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The Sabbath Day (2)



Yahshua’s activities on the Sabbath


Yahshua kept the Sabbath. Yahshua showed what kinds of activities were acceptable on the Sabbath. He always made a point of teaching by example. On the Sabbath day He visited and taught in the Synagogues where the Law was being read and expounded, healed people and explained to them about doing good on the Sabbath day. The only qualification or comment He made about the Sabbath was to show people not to be in bondage to the religious teachings of the day. Yahweh made the Sabbath day for man, and in healing and teaching people on this day Yahshua qualified His comment. Nowhere do we hear of Yahshua disannulling the day. He encouraged His followers through example to continue to honour the day, and after His death Miriam and the other ladies honoured the day by ‘resting on the Sabbath’ before visiting the tomb. ("according to the commandment" the writer added to make a point.)
If Yahshua had desired to change the day or abolish it, He did not get through to His dearest friends, did He? After His death His disciples continued to observe the Sabbath and teach others both Jews and Gentiles to do the same. See Acts 13:42,44 and Acts 18:4 “And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath.” “ And the next Sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of Yahweh” “And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.”
In Matthew 24:20 Yahshua, warning the people about the coming destruction of Jerusalem said that they should pray that their flight would not be on the Sabbath day. Would He have said this if He had wanted to abolish it? I think not. Also, He instructed and showed by example what was lawful on the Sabbath. He said, ‘The Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath day’ (Mk 3:4) and He also said that it was alright to do good, to loosen our donkey, visit friends and to heal on the Sabbath day. (Mk 2:27, 2:28, 3:4, 4:31, Luke 4:31, 6:1, 14:1, ) If He had abolished the Sabbath day would He have qualified what was allowed? Of course not. In Luke 6:1 the writer (Luke) mentions that the Sabbath they walked through the corn fields was the second Sabbath after the Feast of Passover (look at ‘second’ in Strongs 1209 explains this) Yahshua not only kept Sabbath, but the Feasts too. If He did not, then surely Luke would have not mentioned it in this account.
Paul, who came later, observed the Sabbath. He did not begin another group, worshipping on Sundays instead… He preached in the synagogues on the Sabbath day just as he probably always had. (Acts 13:14) He also advised others to go and listen to Moses being read and taught on the Sabbath day, even Gentiles! (Acts 13:27 and 15:21)The point is not whether or not Gentiles should keep the Sabbath, the Commandments are Universal Laws set down in stone for mankind. If you or I ignore the seventh day Sabbath we are in fact ignoring Yahweh (God). It is nothing to do with if we are Jews or Gentiles, the moment we turn to Yahshua we begin to commit ourselves to Him and to His Commandments. Yahshua said, "I keep My Father's Commandments..." We as His followers have an obligation to do the same. Salvation is for everyone, and Yahshua said "Strait is the gate and narrow the way to Life, and few there be that find it." There is an enemy who has spread numerous lies and deceptions both inside and outside of church in order to prevent a clear understanding of this subject. May we be humble enough to receive the true Torah of Elohim. There is no scriptural evidence for changing the day from Saturday (seventh day) to Sunday (first day) whatsoever. Read this link to see who changed the day and how. Yahshua certainly never changed it and neither did His disciples before or after the resurrection. Why is it that Gentile believers want to do so? You could answer that for yourself.
It’s not easy to go against the grain of rebellion, not easy to forge a new way ahead, go against the ways of the crowd, but I do know that you will be great in the Kingdom if you keep the Commandments of Yahweh, (Matthew 5:19) and this includes keeping the Sabbath day. As Elijah of old, you will not be the only one not ‘bowing the knee to baal’ there will be others who will desire to join you.   Email us for help with how to keep this day. We have learned a great deal on our journey and will happily share our findings and understanding with you. We find it a great joy and of huge benefit to keep the correct day holy. After all, the scriptures say, ‘Yahweh blessed the Sabbath day…” You will find a unique blessing in your life as you walk in obedience to His word.