The Sabbath, The Lord's Day. 03/15/2014 (Morning thought)

Revelation 1:10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet.

Much confusion exists in Christendom presently as to which day is "The Lord's Day". As Christians we should always consult the word of God to receive sound doctrine, so that our faith may be built upon the solid rock, even the Rock of our salvation, Christ Jesus. The Bible is abundantly clear as to which day is the Lord's day so that no one need be confused. The Sabbath, the seventh day of the week known as Saturday, is the only Holy day brought to view in the scriptures, occurring on a weekly basis. We have the moon to mark off the months and the rotation of the earth around the sun to mark off days and years, but there is absolutely nothing else that establishes what one week is, other that the weekly recurring Sabbath day.

The first week was officially established by God Himself at creation, and has continued in existence ever since. The Genesis record of the creation of the earth points to the only true Sabbath as brought to light in the scriptures. Let's read:

Genesis 2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.  2 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.  3 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.  4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

After God had finished with the work of creation He rested on the seventh day, thus setting us an example for us to follow. We are given six days to attend to the cares and responsibilities of life, but on the seventh day of the week (Saturday) we are to refrain from all non-essential work by resting on God's "Holy Day". Furthermore, the Lord did not leave it up to us to decide which day of the week is Holy and which is not, neither did He give us the Sabbath rest as being optional, to be obeyed or disregarded at our own convenience. If God were to do this, then the majority of us would be working non-stop, seven days a week, only stopping to rest when we have nothing else to do or otherwise incapacitated by sickness. That's why He specified in the scriptures, which day is His holy day. Let's read:

Isaiah 58:13 If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:  14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.

Exodus 20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.  9 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.

We often hear on the news of the Jewish Sabbath and the Christian Sabbath, but according to the Bible, no such distinction exists, for the Sabbath was in existence before any Jew or any Christian existed. Let's read, for the Bible is it's own interpreter:

Mark 2:27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath.

Note well that Jesus did not say "Jewish" man. The word "man" therefore includes the Chinese man, the African man, the American man and also "The Caribbean man". The Bible also goes on to explain itself on this particular point. Let's read:

Isaiah 56:2 Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil.  3 Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the Lord, speak, saying, The Lord hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree. 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.

In our day, we need to be very careful of where we derive our doctrines from and from whom we take our marching orders. The tendency to use majority opinion as a gauge for truth will  put us into very deep trouble, for the majority is seldom right as the history of the antediluvians of Noah's day vividly portray. Furthermore we are warned in the scriptures of a sinister plot to try to change the laws, God has established for our good. Let's read:

Daniel 7:25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

It therefore behooves every sincere seeker for truth to thoroughly investigate this power that has tried to change God's "times and laws", and also to make the necessary changes where applicable in our individual lives, so that we may be in harmony with God's will as it is written in the scriptures. We therefore end with a text and a promise to all who sincerely try to walk in obedience to God's wise laws and instructions. Let's read:

Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

God grant us the grace and the mind to do His will always, for it will result in tremendous blessings to ourselves, our families and our communities. God Bless!