent against Egypt identified Him as the
Creator God: the One who could control the forces of nature and intervene in the
affairs of nations. When God pours out the seven last plagues on Europe's
Babylonish system, bringing it to its knees, it'll reveal Him alone as the Most High
God and Holy Father (Dan. 2:44; Rev. 14:7).

The Sabbath day, a memorial of creation and Israel's liberation, reminds us relief
from sin is coming. We'll finally be able to rest from temptation and enjoy
righteousness (II Pet. 3:13). When we're truly born again we'll be free from sin; it'll
be a thing of the past (I Jn. 3:9). This serenity awaits us in the Promised Land of
God's Kingdom (Heb. 4:1- 11). God is reproducing Himself - Christ in us - and will
add the "finishing touch" at our resurrection (Rom. 8:21-23). We are God-Beings in
the making!

Jesus cut through all the red tape of entangling human traditions, and kept the
Sabbath day as God intended (Mark 7:7). Yet it was prophesied that some would
tamper with how and when we're to observe God's Sabbath day, and forcibly attempt
to replace it with their own (Dan. 7:25; Rev. 17:5).

This Sabbath question is destined to become a bloody issue again (Rev. 13:17;
14:13). But for those who really want to know the truth, God's entrusted the Jews to
keep the knowledge of the true Sabbath day (Rom. 9:4). And the Jews don't worship
on Sunday! They follow the biblical practice of celebrating the Sabbath: from Friday
sunset to Saturday sunset. God even pronounces a blessing on everyone who's
properly keeping the Sabbath just before Christ's return, despite political pressure to
do otherwise (Isa. 56:1-2).

Why not take time out to get to know God? Although He enjoys our contact daily,
God's set aside every seventh day as a special opportunity to learn more about Him
and life. Don't settle for counterfeits or attempt to adopt days copied from others
(Deut. 12:30).

God's reserved the Sabbath day for His People. It was a regular part of Jesus' life and
the early Church's custom. In fact, all the righteous priests and prophets, patriarchs
and kings, throughout biblical history, have kept God's holy Sabbath. Why not
follow their example? Don't forget!

David Ben-Ariel, a Christian-Zionist writer and author of Beyond Babylon: Europe's


Rise and Fall (http://www.publishamerica.com/shopping/shopdisplayproducts.asp?
catalogid=7144), shares a special focus on the Middle East, reflected in hard-hitting
articles that help others improve their understanding of that troubled region.
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