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Friday, March 11 2016
Matthew 12: Who Observed The First Christian Sabbath?
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God ... All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made ... And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us"
The one and only true Christian Sabbath (see Why Observe The True Sabbath? to understand how the Roman "sun day" happened) was created by "the LORD God" on the seventh day of Creation (see In The Beginning Was The Word; also What Did Jesus Tell John About Creation? and The Spirit Of Creation).
"2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
The "LORD God" was sent by the Father to do the Work of Creation. The "LORD God," Who is also "the Word of God," was later born as Jesus Christ (see also The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour).
"1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God. 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made ... 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." (John 1:1-3,14 KJV)
The true Sabbath did not originate with the Israelites - it originated, at the time of Creation, by the LORD, before any Israelites existed. Even then, the LORD, Who was later born as Jesus Christ, was the first and only to fully observe the first Sabbath because the Fourth Commandment is actually two Commandments.
The first humans were created on the sixth day, as part of the LORD's Work. They didn't work for the previous six days, and therefore did not have anything to rest from on the first Sabbath - although, being yet sinless, they would not have sinned by not keeping the day Holy to the LORD. Humans did not become rebels until later (see Where Did True and False Prophets Originate? and Who Invented Camouflage?).
By the time of the Exodus, the LORD, Who was later born as Jesus Christ, commanded the Israelites, and everyone else, to observe His Sabbath. The Holy Scriptures again plainly state that the LORD God was Jesus Christ.
"10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
By the time of the birth of the Messiah as a human, the leaders of Judaism (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism and Israel Never Knew Purim, Hanukkah Or Judaism) had turned the LORD's Sabbath into their Sabbath - an error that much of the world has blindly accepted i.e. they call the LORD's Sabbath merely "the Jewish Sabbath" - even though the Sabbath was created long before any Jews existed (see The First Jews).
The Pharisees and Sadducees criticized the LORD for not observing His Sabbath correctly! But they were the violators because they had replaced much of what the LORD had actually commanded them, as recorded in the Holy Scriptures, with their own self-serving traditions i.e. "7:9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition" (Mark 7:9 KJV; see also Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?).
"12:1 At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat. 12:2 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day.
The Messiah's Ministry was seen and recorded by the prophets. Isaiah was one of many who described, in amazing detail, Who was coming (see What Did The Messiah Read From Isaiah That Day? and Why Did Isaiah Say The Messiah's Name Is Immanuel?). There was no excuse for the "experts" of those Holy Scriptures to not recognize the LORD's coming.
"12:15 But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all; 12:16 And charged them that they should not make him known: 12:17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,
The most sinister and blasphemous of the accusations that the Pharisees made against the Messiah was when they falsely proclaimed that His Holy-Spirit-empowered miracles were works of Satan. Their Judgment awaits them: "But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned."
"12:22 Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. 12:23 And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David?
The prophet Jonah too not only preached the Gospel of the coming Messiah, but also provided the "three days and three nights" sign of the Messiah (see Jonah: Three Days And Three Nights).
"12:38 Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee.
The Messiah was born as a normal, natural human being. As such, He had a normal physical family - that themselves served as a prophecy of the eternal family of the LORD to come (see The Patriotism Prophecy).
"12:46 While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him. 12:47 Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee.
This Day In History, March 11
222: Roman Emperor Elagabalus was assassinated, along with his mother, Julia Soaemias, by the Praetorian Guard (their palace guards) during a revolt. Their mutilated bodies are dragged through the streets of Rome before being thrown into the Tiber River (see also Whatever Happened To Those Romans?).
537: The Goths besieged Rome. The Goths were one of the tribes of Teutonic/Germanic people who invaded the Roman Empire in the 3rd to 5th centuries, eventually conquering and succeeding it. Thereafter, the Roman Empire became officially known as Sacrum Romanum Imperium Nationis Germanica i.e. the "Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1702: The first British daily newspaper, The Daily Courant, began publication.
1708: Queen Anne withheld Royal Assent from the Scottish Militia Bill, the last time a British monarch vetoed legislation.
1810: Napoleon was married by proxy to Archduchess Marie Louise.
1812: An edict emancipated the Jews in Prussia (not to be confused with Russia; Prussia is in Germany). In reality however, the edict was evaded e.g. Jews could study law but not practice it (see also Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings).
1824: Amidst the ongoing genocide and homeland seizure of the Native Americans, the United States Department of War created the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
1900: British Prime Minister Lord Salisbury rejected the peace overtures offered from Boer leader Paul Kruger.
1917: General Maude with 50,000 British and Indian troops marched into Baghdad, capturing 9,000 Ottoman/Turkish prisoners (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1931: The communist Soviet Union banned the sale or importation of The Holy Bible.
1935: Hermann Goering established the German Air Force, the Luftwaffe.
1949: Israel's application for membership in the United Nations was approved by the Security Council (membership itself came the following May). Present-day Israel is actually the restoration of the Kingdom of Judah (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah and When Will The United Kingdom Be Restored?)
1953: A U.S. bomber accidentally dropped a nuclear bomb on South Carolina, however the weapon of mass destruction did not explode due to 6 "safety" catches.
1985: Mikhail Gorbachev became head of the Soviet Union following the death of Konstantin Chernenko. At 54, he was the youngest member of the ruling Politburo.
1990: The Lithuanian Parliament proclaimed the restoration of the Baltic Republic's pre-World War Two independence from the Soviet Union. Lithuania was the first Soviet Republic to break away from Communist control.
2011: A magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck 130 kilometers east of Sendai, Japan, triggering a tsunami that killed thousands of people. The event also caused the second-worst nuclear power plant disaster in history.