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Saturday, June 2 2018
The Fourth Commandment Is About Every Day
"Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD thy God ... 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"
The LORD (see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The LORD God Of Creation) rested (the actual meaning of the Hebrew word is to cease, or to be done) on the seventh day because He worked every day before it. Observing a rest is a fraud if no work is done.
"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 2:2-3 KJV)
The first humans, or at least the first of the first humans, were created late on the sixth day (see the Fact Finder question below). The creation of humanity was in fact a part of the LORD's work.
While "Adam" and "Eve" (see Adam's First Names) were given the instructions for the work that they would be doing, they did not work prior to the first seventh day. As stated in the verses above, only the LORD fully observed the first week (see the Fact Finder question below) of what was later designated as the Fourth Commandment. Humanity observed it from the second week.
The Fourth Commandment is based upon what the LORD did throughout every day of the week. The Seventh Day is Holy because the Fourth Commandment is actually in two parts, with the latter part ("the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work") being conditional upon the former ("Six days shalt thou labour").
"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:
The Fourth Commandment is violated in more ways than the one that has been declared the most obvious - to not observe the seventh day as a holy day of rest. But the Fourth Commandment is violated in two other ways that are just as common and just as evil in the LORD's sight.
The first is to declare some other day the Sabbath. This turns the true Sabbath into a work day, and one of the work days into a rest day - a double violation in itself.
The other blatant violation of the Fourth Commandment is found among those who observe the Seventh Day Sabbath but who fail to work for the first six days as stated in the Fourth Commandment.
The apostle Paul's instruction to work was actually an admonition to truly observe the Fourth Commandment by obeying what it commands to do on every day of the week: "Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work ... the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work."
"4:11 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; 4:12 That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing." (1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 KJV)
Fact Finder: What work did the LORD do during the six days to create the day of rest on the seventh day?
This Day In History, June 2
455: Gaiseric and the Vandals (from which the term "vandalism originated) captured and plundered Rome (see also The Founding Of Rome: The Curious Tale Of Romulus and Remus and The Arian Kingdoms).
597: Augustine, missionary to England and the first archbishop of Canterbury, baptized Saxon king Ethelbert. Rome's version of Christianity thereafter spread rapidly among the Angles and Saxons.
1420: King Henry V of England married Catherine of Valois, daughter of King Charles VI of France.
1692: Bridget Bishop became the first woman to face the witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts. She was hanged on June 10.
1734: During the War of the Polish Succession, Russia and Austria took Danzig after a siege which had begun in October of the year before.
1740: Comte Donatien Alphonse Francois de Sade, known as the Marquis de Sade, French writer and man of letters, was born. The perversion term "sadism" is derived from his name.
1763: During Pontiac's Rebellion in Michigan (see also The First Chinese American War), Chippewas captured Fort Michilimackinac by diverting the defender's attention with a game of lacrosse, then chasing a ball into the fort.
1780: Riots began in London in protest against Parliament's plans to extend the Catholic Relief Act, canceling restrictions on Roman Catholics.
1793: Maximillian Robespierre, a member of France's Committee on Public Safety, began the "Reign of Terror," a purge of those accused of disloyalty against the French Republic.
1818: The British defeated the alliance of Maratha in Bombay, India.
1848: The Slavic congress in Prague began.
1886: U.S. President Grover Cleveland married Frances Folsom in the White House, becoming the only leader of the rebellious colonies to be married in their White House. The groom was 49, the bride was 22.
1896: Guglielmo Marconi applied for a patent for his new invention: the radio.
1910: Charles Stewart Roll became the first man to fly an airplane across the English Channel (see also Who Was The First To Fly?).
1924: The U.S. granted full citizenship to the native people, the "Indians" (ironically, the "American" government granted citizenship to the original Americans who lived there for millennia before the European immigrants, who later claimed themselves to be the Americans, came; see also The First Chinese American War).
1928: Nationalist Chiang Kai-shek captured Peking in a bloodless takeover.
1949: Transjordan was renamed Jordan (see also Beyond Jordan).
1953: The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place at Westminster Abbey in London, 4 months after the death of her father King George VI. It was the first coronation seen on television.
1969: The Australian aircraft carrier Melbourne collided with the U.S. destroyer Frank E. Evans off the coast of South Vietnam. The destroyer was split in two.
1979: Pope John Paul II arrived in Poland in the first visit by a Pope to a communist country.
1997: A jury in Denver found Timothy McVeigh guilty of the terrorist bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995 that killed 168 people.
2003: The European Space Agency launched its first space vehicle to another planet, the Mars Express. It was launched from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan.