I have four boys, most of whom are teenagers. We do not have a communication problem, so I can tell them what to do and they understand perfectly well.
Suppose I give my sons the exact same instructions eight or even NINE times and I NEVER tell them anything different? Do I have a reasonable expectation that I have been very clear? If they continue to disobey me on the matter, do I have a right to discipline them? Can they plead ignorance? What if the babysitter tells them otherwise? Whose instructions take priority? Does the babysitter have authority to overturn my instructions?
See? This is the dilemma I am in, now. I was that wayward teen who heard my Father say something nine times, but I ignored it because the babysitter said it was okay. Now, I am looking back and realizing I was/am without excuse. His instructions were very clearly given and never changed. Was my disobedience sin?
Later, I was the babysitter who told those in my care that they could just ignore what their Father had said. I supported what I said with some fancy logic, but had no real evidence that their Father had ever changed His instructions.
So what exactly am I getting at? (And, what do I want you to help me understand?)
Our Father in heaven gives us a commandment NINE times, and we ignore it. No where in Scripture does He ever change His mind. No where is the command ever altered. In fact, prophecy actually tells us a couple times that the command stands in the future, yet we ignore it, preferring the logical gymnastics of our pastors and the traditions we have been handed.
With #Scripture being so clear, will we be able to plead ignorance?
Here is the commandment… all NINE times: #torah #messianic #christian
“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who [a]stays with you. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and made it holy.
25 Moses said, “Eat it today, for today is a sabbath to the Lord; today you will not find it in the field. 26 Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day, the sabbath, there will be [a]none.”27 It came about on the seventh day that some of the people went out to gather, but they found none. 28 Then the Lord said to Moses, “How long do you refuse to keep My commandments and My [b]instructions? 29 See, [c]the Lord has given you the sabbath; therefore He gives you bread for two days on the sixth day. Remain every man in his place; let no man go out of his place on the seventh day.” 30 So the people rested on the seventh day.
12 “Six days you are to do your work, but on the seventh day you shall cease from labor so that your ox and your donkey may rest, and the son of your female slave, as well as [a]your stranger, may refresh themselves.
12 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 13 “But as for you, speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘You shall surely observe My sabbaths; for this is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the Lord who sanctifies you. 14 Therefore you are to observe the sabbath, for it is holy to you. Everyone who profanes it shall surely be put to death; for whoever does any work on it, that person shall be cut off from among his people. 15 For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day there is a sabbath of complete rest, holy to the Lord; whoever does any work on the sabbath day shall surely be put to death. 16 So the sons of Israel shall observe the sabbath, to [a]celebrate the sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant.’ 17 It is a sign between Me and the sons of Israel forever; for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, but on the seventh day He ceased from labor, and was refreshed.”
21 “You shall work six days, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during plowing time and harvest you shall rest.
2 “For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day you shall have a holy sabbath of complete rest to the Lord; whoever does any work on it shall be put to death.
2 “Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘The Lord’s appointed times which you shall proclaim as holy convocations—My appointed times are these: 3 ‘For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day there is a sabbath of complete rest, a holy convocation. You shall not do any work; it is a sabbath to the Lord in all your dwellings. 4 ‘These are the appointed times of the Lord, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at the times appointed for them.
12 ‘Observe the sabbath day to keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you. 13 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 14 but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter or your male servant or your female servant or your ox or your donkey or any of your cattle or your sojourner who [a]stays with you, so that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you. 15 You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out of there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore the Lord your God commanded you to observe the sabbath day.
31 God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. 2 Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts. 2 By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created [a]and made.
Now, where is this ever changed? Our Father gave us this commandment NINE times. It may be the most attested instruction in all of Scripture. Certainly, we see Yeshua keeping the Shabbat. Read Acts. Paul always kept the Shabbat. In fact, there is not a single instance in all of Scripture of the Sabbath being changed, annulled, abrogated, altered, abolished, done away with, or any other euphemistic denial of the command.
Isaiah 66:23 tells us the Sabbath will be kept after the earth is judged by fire (66:16-17)!!
So, here is what I need help understanding: By what leap of logic do we trust the words of pastors over the Word of our Father? Will we not be held accountable for ignoring His commands and following the counter-instructions of others?
Show me! I just can’t find any Scripture that prophesies or commands a change. I find no support in Scripture for a change of days. Zero. None. Nil. Zilch. Nada!
Further study: The Sabbath Day