A sign is a very informative thing! We see and use signs in many ways. Signs communicate important information.
A wedding ring is a sign. A flag is a sign. A direction arrow on the roadway is a sign.
One important SIGN that Yahuwah has given to His Born-Again, New Covenant people is the weekly, seventh day Sabbath Day.
Let’s begin with a little story:
That little story is a picture of a very special occasion that occurs each week for those who, according to Scripture, love Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God], the Holy One of Israel. It is a special occasion for those who desire to honour Yahuwah with their obedience.
That very special occasion is Yahuwah’s weekly, seventh-day, Sabbath Day!
Remember The Sabbath Day
Yahuwah tells us in His Word, that each week His people are to remember to keep, to observe, and to guard as very special His Biblical, weekly, seventh day, Sabbath Day (Exodus 20:8-11).
Father’s weekly Sabbath Day [also known as Shabbat] begins at sunset on Friday evening and lasts until sunset on Saturday evening. It is a set-apart-as-special, holy Day. It is a day set-apart by the Creator Himself! It is the Day when we are to enter into Father’s rest, resting in the same manner as He did, by ceasing from our own works (Hebrews 4:10).
After He created the Heavens and the Earth in six days, He then rested on the seventh day (Genesis 2:1-3).
Yahuwah set apart the seventh day of the week as a day of rest, and appointed it to have a very special position in the weekly progression of days. The seventh day was to be the particular day, each week, as ‘set apart’ unto Yahuwah Elohim, to meet with Him, the Mighty One of Israel, Creator of the Universe.
The weekly Sabbath is considered by many as The Most Set-Apart-As-Special [Holy] DAY of all of Yahuwah’s Sabbaths. It is listed as the first of Yahuwah’s Feast Days (Leviticus 23:2-3). The weekly Sabbath Day is the first set-apart, appointed Feast day mentioned in the Scriptures (Genesis 2:1-3).
Just as Yahuwah Elohim rested and was refreshed on the seventh day (Exodus 31:17), in the same way, Father has appointed the seventh day Sabbath Day as a day for us to rest, and to be refreshed. There is much refreshment, and there are many, many blessings, for those of God’s people who choose to enter into the obedience of keeping Father’s Sabbaths, and His Commandments.
Those who desire to please Abba Father, and obey His commandments, discover that keeping His Sabbath Days [in the Biblically-prescribed manner], is truly a delight, as well as a major secret to growing closer to Him!
A SIGN Between Yahuwah And His People
“And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying, Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep … It is a SIGN between me and the children of Israel forever (Exodus 31:12-18)
“Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a SIGN between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them. I am the LORD your God; walk in my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them; And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a SIGN between me and you, that ye may know that I am the LORD your God.” (Ezekiel 20:12,19-20)
As the above Scriptures teach us, Yahuwah gave us His Sabbath Days as a sign between Him and His people. Our obedience to this simple commandment of keeping Yahuwah’s Sabbath Days becomes the sign or the banner of those who know Him, and of those who love Him (John 14:15)!
As stated above, a SIGN is a very significant thing! Signs communicate important information! Some signs are extremely essential, and can mean the difference between life and death!
Keeping Yahuwah’s Biblical Sabbath Days, and especially the weekly, seventh-day Sabbath, is a very important SIGN!
When we “hallow,” or set-apart-as-special [holy], Yahuwah’s Sabbath days, then we are entering into an important and essential communication with our Abba Father. It is a vital way that we establish and acknowledge His ‘ownership‘ of us — that we belong to Yahuwah Elohim, and not to some other master! It is a vital way of declaring our citizenship within His Kingdom. It is communicating to Him, and to all the heavenly host, that we are abiding by the rules and instructions governing His Kingdom.
Yahuwah tells us in several Scriptures that those who do obey His command to keep His Sabbath days, are those who know Him (See Exodus 31:13; Ezekiel 20:12; Ezekiel 20:20)!
We demonstrate our faith in Him when we obey Him, especially in the weekly observance of this Special Day that He set-apart as holy. Observing the weekly, seventh-day Sabbath is a sign, not only for our benefit, but also for Yahuwah’s benefit.
Also, observing the Biblical Sabbath Days is an essential way that we learn about, and come to know more intimately our Mighty One, Yahuwah Elohim.
How Do We Keep The Sabbath Day Holy?
How can we make this very special, weekly, seventh-day Sabbath Day to be a holy day unto Yahuwah? What shall we do? How shall we communicate our acceptance of this sign He has given us?
Yahuwah tells us what to do in the Scriptures, in detail, what He expects of us:
The passages in Exodus, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Leviticus 23, and many others, tell us we are to hallow [‘set apart as special’] Yahuwah’s Sabbaths. Yahuwah has established the weekly, seventh-day Sabbath. He has also established the annual, seven High Sabbaths. Each of these Sabbaths are on appointed, specific Days.
Yahuwah’s weekly, seventh-day Sabbath, as well as all the annual High Sabbaths are not optional, nor open for alteration! And the weekly, seventh-day Sabbath is especially NOT open for us to choose any ‘one-of-seven.’
No where has it been written in the holy Scriptures that Yahuwah’s Sabbaths have been changed or ‘done away with.’ No where in Scripture are we told to observe some religious group’s weekly Sabbath, on Friday [Islam] or on Sunday [Rome]!
Those who follow Messiah Yahushua will observe Yahuwah’s weekly Sabbath, on the seventh day of the week!
All of Yahuwah’s Sabbaths are His special, appointed Days and they are to be observed “throughout their generations, for a perpetual [everlasting] covenant” (Exodus 31:16). Yahuwah’s Sabbaths are for all ‘Israel’ [God’s people] to keep! His Sabbaths are for all who are grafted-in to Father’s olive tree, by faith in Messiah! His Sabbaths are for Gentile Believers, as well as for Jewish Believers. (See Exodus 31:13; Ezekiel 20:12,20; Isaiah 56:6-7; Romans 11:16-24).
Yahuwah’s Sabbaths are not ‘Jewish’ Sabbaths, or some other religious group’s Sabbaths. Father calls them “MY Sabbaths” and “MY Feasts” (See Exodus 31:13; Leviticus 19:3, Leviticus 23:2-4; Isaiah 56:4; Ezekiel 44:24).
Do We Keep Yahuwah’s Sabbaths
Do we keep [observe and guard] Yahuwah’s weekly, Biblical seventh-day Sabbath Day? Or do we keep, observe, and guard some religious group’s weekly Sabbath Day? Or do we follow a man-made notion of when the Sabbath Day occurs? [See links belows.]
Do we keep [observe and guard] the “My Sabbaths” as outlined in the above Scripture passages — the prescribed Feasts of Yahuwah?
Yahuwah tells us that those who do obey His command to keep His Sabbaths, are those who love Him (See Isaiah 56:6; John 14:15,21; 1John 5:2). And as I said above, those who do obey His command to keep His Sabbaths, are those who know Him (See Exodus 31:13; Ezekiel 20:12; Ezekiel 20:20).
We acknowledge every week that we know Him as the Creator of heaven and earth by remembering to keep the seventh-day Sabbath Day holy!
Keeping His seventh-day Sabbath is our sign to Him that we love Him and we know Him.
Every week, we enter into His rest on His special, set-apart Day, just as He entered into His rest on the seventh day of creation. Our actions communicate a SIGN to Yahuwah — whether we know it or not.
Yahuwah tells us also, that if we do not obey His command to keep His Sabbaths, we are committing iniquity [‘sin’] — and we are demonstrating to Him that we do not love Him, and that we do not know Him (See Ezekiel 20:12; Matthew 7:23; 1John 2:4; 1John 3:4,6; 1John 5:2).
Walk As He Walked
“As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue [abide; continue; remain] ye in my love [in loving Him]. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide [abide; continue; remain] in my love [in loving Him]; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide [abide; continue; remain] in his love [in loving Him].” (John 15:9-10)
“He that saith he abideth [abide; continue; remain] in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked.” (1John 2:6)
As the above Scripture passages teach us, if Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ] is abiding [abide; continue; remain] in us, the apostle John tells us how we would know this: we will “keep His commandments,” and we will “walk, even as He walked.”
If Yahushua is abiding [abide; continue; remain] in us, then we will be doing what He did, and avoiding what He avoided.
But what did Yahushua do? And what did He avoid doing?
Here is a short list by which we might examine ourselves:
- He did not do His own will, but He did the Father’s will (Luke 22:42)
- He was immersed [‘baptised’] in water (Matt 3:16)
- He was filled with the Holy Spirit (Luke 4:1)
- He was led by the Holy Spirit (Luke 4:1)
- He showed His love for His Father, by keeping His Father’s commandments (John 15:10)
- He kept [observe; guard; preserve; ‘watch’] all of His Father’s Sabbath Days, the seventh-day weekly Sabbath, as well as the annual High Sabbaths (Mark 13:37, 14:14; Luke 4:16)
- He observed His Father’s ‘true’ Passover (Luke 22:11; John 18:28)
- He kept His Father’s Feast Days (John 7:10)
- (See WWYD – What Would Yahushua Do?)
In order to allow Yahushua-in-us to produce good fruit [fruit that remains and does not wither], we must “walk as He walked.” Many of us must first come out, and forsake the popular doctrines and commandments of men that we have been taught.
Sadly, many men have taught twisted versions of Scriptural truths, and many of us have been taught un-Scriptural doctrines. These man-made doctrines have shaped our behaviour and actions, and have trained many today to prevent “Messiah-in-us” from obedience to the Scriptures! This is especially true regarding this Fourth Commandment!
We Had Much To Un-Learn
Our family had been taught many un-Scriptural doctrines. We had allowed man-made doctrines to prevent our obedience to the Scriptures. Therefore, we had to un-learn many man-made teachings, and begin to learn how to “walk as Yahushua walked.”
We began to seek Yahuwah in the Scriptures. We began to understand the importance of keeping, as set-apart [holy], the Biblical seventh day Sabbath Day.
After our family had been keeping and observing the weekly, seventh day Sabbath Day [in the Biblically-prescribed manner], Father then began to open our spiritual eyes. We began to understand His Words more clearly, just as He promised in Scripture! It was a major revelation for us. Many, many things about Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God] and Yahushua [Jesus] and the Word [the Bible] began to make sense for the first time!
As we continued to seek Yahuwah, and to keep the weekly, seventh day Sabbath Day, we gradually began to keep Father’s other Sabbath Days. Our understanding of Father’s Word then began to blossom. The working of His Word into the fabric of our lives has become a great blessing, even beyond what we could ask or think.
Today, Father’s Word continues to yield a continual increase. How great is the depth of riches, both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out! (Rom 11:33)
We are discovering that it is a joyous life to follow Yahushua Messiah, by being obedient to His commandments (John 14:15).
Shed the Religious Bondages
For those who choose to truly follow Messiah, let each of us come out of the entrapments of the enemy, and begin to seek, and to follow Yahushua completely. Let us follow Messiah, even ‘outside the camp’ of our familiar comfort zones, ‘outside the camp’ of man-made traditions and doctrines of men (Hebrews 13:13).
May we truly begin to shed our religious bondages to Greek-oriented thinking [the idea that ‘faith’ is based only on what we think mentally].
Instead, let us embrace the Biblical, Hebrew-oriented thinking [the idea that ‘faith’ is based on what we do] (See Zec 9:13; Zec 1:6; James 2:18; Rev 20:13).
It is very important to Yahuwah that we keep His Sabbath Days HOLY — set-apart-as-special!
One of the main reasons Yahuwah did not allow an entire generation of Israelites to enter into the Promised Land [except for two — Joshua and Caleb], was because they polluted Yahuwah’s Sabbaths, and failed to obey His commandments (Ezekiel 20:23-24).
Let us therefore seek diligently to keep and protect our observance of Yahuwah’s Sabbath Days. Let us remember every week to prepare to observe Father’s very special Sabbath Day, and all of His other annual High Sabbath Days, the Feasts of Yahuwah!
It is our observance of His Sabbath Days that is The Sign! — The SIGN between Yahuwah and His people, that we know Him, and that we love Him!
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