The Fourth Commandment: Still Relevant, or Nailed to the Cross?

Remembering The Sabbath Day - But Which One?

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy”. Exodus 20:8-11 NIV


The book of Exodus is the biblical history of a small group of slave laborers in Egypt and their subsequent freedom and long journey to what was considered the promise land. A young boy named Joseph once sold into slavery by his brothers had grown to become ruler of all Egypt, second only to the Pharaoh himself. As ruler Joseph brought his brothers and the entire nation of Israel into Egypt to escape famine in Canaan (once considered the promise land). Over a period of time the children of Israel began to multiply in numbers which became a threat to the rulers of Egypt. After the death of Joseph they were forced into slavery which lasted for several generations. Hundreds of years later a man named Moses, of Jewish decent, but raised in the Pharaoh’s court - eventually reunited with his Jewish family and led the people of Israel out of what had become bondage and abuse under the reign of the Pharaoh. Their road to freedom was a forty-year journey which included a stop at the foot of Mount Sinai where at the top of the mountain Moses received the Law known as “The Ten Commandments’. These Commandments came at a time when the Israelites were developing a sense of purpose as a nation who was chosen by God to represent Him to the world. Hundreds of years of the polytheistic Egyptian culture had dulled the Israelites sensitivity to the one true God. As a tribe of nomads, living as one large community, they needed some basic rules of conduct and a re-energized belief in a higher power other than the earthly Moses.

Of this collection of Ten Rules was one regarding a day of rest. It was the fourth rule commanding the people to remember the Sabbath Day to keep it Holy. This rule preceded the Jews which originated immediately after the creation as described in the book of Genesis; “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created” Genesis 2: 1-3


From the end of creation to the beginning of man, the fourth commandment was instituted by God Himself and later honored by Adam and all the Patriarchs, from Abel to Noah, to Abraham, to Jacob – up to perhaps the end of the second century. When the chosen people were in bondage in Egypt, many, in the midst of prevailing idolatry, lost their knowledge of God's law through forced labor - but when God delivered the Israelites, He proclaimed his law in awesome grandeur to the assembled multitude, that they might know His will for them and that these laws were for their protection, and most importantly, for their salvation – for generations to come. However, historical data suggests that by the second, third and fourth centuries almost every religious organization observed Sunday — sometimes as a Sabbath-like day of worship, meetings and rest, sometimes as a day for worship and work, sometimes in addition to the Sabbath and sometimes instead of the Sabbath. Jesus Himself was known to ignore certain Sabbath teachings although He did not ignore the Fourth Commandment – or did He? With both historical and biblical data supporting the origin of the Fourth commandment given to the people by God himself why then do 90% of religious organizations across the globe honor the first day Sunday and at what point in History did it gain such widespread acceptance – and for what reason?

Perhaps critical events of the third century may offer a few answers. Secular historical data, backed by biblical writings suggests that up to this point every religious institution honored the Seventh Day Sabbath – except Roman and Hellenistic Pagans. During the mid to latter part of the third century the Christian movement was spreading rapidly across the Roman Empire and Christians began to out number Pagans forcing certain pagan rituals, temples, and synagogues to become obsolete putting them in jeopardy of being destroyed. It was at this critical juncture that The Roman Emperor Constantine The Great, converted from Paganism to Catholicism/Christianity – for political reasons, mainly as a last minute attempt to hold his empire together due to feuding between Pagans and Christians.

However, converting to Christianity did little to enforce the Seventh Day Sabbath because later in the year 321 AD, Constantine sent out a edict enforcing Sunday worship which he called the ‘Venerable day of the Sun’ to become the official day of worship for all people living within and around the Roman Empire – except those living in the countryside and farmers. This group was excluded from this edict as Constantine was informed that this day was perhaps the best day for farmers to plant and/or harvest their crops from the fields, and since the Gross National Product was based on commerce, he did not want to interfere with revenues of the state. Therefore the edict did not affect the total population thereby creating several loopholes, allowing Seventh Day worshippers to continue their Seventh Day Sabbath services – albeit in secrecy. Could this edict be the source which changed God’s appointed day of rest to Sunday?

In the year 538 AD The Third Council of Orleans would enhance the edict excluding no individual, institution, or organization from the enforcement of Sunday worship. This was perhaps the single most policy which solidified and made legal Sunday worship as it was now being enforced by Roman law. The Roman General Versalius was later given authority to further enforce this law which he executed successfully after destroying the Goths Army. The Goths refused to believe as the Church of Rome did, and as a consequence were branded as Arians. Romanism meant little to them. In fact, it meant even less to Ulfilas, their great leader. The Goths refused to go along with the mounting innovations being introduced into the church of the Caesars. The church quickly branded any competitor as Arian. The Goths and other Germanic peoples were the final holdout in the widespread of Sunday worship. Once the Goth Army was eliminated the Papacy began a vicious campaign of persecuting Christians who did not follow the new Roman rules of religious worship.

Most supporters of Sunday worship today however, find their justification within various statements found in the bible itself such as the statement made by the Apostle Paul in the book of Colossians 2:16 as he states; “we are not to allow anyone to judge us in this matter of keeping the Sabbath”– suggesting that the day of worship is irrelevant as there are many Sabbaths. Modern day theologians however believe that Colossians 2:16 is perhaps the most abused and misunderstood Bible passage when it comes to understanding the difference between The Ten Commandments and the ordinances of the ceremonial law, which they believe Paul was referring to. So what was the ceremonial law and does Colossians 2:16 actually refer to it or the Ten Commandments? The ceremonial law - with its sacrificial system pointed the people to the coming of Christ. Every time the blood of an animal was shed in the old Jewish temple, it was a reminder to both the onlooker and participant that a Messiah would soon come and die for their sins which will bring an end to the ceremonial law. Still others believed the law of the Sabbath was nailed to the cross in accordance to Jesus’ final words found in the book of John 19:30 “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said, It is finished: and He bowed His head, and gave up the spirit”.

Biblical scholars however believe that this statement has no relevance whatsoever to the Ten Commandments. Their belief, supported by historical data suggests that when Jesus died on the cross of Calvary, the veil of the great temple curtain was torn from top to bottom to signify that the entire ceremonial system was forever finished, thereby ending the need for the priests to offer up animal sacrifices for the sin of man. They further conclude that the comment “It Is Finished” has no reference whatsoever to the Ten Commandments which was ordained by God Himself for the protection and salvation of the people. In fact, they feel that to suggest such a notion would put the son in direct opposition to the will of the Father therefore making the father a liar, the son a traitor and the Ten Commandments pointless. Ardent supporters of the Seventh Day Sabbath counter John 19:30 with another statement made by Jesus found in the book of Matthew 5:17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them”. Does Matthew 5:17 reference the Ten Commandments or the Ceremonial Law of Moses and is John 19:30 and Matthew 5:17 contradictory statements of the gospels – or are they just simply misunderstood and used to justify individual or group actions?

Still, most 21st century Christians believes that all is well providing we worship one day in seven. A careful reading of the scripture however suggests that God was specific as he states to “Remember the Sabbath Day, the seventh day - not any other day. He further states, “The seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord”. Supporters of the seventh day Sabbath back this statement with a more universal justification in that ancient, and modern day calendars around the globe shows Saturday to be the seventh day, no matter where you’re from. Although recently, some modern day calendars have made a change in the order of the days of the week making Saturday the first day and Sunday the seventh. Most Sunday worshipers believe the Seventh Day Sabbath is strictly the Jewish Sabbath while the first day is the Christian Sabbath. Seventh day Sabbath supporters on the other hand, suggests that the Seventh Day Sabbath is not merely a Jewish regulation at all.

Sabbath day supporters vehemently believe that the Sabbath is inextricably woven together with creation: For God Himself rested on the seventh day (Gen. 2:1-3). Not only that, but the Sabbath just happens to be one of the Ten Commandments, which Seventh Day worshippers regard as a summary of God’s moral code. Non supporters of the seventh day Sabbath however view the Ten Commandments as being under the law which was nailed on the cross. Their justification is once again found in the teachings of Paul as the following statement is often repeated; “Well, since we are not under the law but under grace, we do not need to keep the Ten Commandments any longer.” Is this a valid point? Does it imply that we are free from the obligation to obey the law? Paul states in the book of Romans 6:14-15; “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? Paul gives a clear explanation of his statement. After stating that we are not under law but grace, he asks, "What then?" This simply means, “How are we to understand this?” Then notice his answer. He says, “Shall we sin (break the law) because we are not under the law but under grace? In the strongest possible language Paul states that being under grace does not give a license to break the law.

Seventh Day Sabbath keepers support Paul’s explanation in conjunction to the following statement which according to the biblical writers was spoken by God Himself “Thus saith the LORD, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed. Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the Sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil. Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying, The LORD hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree. For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my Sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant; Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off. Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the Sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people." Isaiah 56:1-7

A careful analysys of history supports the Biblical Sabbath. It has been established by several historians and theologians that the books of Matthew and Luke were written between 60 and 80 AD which offered no greater opportunity for each gospel to emphasize the changing of the Sabbath day, instead Luke states in Luke 23:56, “...And they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment.” Jesus also showed that the Sabbath would still be kept after the cross and speaks of no day change when He is talking to the Apostles about the destruction of the temple in about 70 AD. Jesus says in Matthew 24:20, “And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath.” World leading historians also confirm this and that the Sabbath was kept by Jews and Gentiles until around 90-120 AD when the persecution of the Jews for Sabbath keeping became so great that many Christians decided to start keeping Sunday using the only reason they could find, which was that it was in honor of the resurrection. The reality is that they did this to escape severe persecution. Historical evidence supports the suggestion that the First day Sabbath was made law around 321 AD by Constantine after his conversion and joining the Catholic Church. As a result it was after 460 AD when Sunday eventually took on the official name of the “Lord’s Day”.

Ones justification for the support or denial of a single commandment is irrelevant in itself as none of the Ten Commandments stand alone. One can not choose which commandment to obey and which to ignore as the spiritual consequences are dramatically high. Therefore, each commandment is to be lived simultaneously in accordance to the will of God. However, God will never demand that His children abide by His laws of governance. Such would be contradictory in allowing man a free will. Therefore man is free to choose His own day of worship as the Sabbath was made for man – and not man for the Sabbath. On the other hand God does give very explicit warnings for disobeying His Commandments as stated in the book of Liviticus 26:14 - 29.

With this in mind, one must understand that law and grace goes hand in hand for if grace is absent from the law - how then would one know the prerequisites for obtaining it? In every field of life there exist certain guidelines for measuring success. Without these guidelines one may never know if they met the requirements. If one is traveling on a highway exclusive of warning signs and safety signals the probability of a life ending event increases dramatically as one would not know what exist around the corner - and how to avoid it. However, if the warning signs and safety signals exists and they are clearly defined the life ending probabilities decreases significantly as one would now have a better understanding of right and wrong and thereby eliminate those actions which may cause them severe harm. While some may obey the 55 mile per hour speed limit it is dangerous to ignore the stop sign or the red light as their intent is to provide a safe journey home. Therefore, the sign is the law by which one must obey but the intent of the sign is the grace by which one is saved. The law in itself has nothing to do with salvation as it can be ignored. However, salvation is obtained only by obedience to the law as it provides a guideline for obtaining it.

Perhaps the commandments were not meant to be laws at all but a mere set of ‘guidelines’. If the Ten Commandment were in fact laws, they would be enforced by God - without mercy, upon man. But since God allows man a free will to choose his own destiny the commandments therefore becomes nothing more than a set of guidelines designed to help man in his quest for spiritual utopia. Perhaps it was in fact, the ceremonial law which was finished at the cross and perhaps the commandments, as a set of spiritual guidelines is an embedded part of creation just as God intended it to be. Supporters of the Seventh Day Sabbath believe that non supporters tend to give much more credibility to the teachings of Paul than the instructions of God.

Nevertheless, both Seventh Day and First Day believers make valid points in defense of their respective Sabbath and every individual has the freedom of choice afforded them by a loving God! The greatest argument between seventh day and first day believers is the day of worship which logically is a mute point, as one can gather and worship on any day one pleases. However, there is only one Sabbath day ordained by God which, according to biblical instructions is the seventh day. Therefore, one can gather for worship on any day provided they keep the seventh day holy.

A careful study, challenge, and analysis of God’s word clearly reveals a specific day – the Seventh day as being the Sabbath of The Lord - which no other biblical text clearly refutes.

Peace be with you!

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creativeone59 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

I believe in the seventh sabbath , my husband and I believe in resting on Saturday. We're not Adventist although at one time we did fellowship with them to see what it was all about, and decided not to continue, but we still use Saturday as I our sabbath. Thank you so much for you wonderful hub. Godspeed. creativeone59


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J. McCoy 6 years ago from CA (originally)

Wow, you definitely did your homework! Thank you for sharing what you've found.


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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

Wonderful exposition. Good information and organized in a very readable manner with decent fairness accorded to both views. Worthy reading for all. God bless!


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jxb7076 6 years ago from United States of America Author

creativeone59 - Thanks for visiting and commenting. Your experience with Adventism is interesting however it appear that you discovered some truth and decided to honor the day despite the circumstance.


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jxb7076 6 years ago from United States of America Author

J. McCoy - thanks for taking the time to visit and read the article. There was so much information on the subject that the hub could easily have been more that 20 pages long. I tried to select key events which made the difference. However, its still only one man's viewpoint.


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jxb7076 6 years ago from United States of America Author

RevLady - Thanks for your candid comments. This is such a personal subject which I believe requires an open mind. I am humbled that you enjoyed the article.


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DancingRedFeather 6 years ago

Nothing was nailed to the cross but Jesus who died to BUY back what humanity lost because of the sin of Adam and Eve.

Jesus followed all the feasts and the Sabbath which is on a ssaturday. Scholars wrongly designed Jesus ressurection to be on Sunday instead of Saturday and thus said to follow on ssunday which they named the day of the Lord.

Also Constantine..who was a secret sun worshiper..saw the power he would have if he won over the christians..thus to get his pagans to also become christians without stopping to worshing their sun god..changed saturday to sunday..Sun day..being the day of worship of their god the sun.

It is written to follow all of the Ten Commandements..now where in the Bible it is said that we don't need to do the Ssabbath because it was nailed to the cross. How could it be nnailed to the cross when Jesus was following the sabbath himself and since he followed all of the Ten Commandments then shouldn't they all be nailed to the cross and not just one?

The sabbath was made for man and not man for the sabbath. But then Satan has his false Christianity to blind people by using the Bible and twisting things around. He will touch anything that is sacred to God.

You can get on tommorrowsworld.org either online or order free booklets on which day is the sabbath and satan's false cchristianity which will open your eyes to see if what your cchurch is with the true God and following the Bible as it sshould be or blinded by satan and his false christianity.

Remember Jesus said that there would be a false christianity using His name but that He will tell them that HHe doesn't know them..people who practice lawlessness and uuse His name for their advantage.

Great hub.


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jxb7076 6 years ago from United States of America Author

DancingRedFeather - thanks for stopping by and commenting. I am in complete agreement with your statements and I will check on the link your suggested for further readings.


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Pebbles002 6 years ago from North Hills

What you wrote concerning about the Sabbath Day seems to be well written, however, are you writing about a person actually keeping Sabbath Day on the seventh Day as God wrote, or are you writing that people could choose their own "sabbaths"?


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jxb7076 6 years ago from United States of America Author

Pebbles002 - thanks for stopping by. My point covers both aspects of your question in that God created the Seventh day as a day of rest which, according to my research, was never changed. He never intended for man to honor any other day however, He gave man a free will and through that free will man can choose what day he wishes to honor. Man's choice however does not change the truth therefore the freedom to choose must be weighed against the consequencies of disobedience if that choice turns out to be incorrect.


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joque 6 years ago

jxb7076I have to say you are right. The disciples never changed the day of worship. All the scriptures people use to justify the change to the first day of the week are bogus. Again, I say they came to the tomb on the first day of the week. it didn't say he rose on the first day of the week. He was already gone, besides from froday evening to Sunday morning is only 1 and a half days. Jesus stated that as the prophet Jonah was in the belly of the fish 3 days and 3 nights, so shall the son of man be in the grave 3 days and 3 nights. Also, he probably was not crucified on a friday anyway. There is a lot of stuff to say, but Sunday worship is not an ordained thing by God.


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Max Sumer 6 years ago

This hub is great! I have questioned many different religious followers about the Sabbath day for years and each seems to have their own bible passage to quote which justifies Sunday keeping and/or breaking of the 10 Commandments. The most popular reference is Paul releasing us from the law, but as you state the language of Paul could not be more clear in that we still should not break the law just because we are under grace. Most Christian based religions seem to only read from the New Testament. Did the coming of Christ cancel out the original word of God? Great hub. Take Care.


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H P Roychoudhury 6 years ago from Guwahati, India

hi,

As a non Christian I leant a little on Sabbath. Good information to all.


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jxb7076 6 years ago from United States of America Author

joque - I could not find anywhere in the Bible, or alternative writings where the day was changed either by God, Jesus or the Apostles. The change always pointed back to Constantine. But God knew this would happen as He warns us in the Book of Daniel 7:25 "He (the beast) will speak against the Most High and oppress his saints and try to change the set times and the laws. The saints will be handed over to him for a time, times and half a time".

Thanks for your dialogue on the subject.


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jxb7076 6 years ago from United States of America Author

H P Roychoudhury - Thanks for your candid comments on the subject. There is so much more to say but it would require several more hubs to say it all.

Max Sumer - It is interesting how humans can find cause and justification for just about anything we want to do - whether right or wrong - and feel good about it. It is always assumed that the majority is right and the minority is wrong. However, there is a grave exception is the case of the Sabbath day. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


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timbgunter 6 years ago from Arkansas

In spite of the fact that I was raised up going to church on Sunday, somewhere within I have always believed that the Sabbath fell on Saturday. Why the change? It was from what was decided at the Council of Nicaea some 1700 years ago.


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jxb7076 6 years ago from United States of America Author

timbgunter - thanks for stopping by and commenting. You're absolutely right regarding the decision of the Council of Nicaea as it was this council which sealed the fate of the Seventh-Day Sabbath.


Andy 6 years ago

Hubster jxb7076,

Well written article on an interesting subject.

It is well known how the Jewish nation during Rome’s rule over them zealously observed the Sabbath. It is also well known how it added nothing to the saving of their nation. Maybe the observance hurried their destruction.?.

Andy


drwill 6 years ago

Great information, in todays age of relativism this is one of the rules that usually gets glossed over. Its a hard one to make sense of since one man's leisure is another man's work.


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jxb7076 6 years ago from United States of America Author

Max Sumer. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I think most people think that the coming of Christ canceled out the word of God but the reality is that the coming of Christ showed that the word can be lived.


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jxb7076 6 years ago from United States of America Author

Andy - that's a strong possibility. So far as the Romans were concerened they were in defiance of the law and as a result they were severely persecuted. On the other hand the Zealots were a tough bunch and they held their own quite well - even until the time Jesus arrived on the scene.


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jxb7076 6 years ago from United States of America Author

drwill - I agree that its a tough subject. Hopefully those who read the hub have just a little more information to make a prudent choice. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


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celafoe 6 years ago from Planet earth. between the oceans

Days are not important it is the relationship ti the Lord that counts for everything.

The 10 commandments are part of the law and were finished with the rest of the law when Jesus said "it is finished".

We are to live by a higher law , the example set by Christ. No day is above another, all days belong to the Lord.

1 Peter 2:21 For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:

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Rom 14:5-6 One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe i

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jxb7076 6 years ago from United States of America Author

celafoe - I have to respectively dissagree with you, in part, on this subject as the Old Testament is very clear on the day and there is no text or suggestion in the New Testament advocating a change. Also, it is highly probable that Jesus would have made it very clear if the day did, in fact change. On the other hand I agree with you that a day has little to do with salvation - however, salvation does require obedience and obedience requires a commitment to God's Word and His commands. After all, they're not for His salvation but ours.

Nevertheless, I respect your beliefs and therefore I will not challenge you on them as everyone must defind their own relationship with God.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting. God bless!!!


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yeagerinvestments 6 years ago from Wisconsin

Rest is important it's great to have such a loving God that requires us to rest when the rest of the world requires us to work, work, work. Thanks


Truth Merchant 6 years ago

An excellent and careful view of the truth! There IS no excuse for Sunday Sabbath. The pasage relating that some regard one day more than another, while others regard all days the same, related to Sabbath days, or feasts, not to the weekly Sabbath! Just read Genesis 2: 1 and following - THERE IS NO "EVENING AND MORNING, THE SEVENTH DAY!!!" The seventh day Sabbath was never intended to end!!!!!!!!


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jxb7076 6 years ago from United States of America Author

Truth Merchant - thanks for stopping by. I agree. Despite what we think or believe, or is able to reason away the truth is the truth. One can worship any day they choose but it will not change God's command. And we wonder why there is so much suffering in the world.


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Andrew0208 6 years ago from Zion

Very thoughtful, thanks for sharing.


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jxb7076 6 years ago from United States of America Author

Andrew0208 - thanks!


common sense 6 years ago

When Shaul (Paul) says "Nailed the Law to the cross", the word for law is DOGMA, DOGMA is man made religions.

He nailed the Dog and pony show of religion to the cross, no the Instruction of the Creator for righteous living!

I suggest any readers get a Strong's exhaustive concordance, you will find often times Paul is teaching the exact opposite of what the Churches teach!

Yahushua did not come to do away with the Torah, he came to teach us how to live it!

Matthew 7 "Depart from me you workers of Iniquity/lawlessness" the Greek word here is ANOMIA, A meaning WITHOUT, NOMIA meaning TORAH (5 books of Moses).

First John teaches us that SIN is Transgression of the Law/Torah, and that those who do not keep the commandments or the Law, are LIARS and the truth is not in them.

James or Yaakov (should be Jacob in English, the changed his name in honor of King James) teaches us that faith without works is DEAD, or Faith without keeping the commandments is DEAD.


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jxb7076 6 years ago from United States of America Author

common sense - thanks for stopping by and for the short lesson on biblical scripture. It was very informative. When God makes a law it's for our benefit and it would be wise for us to follow His instructions. Our reasoning does not change the truth.


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einron 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

Good hub. I have also written about the subject. Obey and glorify God if we wish to have salvation. The choice is ours, and ours alone.

God bless.


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jxb7076 6 years ago from United States of America Author

einron - Amen!! I will stop by your site and read your hub on the subject. Thanks


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

I believe they were guidelines for us to live by not necessarily commandments and I have argued it with respect with others who appear to look at it differently God created them for a reason and we truly need to stand by them and live by them as best as we can.:)


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jxb7076 6 years ago from United States of America Author

AEvans - I am beginning to believe more and more that they were\are guidelines for man to help us in our spiritual walk. It's like rules we set for our kids to keep them safe and to give them a Christian foundation.


Common sense 6 years ago

Another good example.

What is the name of the Anti-Messiah? the LAWLESS ONE, or the one who is WITHOUT the LAW, without TORAH.

When Shaul (Paul) says "Let all meat be received with thanksgiving", a specific greek word is used which is BROMA, which means clean according to Jewish law!

Isaiah and others prophecy that in the 1,000 year reign the Feast will be kept, and the Sabbaths, and that nations that do not keep them will receive no rain for 1 year! That is a death sentence! Yes christianity teaches that "Jesus" came to free you from the Feast and Sabbath!

The church also teaches a fake name "Jesus", his Hebrew name was YAHUSHUA. Christ is another pagan name. The Greeks called ALL THEIR GODS christ! Yahushua is the MESSIAH!

Churches teach a fake birthdate, fake Risen date, Fake Name, teach he abolished the Torah when he said the exact opposite! It is ANOTHER MESSIAH they teach!

The churches teach LAWLESSNESS, or Torahlessness!


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jxb7076 6 years ago from United States of America Author

Common sense - your comment "Churches teach a fake birthdate, fake Risen date, Fake Name, teach he abolished the Torah when he said the exact opposite! It is ANOTHER MESSIAH they teach!" is an excellent observation.


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Timothy Donnelly 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

jxb7076, This is a tremendous hub! You have brought forth some strong reasons (Isaiah 41: 21) concerning following the Letter of the Law. Respectfully of course, I say this: Jesus Christ, my Lord, has shown us that we can live righteously and still do work (service, unto to the least of them is like unto Him) on the Sabbath. I believe this also includes working for your country, government, community, or FAMILY, as long as this work is not done ON ACCOUNT OF GREED. I also have to concur with the previous commenter, celafoe, when he brings up Romans 14 (and I would like to stress the WHOLE chapter is relevant). Let me make a few quick examples: If someone is commissioned to uphold the Law (as in a Peace Officer) would he turn a blind eye to a crime against another person on account of it being his observed Sabbath? What about airline travel? It is the Sabbath HERE but not THERE; how must the Pilot accommodate that? You see, our Redeemer, Jesus Christ, taught us to obey the LAWs in Spirit, and this means don’t worry and fuss over the letter - that is how discord is started - indeed contention that brings us OUT of oneness with God. Plus, we know that this is one of the things the Lord HATES (Proverbs 6: 19). Consider also if one is conscripted to fight in a war not of his own choosing - is he responsible for his breaking the LAWs of God while obeying his commanders in the theatre of War? Of course not! (Read Titus 2: 9). jxb7076 , I submit that if one follows the LAW in Spirit (which, by the way, comes pretty close to the letter) along with the golden rule (Luke 10: 25 -37), which includes the Good Samaritan chronicle, They are in perfect harmony with God and ALL His Commandments. Remember, we must be zealous of GOOD works, noting that pharisaical ritual and/or debate is NOT the More Excellent Way that Christ CLEARLY taught. God forbids not following His laws, but man is not responsible for following a designated rest day given to them by the powers that be. If you want to lobby the governments of the world to fall in line with A DIFFERENT designated rest day, knock yourself out, but DON”T MAKE PEOPLE FRET OVER IT! Finally, the people that own businesses should really INSIST on one rest day per week for their employees and their customers - lets say, for convenience it starts at 6:00 AM, not 12:00 midnight, OK? It would also be convenient to have this day of rest fall on a Sunday, so that the flock can congregate in their houses of Worship, even where there may be found Holiness unto the Lord. Peace brother.


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jxb7076 6 years ago from United States of America Author

Timothy Donnelly - my apologies for the late response. However, thanks for stopping by. This is definitely a very sensitive issue to many. Frankly, I believe people must make their own choice based on their understanding of scripture. There are certainly many interpretations floating on this particular subject. I say to each his own and whatever helps one with their walk with Christ.

Thanks for the comment, I really appreciate it.


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OpinionDuck 6 years ago

Too bad that we don't have the actual tablets with the commandment on them.

BTW, I believe that it was only in the later translations of Genesis that Heaven and Earth were changed to Heavens and Earth.

So Heaven as in Heaven and Hell is not the same or it shouldn't be the same as the Heaven or Heavens in Genesis.

It is confusing and ambiguous to use the word Heaven in Genesis.

As far as the Sabbath, going to a religous service is the best that can be expected


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jxb7076 6 years ago from United States of America Author

OpinionDuck - good to hear from you. Yes, it would be great to have the original commandments. Without it, everything else is pretty much subjective without faith.


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Vladimir Uhri 6 years ago from HubPages, FB

My input.

It is very interesting subject and old argument. We actually entered rest and peace by entering into new man (new creation). All changed. It is 2000 years we have availability to be new man inner man.

All law is embedded in new. I believe we do not have to keep but celebrate. The best way is to celebrate resurrection, (life) and it is first day. Last day is gone. In real Sabbath Jesus was dead. In first day he became alive. I have no problem if someone loves Saturday. I love him anyway and go worship even in Saturday. But my Sabbath is usually first day.

I think it is fair enough.


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jxb7076 6 years ago from United States of America Author

Vladimir Uhri - thanks for stopping by and commenting. God never instructed us to worship on Saturday. He said remember Saturday. Therefore, the day of worship is irrelevant. What really matters is a relationship with Christ and through that relationship our beliefs are vindicated.

I think your statement is fair enough.


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C.V.Rajan 6 years ago from Kerala, India

Seems to be well researched before writing it. I have learned something about the significance of Sabbath. Am I right in interpreting that one day in a week should be allocated to taking rest, in doing prayers and in elevating our mind from mundane to the spiritual? I wish I do it.

CVR


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jxb7076 6 years ago from United States of America Author

C.V.Rajan - thanks for stopping by and commenting. It is true that God set aside one day for rest that we may spend time with Him and away from our human problems. I too, wish I was more committed to this day of rest.


Elisia Minton 5 years ago

Great information. We should continue to keep the Sabbath today and forever. There is no where in the word of God that says the Sabbath was nailed to the cross at Jesus's death and Man does not have the authority to change what God wrote in stone, the ten commandments, as you wrote. If people say they go to church on Sunday to celebrate the resurrection, God never endorsed that in his word. The desiciples continued to keep the Sabbath even after Christ died read Luke 23:56; Acts 13:42-44; Luke 23:55, 56; Acts 16:12,13; 17:1, 2, 4; 18: 1-4. The Sabbath is still to be kept today and if we are planning on going to heaven we will keep it in heaven. Read Isa. 56: 1,2; 58: 13, 14 This says we should not break God's Sabbath and the Sabbath was not just for the Jews it is also for the Gentiles. Isa. 66:22, 23 lets us know we will keep Sabbath when we get to heaven. In Hebrews chapter 4 talks about the Sabbath rest and tells us that people would not want to keep Gods Sabbath or enter into his rest, but the Sabbath rest still remains. The Seventh Day Sabbath is the Lords Day, Luke 6:5-11; Rev. 1:10. We should follow Jesus's example and not the traditions of men.


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jxb7076 5 years ago from United States of America Author

Elisia Minton - thanks for stopping by and commenting. To your comments I say - AMEN!!


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libby101a 5 years ago from KY

I agree! People tend to bend the word to do things their own way...but that is not God's way! If it's a commandments then shouldn't we follow it?

Thanks for the great hub! God bless!


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jxb7076 5 years ago from United States of America Author

libby101a - thanks for stopping by and commenting. I believe people often times put more emphasis on the words of the apostles than the commandment of God. A case of 'carriage before the horse"


The King 5 years ago

Why do God Fearing people always letting other man tell them how to keep his law when its all plain in black and white. My message to all God fearing people keep all of the commandments. jesus said who ever shall brake one of these commandments shall be in judgement of all. I'm of us fighting over Hashem Laws. keep them my brother's and sister's.


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jxb7076 5 years ago from United States of America Author

The King - Amen!


Foxylady1955@ymail.com 5 years ago

JXB This is a Great piece of research work on the Sabbath, it over whelmed me. Most of my life, I've observed the Sabbath on Sunday. I might add religiously, I do not work, do yard work or even cook. I would like to know what r some of your resources for your position that it was Saturday other than scripture

from the bible?


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jxb7076 5 years ago from United States of America Author

Hello Foxylady1955 - thanks for stopping by and commenting. I am humbled that you enjoyed the hub. I am not trying to be condensending in my response when I say that the Bible is the only credible source there is on the subject. However, my research included multiple sources including the internet. If you go to google or any search engine using key words on the seventh day sabbath or changing of the sabbath day it will reveal unlimited information on the subject.

My point is not that people should go to church on this day but that the day of rest was never changed. I believe the main problem on this subject is that people get hung up on the day of worship instead of the day of rest. One can worship any day and not be in violation of the 4th commandment however, there is only one true day set aside for rest - the seventh day which was instituted at the time of creation.


Skylark 4 years ago

When was the 7th day before the Gregorian calendar? There are many scriptures to point to the biblical sabbath following the cycle of the moon. Sabbath in scripture always fell on the 8th 15th and 22nd days of the month with the first day of the month being a new moon day which was also a no work day. Therefore if we do indeed follow a biblical sabbath the sabbath would be on a different day every month!


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jxb7076 4 years ago from United States of America Author

Skylark - thanks for stopping by and commenting. You're absolutely correct in your explanation of the multiple sabbaths however, if we are to follow biblical instructions I believe Exodus 20:8-11 is very clear on the Sabbath day God ordained for rest which preceeds all calendars, and alternative sabbaths. Keep in mind that all calendars have their basis in this seven day principle.

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