People for centuries have been selective picking Scriptures’ to fit their lifestyle not God’s. Pagan rituals were introduced into His house that has nothing to do with God or His ways, yet adopted as part of. People are confused to this day and follow traditions rather than God’s Word.
I add the Sabbath to this misconstrued list. The true Sabbath of Scripture was created for man to rest (Mark 2:27), to remember God’s omnipotence in the creation of the universe, to commune with Him, contemplate His majesty, His love for beauty and order, for helping fellow-man (all four gospels + Acts shows Jesus doing good deeds on the Sabbath). Gives us inner peace and tranquillity from the mundane, a day of inner reflection and God’s will. It’s the only law God tells us to REMEMBER to keep (Ex. 20:8).
Scripture tells us we will be known by keeping His Sabbath, His commandments and Jesus’ testimony in our hearts, it’s a sign between God and man (Eze.20:12,20). He who loves Him keeps His Sabbath (John 14:21). …who keep the commandments of God, and hold the testimony of Jesus: (Rev. 12:17).
Eze.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.” It’s NOT just a Jewish law, it’s for all people. God didn’t distinguish it just for the Jews. At the end of creation Yah made the Sabbath Holy and sanctified the day (Gen.2:2,3) there was no distinction between Jew or gentile at creation. God tells His creation to multiply and fill the land (Gen.28:3) after they were expelled from Eden and in the domain of the evil one, where there’s good and evil in the land. They were deceived into believing a conniving liar than the truth of God. It’s a chose, God made ‘free will’ possible. People make choices than and now.
The Israelites were His chosen, His covenant people to spread His Word to all nations, this includes the Sabbath day to keep it holy. Unfortunately they started adopting foreign gods. Doen’t make them any less God’s people but it also gives gentiles the opportunity to come into the fold, as Jesus Christ came for all people to know ‘the way, the truth and life’ (Jn 14:6).
Mark 2:27,28 And He (Jesus) said to them, “the Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath.” And if He’s Lord of the Sabbath shouldn’t we also follow His lead..?..
Genesis 1: 1-3 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. 3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day. Hence SUNday, the first day of creation. In Yah’s calendar a full day begins at nightfall (sundown) to sundown the following evening (Gen.1:2-5). Continues to this present day, darkness was not the first Saturday/Sabbath. From darkness to light, from sundown to sundown = one day, starting with Sunday and ending with Saturday (7days later). The 7 day week established at creation, man changed God’s calendar on his own authority. There is no evidence in the Holy Scriptures’ of any change of His Holy Day. If you look at any calendar you still find it starts with Sunday and ends with Saturday, this should give you pause to contemplate, yet people look at the calendar as week days and weekend, the weekend finishing the week.Scriptures’ tells us different. Darkness to light to darkness or sundown to sundown = one day, there’s no proof in Scriptures’ that sundown to sundown was changed to daylight to daylight equalling one day as we have it today. Again this is man’s doing. It’s no wonder people are confused on which day to worship our Creator. Man, time and traditions changed God’s ordinance (Daniel 7:25) by his own prerogative.
God’s Sabbath – begins as soon as the sun goes down Friday evening to sundown Saturday evening. A day to reflect on God’s majesty, on having a personal relationship through prayer and study of His word. His Spirit guides us, gives us rest from the rest of the weeks demands. A day to do unto others with Jesus at the helm of your life. A day of peace and goodwill. A spiritual day of communion with the Father, a blessing.
This is not solely a Jewish thing but God’s foundation since creation. God established a full week by ending on the seventh day. The day of completion, He rested on the seventh day, the Sabbath and made it Holy. Exo.20:11 “For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them, and rested the seventh day, wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.” Who is man to change, add, subtract anything that is written in His Holy Manuel, His book of our past, present and future, our almanac. That’s what it is a Holy instruction book with lots of history and predictions to make you think, believe, trust and follow. God means what He says and says what He means! And does nothing without first revealing to us (Jn 13:19). The book that is own by practically everyone yet discarded by most. Still, time and time again it’s proven authentic and true.
Solomon told us nothing is new under the sun (Ecc.1:9). Everything is repeated if one takes the time to search history with what Scriptures’ tells us one will see how true and accurate are the words written within; up to this day with events unfolding and being fulfilled right in front of our eyes. And beyond, for God warns us before it happens so no one is caught unaware (paraph.Matt.24:25). And John 14:29 “And now I have told you before it comes to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.”
We need to stop relying on what man or our feelings tells us and begin to search the Scriptures’ ourselves, what the Good Book tells us, relying on God’s word with humility of heart and prayer for understanding and clarity, for discernment and truth. Not on our understanding, not on our interpretation. His words are true and faithful. He alone is love, wants the very best for His children and came to us to show us His way, His truth, His life of love and good will because man had forgotten. We need to emulate Jesus, stand with Him, follow Him. In Him we have rest, forgiveness, mercy and love. The Sabbath reflect’s His essences and in us honoring Him, He will also honor us. (paraph. Isa.58:13) He first loved us that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (paraph. Rom. 5:8).
Hos.13:4 “Yet I am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but me: for there is no savior beside me.” He alone can save us from this darkness we are in.
1John 2:15 “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”
Isa.58:13-14 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: 14 Then you shall delight yourself in the Lord; And I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth, And feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father. The mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
Remembering His Sabbath is remembering Creation.
In truth we will persevere… God is truth! God IS love!
New moon to new moon is a month in God’s calendar, each month consist of 30 days. The months began in the Spring with the new moon Spring equinox, everything is renewing/renewed and fresh. Passover brings new beginnings hope from death to life (Jesus our Passover lamb). And so forth throughout the year. We celebrate His feasts, His Holy days as stated in Scripture. Again not just a Jewish system but God’s will, for all of us. Through the centuries man-made calendars have changed God’s original one. Picking what suits man not what is right in God’s eyes or what He established. Have you ever wonder why September is the ninth month when in reality it’s very name means seven or October- Octagon, eight; November for the true ninth month and December- Dece tenth. Even these months by their very name tells you they were tampered with (history proves this), they don’t correlate with what we are used to because we’ve been conditioned.. just food for thought.
Nevertheless, God is in control and everything eventually comes together for His glory. One day will see the truth of it all don’t be caught out of His grace because of traditions. Time as we know it will be no more once God’s kingdom is establish here on earth. Glory to God in the Highest! Maranatha!
Thy will be done, Father. And thank you for always being there for us. Help us to reflect the fruits of Your Spirit in each of us daily and on Your Holy day in a world determine to disintegrate Your light. Come into our hearts Lord and abide within us that we may know truth. Always in Jesus’ Blessed Name, Amen. God bless. Keep looking up!
My inspiration came from reading: https://endtimebibleprophecy.wordpress.com/2015/10/25/cherry-picking-christianity/