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“LORD OF THE SABBATH”
TWELVE REASONS TO HONOR HIS DAY
compiled by Rachel Cory-Kuehl, July 23, 2012
Scripture is from New King James Version unless otherwise noted.
1. THE SON OF GOD CREATED THIS EARTH.
HE BLESSED THE 7TH DAY AND DECLARED IT HOLY.
I Corinthians 8:6 “ . . . yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live.”
Ephesians 3:9 “ . . . and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ;”
Hebrews 1:1-2 “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;”
John 1:1-3 & 10 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. (& 10) He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.”
Colossians 1:13-16 “He [the Father] has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.”
Exodus 20:11 “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 New Testament is clear , the LORD who created this earth in six days, who blessed the 7th day and declared it holy - is none other than the Son of God.
He is LORD of the Sabbath because He made the Sabbath. He blessed it long before the Sinai covenant, before Jacob, before Abraham - The LORD blessed the 7th day.
2. GOD’S BLESSING IS FOREVER.
I Chronicles 17:27 “For You have blessed O Lord, and it shall be blessed forever.”
Malachi 3:6 “For I am the Lord, I change not.”
Human beings are blessed conditionally, based upon their loyalty to covenant. The Sabbath was blessed unconditionally. God did NOT say, “If it works out - we’ll keep it.”
3. THE SABBATH WAS WRITTEN ON STONE
The Ten Commandments were called “the covenant” (Deut. 4:13, 9:9, 9:11). The stones were put into a gold covered box called “the Ark of the Covenant” which was placed inside a special tent called the Tabernacle of the Testimony. The command concerning the Sabbath of the 7th Day was the only Sabbath command written on stone - to symbolize its eternal nature.
There were other special Feasts of the Lord, but those commands were never written on stone by the Lord Himself as part of “the covenant”.
4. THE SABBATH IS A SIGN BETWEEN THE LORD AND HIS PEOPLE.
Exodus 31:13 “Speak also to the children of Israel, saying: `Surely My Sabbaths you shall keep, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the LORD who sanctifies you.’”
In context, the LORD is definitely speaking here of the 7th Day Rest, not the other prophetic Feasts. He calls the Sabbath a “perpetual covenant” between Himself and the children of Israel forever. Remember - we are grafted into Israel thru faith in Messiah (Eph. 2, Rom 11).
Ezekiel 20:12 “Moreover I also gave them My Sabbaths, to be a sign between them and Me, that they might know that I am the LORD who sanctifies them.”
Ezekiel 20:20 And “‘hallow My Sabbaths, and they will be a sign between Me and you, that you may know that I am the LORD your God.’”
To be sanctified, is to be set apart for a holy purpose. The Sabbath was “sanctified”(Gen. 2:2) and we are sanctified (Heb. 2:11) - by Jesus Christ (Eph. 5:27).
When we keep His day, we are saying that we believe this promise.
The 4th commandment contains the elements which give the Creator the right of rule. Placed right in the middle of the Covenant, are the elements of an ancient “seal.” It contains the name of the supreme authority (the LORD), His territory (the heavens and the earth), and the basis of his right to rule (He created). Resting on the 7th Day is the sign of our submission to His authority.
5. THE LORD COMMANDED HIS PEOPLE
TO KEEP THE SABBATH HOLY.
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.”
Deuteronomy 5:15 “. . . the LORD your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day”
Who spoke this law from the Mountain? I Timothy 2:5 says “there is one mediator between God and man.” From the day our first parents ate of the forbidden fruit, the human race has be separated from God the Father. “Your sins have separated you from your God” (Isa. 59:2). A mediator stepped in, to win them back. We are reconciled to God the Father, through His Son (2 Cor. 5:18).
It was the Son of God - on that Mountain. No man has seen the Father (John 1:18, John 5:37, 6:46). Yet Moses, with the elders of Israel “saw God” on Mt. Sinai (Exo. 24:9-11). Whom did they see? Paul wrote concerning Israel, “They drank of that Rock which followed [accompanied] them, and the Rock was Christ” (I Cor 10:4).
Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath because He created it.
Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath because He made it holy.
Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath because He commanded it.
6. ALL WHO BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST ARE ISRAELITES - BY FAITH.
We non-Hebrew believers have been “grafted in” to Israel (Romans Chapter 11).
We are made “citizens of the commonwealth of Israel” (Ephesians 2:11-16).
Jews who come to belief in Jesus (Yeshua) as Messiah (Hamashea) are “grafted in again” (Romans 11:23).
Please see the written study, or the video study titled “Israel - The People of God”.
7. WE MAY CLAIM THE PROMISED BLESSING
Isaiah 58:13-59:2 “If you turn away your foot from [trampling] 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, then you shall delight yourself in the LORD; and I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth, and feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father. The mouth of the LORD has spoken.”
8. AS ISRAELITES - WE MAY ENTER INTO THE NEW COVENANT.
Hebrews 8:8 “Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah . . .” (Jeremiah 31:31-33, Ezekiel 36:26).
Unless you are an Israelite (grafted in) the New Covenant is not for you. The New Covenant is made with Israel and Judah. Most Christians do not realize this.
Jeremiah 31:33 “But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, say the LORD: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”
The LORD will write His law on our hearts. This is the New Covenant.
His Law includes His Sabbath.
The 10 Commandments, were spoken from the mountain by the Son of God, and He wrote them on the stones with His own finger. He was speaking for His Father.
Jesus said, “If you love me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15, 21). “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love” (John 15:10).
How could we think that the “Father’s Commandments” and those of His Son are somehow different? Jesus said, “I and My Father are one (Jn. 10:30).” They are of one mind. The Ten Commandments ARE His commandments. That is why he told the rich young ruler, “If you would enter into life, keep the commandments” (Matthew 19:17).
9. IN THE EARTH MADE NEW - ALL FLESH - WILL WORSHIP HIM
FROM ONE SABBATH TO ANOTHER.”
Isaiah 66:22-23 “‘For as the new heavens and the new earth which I will make shall remain before Me,’ says the LORD, ‘So shall your descendants and your name remain. And it shall come to pass that from one New Moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, all flesh shall come to worship before Me,’ says the LORD.”
This prophecy says “all flesh” - not “all Jews”. For me, this verse puts the Sabbath squarely in the New Covenant.
I have heard the argument that this verse points to continual worship, not worship at specific times. I think the redeemed are going to be very busy - building houses, planting vineyards (Isa. 65:21, Amos 9:14), restoring the destruction of many generations (Isa. 61:4) - too busy for continual worship in the presence of the LORD at Jerusalem. The Sabbaths, or “appointed times” will be worship, celebration and rest periods.
10. JESUS IS “LORD OF THE SABBATH.”
Mark 2:28 “Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath.”
Luke 6:5 “And He said to them, ‘The Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath.’”
He created the Sabbath at the beginning. He repeated the Sabbath from the Mountain. He promised a blessing for anyone who keeps His day. He declared Himself, “Lord of the Sabbath Day.” So when John the Revelator wrote that he was himself “in the Spirit on the Lord’s day,” (Rev. 1:10) of which day was he writing? - of the Sabbath day!! Of course!!
11. JESUS KEPT THE SABBATH. HE IS OUR EXAMPLE.
There are some who teach that Jesus broke the Sabbath, and was leading His followers away from Sabbath observance. This argument holds no water. If Jesus had broken the covenant (law) in any way, He could not have been the perfect lamb of God, and He could not have become our Savior. He could not legally receive the promise of the covenant - the land.
Jesus said, “I have kept my Father’s commandments” (John 15:10).
For a detailed account of the miracles of Christ, performed on the Sabbath day, and the incident in the cornfield, please see the study “Sabbath-Keeping, 24 Objections Considered”.
At the end of the six days of creation “all the works were finished,” and the Creator “rested” (Gen. 2:2-3). We know that Jesus was the creator. When His work on earth was “finished” He rested in Joseph’s new tomb over the Sabbath day (Matt. 8:l, Mk l6:1-2, Mk 16:9, Lk 24:l, Jn 20:l). Creation and redemption are linked by the Sabbath day.
12. THE STANDARD IN THE JUDGMENT
Revelation 11:15 & 19 “The 7th angel sounded.” ... “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our LORD and of His Christ ...” “Then the temple of God was opened in heaven, and the ark of His covenant was seen in His temple. And there were lightnings, noises, thunderings, an earthquake, and great hail.”
The Book of Revelation is written as an ancient Covenant lawsuit. The LORD is bringing charges against all those who have broken His Covenant and taught men to do so. The 7th angel has sounded. The time for judgment has come (v.18), and the Ark is seen in “the temple of God - “which is heaven itself” (Heb. 8:2). It contains the Covenant - the standard in judgment. Why present this Covenant standard at the very end of this age - if it no longer applies?
Our study is continued in “Lord of the Sabbath” - 24 Objections Considered”.
We pray this study will prove a blessing.
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