The Consistent God. 02/08/2014 (Morning thought)

Psalms 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. 2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.  3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.

The "glory of God" is His character. The radiance that emanates from God is an emblem of His perfection, His righteousness, and His character. When upon mount Sinai, Moses asked to see God's glory, The Lord granted his request by revealing His character to him. Let's read:

Exodus 33:17  And the Lord said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.  18 And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.  19 And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.

Exodus 34:5 And the Lord descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord.  6 And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth.

Thus the Bible explains what the glory of God is. In our passage for today from Psalms 33, we read that "the heavens declare the glory of God". One of the characteristics of God that the heavens "declare" is the characteristic of consistency. Day by day the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. As far as we know it, the sun has never risen in the west, and it's because of God's consistency, why we can make plans for the following day. We are 100% certain that tomorrow will bring a period of light, followed by a period of darkness wherein we can enjoy a good night's rest; all because of God's consistency!

Not only do the heavens declare the glory of God, but His character was also made manifest in the person of Jesus Christ, when He came to live among men. That same characteristic of consistency was to be found in Christ as He carried out His routine. Thus we read:

Luke 4:16  And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.

The words "His custom" mean that every sabbath day, Christ could be found in the temple. The reason why He could be found there every sabbath is because he was following the command that He himself gave on mount Sinai, and the example God gave in Eden by resting on the seventh day of the week. Any doctrine that teaches that God authorized or commanded the sacredness of the Sabbath to be transferred to Sunday, does violence to the fundamental characteristic of consistency, which as shown before, is an integral feature of God's government. Furthermore, The Lord states without a doubt, that he does not alter His word spoken from heaven to our world. Let's read:

Psalms 89:34  My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.

And just in case we're wondering what that covenant includes, the scripture explains, for the Bible is its own interpreter, and all sound doctrines should be derived using the "line upon line" method. So let's read:

Isaiah 56:4  For thus saith the Lord unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant;  5 Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.  6 Also the sons of the stranger, 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;  7 Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.

The Bible also points forward to the Earth made new, and clearly states that the sacred institution of the sabbath day would be perpetuated throughout eternity. Let's read:

Isaiah 66:22  For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the Lord, so shall your seed and your name remain.  23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord.

So the question is, did the same consistent God, who gave us the sabbath in Eden, who reiterated it at Sinai, who kept it in the person of Jesus Christ; did He change it to sunday, only to restore it again in the future? Absolutely not, for actions like these would do violence to His characteristic of "consistency". There are millions of fellow Christians however, who have been inadvertently led down this path, and now The Lord is inviting all to reason from cause to effect from the scriptures, and to see for ourselves that there isn't one scripture authorizing Sunday as a sacred day of worship. Let's remember therefore that in the times of ignorance God winks, but now He requires that all should come to repentance. We therefore encourage everyone to study the word of God for themselves, and not to be swayed by the institutions or traditions of men, for the Bible states that "man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. God bless!