THE SABBATH: ‘IN THE BEGINNING’

THE SABBATH:

IN THE BEGINNING’

 

When one thinks of the Sabbath, they often naturally think of the ten Commandments, which יהוה (Yahweh) Elohim revealed when the ancient Race of Israelites left their Egyptian captivity under the leadership of Mosheh (Moses). The events of that period in Yisra’el’s history, the Exodus, were extremely extraordinary to say the least. The plagues on Egypt, the death of all of Egypt’s firstborn, the parting of the Red Sea, manna coming from the heavens for food and יהוה (Yahweh) Elohim giving Mosheh (Moses) all the Commandments and Laws, which he transcribed onto tablets of stone, the most famous of which were the 10 basic commandments. No one knows for sure exactly how many laws were given to Mosheh. All of which by themselves were miraculous events.

The content of the Law is spread among the books of Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers, and then reiterated and added to in Deuteronomy (deutero-nomy is Latinised Greek for “Second reading of the Law”). This includes:

Ten Commandments – basic governing laws

Moral laws – on murder, theft, honesty, adultery, etc.

Social laws – on property, inheritance, marriage and divorce,

Food laws – on what is clean and unclean, on cooking and storing food.

Purity laws – on menstruation, seminal emissions, skin disease and mildew, etc.

Feasts – the Day of Atonement, Passover, Feast of Tabernacles, Feast of Unleavened Bread, Feast of Weeks etc.

Sacrifices and offerings – the sin offering, burnt offering, whole offering, heave offering, Passover sacrifice, meal offering, wave offering, peace offering, drink offering, thank offering, dough offering, incense offering, red heifer, scapegoat, first fruits, etc.

Instructions for the priesthood and the high priest including tithes.

Instructions regarding the Tabernacle, and which were later applied to the Temple in Jerusalem, including those concerning the Holy of Holies containing the Ark of the Covenant (in which were the tablets of the law, Aaron’s rod, the manna). Instructions and for the construction of various altars.

Forward looking instructions for time when Yisra’el would demand a king.

These events, were a dramatic testimony to the birth of a multitude of Nations. And amid these divine beginnings, יהוה (Yahweh) Elohim told this new nation to remember something profound; “Remember the Sabbath day, to set it apart” {Exodus 20:8}. He pointed them back to His role as the Creator, reminding them that; “For in six days יהוה (Yahweh) made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore, יהוה (Yahweh) blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart” {Exodus 20:11}. The Sabbath commandment had an extremely important spiritual purpose, one that so many have forgotten. It points יהוה (Yahweh) Elohim’s Chosen Race to Him as the supreme Creator of all! It was a required weekly remembrance that a higher power and authority is at work within the Israelites lives. יהוה (Yahweh) Elohim thus intended it to be observed as a reminder of that fact.

The Sabbath and its significance was evident long before יהוה (Yahweh) Elohim gave all the commandments and laws to the Race of Yisra’el. As an example, a few weeks prior, after the miraculous crossing of the Red Sea, in which the Pharaoh’s army was destroyed, and Yisra’el entered the vast expanse of the desert wilderness of the Sinai Peninsula. It was within a few days that the Israelites’ food supply, brought with them from Egypt, became all but exhausted. “And the children of Yisra’el said to them, “If only we had died by the hand of יהוה (Yahweh) in the land of Mitsrayim1, when we sat by the pots of meat and when we ate bread to satisfaction! For you have brought us out into this wilderness to put all this assembly to death with hunger” {Exodus 16:3}. However, being the All-knowing, יהוה (Yahweh) Elohim was already a step ahead. He had promised to send manna, a miraculous substance to nourish and sustain them for as long as they were in the wilderness {Exodus 16:4, 15-18}.

A condition however was imposed, He would provide the manna only six (6) days out of every seven (7) days. On the sixth day, there would be twice as much manna, but there would be NONE on the seventh day {Exodus 16:5, 22}. Mosheh then explained to them what יהוה (Yahweh) Elohim had told him; “And he said to them, “This is what יהוה (Yahweh) has said, ‘Tomorrow is a rest, a Sabbath set-apart to יהוה (Yahweh). That which you bake, bake; and that which you cook, cook. And lay up for yourselves all that is left over, to keep it until morning.’ “Gather it six days, but on the seventh day, which is the Sabbath, there is none” {Exodus 16:23, 26}. But as usual some didn’t heed the advice and subsequently; “And it came to be that some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather, but they found none” {Exodus 16:27}. יהוה Elohim’s reaction to this was; “And יהוה (Yahweh) said to Mosheh, “How long shall you refuse to guard My commands and My Torot?2 “See, because יהוה (Yahweh) has given you the Sabbath, therefore He is giving you bread for two days on the sixth day. Let each one stay in his place, do not let anyone go out of his place on the seventh day.” {Exodus 16:28-29}.

Several weeks prior He spoke the commandments and laws on Mount Sinai, יהוה (Yahweh) Elohim stated that the Israelites were refusing to keep His commandments and laws! He also stated; “because יהוה (Yahweh) has given you the Sabbath” {Exodus 16:29}, he did not say, “is giving” or “will give”, He had already GIVEN unto them a Sabbath, to be observed every seven (7) days. When יהוה (Yahweh) Elohim commanded Yisra’el, “Remember the Sabbath day, to set it apart” {Exodus 20:8}, and told the Israelites they were refusing to keep His commandments and laws by violating the Sabbath before they arrived at Mount Sinai {Exodus 16:28}, He pointed them back to the original creation week.

It is held within the book of Genesis (The Beginning) that we read of יהוה (Yahweh) Elohim creating the earth, then filling it with plants and animals and beasts (other races including whites without the breath of lives) of the fields, and creating a beautiful home for the first haAdam (the Adam) and Chawwah (Eve), the first Caucasians to be granted the “breath of lives”. It is here that we read the true origin of the Sabbath; “And in the seventh day3 Elohim completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made. And Elohim blessed the seventh day and set it apart, because on it He rested from all His work which Elohim in creating had made” {Genesis 2:2-3}. This day was different from the other days of the creation week. יהוה (Yahweh) Elohim blessed the seventh day and sanctified4 it, for us. We can see within these two verses that יהוה (Yahweh) Elohim three different times did not work on this day. The emphasis here is that this was His day of rest, it was יהוה (Yahweh) Elohim’s Sabbath rest. There are some people that dispute this interpretation, saying that this was not the origin of the commanded day of rest, simply noting that the word “Sabbath” is not used or mentioned here. However, (if they would only do research) the Hebrew word translated as “rested” is a form of “shabath”, the root word for “Sabbath”. Shabath literally means to cease, or rest, and it is from this that Sabbath gets its meaning as “a day of rest”5. So, to help those that don’t understand or do not want to research it for themselves, I will paraphrase it here; “יהוה (Yahweh) Elohim sabbathed on the seventh day from all His work”. Happy? GOOD! There should be no mistake at all, the Hebrew language is clear and explicit in its intent and meaning. Remember this is HEBREW not the Ashkenazi6 Yiddish which is spoken today in the false state of Israhell by the serpent seedline.

The remarkable thing is that some will continue to argue that this doesn’t prove the Sabbath existed from the creation week, maintaining that it wasn’t instituted until given to Yisra’el at Mount Sinai. However, we find by studying the Holy Scriptures that יהושע (Yahshua) Messiah dispelled this theory. “And He said to them, “The Sabbath was made for The Adam7, and not the Adam for the Sabbath”” {Mark 2:27}. He clarified the great underlying principle of the Sabbath day that so many have missed over the centuries, and still miss to this day. The Sabbath, far from enforcing a tiresome bondage or sanctioning a list of forbidden activities, is something יהוה (Yahweh) Elohim made for haAdam! It was made holy – set-apart -after יהוה (Yahweh) Elohim created haAdam and Chawwah. This event occurred I believe at a day or time or even age, after the creation of man {Genesis 1:26}, and was created after the first seven days had expired. (For more on this subject matter be sure to order your copy of ‘Your Story = Your Racial History’ from this ministry) After the creation of haAdam and Chawwah, he then made a set-apart day (holy day) sanctifying it and make it a Sabbath Day.

To יהושע (Yahshua) Messiah the Sabbath was both positive and beneficial, and not the oppressive burden that many religious leaders had made of it in His day. Notice His words, that the Sabbath was made for haAdam, the nation of Yisra’el, and not for all of mankind. So, observing it wasn’t a meaningless practice forced upon haAdam to bring about a hardship and/or difficulty. The seventh day was made for haAdam, created expressly for haAdamkind’s benefit and well-being! יהושע Messiah understood the purpose of יהוה (Yahweh) Elohim’s law, this included the Sabbath, that יהוה (Yahweh) Elohim intended it to be a blessing and a benefit to haAdamkind. יהוה (Yahweh) Elohim, speaking through Mosheh, had earlier told Yisra’el; “in that I am commanding you today to love יהוה (Yahweh) your Elohim, to walk in His ways, and to guard His commands, and His laws, and His right-rulings.” Why? “And you shall live and increase, and יהוה (Yahweh) your Elohim shall bless you in the land which you go to possess” {Deuteronomy 30:16}.

Mosheh, after leading Yisra’el for forty (40) years through the vast wilderness, summed up the Israelites’ experiences just before they were to enter the Promised Land. He understood how wonderful the law was that they had been given from יהוה (Yahweh) Elohim and how it was truly unique. “See, I have taught you laws and right-rulings, as יהוה (Yahweh) my Elohim commanded me, to do thus in the land which you go to possess. And you shall guard and do them, for this is your wisdom and your understanding before the eyes of the peoples who hear all these laws, and they shall say, ‘Only a wise and understanding people is this great nation!’ For what great nation is there which has Elohim so near to it, as יהוה (Yahweh) our Elohim is to us, whenever we call on Him? And what great nation is there that has such laws and righteous right-rulings like all this Torah which I set before you this day?” {Deuteronomy 4:5-8}.

יהוה Elohim clearly intended the Sabbath to be a blessing to those of the House of Yisra’el who would use it for the purpose that יהוה Elohim had intended. The instructions that יהוה (Yahweh) Elohim gave regarding the Sabbath day were brief but shed valuable insight into its intent. “Remember the Sabbath day, to set it apart. Six days you labour, and shall do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath8 of יהוה (Yahweh) your Elohim. You do not do any work – you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days יהוה (Yahweh) made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore, יהוה (Yahweh) blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart” {Exodus 20:8-11}.

On the Sabbath, we can see that all members of a household were to rest from their labors, even the servants, guests and animals. All within a house or dominion of Yisra’el to rest upon the seventh day from their normal, and very routine works. All family members and household members were specifically listed, including parents, sons, daughters, servants and guests. If none would work on the Sabbath, everyone would spend more time or much of the day with other family members as a family or household. Something that is desperately needed in today’s age, when family is no longer the priority among the house of Yisra’el (Israel).

The command to faithfully observe the Sabbath in all Yisra’el’s (Israel) households is reinforced in {Leviticus 23}, where יהוה (Yahweh) Elohim lists required religious observances He instituted, His feasts or festivals. He also makes it very clear that the Sabbath is HIS Holy time, not that of Mosheh or Yisra’el; “And spoke יהוה (Yahweh) to Mosheh, saying, “Speak to the children of Yisra’el, and say to them, ‘The appointed feasts of יהוה (Yahweh), which you shall proclaim Holy Convocations, these are My appointed feasts. Six days shall work be done; but the seventh day is the Shabbath shabbathon, a Holy convocation; you shall do no work. It is the Shabbath of יהוה (Yahweh) in all your dwellings” {Leviticus 23:1-3}9. The Sabbath was not just a meager religious ritual for the tabernacle; it was an observance for every individual household throughout the nation of Yisra’el.

We can find more details of יהוה (Yahweh) intent where the Ten Commandments are reiterated in {Deuteronomy 5:12-15}; “Guard the Sabbath day, to set it apart, as יהוה (Yahweh) your Elohim commanded you. Six days you labour, and shall do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of יהוה (Yahweh) your Elohim. You do not do any work – you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your ox, nor your donkey, nor any of your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates, so that your male servant and your female servant rest as you do. And you shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Mitsrayim, and that יהוה (Yahweh) your Elohim brought you out from there by a strong hand and by an outstretched arm. Therefore, יהוה (Yahweh) your Elohim commanded you to perform the Sabbath day”. In this listing of the Commandments, another aspect of observing the Sabbath is added for יהוה (Yahweh) set-apart Race, remembering that they had been captives in Mitsrayim (Egypt) and that “By strength of hand יהוה (Yahweh) brought us out of Mitsrayim, out of the house of bondage” {Exodus 13:14}.

The Sabbath was to be a weekly reminder of Yisra’el’s (Israel) humble origins as captives in Mitsrayim and that יהוה (Yahweh), by multiple miracles, had delivered His set-apart Race into their freedom and thus established them as a set-apart nation. Now that He had given them rest from their captivity, everyone throughout the set-apart nation was to rest and be refreshed on the Sabbath, and the servants were also specifically included in that command. As יהוה (Yahweh) had given the Israelites rest, they too, were commanded to permit their servants rest, an additional reminder of the blessing the Sabbath was to provide for everyone with in the set-apart nation. The Israelites were told specifically to remember those events about the Sabbath. יהוה (Yahweh), through Mosheh, frequently reminded the Israelites exactly how far they had come and how He had miraculously intervened for them on multiple occasions.

It is through יהוה (Yahweh) Elohim’s mercy and יהושע (Yahshua) Messiah’s physical sacrifice, that we the descendants of Yisra’el (known as Christians today) are delivered from a spiritual slavery to sin and death, set free now to serve יהוה (Yahweh) Elohim {Romans 6:16-23; II Peter 2:19}. יהוה (Yahweh) repeatedly warned His Race to never forget what He had done for them; “Only, guard yourself, and guard your life diligently, lest you forget the Words your eyes have seen, and lest they turn aside from your heart all the days of your life. And you shall make them known to your children and your grandchildren” {Deuteronomy 4:9}. “be on guard, lest you forget יהוה (Yahweh) who brought you out of the land of Mitsrayim, from the house of bondage” {Deuteronomy 6:12}. “that your heart then becomes lifted up, and you forget יהוה (Yahweh) your Elohim who brought you out of the land of Mitsrayim, from the house of bondage,” {Deuteronomy 8:14}.

יהוה (Yahweh) told the Israelites to teach their children His laws and His ways. Immediately after repeating the Ten Commandments in D’bariym/Deuteronomy 5, יהוה (Yahweh) instructed His set-apart Race; “And these Words10 which I am commanding you today shall be in your heart, and you shall impress them upon your children, and shall speak of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up,” {Deuteronomy 6:6-7}. So, the Sabbath was meant as a time for religious education (which is not work) for teaching and learning the wondrous acts and laws of יהוה. Work was forbidden on this day, but the great miracles of יהוה were to be remembered and taught on this day. Observed in this fashion, as we should be doing in today’s age, the Sabbath would be the blessing and delight יהוה intended, a day of rest and refreshment with our Creator, learning and contemplating and practicing His Laws and His Ways. I pray that you will return to this! We ALL must return to this.

1 Egypt
2 Torot – plural of Torah, teaching.
3 In (not ‘by’ or ‘on’) the seventh day – Hebrew: Bayyom haShḇi‛i.
4 Sanctify: to set apart as holy
5 Reference Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance #7673, 7674, 7676
6 they account for 92 percent of the world’s jews יהודי אשכנז Y’hudey Ashkenaz in Ashkenazi Hebrew. As called herein the “serpent seedline”
7 The Scriptures read, ‘man’ but it is haAdam or ‘the Adam’, with the “breath of lives”. The translation of man is a common translation but does not always mean all man or mankind as is taught. Most locations should have been translated as it is in this selection.
8 There are other Sabbaths, but this is the weekly Sabbath.
9 Torah © 2017 Am Bachar Publishing. I replaced the spelling of Yahweh to יהוה to avoid any “well that’s not right B.S.”
10 “Word(s)” is very often used as a synonym for “command(s),” in the Messianic Writings too.

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