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From Sabbath to Saturday:
The Story of the Jewish Rest Day
John D. Keyser
Hope of Israel Ministries (Ecclesia of YEHOVAH)
The journey of the Sabbath, from its lunar beginnings to the last day of a continuous week divorced from the moon’s phases, is a fascinating one. From Adam down to the disciples of Yeshua the Messiah, we see YEHOVAH God’s Lunar Sabbath day being kept by those “righteous pillars” of YEHOVAH God -- the Sabbath observers. Then, with the introduction of the planetary week and the rise of the Babylonian rabbis, YEHOVAH’s true Sabbath day goes into eclipse and a radically different Sabbath emerges into view -- one governed by man's disobedience and the drive for commercial gain. Now YEHOVAH God’s true Sabbath day is being restored to
those who, like the Bereans, “search the Scriptures daily to find out if these things were so.”
Yeshua the Messiah had much to say about the Sabbath and its observance. In the gospel of Mark we read about the beginning of the Messiah’s ministry and the message that he taught. Repeatedly he said that this message, or gospel, came directly from YEHOVAH God the Father and was, therefore, YEHOVAH’s message to mankind. In Mark 1:1 we read: “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ.” This gospel of Yeshua the Messiah is not a gospel from men about the person of the Messiah, but is the gospel of the Messiah himself -- the gospel the Messiah preached, the very gospel YEHOVAH God the Father sent by the Messiah for mankind!
After John the Baptist was thrown into prison, Yeshua came to the Galilee region preaching the good news of the Kingdom (or government) of YEHOVAH God on this earth, calling on men to repent and to believe that very message or gospel. He called his disciples and immediately, we read in Mark 1:21, “they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the SABBATH DAY he entered into the synagogue.” It was Yeshua’s custom or practice to attend the synagogue services on the Sabbath day, as the four gospels point out.
Yeshua preached in the synagogues in towns throughout Galilee -- see Mark 1:38-39. Some time later Yeshua and his disciples went through the cornfields on the Sabbath day (Mark 2:23) and were accused by the Pharisees of breaking the Sabbath by plucking ears of corn to eat. In reply, Yeshua showed the Pharisees how to observe the Sabbath by saying: "The sabbath was MADE FOR MAN, and not man for the sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.” (Mark 2:27-28).
The SABBATH is one of those things that was MADE or CREATED. Therefore it was YEHOVAH God who MADE the Sabbath -- YEHOVAH made it for Yeshua the Messiah! Very few, it seems, realize it today -- but the Sabbath was MADE FOR YESHUA THE MESSIAH! No wonder, then, he plainly said that HE is Lord also of the Sabbath! (Mark 2:28).
Originally Entered: 27 January 2008
Latest Update: 27 January 2008
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