The Sabbath, Father's Day. 03/08/2014 (Morning thought)

Galations 4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

The word "Abba" is the Aramaic word for father, and it's the word that sits in the middle of the word Sabbath. This is not coincidence, for the Sabbath day is really Father's day as it pertains to our Creator, the day that He has set aside for us, His earth-born children to spend with Him. On a typical father's day in our world today, we usually shower our earthly fathers with thanks and gratitude for being always there for us, guiding, protecting and providing for us. On a much grander scale is the Sabbath, Father's day, for the Creator of the heavens and the earth.

We do not show Him honor if we do not meet with Him on the day He has chosen to spend with us. If a man and his bride to be had made a solid arrangement to meet at a restaurant on Monday to spend quality time together, and the bride were to show up well dressed on Tuesday, then the man would be left wondering whether the woman really cared about him, for after all, he did show up on Monday, complete with flowers.

It's the same with God who shows up every Sabbath day with flowers, and waits and waits and waits for His bride, (The Church). But for some unknown reason, His bride keeps showing up on Sunday, which then causes Him to wonder if she really cares about Him.

In this little parable is revealed one of the saddest experiences that God goes through every week. Every Sabbath day He draws near to earth with His presence, waiting and hoping in anticipation that the multitudes of earth would honor Him on His holy day, only to be disappointed from week to week. It is true that many Christians are keeping the first day of the week (Sunday) instead of the seventh day ignorantly, and therefore God saw it fit to give us several reminders in His word. Let's read:

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.

There is a valid reason why this is the only commandment beginning with the word "Remember". God who knows the end from the beginning foresaw that there would be a tendency to forget the sacred appointment made by Him for the good of man, and so He wrote with His own finger, the word "Remember". The Sacredness of the Sabbath cannot be transferred from one day to the next, because it's God's presence made available on that day that makes it Holy. This according to the Bible. 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.

We see here in these verses that God rested "in" and He rested "on" the Sabbath day, which then means that any claim to move the sacredness of the Sabbath to Sunday, implies the power to move God's presence, which then places "the power" in control of God. The Sabbath is found 116 times in the Bible and "the first day of the week" is found only eight times. Anyone doing research on this issue will plainly see that there is no scriptural authority for Sunday being the sabbath. The patriarchs kept it, Jesus kept it, all the apostles kept it, and all who will be saved in God's kingdom will keep it.

We therefore end with a passage of scripture that should serve to remind us of this sacred truth, and we hope and trust that the necessary reforms and changes will take place individually and collectively. 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.

Today if we will hear His voice, let's not harden our hearts. God bless!