Open the eyes of my Heart


Finding 

God's Heart

for the Sabbath


Why did God end creation week with the Sabbath?

Have we missed the meaning behind this special day?

This is my search, with surprising insights along the way.



Script of video at

  https://oteomh.org/sabbath-heart/


This video is to inspire a love for what is dear to God's Heart.

However, many people want to debate whether the Sabbath is still for today,

so here are some answers to "debate" type questions.


A document with all below questions and answers is available here.


1. The Sabbath in Languages Around the World

The โ€œSabbathโ€ meaning โ€œrestโ€ is in languages all over the world. All languages originated at the Tower of Babel.  W๐ก๐ž๐ง Yahweh (God) ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฎ๐š๐ ๐ž๐ฌ ๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐“๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐๐š๐›๐ž๐ฅ He ๐ž๐ฆ๐›๐ž๐๐๐ž๐ โ€œ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐’๐š๐›๐›๐š๐ญ๐กโ€ ๐ข๐ง the ๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฎ๐š๐ ๐ž๐ฌ . Yahweh made sure that each language would continue to have the Sabbath ingrained within the language.  That is because it is important to Yahweh .   See http://considerthis.net/Files/Textfile/shabbatharoundtheworld.htm  for charts with language list.

 

Not even one language designates another day as the "day of rest."The Babylonian language, which was in use hundreds of years before the Hebrew race was founded, designated the seventh day of the week as "sa-ba-tu," meaning rest day.

see also https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6Er1QfcXi8&t=4m40s "King's Seal - Re-upload" starting at 4:40  for one minute


IF the Sabbath was only for the Israelites, and not until the Exodus, then ๐—ช๐—›๐—ฌ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—น๐—ฑ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐Ÿณ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ธ ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฑ โ€œ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜โ€ ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—ผ๐—ฟ โ€œ๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ตโ€. Yahweh made sure that all peoples the whole world over, would have a witness of the Sabbath by putting this word in languages of the world when Yahweh confused the languages at Babel, which was long before the Exodus!


While the Israelites were wandering in the Wilderness for 40 years, Yahweh chose the Sabbath Day by not giving manna on that day. And He did this every week for 40 years! That really ingrained the "correct" day for the Sabbath into the minds of the Israelite people. When the Jews were scattered all around the world, they took the Sabbath observance with them. Some of these groups became isolated, but the amazing thing is that all over the world, they were keeping the Sabbath on the same day as we know of as Saturday.

(see next section: "Has the Sabbath been "lost")


Yahweh (God) rested on the 7th day of creation. There were no Jews or Gentiles then! And not even sin!!!


๐ˆ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Œ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐ง๐ข๐ฎ๐ฆ, ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐’๐š๐›๐›๐š๐ญ๐ก ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐›๐ž ๐ค๐ž๐ฉ๐ญ when Yashua (Jesus) reigns on earth. Not only Israel, but all the nations (gentiles) wil observe the Sabbath and feast days, and if they do not then they will be punished. How can the Sabbath be obsolete if it is going to be kept in the future Kingdom of Yahweh?

How can it be that these special days were given for the OT only, then during the "age of grace" Christians are free to choose their own celebration days (Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, Sunday), but when Yashua reigns, then the original sabbaths are observed again.


The "age of grace" just proves how far people can go from Yahweh's ways, even after the Holy Spirit has been sent...


How can the Sabbath be obsolete if it is going to be kept in the future Millennium when the world is ruled by Jesus (Yahshua)?



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The True Sabbath Found in the Languages of the World

Source: http://considerthis.net/Files/Textfile/shabbatharoundtheworld.htm

My notes and thoughts, continuing on from above -


If you look at the list of words, there is a lot of similarity: Sabbado, Shambin, Sobota etc. This word has not changed much over time. Maybe it "was" the same word in all the languages when Yahweh confused the languages at Babel, but Yahweh gave different words for other words such as "dog". So people could not communicate since all their words had changed, but the "sabbath" was the only word they had in common (this is just my wild idea that I had)!!

I have to say something more about this point.. if that is true (that all languages started with the same word for Sabbath, but not for other words), then that means that Yahweh regards the Sabbath as even more important than I realized. WOW!!

2. Has the Sabbath been "lost"? Do we really know which day it is?

Some people claim the Sabbath was "lost" or the day was changed, so we can no longer know which day to keep.


The Sabbath has not been "lost" through all the calendar "changes". Time is Yahweh's domain, not man's. Even with man attempting so many changes to the way time is kept, Yahweh has kept what is most important to Him, because it is so important to Him.


But how can we know that the actual "Sabbath" day has not been lost? How do we know "Saturday" is the "Sabbath"?
The following is an excerpt from: http://considerthis.net/Files/Textfile/lostshabbath.htm


If the Sabbath was forgotten from Creation to the Exodus, it was certainly known during the 40 years of Israel wandering in the wilderness when Yahweh gave them double manna on the 6th day, and none on the Sabbath, so they would rest on the 7th day. 


If the Sabbath was forgotten from the Exodus to the time Jesus (Yahshua) walked the earth, we know that Yahshua definitely kept the correct day because in John 15:10 He said, "I have kept my Father's commandments". 


But has the Sabbath been forgotten over the last 2000 years? Soon after the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD, the diaspora took place, eventually scattering the Jews all over the world.  They took the Scriptures and the knowledge of the Sabbath with them.

Today, we find them still keeping the original seventh day Sabbath, the same day they knew at the time of the diaspora, which was the same day Yahshua kept.
There is absolutely no disagreement or dispute amongst the Jewish communities - scattered as they still are - as to which day is the seventh day of the week. Every gathering in every country is in perfect agreement that the seventh day is the Sabbath, and that the scriptural seventh day starts at sundown on the secular weekday "Friday" and ends at sundown on the secular weekday "Saturday."


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At creation, God named the days by number - Day 1, Day 2 etc and the 7th day He made Holy (set apart/different). God also named the stars. Adam named the plants and animals because that was His domain, God named the stars because they were His domain and not under Adam. So also, God named/numbered the days because they were not under Adam's domain. God also numbered the months, He did not give them names, but rather numbers. ๐—ง๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—š๐—ข๐——'๐˜€ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป, ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป'๐˜€. People have renamed days (Saturday, Sunday, and the months). But it is interesting that still some months retain the original numerical value - September (7), October (8), November (9), December (10), even though they are not now the 7th, 8th etc months. See, man changed the names and changed the start of the year. ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ. Time belongs to God.


T
he Gregorian calendar has no impact on which day is the Sabbath. The 7th day is the Sabbath, and happens to be called "Saturday" on present day calendars. The start of months and years on the Gregorian calendar are different than what Yahweh (God) gave, that is true.

Some people have thought of making Monday the first day of the week. This is called the "ISO week date system" and dates from 1971.

The Sabbath is Saturday, not Sunday. People chose the 1st day instead of the 7th. God never said this change was to happen. Some people even call Sunday the Sabbath.


It is not for us to choose which day of the week is the first day. ๐—ง๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—š๐—ผ๐—ฑ'๐˜€ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป, and not under the authority of man (see below).


3. Why was the Sabbath changed to Sunday? (It didn't start with Constantine)

Many people will say Constantine (321 AD) changed the day, but changes that big do not happen within a few years' time.

As early as 110 AD, some Christians were already observing Sunday, the first day of the week. 


Ignatius of Antioch (110 AD) wrote, "If those who have been brought up in the ancient order of things [i.e., converted Jews] have come to the possession of a new hope, no longer observing the Sabbath but living in observance of the Lord's day..."

Source:  https://www.christian-history.org/sabbath-quotes.html


It is useful to correlate this with other historical events of those times. The reason the "church" changed to Sunday was to avoid persecution. In 70 A.D. the Jewish temple was destroyed by the Roman army and persecution for Judaism was growing fast. ๐๐ฒ ๐š๐ฌ ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐š๐ฌ ๐Ÿ—๐ŸŽ-๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ ๐€.๐ƒ. ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐‚๐ก๐ฎ๐ซ๐œ๐ก ๐Ÿ๐š๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐›๐ž๐ ๐š๐ง ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฏ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐š๐ง๐ฒ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ โ€œ๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ž๐โ€ ๐‰๐ž๐ฐ๐ข๐ฌ๐ก ๐ญ๐จ ๐š๐ฏ๐จ๐ข๐ ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž๐œ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐‰๐ฎ๐๐š๐ข๐ฌ๐ฆ. The earliest "Sabbath keeping" on Sunday was significantly ONLY in Rome and Alexandria where sun worship was prevalent. Other areas were still observing Saturday which also corroborates the part of pagan sun worship in changing the day. Nearly 300 years after the cross, SUN-day worship in Rome had really taken hold and so Christians now begun calling Sunday the Lord's Day instead of Saturday.


As the Papal Church grew in power, it opposed Sabbath observance in favour of Sunday sacredness and outlawed resting on the Sabbath in the Council of Laodicea (A.D. 363-364).


The change of the Sabbath to Sunday was completed by the ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ก ๐œ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฒ as the Popes persecuted all who resisted their innovations. ๐€๐ง๐ฒ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ ๐ค๐ž๐ž๐ฉ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐’๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ก ๐๐š๐ฒ ๐’๐š๐›๐›๐š๐ญ๐ก ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž๐œ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐›๐ฎ๐ซ๐ง๐ญ ๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ค๐ž.


Centuries later when the Protestant reformation began, the fourth Commandment had been almost murdered out of existence by the Roman Catholic Church, and so as all the new Protestant Churches began, they continued keeping Sunday in ignorance. This is the reason why so many think Sunday is the Sabbath.


Source :  http://www.the-ten-commandments.org/how-was-the-sabbath-changed-to-sunday.html


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For more quotes of the church keeping Sunday throughout history, see:

 https://www.christian-history.org/sabbath-quotes.html


And for quotes of those continuing to keep the Sabbath through the ages, see:

 http://www.considerthis.net/Files/Textfile/shabbathkeeping.htm


Errors were entering the church even during Paul's day. So the fact that believers were shifting to Sunday, the day they were used to observing prior to becoming a Christian, above should come as no surprise.


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Does the day matter? you ask.

If I have an appointment with the doctor, does it matter which day I come??


Gen 1:14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:


We think โ€œseasonsโ€ means โ€œspring, summer,etcโ€ but the Hebrew word is moed ื•ึผืœึฐืžึฃื•ึนืขึฒื“ึดึ”ื™ื, which means "appointed times" ie, Yahweh's chosen appointed times. Yahweh had already decided what His appointed times would be, right from the start. Appointed times include the Sabbath and the Feast Days (something that Christian are unaware of as well).


The appointed times are mentioned in the first chapter of Genesis. They are part of creation week. Just like the Sabbath was. 

The appointed feasts are Yahweh's plan of salvation. This is surely for all people and not just the Jews. 

The Israelites were entrusted with Yahweh's plan so they could be a light to the rest of the world, not so they could keep it to themselves. They were the messenger, not the message. Too often people look at the Israelites and reject the message... it is like receiving an important document in the mail, but throwing it away because the envelope is torn or dirty.


The appointed times are clearly laid out for the Israelites, but they were also kept by previous people, for example Abraham kept the Feast of Tabernacles (book of Jubilees).

4. Where is Sabbath keeping mentioned in the New Testament?

No where in the NT is anyone commanded NOT to keep the Sabbath. Everyone did keep it, so there was no need to tell them to. There was a huge debate over circumcision, but no debate over the Sabbath. If the Sabbath had been done away with (or fulfilled so no one needed to keep it anymore), then that would have taken resulted in a huge debate and taken up a good few chapters, or a book, in the NT.


Here is evidence of early Christians keeping the law and the Sabbath.


Source:
https://www.logosapostolic.org/bible_study/RP208-1ChurchKeptSabbathDay.htm


1. ๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฑ ๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐—น ๐—ด๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ? - to "every synagogue" (Acts 22:19; 26:11). Why? - because in those days Christians were still observing the Sabbath commandment, and he knew that he would find them in the synagogues on the Sabbath days. This is scriptural proof that the New Testament church kept the Sabbath day.
ACTS 9:1-2 And Saul, yet breathing out threatening and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest, 2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.
ACTS 22:19 (Paul) And I said,
Lord, they know that ๐—œ ๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐˜€๐˜†๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ผ๐—ด๐˜‚๐—ฒ, ๐˜๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ผ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚:


2. "Thousands of Jews" who believed, and were also "all zealous of the law" (Acts 21:20), were at Jerusalem, where the twelve apostles stayed during the dispersion after the persecution of Stephen (Acts 8:1). These thousands of Jewish believers then, were under the teaching of the twelve apostles, so how could they be breaking the Sabbath commandment and be "zealous of the law" at the same time? The scripture says after Pentecost, "they continued steadfastly in the apostles doctrine" (Acts 2:42), and this scripture (Acts 21:20) shows that not only did the apostles themselves keep the Sabbath commandment, but they taught others to keep it also, just as Jesus had told them (Matthew 5:19; 28:20). Nowhere in the New Testament after the death of Jesus was any Christian, Jew or Gentile, persecuted for not keeping the Sabbath day.Thousands of Jewish believers were zealous for the law.
ACTS 21:20 And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said to him, You see, brother, how ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜† ๐˜๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—๐—ฒ๐˜„๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ผ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ: ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น ๐˜‡๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜„.


3. After Paul's conversion on the road to Damascus.
It is obvious from this verse that Ananias kept the law.
Acts 22:12-14 And one ๐—”๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐˜€, ๐—ฎ ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜„, having a good report of all the Jews which dwelt there,
13 Came unto me, and stood, and said unto me, Brother Saul, receive thy sight. And the same hour I looked up upon him.
14 And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth.


4. ๐—๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐—ด๐—ต๐˜ ๐—๐—ฒ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ต ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜„
JAMES 2:8-11 If you fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, You shall love your neighbour as yourself, you do well:
9 But if you have respect of persons, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors.
10 For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
11 For he who said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if you commit no adultery, yet if you kill, you have become a transgressor of the law.


The law that James was talking about here was the ten commandments, the first four being based on love for God, and the latter six being based on love for our fellow man, "you shall love your neighbour as yourself" (James 2:8). This is confirmed by the discussion (James 2:11) of the sixth commandment, "You shall not kill" (Exodus 20:13; Deuteronomy 5:17), and the seventh commandment, "You shall not commit adultery" (Exodus 20:14; Deuteronomy 5:18). So when he talks about "the whole law" (James 2:10), is he ignoring the first four commandments? No, not when Jesus so clearly said that loving God was the "first and great commandment" (Matthew 22:38). So if offending in one point makes us guilty of all (James 2:10), that puts Sabbath breakers equal to murderers, adulterers, idolaters, etc., doesn't it? The Devil also knows that offending in one point makes us guilty of all, and that is why he works so hard to stop Christians from keeping the Sabbath day.

5. What we are to DO on the Sabbath

We are to rest from "our toil", meaning working for our self and for our own provision. Jesus only "worked" (did the things of the Father). The Sabbath is a day of rest from working for "our kingdom" so that we can further "God's kingdom". That is what Jesus did, and Paul, preaching and teaching the Kingdom of God. They taught the Kingdom of God everyday, and that is what we are to do as well. But since we are part of this world and must work to keep food on the table, we are to take one day a week, the Sabbath, to rest from our work of providing for ourselves. This is what I find in the Bible by studying it.


If one can adjust work to have the Sabbath off, that is best. However, many cannot.
So first have an understanding of what the Sabbath is. The Sabbath is for us to rest from us trying to build our own "kingdom". The Sabbath is for us to focus on Yahweh's (God's) Kingdom rather than our own.
How would it change your day... if your focus for the day (whether working or not) was on Yahweh's Kingdom? Start with the time of the day that is ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ spent at work. Then also think of how you live while at work. Re-focus that time for the furtherance of Yahweh's Kingdom in the lives of people you are with. Pray for them, love them, respect them, support and help them.

I think, the most important start, is to think of the Sabbath as Yahweh's day. Have that in your heart as you live that day, remembering that it is ๐—›๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ณ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ for the coming Millennial Kingdom when Christ will rule and Satan will not have influence on this earth.


Some more thoughts to add:
Jesus healed people on the Sabbath (restoring them to the image of God, by removing the influence of Satan's Kingdom from their lives - sin, sickness, death)
So another thing to "do" on the Sabbath would be to restore joy - by visiting the sick, lonely, aged, orphan, imprisoned, or poor (Matt 25:36)


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Only on the Day of Atonement are we told not to do work of "any kind". So this High Sabbath is different from the other sabbaths in two respects - it is the only sabbath that no work of any kind can be done, and it is the only day of fasting specifically commanded by Yahweh for His people. 


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The Spanish translation of Isaiah 58:13 is very helpful:

La Palabra (Espana) BLP version

Si te abstienes de comerciar en sรกbado,

de negociar en mi dรญa santo;

si llamas al sรกbado tu delicia

y lo consagras a honrar al Seรฑor;

si lo honras sin pensar en tus asuntos,

sin buscar tu interรฉs y tus negocios,

entonces te deleitarรกs en el Seรฑor,


If you refrain from trading on Saturday,

to negotiate on my holy day;

if you call Saturday your delight

and you consecrate it to honor the Lord;

if you honor him without thinking about your affairs,

without looking for your interest and your business,

then you will delight in the Lord,

6. Sunday is kept because Jesus rose on the "first day of the week"

Actually, Jesus did not rise on Sunday!


Jesus did not rise on the โ€œfirst dayโ€ of the week. The women came to the tomb on the first day of the week, but Jesus had already risen. We are never told in the Bible โ€œwhenโ€ Jesus rose. The angels rolled the stone away to let the women see inside; the stone was not rolled away to let Yahshua rise and leave the tomb!
Besides, the โ€œfirst dayโ€ of the week is more accurately thought of as the โ€œeighth dayโ€ because the โ€œeighth dayโ€ pictures the renewal of all things in the New Heaven and New Earth, after the Millennial reign.


Jesus died on Wednesday, so the third day would be the Sabbath
1.The day after Jesus was crucified was a โ€œhigh Sabbathโ€ not simply the 7th day Sabbath.
John 19:31 The Jews therefore, because it was the day of preparation, so that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day)
There are 2 kinds of Biblical Sabbath days: the regular weekly 7th day Sabbath and the festival Sabbaths (also termed โ€œhighโ€ or โ€œgreatโ€ Sabbaths).

Passover is the day of preparation for the High Sabbath, that is the first day of the (seven day) Feast of Unleavened Bread. Jesus died on Passover, but was removed from the cross before sunset, which began the High Sabbath, the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Unlike the weekly Sabbath that is every Friday night to Saturday night, this special Sabbath can fall on any day of the week.

Lev 23: 5 In the first month, on the fourteenth day.. Passover begins
Lev 23:6 'Then on the fifteenth day of the same month there is the Feast of Unleavened Bread
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2. If crucifixion was on Friday, there is NO TIME for the women to prepare spices.
The women did not have time to buy and prepare the spices AFTER Jesus body was taken down from the cross, and BEFORE the Sabbath began. They came early, at dawn on Sunday, to the tomb, so they certainly did not buy and prepare the spices that day. So... when did they buy and prepare the spices if Jesus was crucified on Friday?

Luke 23:55 - 24:1 Now the women who had come with Him out of Galilee followed after, and saw the tomb and how His body was laid. 56 And they returned and prepared spices and perfumes. [This could not have been done AFTER Jesus body was taken down off the cross AND BEFORE the Sabbath since making spices first required them to go and buy them and then do the labor and time intensive process of preparing them. So there is TIME between these two verses.] And on the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment. [They bought and prepared the spices on Friday, but did not have time as well to go to the tomb to embalm the body on Friday before the Sabbath started at evening.] 1 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, bringing the spices which they had prepared.

Also see Mark:
Mark 15:47-16:1 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph saw where he was laid. When the [High] Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesusโ€™ body.
But if Jesus was crucified on Friday, AND the women went to the tomb at dawn Sunday, this verse does not make sense.
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3. Three Days and Three Nights
Jesus said several times that His time in the tomb would be three days and three nights, just as the prophet Jonah had spent three days and nights in the fish's belly (see Matthew 12:38-40; 27:63; Mark 8:31; John 2:18-22).
I believe Jesus meant what He said, literally.
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4. Traditional โ€œPalm Sundayโ€ is when Jesus came riding into Jerusalem on a donkey. This does not make sense for a Friday crucifixion.
On the 10th Day of Nissan, the Passover lamb is chosen (Ex 12:3). This was the day that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. The very same day that the High Priest went to the fields around Bethlehem (where Jesus had been born the Lamb of God) to select the Passover Lamb. As the Priest brought the lamb into Jerusalem, there were crowds waiting who would chant โ€œHosanna: Blessed is he that comes in the name of the LORDโ€. Thatโ€™s why there were crowds already along this stretch of road, laying down branches and garments.
When Jesus came, they thought he was the High Priest (He was!) bringing the lamb (He was!).
That year Jesus was the High Priest, the Lamb, the Prophet, and the King!!

Now if Jesus rode in on the 10th, and the Passover Lamb was sacrificed on the 14th (Lev 23:5)..... *IF* the 10th was on the traditional Palm Sunday that would mean He was crucified on Thursday, NOT Friday.  The days have to align with Passover, THAT is what Jesus was fulfilling!!


Actually, Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the Sabbath, was crucified on Wed morning, died at 3 pm at the same moment as the Passover Lamb was sacrificed in the Temple, (and the priest said โ€œIt is finishedโ€ as they did every year at Passover without knowing why) and rose at the end of the Sabbath, to then be seen on the Feast of First Fruits.


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โ€œOn the first day of the weekโ€ in all four Gospels

The Greek actually says, "After the sabbaths (plural), toward the first day of the sabbaths (plural).
https://biblehub.com/interlinear/matthew/28.htm


1. "After the Sabbaths" = there were two Sabbaths , the High Sabbath of Passover, and the 7th day Sabbath. (This is also important to know as it refutes the crucifixion on Friday error).

2. "toward the first day of the Sabbaths" = this is referring to the count of the Omer, the count of 7 sabbaths leading up to the Feast of Shavuot/Pentecost. The disciples were not the least bit interested in the "first day of the week". Their interest was only in the Feasts.

As further proof for this interpretation, see
Acts 20:7 And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them,

This is the exact same wording as in the Gospels "first day of the sabbaths". As support that this is the counting of the 7 sabbaths up to the feast of Pentecost, read a few verses later which states
Acts 20:16 "for he[Paul] hasted, if it were possible for him, to be at Jerusalem the day of Pentecost."


7. Yahshua rose on the start of the Sabbaths (count of the Omer)

The Bible does not state when Yahshua rose. It only tells when the ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป went to the tomb. And the Greek does not say the "first day of the week", but the first day of the "sabbaths" meaning the first day of the sabbaths counting towards the day of Pentecost.


Pentecost may have happened on the first day of the week, but that does not change the commandments of God! God never told us to change the day of rest from the 7th day to the 1st day.

Pentecost is closely tied to the Old Testament. It happened on the Day of Pentecost which was the Feast of Shavuot, the same day that God came down on Mt Sinai and gave the 10 Commandments. So the day the church was born (ie. the day that God put His commandments in our heart - Jeremiah 31:33 the New Covenant) was the very same day that the nation of Israel was born (and God gave the written commandments). The birth of God's people is the same day in the Old Testament and in the New Testament. After Jesus rose from the dead, He told the disciples to wait until the Holy Spirit came. That "waiting time" was 50 days from the day of His resurrection (or 10 days from His ascent), which is the same as the "counting of the omer" up to the Feast of Pentecost/ Feast of Shavuot. All of the God's Feast days (God calls them "His" feast days, not the Jewish Feasts) were shadows of events in Jesus Christ's life. Some have been fulfilled (His death, burial and resurrection. Pentecost) and some are still to happen when He returns.

Please see this short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdPsmTQu1WQ


8. Jesus coming on 4th Day

There are a number of passages which support Jesus coming on the 4th day.

Gen 1:16-19 on the 4th day of creation "God made two great lightsโ€”the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night."
This was foretelling Jesus (the greater light) and John the Baptist (the lesser light)
John 1:6-10 John came as a witness to the light (Jesus)
John 3:27-30 John replied... โ€˜I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.โ€™ He must become greater; I must become less.โ€

Abraham offered Issac on the 4th day, on Mount Moriah, the same location where Jesus was crucified. (Gen 22:1-5 one day plus a 3 day journey for Abraham and Isaac). This event pointed to Christ as the sacrificial lamb who was to come. Gen 22:14 โ€œOn the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.โ€

๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฏ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐˜ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐Ÿฐ ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐˜€ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ. Exodus 12:3,6
This is the most important scriptural evidence. God told the Israelites they were to keep the Passover Lamb and sacrifice it on the 4th day.
Jesus was chosen before the foundation of the world (1 Peter 1:20, Rev 13:8), and presented to the world on the 4th day.

The Lampstand in the Tabernacle was 7 branches, with 3 branches on either side of the middle light.(Exodus 25:32)
So the middle column light is the 4th candle. It is often the tallest, and Jewish tradition names it the "servant" candle, with which the other candles are lit. The golden lampstand was a foreshadowing of Jesus Christ, the light of the world. (John 8:12 NIV)

Jesus arrived to raise Lazarus on the 4th day. (John 11)
After this miracle, the Pharisees decided that Jesus must die (John 11:45-53) Jesus had raised others to life before this, but those people had just died. Raising someone to life on the 4th day was one of the four Messianic Miracles that would prove the Messiah.
http://www.haderekministries.com/index.php/articles/62-old-testament-new-testament-typology/164-the-four-messianic-miracles?

Jesus died on the 4th day of the week, ie, the middle of the week (our Wednesday). He did not die on Friday, the 6th day of the week.
Jesus was "cut off from the land of the living" "in the middl
e of the week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering." (the 4th day is the middle of the week) Daniel 9:26, Isaiah 53:8, Daniel 9:27
Jesus was on the cross for 6 hrs, one hour for each thousand years of man's time on earth.
While Jesus was on the cross, at noon, His 4th hour on the cross, darkness came over the land. (Mark 15:33)
Jesus appeared to Mary and the disciples on the 4th day (first day of the week)

References
http://www.prophecysociety.org/?p=4327 re Daniel's prophecy
https://amazingdiscoveries.org/AD-magazine-archive-Spring-2013-Israel-Prophecy?
https://en.shalomfromg-d.net/2018/07/17/8-abrahams-test-the-binding-of-isaac/

Also see: "2028 END OF THE WORLD (Part 7/10) - John the Baptist & Jesus Foretold in Creation Day 4"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8rt3OUyj_8


http://www.henkrijstenberg.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/YESHUA-ALEPH-TAV-HERALD-OF-MESSIAH.pdf

The Aleph-tav, the 4th word in Genesis 1:1, is untranslated.


The menorah contains seven lights, the fourth or center light is called the Shamash or service candle. It is known as ner Elohim โ€œthe lamp of Godโ€. Genesis 1:1 contains seven Hebrew words. The fourth or middle word is Aleph Tav, the ensign or sign of Messiah, it too is the โ€œLamp of Godโ€. Description of the Menorah in Revelation: And I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; and in the midst of the seven candlesticks [one] like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. Revelation 1:12-13 In the midst, the middle we see Jesus - Messiah Yahshua ! He is first seen hidden in Scripture as the fourth word. Now consider that in Scripture a day can be considered 1,000 years. Messiah made His first appearance in the 4th day or 4,000 years since creation. From Adam to Noah were 1,000 years, from Noah to Abraham 1,000, from Abraham to King David 1,000 and from David to Messiah Yahshua 1,000 years.


9. Is Sunday "The Lord's Day"?

The "day of the Lord" -- โ€The Lordโ€™s dayโ€ refers to a day of JUDGMENT or the day when Jesus returns, not a day of gathering for worship.


Revelation 1:10  โ€“ John in the Spirit (no reference to the 1st day of the week). To John, the phrase "the Lord's day", referred to the Old Testament passages of the coming destruction that climaxes in the return of Christ (Isaiah 13:6, 9; Joel 1:15; 2:1, 11, 31; Amos 5:18;)


Acts 2:20  - The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood...


1 Corinthians 5:5 โ€“ Judgment day is the day of the Lord


2 Corinthians 1:14 - we are your rejoicing, even as ye also are our's in the day of the Lord Jesus (when Jesus returns)


1 Thessalonians 5:2, 2 Peter 3:10 โ€“ Day of the Lord comes as a thief in the night.


Do a word search for "day of the Lord" in the Bible. It occurs 29 times, and each time it refers to a terrible day of calamity and Yahweh's judgement.

In the 404 verses in Revelation, there are 605 references or quotes from the Old Testament.

Revelation draws from the Old Testament more than any other NT book. Maybe best to understand what John meant by reading the OT and not assuming he meant the "Christian Sunday."

The following chart showing the % of OT found in each of the NT books is from this website:

 https://mariposachurch.org/blog/389/percent-of-the-old-testament-found-in-the-new-testament/



10. Slaves to a certain day

Christians say people who keep the Sabbath are slaves to a certain day... and then they keep Sunday religiously.


During the time of Paul, the followers of The Way met every day. And they kept the Sabbath. (#4)

11. We commemorate the resurrection day as a rest day

FB Comment: "We commemorate the resurrection day as a rest day"


My response:

You say โ€œweโ€, but what does God require. In the entire Bible, God only refers to the Sabbath as a day of โ€œrestโ€. God never changed the day of โ€œrestโ€ to Sunday. The first day of the week is not special to God!


Meeting on the first day of the week is mentioned only three times in the NT
John 20:19 โ€“ disciples gathered for fear (not for worship)!


Acts 20:7 โ€“ disciples came together to break bread and Paul preached before departing (breaking bread was done at the start of each meal, usually by the head person of the house.)


1 Corinthians 16:2 โ€“ day to set aside money (no mention of church gathering on this day) The Jews have nothing to do with money on the Sabbath. So this verse proves that they had not chosen Sunday in place of the Sabbath.



12. Which day we rest is not the important point

FB comment: "a day is not important but that we must devote every day to the Lord."


When you make an appointment with the dentist, do you turn up any day? No, you have to go at the appointed time!
When God said keep the 7th Day as a day of rest, He meant the 7th day and not just any day ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด. The reason is because the Sabbath is special to GOD; it is part of His pattern and plan. God works in patterns, something that we with Greek linear thinking miss.

Rest is a Biblical principal, but we are also physical beings and cannot rest constantly or our muscles will atrophy (and so will our brains!). The rest of the Sabbath is for our physical bodies, to have a break from our toil and work. It is a physical rest tied to one day because one day we will no longer need to toil or work physically. This one day is to be a reminder of our future with God continually.

Some people believe that a day is not important. But what does God think? That is what is important, not what you think.
So many Christians say โ€œwell, thatโ€™s not what it means to me.โ€ But what they should be asking is โ€œWhat does it mean to God??

In Genesis 1:14 God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€, and for days, and years:
We think โ€œseasonsโ€ means โ€œspring, summer,etcโ€ but the Hebrew word is moed ื•ึผืœึฐืžึฃื•ึนืขึฒื“ึดึ”ื™ื, which means โ€œappointed timesโ€. God had already decided what His appointed times would be, right from the start. Appointed times include the Sabbath and the Feast Days (something that Christian are unaware of as well).

13. Are Christians under a "New Covenant"?

2 Corinthians 3:6
Who also has made us able ministers of the new covenant; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter kills, but the spirit gives life.  (see 
point #14 regarding "new" meaning "renewed")

It should be very clear here that Paul is teaching about the โ€œnew covenant.โ€ Paul actually refers to it by name in verse 6. We can not ignore this. Now we have Paul not only directly referencing the new covenant but also using prophetic language that details the expected changes in the new covenant. This can only mean that Paul is teaching how the law of God is written on our heart (Jer. 31:33, Ez. 36:27), not how the law of God is abolished. What is written (all of it) on our heart simply can not also be the same thing that is abolished.

The question remains, how does God give us the desire or spirit to want to observe the Law of God? How does He write it on our hearts?

This is the part that many miss because they do not understand the whole point of the New Covenant. The New Covenant is not a new law replacing an abolished law, but instead a new heart to replace a stony heart that rejects the Law of God.


In order for the New Covenant to be successful, God must do something to give us the desire to observe God's law. We need to determine what God did that changed everything.

The letter of the law is designed to kill us by exposing our sin. The law must kill us so that we may be born again. Once we are found dead in Christ and we become the โ€œnew manโ€ and we are โ€œborn againโ€ in the faith, we then begin to love God. Loving God is defined by keeping His commandments.

Above directly quoted from:
https://www.119ministries.com/teachings/articles/2-corinthians-37-8-exactly-what-came-to-an-end-the-glory-or-gods-law/2/


14. Hebrews 8:13 says the old Covenant is obsolete


In Hebrews 8:7 and 8:13 the word "covenant" is an added word and not in the original Greek.

Here is Hebrews 8 - the covenant is mentioned, but not in every verse that the English translation has it. If the word "covenant" is not in the Greek it has a strike through [ covenant  ].


But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.
For if that first covenant  [mediator] had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.

For finding fault with them [the Israelites, God did not find fault with the covenant], he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:

Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.

10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:

11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.

12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.

13 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old ["obsolete" in the NIV). Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.


Matt 9:13 "new" wineskins is the Greek word ฮฝฮญฮฟฮฝ (neon) (Strongs 3501). The old wineskins are discarded because they cannot be used at all, and totally new wineskines must be used. The wineskins cannot be "renewed" and used with the new wine.


Hebrews 8:8 "new" covenant is the Greek word ฮบฮฑฮนฮฝฮฎฮฝ (kainen) 2537, having the meaning of "re-new".

This is in the same family of Greek words as anakainรณล ("up, completing a process" and kainoล, "renew," which is derived from 2537 /kainรณs) โ€“ to renew by moving from one stage to a higher (more developed) one; make qualitatively new. 


Notice in reading Hebrews that much is spoken of regarding the Tabernacle and the sacrificial system. This is the covenant which became obsolete when Jesus shed His own blood for our sins. The temple no longer exists and no sacrifices are being done โ€“ they are obsolete.
But there is no mention in Hebrews of the 10 commandments, so Heb 8:13 cannot be saying they are obsolete.


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I think it is instructive to understand what happened at Mt Sinai with the giving of the law. I gained my initial understanding of this from the following article.
https://www.facebook.com/notes/blood-of-the-eternal-covenant/moses-makes-seven-trips-up-and-down-mt-sinai-the-single-most-important-piece-of-/1024399557633411/
It is long and takes reading a number of times to understand it all, so I will summarize it h
ere:
Moses went up Mt Sinai 7 times, and it is important to understand what happened on each of those trips.


ORIGINALLY when Israel was at Mt. Sinai, God's plan was that His 10 commandments would be written on their heart and His Holy Spirit would empower them to be a holy living example on earth of a people following Godโ€™s eternal Law.

BUT the people shrank back in fear โ€“ so they did not receive the Holy Spirit indwelling them.
As a result, God gave them the tabernacle (His presence with them) and the Book of the Covenant (How to live with God in their midst - but not in their heart).
The Tabernacle is a picture of Jesus in their midst.

Compare these two verses:
to Israel -- EXODUS 19:5-6 Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.โ€™

to Christians -- 1 PETER 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

This is the same promise to both! The difference is that we have been given the Holy Spirit to empower us to keep God's commands. God's commands have not changed.

AFTER God gave the 10 commandments, and AFTER He gave the tabernacle (a copy of what is in heaven, and still is in heaven), THEN the Israelites committed adultery with the golden calf. They broke the blood covenant, for which the penalty was death. THEN God gave the sacrificial Levitical system, which pointed to Jesus who took the death penalty in our place. The "Law of Moses" was a result of their sin. God's 10 commandments were God's original design before and continue to remain forever. The Israelites sin resulted in the addition of a sacrificial system till Christ came; but their sin did not result in God declaring the 10 commandments.




15. Don't Christians live in New Testament Times?

The OT and NT  was a division made by Marcion, 100 AD.


There is no Old and New Testament in God's Word. The Bible was divided into Old and New Testaments by Marcion, around 100 AD, because he wanted to show the distinction between the loving and nice "Jesus" God of the NT, and the wrathful "God" of the OT. Yahweh (God) does not change. The nice "loving Jesus" will come back soon with more wrath and vengeance than was ever seen in the OT. And, as Ezekiel says of the coming Millennium when Yashua (Jesus) will reign, He will govern according to the Law of God, which includes keeping the Sabbath and Feasts.


Marcionโ€™s central thesis was:
- The Christian Gospel was wholly a Gospel of Love to the absolute exclusion of Law.
- The God revealed in the Old Testament had nothing in common with the God of Jesus Christ.
- The Old Testament God was vengeful; the more Christ-like God of the New Testament was not at all wrathful, but only ever loving to everyone.


16. Jesus changed everything when He died and rose again

Not everything!  


What ๐™™๐™ž๐™™ change when Jesus rose?

What word fills this blank?
This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive ________ by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? (Galatians 3:2)
Possible answers: salvation, grace, mercy, eternal life, _???_

When Jesus was about to ascend back to heaven, what did He command His disciples to wait for?
๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—›๐—ผ๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฆ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ.

But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. (John 16:7)

Paul asked the Galatians, "did you receive the Spirit by works of the law, or by hearing with faith?" The giving of the Holy Spirit is the key distinctive of Christianity and the fundamental change that occurred because Jesus died.

In the first Pentecost a single fire descended on Mt. Sinai and the people backed off and remained at a distance. In the second Pentecost, the fire came and split up, rested on, and then filled each believer in the room. In the first Pentecost, God spoke from the mount. In the second Pentecost, God spoke through the believers by the Holy Spirit. Because Jesus died, the holy, distant, and fearful God now lives in men and women of faith. This is a monumental change brought about by Jesus' death. To meditate on the two events is to see the magnitude of the change. The distant terrifying God is now near and intimate.

๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป?
1. By the Holy Spirit, we are a new creation
2. By the Holy Spirit, we have intimate access to the Father
3. By the Holy Spirit, we have unity, power and gifts to do Jesus' work on earth.

๐—ก๐—ผ๐˜„, ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—›๐—ผ๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฆ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜, ๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—š๐—ผ๐—ฑ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€.
The ๐™‰๐™š๐™ฌ ๐˜พ๐™ค๐™ซ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ฉ
"But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days," declares the Lord, "๐—œ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐—ฝ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐— ๐˜† ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜„ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—บ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ฟ ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—œ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐˜„๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐˜; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. (Jeremiah 31:31-34; and quoted in Hebrews 8:8-12)

"Moreover, ๐—œ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐—ด๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ฎ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฝ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—ฎ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. ๐—œ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐—ฝ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐— ๐˜† ๐—ฆ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ธ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐— ๐˜† ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜‚๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜€, ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐˜‚๐—น ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ผ๐—ฏ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐— ๐˜† ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€." (Ezekiel 36:26-27)

What word is NOT correct in the following verse?
Matt 7:22-23 Many will say to me on that day, โ€˜Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?โ€™ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, โ€˜I never knew you. Away from me, you unbelievers!โ€™

See for more discussion (source of above taken from this website)
https://bible.org/article/what-changed-because-jesus-died

17. Celebrating the eighth day as a rest day

FB Comment Post - โ€œwe are now celebrating the eighth day as a rest day because we are now looking ahead with anticipation on His second coming.โ€

โ€œCelebrating the eighth dayโ€ was the origin within the catholic church of changing the Sabbath to the first day of the week.


God did not tell us to celebrate the eighth day! This is manโ€™s idea. It is changing Godโ€™s orderly plan and confusing people.


Christians think the next event for them when they die is heaven. The Jews expected the Messiah would restore Israel immediately; instead there was another 2000 years before the Messiah would come as earthly King. The same surprise will happen for the Christians, because there is still 1000 years on this earth AFTER the end of this present age (which is soon to end).

18. What did Jesus talk about most? The Kingdom

Yahshua (Jesus) cares about the coming Kingdom when He will reign for 1000 yrs. Yashua spoke more about the Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God than anything else during His ministry. And the Sabbath is to remind us each week that the Kingdom of God is coming, and to focus our thoughts on this soon coming time which means so much to Yahweh (God).


The 1000 yr reign


Yahshua even says the Passover will find fulfillment in the Kingdom of Yahweh (God). see Luke 22:15-16 That is future when Yahshua reigns and rules according to the way He wants His Kingdom to be.

Passages talking about the future 1000 yr reign of Yahshua:
Ezek 45:17 โ€” The Sabbaths (plural, includes the weekly and annual Sabbaths; i.e., Holy Day festivals) and solemnities (moedim) or appointed times (see also v. 9).
Ezek 45:21 โ€” Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread
Ezek 45:25 โ€” The Feast of Tabernacles
Ezek 46:1 โ€” The weekly Sabbath
Ezek 46:9 and 11 โ€” solemn or appointed times (moedim) and feasts (meaning โ€œpilgrimage feast, festival, celebration, holy day, time of dancing, cyclical/yearly seasonal event; i.e., the feast daysโ€)
Zech 14:16,18,19 โ€” The Feast of Tabernacles

In these passages, it is not only Israel, but all the nations (gentiles) that observe these days, and if they do not, then they will be punished.

How can it be that these special days were given for the OT only, then during the "age of grace" Christians are free to choose their own celebration days (Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, Sunday), but when Yahshua reigns, then the original sabbaths are observed again.

The "age of grace" just proves how far people can go from God's ways, even after the Holy Spirit has been sent..

How can the Sabbath be obsolete if it is going to be kept in the future Kingdom of God?

19. Col 2:16 - Do not let anyone judge you

FB Comment:  โ€œBy being obedient to the Holy Spirit we build our relationship with the Lord and not by adherence to rules. Col 2:16 confirms it and goes further by saying that we should not be prescribed by anyone to keep these laws like the Sabbath.โ€


My response:

Col 2:16-17 (NIV) Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or ๐—ฎ ๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ต day. 17 These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.


Typically, Christians think all mentions of Sabbath are referring to the 7th day Sabbath; just like they lump all mentions of law into one LAW. There are different sabbaths, just as there are different laws.


Notice it is not referring to "the" Sabbath, but to โ€œaโ€ Sabbath. And the sabbaths being referred to are the Feast Days of Yahweh, which were indeed a shadow of Yahshua to come. ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ต-๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ต ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ป'๐˜ ๐—ฎ ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ.
see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdPsmTQu1WQ   7 Feasts Of The Lord


In some Bibles (such as the KJV) whenever they refer to the seventh-day Sabbath, it's always capitalized. When referring to non-seventh-day sabbaths, such as the sabbath days that were connected to the feasts, it's spelled with a lower case "s". In Colossians 2:16, it is spelled with a lower case "s". The sentence in verse 16 is actually continued on into verse 17. Verse 17 helps to specify which sabbaths that verse 16 refers to (...which are a shadow of things to come...). The feast days and the sabbaths connected to them were a shadow of things to come. They aren't referring to the seventh-day Sabbath in Colossians 2:16. 

The Colossians were not to let anyone judge them f๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด these feasts!
Let no man judge you ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด these feasts and days. It is not saying that we are no longer to keep them.


Here is a very good explanation of Col 2:16 especially of what "shadow" means.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y19VnxP1KUY&t=14s

Anytime it looks like Paul is saying to get rid of the Law, he is saying one of two things:
1. get rid of the traditions and doctrines of man
2. get rid of the law of sin and death; ie. the punishment the law brings when you break it. Not to get rid of the law itself.

20. Romans 14:5 - One person considers one day more sacred; another considers all days alike

The whole context of ๐—ฅ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฐ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ. It mentions "eat" 17 times in this one chapter!! This is not about the Sabbath. It is about disputable matters involving what one eats on certain days. The Sabbath is not a "disputable" matter.


 In Romans 14, the sabbath is never mentioned. Rom 14:6 Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever EATS MEAT does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains [FROM MEAT] does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. For example, Catholics eat fish on Friday. This is a day of fasting from meat. That is the day they regard as special. This is a man-made tradition. This is the type of discussion Romans 14 is talking about.


In fact, the Sabbath is not mentioned once in the whole book of Romans! 

21. Different Laws in the NT - We are no longer under the law but are guided by the Holy Spirit

There are a few laws mentioned in the NT.

Law of God
Law of Moses
Law of Sin and Death
Law of Christ

Law of faith
Law of the Spirit

Law of righteousness

Law of commandments

Law of liberty

If Yahshua (Jesus) kept the Sabbath, and you are a follower of Him, then do you do as He did?? The Sabbath, and indeed all of God's Laws, were given for our blessing. 


Yahshua said that He kept all of Yahweh's commandments:

John 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.

Galatians 3:19 Why, then, was the law given at all? It was ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€ until the Seed to whom the promise referred had come. The law was given through angels and entrusted to a mediator.

At Mt Sinai, God spoke His Commandments, and then wrote them on stone. The sacrificial system was "๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ" AFTER the people sinned at the Golden Calf. These ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ laws existed until Yahshua came as the final sacrifice.


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Paul mentions many โ€œlawsโ€ in his writings.
It is useful to do a word study on "Law of God" vs "Law of Moses" vs "Law of Sin and Death".

How do you understand Paul when he wrote the following?
Romans 7:22  For I delight in the LAW OF GOD after the inward man
Romans 7:25 with the mind I myself serve the LAW OF GOD; but with the flesh the LAW OF SIN.
Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the LAW OF GOD, neither indeed can be.
Romans 8:2 For the LAW OF T
HE SPIRIT OF LIFE IN CHRIST JESUS hath made me free from the LAW OF SIN AND DEATH.

So the LAW OF GOD is good (that is the 10 Commandments) but the LAW OF MOSES was for a sinful people to bring them to Christ.

God runs the entire universe based on laws - laws of physics, laws of government, laws of chemistry, laws of morality
In our sinful state it is impossible for us to meet God's perfect laws. That is why we needed Yahshua to save us. But Yahshua's finished work does not delete any of Yahweh's laws! They are eternal. On what basis was Satan thrown out of heaven? He violated God's Law which existed before time began.


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Law verses in Romans

Romans 2:13 For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in Godโ€™s sight, but it is ๐˜๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ผ ๐—ผ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐˜† ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜„ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ผ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€.

Romans 2:14  Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, ๐—ฑ๐—ผ ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜€ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜„, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law.

Romans 2:15 ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜† ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜„ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ฟ ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐˜€, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.)

Romans 2:27   T๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ผ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฝ๐—ต๐˜†๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐˜†๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜„ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ป ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ who, even though you have the written code and circumcision, are a lawbreaker.

Romans 3:27  Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. Because of what law? The law that requires works? No, because of ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜„ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต.

Romans 3:31 ๐——๐—ผ ๐˜„๐—ฒ, ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ป, ๐—ป๐˜‚๐—น๐—น๐—ถ๐—ณ๐˜† ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜„ ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต? Not at all! Rather, ๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜„.

Romans 7:12 So then, ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜„ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—น๐˜†, ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—น๐˜†, ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ด๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ.

Romans 7:14 We know that t๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜„ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—น; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin.

Romans 7:22 For in my inner being ๐—œ ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—š๐—ผ๐—ฑโ€™๐˜€ ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜„;

Romans 8:4 in order that ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜„ ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐˜‚๐—น๐—น๐˜† ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜‚๐˜€, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Romans 8:7 The ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ด๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ต ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—š๐—ผ๐—ฑ; ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—š๐—ผ๐—ฑโ€™๐˜€ ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜„, nor can it do so.

Galatians is about being saved, not about our life after salvation.
We are not saved by keeping the law.

1 Timothy 1:8 We know that ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜„ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ด๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ if one uses it properly.

James 1:25 But whoever looks intently into ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜ ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜„ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ด๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—บ, and continues in itโ€”not forgetting what they have heard, but doing itโ€”they will be blessed in what they do.

James 2:12 ๐—ฆ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ธ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ผ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ด๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐—ท๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜„ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ด๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—บ,

2 Peter 3:17 Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ด๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐˜€๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€ and fall from your secure position.

Revelation 15:5 After this I looked, and I ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐˜„ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ป the templeโ€”that is, the ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜„โ€”and it was opened.

God still keeps His covenant law in heaven, even if it is not kept on earth by so many of His "followers".


22. The law was our schoolmaster, we are no longer under it

Paul writes in Galatians 3:24-25 24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.


When we are children we need to learn the rules. When we grow up, we keep the rules without being told. That is called maturity! Just because we have grown up does not mean that we can disobey the rules we were taught as children. If we don't continue, then we need to be taught again. Maturity is not a license to ignore what we have been taught!


So, when we are in Christ, we "fulfill", that means "keep", the law, because now we are mature in Christ and His laws are written in our hearts and are what we most naturally do.


23. Laws should not be so important for Christians

FB comment:  โ€œI notice that adherence to laws is very important to you."

My response: Without laws there is no freedom! Laws are only offensive to those people who don't want to keep them. To everyone else they are FREEDOM - freedom from pain, accidents, death.. Just imagine driving on a highway where there are no rules/laws! Or living in a country with no laws โ€“ it is anarchy, death, uncertainly, and a fearful existence.

When learning a new subject, we are taught the rules; just like for playing a sports game. They may be difficult and frustrating to learn at the start, but without them we can go no further in learning the subject, or playing the game, It will just be a muddle and chaos. Once the rules are ingrained and part of us, then we can go on to higher levels of challenge and accomplishment. But we do not stop following the rules!!! When we master a subject or sport we no longer even think of the rules, we just do them by nature and habit.

Why are Christians so opposed to rules; that is the human nature which is in opposition to God. They want the beauty and experience of a relationship without the first step of the rules. In marriage, first is complying with the laws (of God and legal), and getting married; then comes the relationship and growing in love. But once married one keeps the rulesโ€ฆ. out of love!!


24. Obedience to the Holy Spirit is more important than obedience to rules

FB comment - โ€œTo me my obedience to the Holy Spirit is more important, because through my obedience I build my relationship with the Lordโ€

My response: And what does the Holy Spirit instruct you to do? 


What is meant by "obedience"? Obedience to what exactly? Why would the Holy Spirit tell you to do something contrary to the Laws of God? The evidence that you are living in obedience to the Holy Spirit is you following God's instructions!


How do you know if you are living under grace, or out of grace?


So much of Christianity emphasizes โ€œrelationshipโ€ at the expense of truth; Jesus said to worship in spirit AND in truth; the Jews worship in truth, Christian worship in spirit; the two must become one. That is what Jesus said to the woman at the well. John 4:23  But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.


Revelation 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.


Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

What is born of the Spirit is spirit โ€“ Godโ€™s covenants, laws and statutes were born of God who is spirit, so that means the covenants, laws and statues are spirit (and not born of man).


25. Saturday is for the Jews only

Israel, not Judaism, was Yahwehโ€™s idea, and still is Yahwehโ€™s heart for His people. So yes, we are the โ€œnew Israelโ€, but we are still the Israel that Yahweh first planned to have (but which all people, not just the Jews, failed to follow).


Romans 11 speaks of the Gentiles being grafted into the olive tree, which is Israel (Yahwehโ€™s plan). So we who are Gentiles are to become Israelites in the TRUE sense of the word (not as distorted and confused by man and the Jewish people). The Gentiles are grafted into the root, as also some Jews will be re-grafted in again. But the Root, Yahwehโ€™s plan and desire for His people, is one and the same for all, Jew and Gentile.

Yahweh originally wanted His Spoken Law to be written on their heart, not on stone tablets. Now in the New Covenant, Yahweh's Law IS to be written on our hearts. This verse does not say we are not to have the Law of Yahweh, but rather that it is now to reside in our heart and not just on stone or written!!
2 Cor 3:3 Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.
So now Yahwehโ€™s law is written in our heart, the same law that He gave to the Israelites as an everlasting covenant.


The Sabbath is not a โ€œtraditionโ€ (except perhaps all the additional rules added by the Jews).

The Sabbath is a โ€œcovenantโ€, Godโ€™s covenant with man. A covenant is eternal.


26. Jesus Christ is my Sabbath - Lord of the Sabbath

If you are following Jesus, then you will be following the Sabbath, because He did!! Jesus declared that He was "Lord of the Sabbath". If there is no Sabbath anymore, then how can He be Lord of it?


Note that "there remains" a Sabbath rest, not there "was" a Sabbath rest.

27. โ€œThe Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbathโ€ Mark 2:27

The Sabbath is a gift, an opportunity to take a break, to rest and be renewed, a chance to turn our thoughts to the hope that lies ahead, a time to spend with Yahweh. For sure, it is made for us!! 


The Sabbath was made for "man". It is not written "the Sabbath was made for Israel or for the Jew." The word "man" included all people.


The Sabbath was made at the very beginning of time. The first full day of Adam's existence was the Sabbath. This day was Yahweh's gift to man, to Adam, right from the very beginning.


If something is made โ€œfor meโ€ then it is โ€œmineโ€.
โ€œMade for meโ€ does not mean that I reject it or ignore it.

The Sabbath was made for man, it is the Millennium, the wedding day of God with man.
There is so much depth in the statement โ€œThe Sabbath was made for manโ€.
 

28. The Sabbath is a rule and has nothing to do with love and cannot be written on our heart.

Jesus said, "if you love me keep my commandments".

๐—ฆ๐—ผ ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—š๐—ผ๐—ฑโ€™๐˜€ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ.


If these commandments are written on our heart this means that we do them naturally, this is our first nature and not something that has to be drilled into us. Once a student learns the subject very, very well, it becomes part of their thinking. They no longer have to โ€œfollow rulesโ€, because doing so is the way they think about the problems to be solved.

In fact, for a follower of Christ to NOT do the commandments means that they are going against what is written in their heart.

When Jesus said โ€œif you love me, keep my commandmentsโ€ He was quoting from the Deut 11, and many other verses in the OT.


Psalm 119 David says many times how he loves and delights in Godโ€™s law and commandments
Ex 20:6 ; Deut 5:10, 7:9, And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ ๐—บ๐˜† ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐˜€.


Dan 9:4 keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments;


Love God and keep His commandments
๐—ฅ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฏ:๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฌ Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜„.


John 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him


John 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.


1 John 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.


1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.


2 John 1:6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments.


29. Days the disciples gathered for "worship"

The following verses, so often quoted, do not say that the disciples gathered for worship on the first day of the week:

Acts 20:7 And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฏ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ธ ๐—ฏ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight. Paul taught and preached.
This was not a worship service. "Breaking bread" is not worship. It indicates they had a meal together. Every meal starts with the "breaking of bread" by the head of the house. In fact, Paul spoke so long that they ate two meals! (see Acts 20:7 and 20:11) This does not mean they had communion twice in one night or that they โ€œworshipedโ€ twice!! Acts 20:7 "...we came together to break bread Acts 20:11 (after Eutychus falls asleep listening to Paul preach, and falls out the window) ..."then he went upstairs again and broke bread and ate." Two times in one night they "๐—ฏ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐—ฏ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ".


Acts 20:7 โ€œAnd upon the first day of the week,..." The word "day" is not in the original text, The Greek words are ฮผฮนแพท ฯ„แฟถฮฝ ฯƒฮฑฮฒฮฒฮฌฯ„ฯ‰ฮฝ (first of the sabbaths). This was the same day of the year as the women went to the tomb (also in those verses it only mentions ฯƒฮฑฮฒฮฒฮฌฯ„ฯ‰ฮฝ sabaton/sabbath). This was the start of the count of the 7 weeks leading up to Pentecost. A few verses later validates this in Acts 20:16 Paul wanted to get to Jerusalem for Pentecost.
Paul was preaching and teaching, not worshiping!
For more detailed analysis of Acts 20:7, please see https://vineyardjc.com/acts-207-says-what/


1 Corinthians 16:2 โ€“ day to set aside money (no mention of church gathering on this day) The Jews have nothing to do with money on the Sabbath. So this verse proves that the first day of the week was a work day. They had not chosen Sunday as a day of worship.

A few more verses to consider:
John 20:19 โ€“ disciples gathered for fear (not for worship)!


Matthew 28:1, Mark 16:2, Mark 16:9, Luke 24:1, John 20:1 โ€“Mary came to the tomb to embalm Jesus, thinking He was dead (she didnโ€™t come to worship Him)

The "day of the Lord" โ€The Lordโ€™s dayโ€ refers to a day of JUDGMENT or the day when Jesus returns, not a day of gathering for worship.


Revelation 1:10 โ€“ John in the Spirit (no reference to the 1st day of the week). To John, the phrase "the Lord's day", referred to the Old Testament passages of the coming destruction that climaxes in the return of Christ (Isaiah 13:6, 9; Joel 1:15; 2:1, 11, 31; Amos 5:18;)
Acts 2:20  - The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood...
1 Corinthians 5:5 โ€“ Judgment day is the day of the Lord
2 Corinthians 1:14 - we are your rejoicing, even as ye also are our's in the day of the Lord Jesus (when Jesus returns)
1 Thessalonians 5:2, 2 Peter 3:10 โ€“ Day of the Lord comes as a thief in the night.



If Acts 20:7 is the only verse to use in proving that the disciples met on the first day of the week, then it is a weak point. I like to see all of all of scripture back up a belief, not just one verse.

What about these verses that says they met every day?
๐—ช๐—ต๐˜† ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—น๐—น๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐Ÿฒ ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—น๐˜† ๐Ÿญ ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฒ?

Acts 2:46 E๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜† ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜‚๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐˜ together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,

Acts 5:42 ๐——๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—ณ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜†, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.

Acts 17:11 Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜† to see if what Paul said was true.

Acts 17:17 So he reasoned in the synagogue with both Jews and God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜† with those who happened to be there.

Acts 19:9 But some of them 
became obstinate; they refused to believe and publicly maligned the Way. So Paul left them. He took the disciples with him and had discussions ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—น๐˜† in the lecture hall of Tyrannus.

๐—ช๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—น๐˜† ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฑ:
Matthew 26:55 ๐—˜๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜† I sat in the temple courts teaching, and you did not arrest me.

Mark 14:49 ๐—˜๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜† I was with you, teaching in the temple courts, and you did not arrest me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled.โ€

Luke 19:47 ๐—˜๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜† he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him.

Luke 21:37 ๐—˜๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜† Jesus was teaching at the temple, and each evening he went out to spend the night on the hill called the Mount of Olives,

Luke 22:53 ๐—˜๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜† I was with you in the temple courts, and you did not lay a hand on me. But this is your hourโ€”when darkness reigns.โ€


30. Closed church buildings - the real place of worship?

The church ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜€ are closed. I am not sure that YHWH (God) wanted buildings anyway!!

Yahshua (Jesus) said โ€œWoman, believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem." John 4:21

Today we are to worship in spirit and in truth, neither in Jerusalem (at the Temple) nor at any high place (local worship place outside of Jerusalem). Israel worshiped at Jerusalem, because God wanted to teach them that there was only ONE way to God. All the nations worshiped their gods on every high hill (ie. many ways to their gods). What does that tell you about all the church buildings that dot the land and are usually the most prominent buildings? Just a thought.


We are to "assemble" in His name (Heb 10:25). The early church gathered in people's homes. The synagogues were for teaching, not places of worship. It is interesting to do a study on the word "worship" in the NT. You will find that they only place people go to "worship" is Jerusalem, and that for the Feasts of Yahweh (God).

John 12:20 And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast:

Acts 8:27  the Ethiopian eunuch] had come to Jerusalem for to worship,

Acts 24:11 [Paul speaking] You can easily verify that no more than twelve days ago I went up to Jerusalem to worship.

John 4:20 Samaritan woman] Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.โ€

In the OT, corporate worship happened 3 times a year, when everyone went up to Jerusalem for the Feasts of the Yahweh (God). There are many example
s of spontaneous individual worship, but corporate worship was done on the days Yahweh (God) chose.
For the rest of the time, the Levites were to teach the people Yahweh (God)'s ways. For example, Samuel went on a circuit teaching. There were no synagogues when the nation of Israel was established. Yahweh (God) had only ONE place of worship,

By the time of Yahshua, there were synagogues as places of teaching and preaching, but not as places of worship.
There is no mention of "corporate worship" (other than in Jerusalem for the feasts) in the New Testament.


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In the OT, corporate worship happened 3 times a year, when everyone went up to Jerusalem for the Feasts of Yahweh (God). There are many examples of spontaneous individual worship, but corporate worship was done on the days Yahweh (God) chose.
For the rest of the time, the Levites were to teach the people Yahweh (God)'s ways. Samuel went on a circuit teaching. There were no synagogues when the nation of Israel was established. Yahweh (God) had only ONE place of worship, and the Levites were responsible for teaching the people throughout the land. Not in buildings!

By the time of Yahshua, there were synagogues as places of teaching and preaching, but not as places of worship.
There is no mention of corporate "worship" (other than in Jerusalem for the feasts) in the New Testament.

Since the time of Yahshua, we are to ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฝ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐˜๐—ต, not "on this mountain" (high place) nor in Jerusalem. The "high places" were a stumbling block for the Israelites, and they continue to this day in the form of "churches" on every "high place" (prominent street corners) where people sing praises to "the Lord" (another word for Baal).

๐—›๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฌ๐—›๐—ช๐—›'๐˜€ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—น - ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ด๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ
2 Chronicles 17:6-10
6 And his heart [King Jehoshaphat] was lifted up in the ways of Yahweh (God): moreover he took away the high places and groves out of Judah.
7 Also in the third year of his reign ๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€, even to Benhail, and to Obadiah, and to Zechariah, and to Nethaneel, and to Michaiah, ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—ต.
8 And with them he sent Levites, even Shemaiah, and Nethaniah, and Zebadiah, and Asahel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehonathan, and Adonijah, and Tobijah, and Tobadonijah, Levites; and with them Elishama and Jehoram, priests.
9 ๐—”๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜† ๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐—ด๐—ต๐˜ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—ต, ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜„ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—บ, ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ด๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—ต, ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐—ด๐—ต๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ.
10 And the fear of the Lord fell upon all the kingdoms of the lands that were round about Judah, so that they made no war against Jehoshaphat.

This is the model of what Yahweh (God) wanted --
not high places of worship scattered throughout the land.

Note: The Israelites did think they were worshiping Yahweh (God) on the high places.
2 Chronicles 32:12 - Did not Hezekiah himself remove this godโ€™s high places and altars, saying to Judah and Jerusalem, โ€˜You must worship before one altar and burn sacrifices on itโ€™?
2 Chronicles 33:17 Nevertheless the people did sacrifice still in the high places, yet unto Yahweh (God) their God only.
2 Kings 18:22 - Sennacherib knew they worshiped Yahweh (God), and says that Hezekiah removed โ€œHisโ€ (Yahweh (God)โ€™s) high places. So these high places were for the worship for Yahweh (God).


How do we practically "go throughout the cities" and teach people today? May I suggest that one way is to teach via the internet (Facebook/YouTube) and use money to extend the reach of the teachings.
This is not the time to build buildings! (actually, it never was)



31. Matthew 22  - Summed up in 2 commandments

Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. ON THESE TWO COMMANDMENTS HANG ALL THE LAW AND THE PROPHETS.


Jesus was summarizing the 10 commandments, he was NOT replacing them. He said all the law *hang on* these two.


Jesus said "love God ... and your neighbor" (Mark 12:28-34) in response to the Scribes question of which was the greatest commandment. If Jesus was saying that these two commands replaced the 10 Commandments, ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฑ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ฆ๐—ง๐—ข๐—ก๐—˜๐—— ๐—›๐—ถ๐—บ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜. The fact is, He was stating the summary of the 10 Commandments which everyone listening to Him knew by heart.
To "hang on" means to "hold tightly", So these two commandments hold tightly to all the law, ie the law from which they derive which was God's Law, the 10 Commandments (not the Mosaic Law, which is very different from the Law of God.)
Jesus was quoting from Deuteronomy which gives this commandment 8 times:
Deut 6:5, 10:12, 11:1, 13, 22, 13:3, 19:9, 30:6
Jesus was saying if you do these two commandments you will be actually doing all 10.


Why did Jesus not mention the Sabbath in Matthew 22?

๐—๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฑ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐˜† ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—น๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐Ÿฎ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—›๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ผ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด.


Actually in the New Testament there are 1050 commands, way more than in the Old Testament. AND many of the commands are much more difficult and demanding. For a complete list of commands in NT see https://www.abc.net.au/reslib/201407/r1308729_17984331.pdf


Here are the 10 Commandments in the NT. 

Genesis 26:5

Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws [Torah].

This was long before Moses.

32. The Pharisees said Jesus was breaking the Sabbath

Only Yahshua followed the Sabbath perfectly. Don't listen to what the Pharisees said. ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜† said He was not keeping the Sabbath, but He was keeping it perfectly. In order to fulfill the Law, Yahshua had to follow it perfectly.

The Pharisees added a lot of man-made rules to God's Laws. Follow Yahshua's example!


Yahshua (Jesus) was ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด the Sabbath perfectly when he performed miracles. The Pharisees accused Yahshua of not keeping the Sabbath, but they were the ones not keeping it properly.

33. Entering into Rest

We have spiritual rest because Yahshua (Jesus) came. But we do not yet have physical rest. We cannot say that we have fully entered into "rest" until we have both physical and spiritual rest. And the Sabbath day of creation was pointing to the Millennial Reign of Yahshua when the earth will have rest from Satan's influence for 1000 years. That has not happened yet. The Sabbath day, which is the crowning event of creation, points to the "day" when God will have fellowship with man on earth. Until that happens, each Sabbath is a reminder and a hope for that future event.


Faith without actions is dead. There are two parts to faith - what you believe, and what you do because of that belief. If you believe that Yahshua (Jesus) fulfilled all the commandments (ie. that He agreed they were good and to be followed) and you do ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ as He did, then you are not following Him.
Our actions tell more about our beliefs than our words.

34. The Sabbath was a burden

The Sabbath is a gift, not a burden. It is a burden only for people who are more interested in their own life pursuits than in following God.



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