Commanded Rest: The Sabbath

Society in general has undergone a change in the recent decade or two. It seems, that everyone is living a life in the fast lane, consistently rushing from point A to point B to accomplish everything in a single day. The advances in technology that promised a more leisurely life now seem to have had the opposite effect, constantly pushing us further behind, making it almost impossible to catch up.

Our response to this is, to frantically scramble. We have become out of touch with our spouse, our families, with the world around us but most importantly we have become out of touch with the one person that we should never lose contact with, יהוה (Yahweh) Elohim (God). The very Being who created us to begin with. The most important being in the universe. He who created the universe, did not leave us to grope in the darkness to understand His intent for our lives. Rather, He caused His instructions to be written down for us {II Timothy 3:15-17; John 17:17}. His revelation, what we know as the Holy Scriptures1, tells us what we need to know about life’s purpose, why we are here and where we are headed. Most importantly, it tells the House of Yisra’el2 how to live, something that most of us have forgotten how to do.

It tells us, that thousands of years ago יהוה (Yahweh) Elohim gave a Chosen Race of people a set of laws, promising the people of Yisra’el that if they followed and obeyed these laws they would be blessed, a set-apart people. “Walk in all the ways which יהוה (Yahweh) your Elohim has commanded you, so that you live and it be well with you. And you shall prolong your days in the land which you possess” {Deuteronomy 5:33}. This law that יהוה (Yahweh) Elohim revealed is summed up in the Ten Commandments3. But these ten are the basic guide for the House of Yisra’el to follow for living, thus showing us how to have a proper relationship with our Creator and our fellow Is’raelite family members. Among these commandments, the one that is most universally misunderstood, mis translated, and mis taught is יהוה (Yahweh) Elohim’s instruction and commandment; “Remember the Sabbath day, to set it apart” {Exodus 20:8}4. Many Is’raelite people5 have viewed or been taught to view the Sabbath as a quaint relic of history, perhaps a mice idea at some point in time, but altogether impractical in today’s age. Some think the Sabbath is Sunday and that spending 1-2 hours at “church” on a Sunday morning once a month (if they are lucky) fulfills the intent of the Sabbath Commandment. Still others seem to think that יהושע (Yahshua) Messiah6 abolished any specific day of rest, or even the need to worship on a given day, and that whatever time or day we choose to dedicate to יהוה (Yahweh) Elohim is considered “Holy”.

The opinions and questions that are asked about this commandment, it would seem, are endless. Did יהושע (Yahshua) Messiah keep the Sabbath because he was jewish, or did He break the Sabbath command to demonstrate our freedom form the Old Testament law, leading the religious leaders of His day to want to kill Him? Did Paul, the apostle, in writing more books of the New Covenant (Testament) than any other writer, show that the Sabbath is no longer necessary for Christians/Israelites, or did he uphold it? Was the Sabbath condemned and thus changed in the early New Covenant Assembly (Church), or was it confirmed? Did יהוה (Yahweh) Elohim sanctify the Sabbath at the time He created ha (the) Adam and Chawwah (Eve), or did He first set it apart as a holy time at the Exodus more than 2,000 years later? Was the Sabbath changed or altered from the seventh day of the week, if so, when did this event occur? Why did יהוה (Yahweh) Elohim command a day of rest to begin with? Did He have a purpose for this, and if He did, what exactly was that purpose? Is the Sabbath at all relevant for the Israelite people of today? Does it make any sense to celebrate it in today’s hectic world? As you can see the questions are endless on this subject matter.

 

I would like to know why should there be such confusion about one (1) of the ten (10) commandments or basic guiding principles and laws יהוה (Yahweh) Elohim gave to the House of Israel? Why is there such a controversy and mass confusion over this one commandment, when most people, including these “religious leaders” and their “congregations”, have little to no quarrel with the remaining nine (9)? You don’t have to look very far to discover the answers to these questions. They can be easily found within the Holy Scriptures, if one would just take the time to LOOK AT THE HOLY SCRIPTURES! We address these basic questions in this booklet, so, join us now for a journey through the Holy Scriptures to fully discover ‘Commanded Rest: The Sabbath’.

 

1Holy Bible
2Israel
3Many more commandments and Laws were given to Mosheh (Moses)
4ISR TS2009 used unless otherwise noted
5Caucasian/White/Aryan People
6Yahshua the Messiah (Annointed)/Jesus Christ

 

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