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Saturday, August 27 2011
The Way To Salvation: Step 4
The Fourth Commandment:
"20:8 Remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it holy. 20:9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 20:10 But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 20:11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it." (Exodus 20:8-11 KJV)
The Sabbath Day, and only the Sabbath Day, was made Holy by the LORD God at the time of Creation (see Christ The Creator).
"2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2:2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 2:3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made." (Genesis 2:1-3 KJV)
The Sabbath Day is God's Holy Day. The Sabbath Day is not the invention of, or the property of, Jews or any Sabbath-keeping Christians. It is the Holy Day of the LORD - and of those who truly follow and obey Him (see Friends Of Jesus):
"58:13 If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: 58:14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it." (Isaiah 58:13-14 KJV)
The Sabbath Day is an identifying sign; it identifies the only true God, the Creator, and it identifies His true people (although Sabbath-keeping alone is not enough - there are many who are Sabbath keepers who are not God's true people):
"20:11 And I gave them my statutes, and showed them my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them. 20:12 Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them." (Ezekiel 20:11-12 KJV)
The Sabbath Day is not the "Jewish" Sabbath; it is the Sabbath of the LORD. Jesus Christ, the greatest "Christian" of all, observed the Sabbath Day (see What Did Jesus Do On The Sabbath?) and only the Sabbath Day (the pagan Roman "sun day" did already exist at that time, but Jesus Christ, and the apostles, and the early church, were all Sabbath keepers - they would never have observed the heathen "sun-worship day" - see the Fact Finder question below):
"1:21 And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught." (Mark 1:21 KJV)
Christians continued to observe the Sabbath after Christ's sacrifice:
"13:42 And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath. 13:43 Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God. 13:44 And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God." (Acts 13:42-44 KJV)
The seventh day never stopped being God's Sabbath. It has always been observed by Christians who base their Christianity on the Word of God, the Holy Bible, and it will always be observed into the future. After the Return Of Jesus Christ (see Moriah: Separating The Wheat From The Chaff), all people, of all nations, will learn (the easy way, or the hard way - their choice, and yours) to observe God's weekly Sabbath:
"66:22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain. 66:23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD." (Isaiah 66:22-23 KJV)
Fact Finder: How did the Roman "sun day" become a counterfeit substitute for the true Christian Sabbath?
This Day In History, August 27
479 BC: The Battle of Plataea during the Greco-Persian Wars. The Persians (see Ancient Empires - Persia; Persia is known today as Iran) under Mardonius were defeated by the Greeks (see Ancient Empires - Greece) under Pausanias.
410: The Visigoths sacked Rome.
1626: The Danes were defeated by the Catholic League in Germany, marking the end of Danish intervention in European wars.
1813: The Allies defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Dresden.
1828: Uruguay became an independent state.
1883: 36,000 people died in the eruption of a volcano on the island of Krakatoa; it produced the loudest noise (in recorded history) to echo around the world.
1916: Italy declared war on Germany (both Italy and Japan fought against Germany during the First World War; both Italy and Japan were allied with Germany during the Second World War - listen to our sermon The European World Wars).
1928: The Kellogg-Briand Pact was signed in Paris by 60 nations, outlawing war and providing for the peaceful settlement of disputes. The Second World War followed a little over 10 years later.
1939: Just before the start of the Second World War, Germany's Heinkel He 178, the first jet aircraft, made it first flight.
1975: Haile Selassie, emperor of Ethiopia, died at age 83.
1979: Louis Mountbatten was killed by an Irish terrorist bomb in his sail boat in Sligo, Ireland.
1991: The European Union recognized the independence of the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
2003: The planet "Mars" (the pagan Roman name that scientists called the planet) made its closest approach to Earth in 60,000 years.