By Stefan Alesi
One of the ten commandments of God is: „Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labour and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.“ (Exodus 20, 8 – 11)
This shows us, God is it exceedingly important, that everyone who belongs to his people, the Sabbath sanctify!
What can we find out about the Sabbath, via the Internet? In Wikipedia I found some interesting points: „the Sabbath, even Shabbat (Hebrew: שבת ʃabat, plural Sabbaths; Ashkenazi pronunciation: ʃabos, Yiddish: Shabbos, German: rest day ‚,‘ rest ‚) is in Judaism the seventh day, a day of rest, on which no work is to be done. It begins like every day in the Jewish calendar according to Genesis 1.5 in the evening and lasts from sunset on Friday until nightfall on the following Saturday. He already carries in the Tanach its own name, while the rest of the week are named in Hebrew to this day with their ordinal numbers.
The Old Church named the days of the week unchanged as the Jews and celebrated the Sabbath at least until the year 130 AD.
Constantine the Great made the Sunday 321 AD for legal public holiday and rest day, to privilege Christian religious services. Thus replacing the Sunday in Christianity the Sabbath as a weekly holiday.
In the Anti-Judaismof the Middle Ages Christians take partin the medieval tradition to taunt the Sabbath. For example, with satirical cartoons. The Spanish Inquisitionpersecuted Marranos, by searching for typical Sabbath features. Glowing candles, extinguished furnaces, clean shirts, crisp tablecloths on the Sabbath in their homes were indicia, to arrestconverted Jews; to torture after arrest and in the end most were burned.“
On another website I found an interesting old newspaper article: „Sunday is a Catholic institution … From beginning to end of Scripture there is not a single section, which justifies, the transfer of the weekly day of rest, from last to the first day of the week.“ (The Catholic Press, Sydney, Australia, July 1900)
Out of such records it is clear, that it is only by laws, persecution, torture and murder was possible to dissuade early Christians from the observance of the Sabbath commandment. The bad thing is, that the main reason for this misdeed against God’s will, was the anti-Judaism.
Until the present day, all Christian churches try to give a human explanation of; why Sunday is too hallow; although in the Word of God he is not mentioned a single time. Many people believe more this incorrect explanations of humans than the Word of God. That is what makes myself very sad.
God spoke very often about his Sabbath. In the Exodus 35, 1-2 it is written: „Moses assembled the whole Israelite community and said to them, “These are the things the Lord has commanded you to do: For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day shall be your holy day, a Sabbath of rest to the Lord. Whoever does any work on it must be put to death.“
In Isaiah 56, 2, we read: „Blessed is the man who does this, the man who holds it fast, who keeps the Sabbath without desecrating it, and keeps his hand from doing any evil.“
That Sabbath is to be sanctified; from all those seek God, we read in Isaiah 56, 4-8: „For this is what the Lord says: “To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths, who choose what pleases me and hold fast to my covenant— to them I will give within my temple and its walls a memorial and a name better than sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that will not be cut off. And foreigners who bind themselves to the Lord to serve him, to love the name of the Lord, and to worship him, all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it and who hold fast to my covenant— these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.” The Sovereign Lord declares— he who gathers the exiles of Israel: “I will gather still others to them besides those already gathered.“
It is also Isaiah, who describes us, what God has promised, for those, who gain eternal life. Thus we read in Isaiah 66, 22-24: „As the new heavens and the new earth that I make will endure before me,” declares the Lord, “so will your name and descendants endure. From one New Moon to another and from one Sabbath to another, all mankind will come and bow down before me,” says the Lord. “And they will go out and look upon the dead bodies of those who rebelled against me; their worm will not die, nor will their fire be quenched, and they will be loathsome to all mankind.“
I pray, that people will finally begin to give more credence to the Bible the word of God, than by human’s fictitious rumours and bogus explanations.
We give thanks to you, O God, we give thanks, for your Name is near; men tell of your wonderful deeds. You say, “I choose the appointed time; it is I who judge uprightly. When the earth and all its people quake, it is I who hold its pillars firm. Selah To the arrogant I say, ‘Boast no more, and to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up your horns. Do not lift your horns against heaven; do not speak with outstretched neck.‘ ” No one from the east or the west or from the desert can exalt a man. But it is God who judges: He brings one down, he exalts another. In the hand of the Lord is a cup full of foaming wine mixed with spices; he pours it out, and all the wicked of the earth drink it down to its very dregs. As for me, I will declare this forever; I will sing praise to the God of Jacob. I will cut off the horns of all the wicked, but the horns of the righteous will be lifted up. Amen (Psalm 75)
From: Christsein Heute
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