Can God ‘unsanctify’ the ‘sanctified?’

Some recent musings….

Yesterday evening I was test driving my new toy from Messianic Jewish Family Bible.  (I’ll MJFB TLVreview it after having more time, but I did shed tears of joy as I read their story and vision.  Limited reservations at this point, but they might be assuaged.)

I was selecting and reading random texts and considering the phrasing to gain insight into the minds of the translators when I thought to look at Genesis 2:2-3, in light of recent debate/discussion about the ‘seventh day’ on this blog.  The MJFB’s Tree of Life Version renders the verses,

God completed – on the seventh day – His work that He made, and He ceased – on the seventh day – from all His work that He made.  Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, for on it He ceased from all His work that God created for the purpose of preparing.

The phrase – “and sanctified it” – lept off the page. Immediately a question popped into my head, “Can God ‘unsanctify’ something He has already ‘sanctified?’

I stared at the ceiling pondering and Jeremiah, my 15 year old asked what I was thinking.  (They know the look when wheels are turning…)

“Can God ‘unsanctify’ something He has already sanctified?,” I mused.  “By that I mean, can He profane, or make common, something that He has set apart as holy?”

Almost immediately Jeremiah retorted, “No, because that would make Him a liar.”

“How so?” I pressed.

“Because, He would have to go back on His Word.”

“Exactly,” I was proud.  He is learning.  We midrashed it a bit leading to more thoughts…


This morning the thoughts again crossed my mind and I pondered

Numbers 15:32-36 (TLV)

32 While Bnei-Ysrael were in the wilderness, they found a man gathering wood on the Shabbat. 33 Those who found him gathering wood brought him to Moses, Aaron and the entire assembly. 34 They kept him under arrest, not being clear what was to be done to him. 35Adonai said to Moses, “The man has to die; the whole assembly is to stone him with stones outside the camp.” 36 So the whole assembly took him outside the camp.  They stoned him with stones.  He died just as Adonai commanded Moses.

IF, big ‘if,’ God changed the day to the first/eighth day, as Christendom errantly teaches, would God not need to then apologize to this poor soul for putting him to death for breaking a standard that wasn’t really permanent?  Seriously.

I remember when my family was just making this transition to Shabbat and I had a protracted debate with an area pastor.  I asserted that God did not and indeed can not change the day.  To do so would be to deny Himself.  The pastor countered that God can do anything He wants and can change the rules anytime He wants.

I was aghast!

A God that can ‘willy-nilly’ change the rules at any time can’t be trusted and is nothing more than a schizophrenic psycho.  Imagine:  EVERY promise in Scripture is subject to change!

If His Word reveals His character and His Word is unchanging, then His character is unchanging and therefore altogether trustworthy.

I would ask again, ‘Can God ‘unsanctify’ that which He has ‘sanctified?’  Can He ‘profane’ that which He has called ‘holy?’  Can He make ‘common’ that which He has called ‘set-apart?’

Absolutely NOT!

“For I, the Lord, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.”


About Pete Rambo

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10 Responses to Can God ‘unsanctify’ the ‘sanctified?’

  1. Sue in NC says:

    Reblogged this on The Lamb's Servant and commented:
    FABULOUS!!!! A MUST READ!!! Thanks, Pete Rambo, for narrowing the whole ‘Sabbath Debate’ down to its bare bones! Well Done!


  2. It’s a dangerous exercise to carry thoughts through to their logical conclusion. That’s how we have to decide things like whether “forever” means “forever” or “just until I change my mind”. 🙂

    A similar line of thinking was what started another friend of ours on his Torah journey. He came to the realization that if God could annul His promises to Israel and start all over with the church, then what would prevent Him from doing the same with the church?

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  3. Steven says:

    Concerning “The Church”

    When he took the scroll, the four living beings and the twenty-four elders fell down in front of the Lamb. Each one held a harp and gold bowls filled with pieces of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people; and they sang a new song,

    “You are worthy to take the scroll and break its seals;
    because you were slaughtered;
    at the cost of blood you ransomed for God
    persons from EVERY tribe, language, people and nation.
    You made THEM into a kingdom for God to rule,
    cohanim to serve him;
    and THEY will rule over the earth.”

    And what of those wicked who refused to have G-d rule over them?

    “But the master answered, …However, as for these enemies of mine who did not want me to be their king, bring them here and execute them in my presence!”

    Sometimes we forget God’s promises to those who reject him.

    Yeshua instructed, “Whoever listens to you listens to me, also whoever rejects you rejects me, and whoever rejects me rejects the One who sent me.”

    John the Baptist: “And don’t suppose you can comfort yourselves by saying, ‘Avraham is our father’! For I tell you that God can raise up for Avraham sons from these stones! Already the axe is at the root of the trees, ready to strike; every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit will be chopped down and thrown in the fire!

    What is the logical conclusion?


  4. Connie E says:

    Another tov one, Brother.

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  5. Jack Jackson says:

    How would that work with Hebrews 10:26-29? It appears that by that verse, when we “continue in willful sin” there remains no more sacrifice for sin.
    “Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherein he WAS SANCTIFIED, an unholy thing….” Hebrews 10:29

    This blood didn’t sanctify Yeshua, it had at one point sanctified the one that now has departed to “willful sin”.

    The key is His covenant promise remains, and His conditions to remain in sanctification under His blood does not change. The person can enter into that “sanctification” and has the responsibility to remain set apart (sanctified).

    Great thought provoking post. I believe the seventh day argument is one of the best I have ever heard.



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