I have heard, over the years, the argument posed by many the Sabbath of the Old Testament was given to the Jews exclusively and it is not necessary for New Testament Christians to keep it today. Now, this is a valid concept EXCEPT for the fact it is not a fact! In order to understand the Sabbath and to whom it was given, we must determine who was the first who kept it. If we can determine if Moses, at Mt. Sinai was in fact given it for the Israelites, this would establish the most commonly perceived teaching regarded by most Christians today. If we can prove Adam and Eve kept it, then it would demonstrate even an earlier period, but I am suggesting there is even an earlier “Keeper” of the Sabbath, and when this is established, there can be no other conclusion which will impact what it is we should be doing.
It is a fact, the Exodus experience came about some 2,600 years AFTER the Creation experience. Most people date the giving of the Law regarding the Sabbath took place then and people began keeping the Sabbath. Now, this does sound good except for one problem. Before the Children of Israel even reached Mt. Sinai, to receive the Law containing the Sabbath, they were already keeping it! Examine Exodus 16. It specifically tells us Israel, after two months journeying from Egypt, BEFORE reaching Mt. Sinai, God instructed His people, (not because they were Jews but because there were no other people chosen for His people prior, because the others chose not to adhere or accept the true God but their pagan practices) with regards to the Sabbath by the giving of manna:
“See, for that the Lord hath given you the sabbath, therefore he giveth you on the sixth day the bread of two days; abide ye every man in his place, let no man go out of his place on the seventh day. So the people rested on the seventh day.” Ex 16:29-30 (KJV)
So, for those who are proponent of the belief the Sabbath was given at Mt. Sinai, you’re wrong! That didn’t come about until one month later, Exo. 19.
Did Adam and Eve keep the Sabbath? There is no “Old” Testament proof they did, so we have to search elsewhere. The Bible has to be taken as a “whole” and “complete” book and not two divisions or two books adjoined to one. The idea of “Old” and “New” Testament is a man-made idea, separated by a blank page, and a blank historical record of about 300 years. Brother Mark records this:
“And he (Jesus) said unto them, 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 (KJV)
Here we are told who the Sabbath was made for. Man. Not Christians. Not Jews. Not New Yorkers or my beloved country now—Filipinos! But the Sabbath was made for man. Are you a part of hu(man)ity? And who made it? It appears to be God, since He is “Lord” of it. Meaning, He is responsible and He is also honored by it. How does one honor a “lord”? By doing what the lord says to do and what the lord has done. If we can and should do this for human lords, what about the Lord of our salvation? He is our Lord and has given us the Sabbath. And since it was given to man, all men, women included, it stands to reason Adam and Eve kept it since they were the “beginning” of man. It is ludicrous to even think God waited 2,600 years for Moses to come along considering all the men who proceeded him! But, were Adam and Eve the first to keep the Sabbath?
The answer is, “no”!
What is often missed when reading Scripture is what occurs in the second chapter of Genesis:
“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.” Gen 2:1-3 (KJV)
Notice clearly, it was God who “rested” the Sabbath from all of “His” work. Adam and Eve were not involved but were experiencing their first complete day, with Him, as He was setting an example. Adam and Eve, till then had no work to rest from, except for whatever it was they did just before the sun had set on their first day, the sixth day of Creation. I’m sure it was time to get to know each other and converse with God understanding what He had done prior to their arrival. Then once the Sabbath had concluded, God did something which would take place on each seventh day following. He “blessed and sanctified” it. Not just the one He had finished doing but all Sabbaths to follow. Notice, this too, which is key to understanding the Sabbath. There is no evening and morning as were the other created days. In fact, it’s still a mystery how the seventh even existed since God finished everything BEFORE it came into being!
The Sabbath is no ordinary day, my friends. Once God set the example to His newly created children, our forefather and mother, they were then tasked with keeping it, and they did, which constitutes how Abraham could be said to have kept the statues and commands of God, how his progeny did it and when we finally get to the Jews, it is no secret how and why they were to do it after leaving Egypt, a pagan and sinful place where they were not able to keep the Sabbath. You’d forget a thing or two if you were locked up for 400 years, too! And with God’s method of training, using food, they would have this lesson repeated to them for 2,080 weeks! No wonder before giving them the actual Law, in stone, God would inform them, because now they are free from their bondage to sin, the sin of paganism, He could re-establish them as His people from all the other nations of the world because of their keeping of His Law.
So, is it any wonder when speaking to my Christian friends who are under the bondage of paganism, by observing Sunday, a day kept in honor of the sun, who have been locked up in such a land for so many years by traditions and customs? There are many Moses’s today, like me, who have gone back into spiritual Egypt to reach my brothers and sisters, to bring them out so they can enjoy the food of the Lord, which is truth, and able THEN to worship the Lord in “spirit and in truth”.
October 3, 2015