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We are going to discuss the matter of the Sabbath.
This is a topic that has become of great interest among the children of God.
I will discuss the subject step by step and at the same time refer to a number of scriptures.
1. The word “sabbath”, what does it mean?
The word sabbath means rest and neither the seventh day of the week and nor Saturday. Many people will immediately get confused with this. We have become so used to the word Sabbath and in many instances it is attached to Saturday and particularly to the seventh day of the week. I want you to understand clearly that I do not say, (and we will get to it) that the sabbath is not to be held on the seventh day, but strictly in the first instance that the word sabbath means rest.
2. This was God’s day of rest after six days of labour.
1 THUS the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
2 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.
3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
God’s day of rest after six days of labour.
This is where the word sabbath originated from “after God had rested”. God rested on the seventh day after six days in which He worked (laboured) on the creation. I want you to understand clearly, that thus far, there is yet no mention of the seventh day of the week!
This is one of my points on which I firmly stand, that the day of rest, God’s day of rest, is the heart of the law of God concerning the sabbath - a day of rest after six days of work. I view this as a fundamental point, that the sabbath is not attached to Saturday or the seventh day of the week or any other day of the week! This is a day of rest after six days of work!
3. God never shared his sabbath with anybody until 2,500 years later with Israel. For 2500 years nobody commemorated the sabbath. God did not share his holy day of rest (sabbath) with anybody until He gave his law to Israel at mount Sinai.
Therefore I want to read to you from the following scripture: Nehemiah 9:13-14; it is of the utmost importance that you should carefully look at above mentioned scripture because here we find subtle fouling points and error. I do not suggest that those who today teach that the sabbath is on Saturday purposely mislead people but I maintain that there is great error in this. One must look carefully because if the starting point is wrong it will be coupled to the seventh day of the week and to Saturday. Such an approach is incorrect. The sabbath as it originally existed is not coupled to the seventh day of the week but is a day of rest after six days of work. Can you see? This is a very important point and secondly, it was not originally coupled to Saturday. The word and name “Saturday” did not even exist at the time.
Israel’s First Sabbath:
Read Nehemiah 9:13-14;
13 Thou camest down also upon mount Sinai, and spakest with them from heaven, and gavest them right judgments, and true laws, good statutes and commandments:
14 And madest known unto them thy holy sabbath, and commandedst them precepts, and statuses, and laws, by the hand of Moses thy servant.