What is the Sabbath day?

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Okay, Anthony, other question. Hey, Anthony, what is the Sabbath day?

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Oh, man, you said excellent question. It’s one of those where I’m just going to apologize upfront because there’s no way I could do it any service answering this, and I’ll in just a few minutes. But I’ll touch on some highlights, things that may be different that people don’t think about with regard to the Sabbath, because most people always think sabbath rest, holy day. Good, but let’s add some more context to it. There’s a lot going on with the Sabbath. So first I want to say tribute.

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To God’s power to define time.

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We see the creation, which actually involving God actually bringing order out of chaos.

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And as part of his bringing in order, he’s carving up time and defining times.

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So for example, in Genesis one versus four to five, god’s creating light to separate day using light and darkness. So even before the sun moon starts.

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He creates the day, this 24 hours period.

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And then in Genesis 1:14, god creates.

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A sun moon and stars to further define days, months, years and other periods of time.

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Then at the end of the creation week, god creates something new, a new time element. It creates the weekly cycle. So we see in Genesis two, verses 23 says, and on the 7th day, God ended his work which he had.

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Done, and he rested on the 7th day from all his worship, which he had done. Then God blessed the 7th day and.

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Sanctified it, because in it he rested.

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In all his work and from all his work that God has created and made. So he blessed and sanctified it.

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And what’s interesting in this is, as some people note, on the 7th day, it doesn’t say in the evening and.

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Morning were the 7th day what I.

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Believe this meeting is. Now God has instituted a reoccurring day. So every 7th day is going to be the Sabbath. And yes, it begins with the evening.

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And the morning as all the other days do. That’s how God keeps time.

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This concept of days starting at noon.

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Or midnight, sorry, is an artificial creation that we’ve done in modern times. That wasn’t how God keeps time.

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And so when we keep satis, we.

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Need to keep it on God’s time.

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Interestingly. So going back, God created this weekly cycle. There’s nothing in nature to pin this weekly cycle to, because you have the.

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Sun cycle months, you have the lunar cycle years.

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Again, we have a rotation with the.

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Sun, and the sun moves during that time. The Earth is wobbling, but nothing pegs.

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Us to a seven day weekly cycle. We just have it because God said.

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So, and that’s what makes it really special.

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And so I believe Sabbath has an.

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Element of faith to it.

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And you think about it, adam and.

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Eve were the last things created besides the Sabbath itself.

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And so Adam didn’t even get to see e created.

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So both had to operate on faith when Jesus said I created everything.

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And so when we read in Hebrews eleven three, I think this is in a sense referring to also the faith of Adam. He says by faith we understand that.

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The world’s refrained by the word of.

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God, so that the things which are.

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Seen were not made for things which were visible. By faith we believe God spoke and created and they had to take it by face value.

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But then they were around when Sabbath was made. And this is an interesting way to look at the verse of Mark 227 where Jesus says the Sabbath was made.

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For man and not made for the Sabbath.

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So God didn’t make the Sabbath, then.

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Man, man was first, then comes the Sabbath. But during this time we’re still by faith believing God.

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They said this is the 7th day.

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And that he made it because he created everything else.

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And when you look at the Fourth Commandment, the Fourth commandment we’ll talk about, it is reinforcing that God is the.

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Creator, and by faith believe that, then keep the Sabbath.

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Now, faith is also simply God’s ability.

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To separate the holy from the common.

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And like Tina was just talking about the need, God says to not mingle.

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Things don’t mingle, species don’t mingle the common with the holy.

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This is a very common aspect. And so God is separating the 7th day from the others who are saying.

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This day is special, this one is holy, this one is unique, the others aren’t necessarily bad. But this 7th day is holy, it is separate from the others.

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And by keeping the Sabbath, it’s an.

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Exercise of our ability to discern the common from the holy and to respect.

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What God says is holy.

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Versus again, what’s just common.

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And it goes back to why do we keep it at the Sabbath?

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Because God made it separate.

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God has this ability to sanctify. That’s what the word means to sanctify.

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Means to set apart.

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And that same word for sanctify God uses, for example, when he sanctified his high priest, Exodus 28 41 so you shall put them on air, and your brothers and his sons, and you shall annoy them and consecrate them and sanctify.

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Them, that they ministered to Me as priests.

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The same word as what he did for the Sabbath. You see that same word, God describing.

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His people, how he sets them apart.

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And the Sabbath in fact is a symbol of it. We read in Exodus 30 113, it says, speak also to the children of.

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Israel saying surely my Sabbath you shall.

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Keep, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations that.

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You may know that I am the Lord who sanctifies you.

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Now, Sabbath also has an element of worship. So this goes wrong to the concept of worship. We modernly think that worship is just waving your hands up in the air.

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And getting really all into appraisal worship song.

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But that really isn’t what worship is about or without what true worship is, that is meaningless. True worship, as the Bible teaches a.

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Submission, recognizing God is our Lord, he’s our King, and we want to obey.

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Him, and we recognize he’s above us. Sort of like the fifth commandment of honor thy parents. Same star concept, honor God, lift Him.

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Up, recognize, keep Him in his place, glorify Him. And we do that out by keeping His Sabbath. We obey him, do what he says.

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If we don’t, we’ll be like Kane, who wanted to offer sacrifices his own way, offer his own fruit.

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Rejecting offering the Lamb, he refused to worship God.

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Then he wanted to worship God in.

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The way he wanted, and his offering was rejected.

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And the Sabbath, on this point, embraces God’s authority. Remember we talked about how we keep aside with because God is the Creator in the commandment.

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In Exodus 20.

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God reinforces this. He says verse eleven, let’s say Exodus 21st eleven. He says, in six days the Lord made the heavens, and the earth, and.

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The sea, and all in them, and.

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Rested the 7th day.

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Therefore the Lord blessed the 7th day and hail Load. It this concept of the heavens, the earth, the sea and all that’s in them.

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This is Reinforcing God’s domain, his authority.

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I am the God of the heavens and the earth and the sea.

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You could say this is an element and he says the Lord. So this is his name, his domain. This is the seal of God in the sense, just like the President of.

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The United States, title and domain.

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So this is a seal of God.

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His mark of his authority was creation and establishing Sabbath. So refusing to keep Sabbath is basically rebellion against God. If you knowingly refused to do it.

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A lot of people say they are.

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Confused or might not know. That’s a different thing. And Jesus declares.

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He says the Son.

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Of man is the Lord of the Sabbath.

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That’s Luke 65. So again, if you’re not going to keep the Sabbath, you’re refusing to have.

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Jesus as your Lord.

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But an important thing to bear mine.

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Is Sabbath is about relationships.

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The Sabbath is teaching us that if.

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You love someone, you will take time out to be with them. Take time aside from your busy lives to be present with that person.

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And I have to say, like we talk all the time and Wendy’s saying, hey, you need to make more time.

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To be present with me. We’re together all the time, all the time.

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But are we really present with each other? We’re so busy, we’re working, we’re not.

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Really spending that quality time.

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And God’s saying, hey, I’m giving you 24 hours where you can set aside all your work, all your distractions, and you could be present with me. Let’s have quality time together. And God wants you to enjoy this time. Isaiah 58 he says, if you turn.

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Away your foot from the Sabbath, don’t.

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Desecrate it from doing your pleasure on my holy day and call the Sabbath.

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A delight, the holy day of the Lord honorable.

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And it goes on. And then you should delight yourself in the Lord.

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And I will cause you to ride on the high heels of the earth and feed you with the heritage of Jacob, your father.

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God wants you to have a delight.

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And enjoy it, because this is how you can be with Him.

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And so keeping the Sabbath should be an act of love, especially in love for Jesus, as he says in John.

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1415, if you love me, keep my commandments.

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And Jesus said again, Sabbath was not made for man. Sorry, your man was not made for Sabbath.

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Sabbath was made for man so that.

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We can be with Him, we can.

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Rest, we can recharge, I could go.

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On and on, the concept of rest.

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And the importance of that. But.

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Sabbath is a wonderful gift God.

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Has given us that will stand the test of time.

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It always was before even Leviticus and.

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Before the Ten Commandments.

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It was as a matter of law.

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God made the Sabbath and it continues to this day.

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And you can read in verses where we’ll continue to keep it, even when.

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God establishes his universal kingdom. Tina, any thoughts?

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That was very well said, but yeah, just to quote that verse, I mean, that’s Isaiah 66. Sorry, I was first looking at Isaiah 50th, but then you already covered that, which was perfect. But yeah, God will. What is the Sabbath? The Sabbath is God’s holy day of rest. It was established at creation. You see in Genesis two, two and three on the 7th day, and God kept it the 7th day, there was no change of the Sabbath. You see that in Hebrews chapter four, it says, therefore there remains arrested the people of God. And if there was another day, God would have mentioned it. And even in heaven we’re going to continue to keep the Sabbath. As again you see in Isaiah chapter 66 in verses 22 and 23 says. For as the new moon. The new heaven and new earth which I shall make shall remain before Me. Says the Lord. And so shall your seed remain. And it shall come to pass from one new moon to another. And from one Sabbath to another shall all flesh come to worship before Me. Says the Lord. So I told you.

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There you go, the worship there.

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Sabbath is all about worship and what is true worship? It’s about obedience to God out of love.

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Absolutely.

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I think your answer was Spawn. Thank you so much for that.

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Hey, peace.

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God awesome. And it is a blessing to us.

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It is.

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I think that’s just one of the most important concepts so many people think of. Oh, well, you have to keep that age. Do you have to do this or that or you can’t do this or that, but Sabbath is a blessing. Yeah, I get to have that time. I get to have that time with God. I get to have that time with my husband. I get to have that time with the people that are most important in my life.

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Gosh, I can’t even imagine what a relationship would be like without Sabbath.

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I know. I mean, I used to live life without Sabbath before I became a Christian and a believer in Sabbath. And I can’t ever go back. I mean, it’s just so amazing to have that time every week to know that you don’t need to worry, you don’t need to rush, you don’t need to worry about this next project you’re working on or whatever. You just like, God bless that day for us, for our benefits. And coming to that realization was just super. Like, there’s so much light around that they even have the words to describe it. It’s just so enlightening to come to that realization.

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Amen. And to just know God said, I want to spend time with you on a regular basis. Like, I committed to you in a serious relationship. I love you.

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And he’s saying, I’m going to provide for you so that you don’t have to do other things that day. I’m going to take care of you. Like that.

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Yeah. We’ve studied the whole thing of mana and how it didn’t spoil and God gave extra on Friday so they could chill and be provided for it.

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That is the part that is just so mind blowing to me.

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Again, test of faith. Amen.

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