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Friday, April 24, 2015

Let no one judge you about the Sabbath!

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Let no one judge you about the Sabbath!

Jesus Christ kept the fourth commandment. His true disciples keep the fourth [Sabbath day] commandment. According to the apostle Paul we are not to let the pagans judge us on how we keep it. Many today just do not understand the fact that Jesus never broke anyone of the Ten Commandments nor did He teach His true disciples [students] to do so. ~

As we proceed in this lesson let us look slowly and carefully to what God's word truly says. I know that many of you may think you have the Sabbath issue figured out. The Bible states that mans wisdom is foolish so not everyone will understand this. Only those who are called of God and have His Holy Spirit shall truly understand. [See 1 Corinthians 1:18-22: 2:10-14] Man cannot understand the Bible unless he or she is truly called of God or has the true Holy Spirit. [1 Corinthians 2:14] Also, “There is a way that seemeth right unto man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” [Proverbs 16:25] Many believe that they can just read their Bible's and use human intellect to understand. This is not what the Scriptures teach. This is one reason why God has offices in His church such as God appointed “teachers”. [Ephesians 4:11,12] Having stated this let us continue. ~

The Bible states:  "Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and the host of them. 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. 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 2:1-3] We must also understand that on the New Earth this fourth commandment will be kept: "For as the new heavens and the new earthwhich I will make, shall remain before me, saith the Lord, so shall your seed and your name remain. And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon [month] to another, and from one sabbath [seventh day] to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord." [Isaiah 66:22,23] ~

Did the Gentiles in the New Testament keep this commandment? Indeed they did: “And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath” we continue, “And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God.” [Acts 13:42,44] We are also told who makes up the TRUE CHURCH in Revelation 12:17 which reads: “And the dragon [Satan] was wroth with the woman [church], and went to make war with the remnant [last part] of her seed,which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” ~

We see that even in the Old Testament God promised blessings to the Gentiles if they obeyed this fourth commandment. “Also the sons of the stranger [Gentiles], that join themselves to the Lord, to serve him, and to love the name of the Lord, to be his servants, EVERY ONE THAT KEEPETH THE SABBATH FROM POLLUTING IT, AND TAKETH HOLD OF MY COVENANT.” [Isiah 56:6] Even as the fourth commandment is listed in regards to the Ten Commandments we see this promise: “But the seventh day [Saturday] 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 the cattle, nor thy STRANGER [Gentile] that is within thy gates.” [Exodus 20:10] ~

Now before we go on let us look at some church history. In the early 300's of AD the person Constantine came into power. Here is where major error came into the Church regarding church doctrine and government. The counterfeit church had accepted the Gnostic view of an “immortal soul” and the change of certain holy feast days. Here, under Constantine the final blow to the fourth commandment was given. During this time false ideas of the Holy Spirit were also put into force. The council of Nicea was convened in 325AD. At this council Constantine allowed the Gnostic and Sun worshipers to call Sunday [the first day of the week] the Christian sabbath. This was also influenced by Constantine's worship of the Sun which worship day was Sunday [the Sun-day]. The fallen yet powerful Bishop of Rome agreed with Constantine. The birth of the pagan [false] Roman Church began in power. The Protestants broke away from the Roman Church and unfortunately took some false doctrines with them such as Sunday keeping. ~

Note: Get your calendar. Count from left to right. The first day on the far left is always Sunday. The seventh day on your far right is always Saturday. ~

Saturday has always been God's true “seventh day sabbath”. Understanding this important fact let us now look at some scriptures in the New Testament with the foundation that we have just established with God's word. ~

One verse that people constantly misquote from the New Testament to try and dismiss the fourth commandment is found in Colossians 2:16,17. Now before we quote this verse let us look at context. We must remember the rule of interpretation, “context controls meaning”. This means that we must understand just who the apostle Paul was talking to and the nature of what was going on when he said what he said. Context will tell us this. This means we must understand who he was addressing and what the issue was contextually.  It is important to understand verses stated above and below any verse that we read. It is also very important to have some historical information regarding the text in question. ~

In Colosse there was a heretic group of early Gnostic's that worshiped a line of “sacred angels” which had “secret” and “special names”. They believed in elaborate ceremonies, rituals and initiation rites. They only ate "special" or dedicated foods and kept God's feast days in a “gnostic” or “pagan/materialist view” way. These Gnostic's were trying to influence the true Christians to keep God's holy feasts and Sabbath days the wrong way and were judging the Christians regarding this matter. So here is how Paul instructs the true Christians of Colosse regarding this matter: ~

“Let no man therefore judge you in meat [food], or in drink, or with respect of an holiday, or of the new moon, or of sabbath days: Which ARE a shadow of things to come; but the body [true church] is of Christ.” [Colossians 2:16,17] ~

Here we must note that the apostle Paul is not instructing anyone to “break” the fourth commandment [the Sabbath day]. Instead he is saying “do not let them [pagan gnostics] judge you on how you keep it”. How does this speak to us today? Paul is saying not to keep a pagan Sabbath! This would include any false sabbath such as Sunday. He says in the very next verse regarding Gnostic angel worship: ~

“Let no man beguile [judge] you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind.” [Colossians 2:18] This shows how important context is when properly interpreting Scripture. ~

Let us look at another passage of New Testament scripture that people use to dismiss the Sabbath Day and Holy Feast day commandments. Many will turn to Romans chapter 14 and use this passage to say that “it doesn't matter” what day one keeps the Sabbath. Let us look into this. ~

Paul here is addressing his letter to the Roman Christians. Many of these Roman converts had been stuck in pagan worship practices. One of these superstitions was that a Christian should not buy meat in the Roman markets because it had been “dedicated” to a pagan god. So they would only buy vegetables [herbs]. Paul instructs: ~

“Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs [only].” [Romans 14:1,2] Paul goes on to instruct us not to judge the one who still struggles with this, he who is “weak in the faith.” Today this verse tells us to not be caught up in superstition. ~

Note: If you read 1 Corinthians chapter eight you will see even more clearly how Paul delt with this issue of food and idols. ~

Staying with context, Paul continues to address another food issue...that of fasting. Certain people had picked specific days to fast on. Paul says: “One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth everyday alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.” [Romans 14:5] Here Paul is talking about “man esteemed” days. Paul is not referring to God's holy feasts or Sabbaths. God “esteemed” His days, not man. Paul goes on to say that people should not force others to esteem fast days and impose them on others. ~

So to conclude this short yet important article let me say to Christians: “Do not let the pagan sabbath keepers judge you about God's true Sabbath or holy feast days....for these are shadows of things to come! ~

 Eric W. King


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