7th Day [Sabbath]
Observance Much Ado About Nothing?
devotion and/or Levitical bondage?
[Sinatra] sang, "I did it my way" . . .
David learned the hard way what happens when one does
things his own way. When Israel carried the Ark of the
a way that was right in their own eyes, inobservance
led to the
of a loved one (See I
He said to them, "You are
heads of families of the Levites;
sanctify yourselves, you and your kindred, so that you may bring up the
ark of the LORD, the God of Israel, to the place that I have prepared
for it. Because you did not carry it the first time, the LORD
burst out against us, because we did not give it proper care."
priests and the Levites sanctified themselves to bring up the ark of
the LORD, the God of Israel. (1 Chronicles 15:12-14 [NRSV])
a different occasion, Joshua informed Israel that
Jericho was the Lord's
possession [to be destroyed].
the seventh time, when the priests had blown the
trumpets, Joshua said to the people, "Shout! For the LORD has given you
the city. The
all that is in it shall be devoted to the
LORD for destruction. Only
Rahab the prostitute and all who are
her in her house shall live because she hid the messengers we
sent. (Joshua 6:16-17 [NRSV])
did not observe the commandment, and took
what was set aside for the Lord as an object for his own pleasure.
Approximately 36 men died battling Ai because of
Achan's disobedience to the Lord (See Joshua 7:5).
7:12 Therefore the
are unable to stand before their
enemies; they turn their
backs to their enemies, because
become a thing devoted for destruction themselves.
I will be with you
no more, unless you destroy the devoted things from among you.
(Joshua 7:12 [NRSV])
We must observe His commandments if we want to rest in Him.
And to whom did he
swear that they
would not enter his rest, if not to those who were
disobedient? (Hebrews 3:18 [NRSV])
is holy / sanctified is "set apart for a religious purpose".
What is holy / sanctified "belongs to the Divine Power" (the
Lord). Before Abraham and the Levites were born (which
includes Moses), well
before the Law, the 7th day was consecrated for the Lord's use.
Therefore, the Law [and the annulling thereof] has no authority
to negate the Weekly Sabbath Day which existed before it. (Levi
there when the Day began, and he has no power to make the Day null and
the Lord's Day is not
Levitical bondage (and those that are punctual should not be considered
as "fallen from grace" for
blessed the seventh day and declared it holy,
was the day when he rested from his work of creation.
Some [non-Sabbath keepers] feel
observance is less important than "saving souls" and therefore many
consider it as "majoring in the minors". Just as some in
"Christendom" think they can "harvest souls" for the Lord without being
full of the Lord's Holy Spirit, some that are not observant
Lord's Day [/ Commandments] think they
can successfully "harvest souls" without being in the Lord's will.
gifts and the calling of God are
Romans 11:29 declares).
The "Lord of the Harvest" we serve is the same "Lord of the
Sabbath" we must serve (See Matthew 9:38 & Matthew
12:8). There is one Lord, and He is one Spirit.
observance is an act of obedience to the voice of God. It is His
express will that we
rest with Him at His appointed time, and it
to obey the voice of our Lord than to give treacherous sacrifice.
ye will fear the LORD, and serve him, and obey his voice, and
not rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall both ye and
also the king that reigneth over you continue following the LORD your
God: But if
ye will not obey the voice of the LORD,
but rebel against
the commandment of the LORD, then
shall the hand of the LORD be against
you, as it was against your
Samuel 12:14-15 [KJV])
But Samuel replied,
"What is more pleasing to the LORD: your burnt offerings and sacrifices
or your obedience to his voice? Obedience is
far better than sacrifice. Listening to him is much better
than offering the fat of rams. (I. Samuel 15:22 [NLT])
do you call
me “Lord, Lord,” and do not do what I
tell you? I will show you what someone is like who comes
to me, hears my words, and acts on them. That one is like a man
building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when
a flood arose, the river burst against that house but could not shake
it, because it had been well built. But the one who
hears and does not act is like a man who built a house on the ground
without a foundation. When the river burst against it,
immediately it fell, and great was the ruin of that house.’
(Luke 6:46-49 [NRSV])
Some individuals or groups boast about their Sabbath keeping,
while they arrogantly have no concern of receiving the baptism of the
Spirit of Jesus
Christ (which also makes evident they don't care about using divine
gifts for their brother's benefit; and are short of actualization of
the Law). That sort of attitude is
“majoring in the minors” (See Romans 4:13).
“Anyone who does not have the Spirit
of Christ does not belong to him”
(See Romans 8:9). Jesus Christ is Lord of the Sabbath (See Luke
6:5). It is by Jesus Christ that the Sabbath exists (See
Colossians 2:17). He
is the authority and is not superseded by the Sabbath.
However, the Lord gives His Spirit to those that obey
Him (See Hebrews 5:9).
"These are only a
shadow of what is to come, but the substance
belongs to Christ." (Colossians 2:17 [NRSV])
[Some feel, since I “walk on water”,
I have no need to receive baptism of His Spirit. Others feel,
since the sick recover as their shadow passes over them, as did apostle
Peter's in Acts 5:15, they have no need to exercise, amplify and
display their faith through
Weekly Sabbath observance].
"How blind you are! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that
makes the gift sacred?" (Matthew 23:19 [NRSV])
"Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does
not have the Son of God does not have life." (1 John 5:12
Many of Israel could not enter rest because they rejected
the Lord. Likewise, a person will not have the Lord's rest
without faith in Jesus Christ, receiving His Holy Spirit.
(Abraham was not justified by works, but he had works that were
evidence of his faith. In other words, Abraham did not receive
clemency because of his good deeds. He had good deeds because he
believed [See Romans 4:9-10]. Some have good works without
and are not
"So we see that
were unable to enter because of unbelief." (Hebrews 3:19 [NRSV])
"For if a
law had been given that could make alive, then righteousness would
indeed come through the law." (Galatians 3:21b [NRSV])
"If it is
the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the
promise is void." (Romans 4:14 [NRSV])
"But to one who without works trusts him who justifies the ungodly,
such faith is reckoned as righteousness." (Romans 4:5 [NRSV])
There are more important matters to be dealt with [than
keeping, if kept unrighteously]. Jesus
Christ specifically pointed out "justice,
mercy and faith". It should be noted that it is
stipulated that these actions should be "practiced without neglecting
‘Woe to you,
scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you
tithe mint, dill, and cummin, and have neglected
the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith.
It is these you ought to have practiced without neglecting the
others. (Matthew 23:23 [NRSV])
Acknowledgment the 7th Day while lacking these greater
requirements would make our devotion false: If we don't love our
fellowman, our devotion to God is a lie. (See 1 John 4:21,
Matthew 12:5-8 & James 2:8-9). For example: A
"Sabbath keeper" that does not keep the secular laws of the land [that
righteously can be kept] has
Matthew 22:39, and consequently also violated Matthew 22:37 [and has
erroneous love]. (For the one
who said, ‘You shall not commit
adultery,’ also said, ‘You shall not murder.’ Likewise,
One that said to remember the Set Aside Day is the same One that
commanded us not to use illegal software [do not steal]). One is
they their neglect their neighbor's need, while claiming to serve
God. (Does a honorable and fair man steal from his brother?)
How does God’s love
abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister
in need and yet refuses help? (1 John 3:17 [NRSV])
The commandment we
have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and
sisters also. (1 John 4:21 [NRSV])
Or have you not
read in the law that on the sabbath the priests in the temple break the
sabbath and yet are guiltless? I tell you, something greater than
the temple is here. But if you had known what this means, “I desire mercy
and not sacrifice,” you would not have condemned the
guiltless. For the Son of Man is lord of the
sabbath.’ (Matthew 12:5-8 [NRSV])
Then he said to them, ‘The sabbath was
made for humankind, and not humankind
for the sabbath; (Mark 2:27 [NRSV])
Man is not to be exploited
by the Sabbath; the Sabbath is a
gift for humanity (See Mark 2:27). But, we must not go from one
extreme to another (from
overzealousness to impiousness, which Christendom corporately is
guilty of). We can't expect to walk in the fullness of the
Kingdom of God while we are in a compromised relationship with our
Lord. We must submit to His will, keeping His statutes /
The Seventh Day is His. He set the Day aside, and He did not
change His mind (Nor will He. Our Lord is not double minded [See
Hebrews 13:8]). Since it is necessary to be led by the Spirit,
and it is the Spirit Himself that set the 7th Day aside, observance of
His Day is not "misdirected devotion" (See Romans
8:14). The church will not be in one accord until 7th day
observance is heeded. (I, for one, will not be in unity with
those that walk in their brute nature, and will always be in disunity
with those that oppose the Lord's Holy Day). How can a person
walk with God while bucking against what He instituted from the
beginning? (Some of us "are
finding it painful to kick against the
Can two people walk
together without agreeing on the direction? (Amos 3:3 [NLT])
And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able
to stand. (Mark 3:25 [NRSV])
- The Lord's Holy Spirit testifies that the 7th Day is the
Holy Day. (Judge the prophetic utterances of His true
servants concerning the Lord's Day. Furthermore, a movement of
the Spirit on the first day of the week is not confirmation that it is
the Lord's will that His people assemble on that day [or
constituted endorsement of the 1st day] over the 7th.
The Lord is
merciful. "Do you not realize
that God’s kindness is meant to
lead you to repentance?").
- The Written Word of God testifies that the 7th Day is the
Lord's Holy Day. (See Genesis 2:3, Isaiah 66:22-23, et
al.). Jesus Christ our Lord has the foreknowledge not speak of
heeding a Day in the future that has [purportedly] been done away
with (See Matthew 24:20, II Peter 1:21 & II Timothy 3:16).
- Man's need to remember who is greater and who his creator
is testifies that the 7th Day is the Lord's Holy Day. (The
necessity for Set Aside Time remains).
- Man's need to rest testifies that the 7th Day is the Lord's
Holy Day. (The
necessity for Set Aside Time remains).
- Man's need for unity with God and his brother (mankind)
testifies that the
7th Day is the
Lord's Holy Day. We can't be in unity while everyone is going
their own separate ways. We must cease all unessential activity,
rest & recognize our Father (See Mark 3:25).
The LORD said to
Moses: You yourself are to speak to the Israelites: ‘You shall keep my
sabbaths, for this is a sign between me and you throughout your
generations, given in order that you may
know that I, the LORD,
sanctify you. (Exodus 31:12-13 [NRSV])
It is a sign
forever between me and
the people of Israel that in six days the LORD made heaven and earth,
and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.’
(Exodus 31:17 [NRSV])
as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain
before me, says the LORD; so shall your descendants and your name
remain. From new moon to new moon, and from sabbath to
shall come to worship before me, says the LORD. (Isaiah
are the creator and the empowerment of all things. Even with all
the good you have done for us, we have impeded your incontestable
sovereign privilege to enjoy appointed time, that You, Yourself
decreed. You have proclaimed in Psalms 50:12, that “the world and
all that is in it is Yours”.
nights, when the weekly Sabbath begins, many of us are trespassing by
playing ball, [worldly] dancing and even enjoying ungodly media on Your
Time. When daylight shines upon Your Day, many search the
marketplace for bargains, and partake in other self serving agendas.
You even more, many are scornful toward their brothers because their
brothers rejoice with You on Your Day. This animosity is in the
similitude of King David’s wife, Michal, despising him as he glorified
You, as recorded in 1st Chronicles 15:29. In spite of that, we
must give You the thanks You well deserve, the way You deserve it.
“Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving,
and pay your vows to the Most High.” (Psalm 50:14 [NRSV])
forgive us for being insensitive to Your Holy Spirit you have
generously given many of us. You have given us the 7th Day as a
sign, which is as a catalyst for our faith (as well as a time for us
and our beloved to rest). There is no misfortune associated with
this joyful time. For when we consider time needed to sleep on
Your Day, the devoted time equates to a mere week’s tithe of time given
to You. The adversary doesn't like us honoring You, but it is
Joel 2:26 that Your people shall never be ashamed.
record in the Old Testament, you are well able to manifest an overflow
of provisions from just six days labor into that equal to eight days
of work (as you proved using years in Leviticus 25). And if we
lift You up, You will draw all mankind. You
graciously blessed our forefathers in the faith, as the Old Testament
testifies. How much more we look for Your blessings in this
great redemptive name, that is above all names, Jesus Christ, we pray.
exercise self-control in all
they do it to receive a perishable wreath,
but we an imperishable one.
I do not run aimlessly, nor do I box as
though beating the air;
I punish my body and enslave it,
that after proclaiming to others I
myself should not be disqualified.
Corinthians 9:25-27 (NRSV)
Compiled by Brother L. Harrell, email@example.com
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