Sunday, April 9, 2017

Sabbath Thoughts

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It was a beautiful Sabbath here today. The moon wasn’t full during the dark hours of the day, but it was still extremely bright. You could easily see to walk around outside without a flashlight. Several hours later, the sun made a very welcome appearance after several days of clouds and rain.

I’m one of those odd ducks that believes that God created and blessed the Sabbath and God never changed it. An early pope (Sylvester) changed it. That’s why nearly all of Christendom today celebrates “The Lord’s Day” (The term IS biblical.) like good little Catholics and ignores God’s teachings entirely. Since Christ has come, we no longer have to pay with our lives for not keeping the Sabbath, but I’m sure that we lose many blessings for choosing to make the Fourth Commandment the only one we’re allowed to break without consequence. In fact, we’re ENCOURAGED to disobey it! Go Figure!

That being said, I can’t even keep the Sabbath properly myself, unless I want to spend time fussing with the missus and a few other folks on occasion. That’s why I agree to eat out on the Sabbath, on occasion, and go to Chinamart so the missus can do her main weekly shopping. Occasionally, I do some little dab of work that I can’t seem to get done at any other time and hope the Lord will find it slightly akin to my ox being in the ditch. This day, digging up five poke roots was the task. They were growing in a little patch a short distance down the railroad tracks from Chinamart, and the only time we’re normally there is on Saturday, so what can I say? I won’t set then out until “The Lord’s Day,” however, since I’m sure He won’t mind that, since the first day of the week is SUPPOSED to be a work day.

One more thing, I think it’s amazing when people that should know better try transferring Sabbath rules to Sunday. We used to have a preacher who wouldn’t even consider eating out on Sunday, since that caused people to have to work on “the Sabbath” (to him) and cause them to miss church. Strangely, he thought it was just fine when my wife (or one of the other church women) skipped Sunday morning service to fix him a fine Sunday dinner.

For anyone still reading, TV was worthless tonight, so we put on one of our favorite Gaither tapes, which was filmed in David’s Citadel in Jerusalem. One song on the tape that I like is “Awesome God,” written (I think) by Michael Smith. The refrain starts out “Our God is an awesome God.” Just a thought, that seems to put US first in a way. It seems to me that it would make a positive change to the song to insert God’s name, YAHWEH, in place of the words “our God.” Just a thought. © 2017

Incidentally, those who forget the wording of the Fourth Commandment will find it in Exodus 20:

 

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 10 But the seventh day 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 thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.


Other prohibitions may be found elsewhere in the Bible, but I don’t remember them all. In case you think God wasn’t serious though, remember the penalty, “Ye shall keep the Sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people.”

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1 comment:

Gorges Smythe said...

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