***This is part two of my “What I Believe” series & includes some accusations made against me & my family by members of the church we attended for 7 years. It is not meant to be gossipy or anything like that.
We’ve been accused of being legalistic because we try to follow the biblical commandments of YHVH as given to Moses. Yet, these accusations come from people who claim to follow YHVH/God, Yeshua/Jesus. Whose & what commands do they follow? Why aren’t THEY legalistic but we are?
We keep the seventh day Shabbat (Sabbath) – Genesis 2:2-3 On the seventh day God was finished with his work which he had made, so he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 3 God blessed the seventh day and separated it as holy; because on that day God rested from all his work which he had created, so that it itself could produce.
The Sabbath begins at sundown Friday & ends at sundown Saturday. All YHVH’s days begin at evening.
Genesis 1:5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. So there was evening, and there was morning, one day.
We don’t work on the Sabbath. We don’t prepare to work, so that means we don’t put dirty clothes into the washing machine, read work emails, get ready for the next day’s work,etc. We don’t cook or do chores but we do clean up any messes we make. We pray, read & study scripture. We go to service at our messianic synagogue. We play games, go for walks or bike rides & have fun. We rest. We don’t cause others to work, which means we don’t go shopping (or even browsing), we don’t go out to eat.
Exodus 20:9-11 You have six days to labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Shabbat for Adonai your God. On it, you are not to do any kind of work — not you, your son or your daughter, not your male or female slave, not your livestock, and not the foreigner staying with you inside the gates to your property. For in six days, Adonai made heaven and earth, the sea and everything in them; but on the seventh day he rested. This is why Adonai blessed the day, Shabbat, and separated it for himself.
They have said that we are against worship on any day but Saturday. We have NEVER said that. As believers, we worship EVERY DAY! But the seventh day is the Sabbath. (Italics mine)
Genesis 2:2-3 ~ On the seventh day God was finished with his work which he had made, so he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. God blessed the seventh day and separated it as holy; because on that day God rested from all his work which he had created, so that it itself could produce.
I’ve heard many pastors say “When God says something three times, you’d better listen!” I read “the seventh day” THREE times in two verses!
Our issue is that Christians “observe” the Sabbath on the first day instead of the seventh day. I put observe in quotations because they don’t follow the Word in how to observe the Sabbath. They just take a day off from work to go to church. They do all their “ordinary work” of cooking, running errands & causing others to work. They do not keep it set apart & holy.
Deuteronomy 12:13 Observe the day of Shabbat, to set it apart as holy, as Adonai your God ordered you to do. You have six days to labor and do all your work
Exodus 31:15 On six days work will get done; but the seventh day is Shabbat, for complete rest, set apart for Adonai. Whoever does any work on the day of Shabbat must be put to death
God takes the Sabbath seriously!! We should, too!
Watch this video about why we can’t be put to death today for breaking this commandment & others that involve capitol punishment for breaking them:
The Sabbath was never changed in any way by YHVH, Yeshua or the apostles. Not from Saturday to Sunday. Constantine did that. Was he a godly man? No. Even if he had been, did he have the authority to change YHVH’s appointed times? NO!
We are not told we can take any day of the week as our Sabbath.
The main argument I hear is “I rest in Jesus”. YES, we have spiritual rest in Yeshua & we rest in Him in that way constantly. But the Sabbath day is for PHYSICAL rest. Can we say “I commit adultery in Jesus”? Why not? If we can insert commandments where we want to so that we don’t have to keep them, why wouldn’t this work with ALL the commandments? I always heard people say “Christians are hypocrites”. I granted that yes, SOME are. But not the ones I knew. Certainly, I’m no hypocrite! After studying on my own & getting away from man-made doctrines I see that, generally, they are hypocrites. I was. And they don’t even realize it! I truly, honestly don’t mean to bash christians in these posts. I really don’t. I hope my words don’t come across in a mean or condescending way.
The second most common argument is “Jesus is my sabbath”. For one, I don’t even know what that means. Two, how is that kind of sabbath observed? It sounds like a cop-out to me. This is just another “insert commandment here” type of thing. Did Yeshua ever say He is our sabbath? What if I don’t want to keep the commandment about honesty? Will that work? “Jesus is my honesty”? Then I can go out & lie because I’m lying”in Him”? If that example sounds ridiculous, why doesn’t it sound ridiculous when it’s the Sabbath we’re talking about? I see abuse of grace in these types of statements.
The third argument is “Jesus is lord of the Sabbath”. That’s supposed to mean we don’t have to keep the Sabbath. YES, Yeshua is Lord of the Sabbath. But how could He be the lord of something He did away with? Why did He even bother keeping the Sabbath? Why did the apostles keep it even after Yeshua’s resurrection? Who is the lord of heaven & Earth? Are heaven & Earth abolished? NO! Being lord of something does not make that thing null & void. That would be like having a king with no kingdom.
The other issue with this is that keeping the Sabbath is the fourth commandment. WHO fights to keep the Ten Commandments in public places? Christians! Yet, they don’t want to observe the fourth commandment.
They will argue that the Torah is done away with, except for 9 of the 10 Commandments. This coming from people who frequently state that we CANNOT pick & choose which commandments to follow, which verses are true, et cetera. I’ve heard one pastor who, while teaching on Leviticus, pick & choose which commandments apply to whom. It went something like this “This commandment is for the Jews…this one for christians…this one for Jews…Jews…Jews…everyone…Christians…Jews…Jews…Christians…” How he came to his conclusions as to which commands apply to whom, I have no idea. There were no christians back then.
YHVH didn’t give His commandments to only Jews, but to a “mixed multitude“. Collectively, they are called Israelites! – Exodus 12:37-38 The people of Isra’el traveled from Ra‘amses to Sukkot, some six hundred thousand men on foot, not counting children. A mixed crowd also went up with them, as well as livestock in large numbers, both flocks and herds.
The commandments didn’t apply only to those who were there that day, either – Deuteronomy 29:13-14 But I am not making this covenant and this oath only with you. Rather, I am making it both with him who is standing here with us today before Adonai our God and also with him who is not here with us today.
Colossians 2:16 is often used to defend or excuse not keeping YHVH’s commandments including His holy days (festivals/feasts):
So don’t let anyone pass judgment on you in connection with eating and drinking, or in regard to a Jewish festival or Rosh-Hodesh or Shabbat.
If you read this verse IN CONTEXT, it is speaking of being judged by Pagans & angel worshippers. NOT by Jews, NOT by Christians. I will be using this verse in Part Three.
There are many more arguments to post, and many more scriptures, but I think I’ve made it clear that believers today are to keep the Sabbath (and the other commandments as well).
In my recent interactions with born-again Christians, it is obvious that they HATE the seventh day Sabbath, they really do despise it. Out of all the commandments, the Sabbath one is the one that they argue about the most, it is the one they are most vehemently against. I don’t understand why. Who hates resting? Why would christians hate to rest according to their God’s commands? I’ve found only blessing in keeping His commandments! Every day I hear christians talk about obedience yet they are in disobedience & rebellion. It breaks my heart that they are missing out.
My christian life was so dull & dry. I begged God for the “abundant life” all the time. For 20 years!! I doubted my salvation every day. I thought something was wrong with me. I wondered why I didn’t have the power of the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit). I thought I was doing something wrong. THAT is legalism – trying to do things in order to gain God’s favor. It started with celebrating YHVH’s holy days (& stopping the celebration of the Pagan ones), then keeping the Sabbath. Now I hear from my God all the time! I have the full measure of life & it just keeps getting fuller!
John 10:10 The thief comes only in order to steal, kill and destroy; I have come so that they may have life, life in its fullest measure.
I pray every day for my christian friends, that their eyes would be open as mine have so they, too, can enjoy the fullest measure of life.