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Saturday, June 16 2012
The Day That The Church Was Created
The Biblical Hebrew word pronounced shish-shee means sixth, and hence is correctly translated into English as such. The first "sixth" recorded in the Holy Bible was the sixth day of Creation. It was the end of the first "work week."
"1:24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. 1:25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
As stated above, humans were created at the end of the last work day of the week. The first humans observed the first Sabbath as the LORD day of rest, not their own i.e. "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." The Day is Holy because the LORD is Holy (see Appearances Of The LORD God and What Does Word of God Mean To You? to understand that "the LORD God" was and is Jesus Christ).
"2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
"On the sixth day they shall prepare that which they bring in; and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily"
From then on, the first humans observed the Sabbath of the LORD (see Why Observe The True Sabbath?) as a day of rest for themselves also because they too thereafter had work to rest from. The Commandment to work six days and then rest on the Holy Sabbath of the LORD didn't originate in the Sinai; it began right in the Garden of Eden, long before Israelites or Jews came into existence from the descendants of the first humans (see The Fourth Commandment, Part One: Work and The Fourth Commandment, Part Two: Rest).
"2:15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it." (Genesis 2:15 KJV)
Many centuries later, still before the Ten Commandments were given to Moses on Mount Sinai (see The Stones Of Mount Sinai and Paul's Geography Lesson), the Israelites were instructed to work six days and rest on the Seventh Day - as well as use the sixth day as a preparation day for the Sabbath.
"16:4 Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no. 16:5 And it shall come to pass, that on the sixth day they shall prepare that which they bring in; and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily." (Exodus 16:4-5 KJV)
So the obedient ones of the people came to understand the principles of the Fourth Commandment (work six days, use the sixth day as a preparation for the Sabbath, and observe the Sabbath of the LORD) as a way of life.
"16:21 And they gathered it every morning, every man according to his eating: and when the sun waxed hot, it melted. 16:22 And it came to pass, that on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for one man: and all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moses. 16:23 And he said unto them, This is that which the LORD hath said, To morrow is the rest of the holy sabbath unto the LORD: bake that which ye will bake to day, and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning.
The reason that the Fourth Commandment begins with "remember" is because the people to whom it was first given already knew it. For those of God's true people who came afterward, the "remember" is to never forget it.
"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)
Fact Finder: (a) The Biblical term "church" means the people who follow the Way of the LORD (see Can You See The Church?). Who were the first members of the Church of God? What happened to them? (b) Where has the Church of God been since the Garden of Eden? (c) What will happen to the Church just before the Messiah returns? Why? (d) Who will be the Church during the first thousand years after the Messiah's return? (e) When will the Church of God entirely become the Kingdom of God?
This Day In History, June 16
455: Rome was sacked by the Vandal army (hence the term "vandalism").
1487: The Battle of Stoke, the last great battle fought on English soil, brought an end to the War of the Roses between the Houses of York and Lancaster.
1654: Queen Christina abdicated the Swedish throne after converting to Roman Catholicism.
1567: Mary Queen of Scots was locked up in Lochleven Castle prison.
1671: Cossack rebel leader Stenka Razin was executed in Moscow.
1745: British troops took Cape Breton Island, which is now part of Nova Scotia, Canada.
1815: After marching into Belgium earlier in the month, Napoleon found himself confronted by 2 allied armies, which he tried to split. On this day, a French attack at the crossroads called Quatre Bras on the British army failed to rout it or take the crossroads. The Prussian army also retired intact. Both armies faced Napoleon 2 days later at Waterloo.
1891: John Abbott became Canada's third Prime Minister since the present-day nation was founded in 1867 (July 1 is Canada Day, the national holiday).
1897: The Republic of Hawaii was annexed to the U.S.
1932: The ban on Nazi storm troopers is lifted by the von Papen government in Germany.
1933: Chaim Arlosoroff, a prominent Jewish Zionist (see Anti-Zion Is Anti-Christ) organization leader, was murdered at Tel Aviv.
1952: A Swedish rescue plane searching for a lost aircraft was shot down by Soviet fighters over Swedish territorial waters.
1955: At the Vatican, Pope Pius XII excommunicated Argentine President Juan Peron.
1963: Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space, aboard the Vostok 6 (Sally Ride became the first U.S. female astronaut in space 20 years later, in 1983).
1969: British Field Marshal Harold Alexander died at age 78. During the Second World War, he commanded the evacuation of 300,000 troops at Dunkirk (where he was the last man to leave the beaches), directed the allied ground offensive that resulted in the surrender of German forces at Tunis in May 1943, appointed commander of all allied forces in Italy in 1944, Governor-General of Canada 1946-1952, served as minister of defense 1952-1954 in Winston Churchill's government.
1993: Canada's peacekeeping mission to Cyprus ended after 29 years. The troops transferred their sector to British and Australian troops the previous day.