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October 12, 2016
...but do you know about God's Week, God's seven day/seven thousand year Week? Consider what Peter wrote in his letter: 2 Peter, Chapter 3:3-4,8-9
"...scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, 'Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.' "
"But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness..."
To read a series of essays on this fundamental and important doctrine of God's biblical 7000 year plan for mankind...
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A Sabbath Confession
The Lynch Pin Commandment
(To read all previous parts of this essay,click here.)
In continuation of this examination of the Sabbath Commandment we will revisit an essay published on this site in April of 2016 and presently accessible from the Archives Page under the hyperlink, The Lynchpin Commandment 4.19.16.This essay (presented here in revised form) will look at a function of the Sabbath Commandment that most have never considered: The Fourth Commandment actually ties the first three and the last six commandments together. In a very real biblical sense it is the Fourth Commandment that bridges the separation between man and God. The Fourth Commandment, as it is personified in Jesus, is a shadow of God’s provision that joins man to God!
Of course, of God's Ten Commandments the Fourth stands out uniquely from the other nine. Consider the following:
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work; but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your manservant, or your maidservant, or your cattle, or the sojourner who is within your gates; for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it". (Exodus 20: 8-11 RSV)
The Fourth Commandment is the longest of the Ten Commandments, and it is the only one that begins with "Remember", and such an admonishment seems to lend the Commandment a special position in relation to the other nine. And so it is special, very special indeed. Not only is the Fourth Commandment the longest and the only one God singles out to be "Remembered", the Fourth Commandment, as it proves, is, in fact, the lynch pin of all the the other Commandments.
Consider this -- the first three Commandments focus on God Himself:
“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before me.
“You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them or serve them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.
“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain". (Exodus 20:1-7 RSV)
The last six Commandments focus on man:
“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God gives you.
“You shall not kill.
“You shall not commit adultery.
“You shall not steal.
“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant, or his maidservant, or his ox, or his ass, or anything that is your neighbor’s.” “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. (Exodus 20:12-17 RSV)
In biblical interpretation the number "3" frequently represents God. For example, only God is ever referred to as " Holy, Holy, Holy". God is understood by many as the Trinity. When God visited Abraham to inform him that his aged wife Sarah would conceive, God appeared in the form of three men. And in the New Testament, Jesus, at his birth, received three gifts in recognition of his being the Son of God and King of Kings. When tempted by Satan in the wilderness three times, Jesus responded three times with, “It is written”, quoting the Word of God from the Book of Deuteronomy three times. And, of course, Christ’s resurrection culminated three days and three nights in the grave. These of course are just a few examples of how the number "3" often represents or precedes a revealing of God in Scripture.
Similarly, in biblical interpretation the number "6" frequently represents man. Man was created on the sixth day, and man's work was determined by God to be confined to six days. Moreover, in the book of Revelation the number of the beast is referred to as being the number of a man calculated as 666, man (the number 6) attempting to be God (the number 6 displayed three times). (Rev 13:18)
So, the first three Commandments represent God and His character, and the last six Commandments represent man and his character.
Positioned between God (the first three Commandments) and man (the last six Commandments) is the Fourth Commandment, and as noted above, the one Commandment God specifically instructs us to "Remember". It is the fourth Commandment that is the lynchpin of the first three and last six Commandments. It is the Fourth Commandment, the Sabbath Commandment, which bridges the gap, created by sin, between God and man!
Jesus declared that He is Lord of the Sabbath (Matthew 12:18, Mark 2:28, Luke 6:5). Jesus is in fact Lord of the Sabbath -- and He is even more! Jesus IS the Sabbath. He is the one and only one who can, and does, join us to God. The Fourth Commandment reveals to us that we must rest from our own work to reconcile ourselves to God, for striving to "work out" our own salvation will only result in failure and eternal death. The Fourth Commandment also reveals to us that as we rest from our own labors at reconciliation we may enter into the rest that Jesus offers, and assuredly rely on His redeeming and reconciling work connecting us to God, and as a result, receive forgiveness and the promise of eternal life. (Romans 6:23)
It is no accident that Jesus restored so many to physical wholeness on the Sabbath. In fact, his healing ministry was a demonstration of who he was and is and a foreshadow that through Jesus, our God given bridge to the Father, that we will ultimately be made eternally whole physically and spiritually -- with that metamorphosis taking place in the Millennial Sabbath. (The Millennial Sabbath will be explained later in this essay).
Jesus, the personification of the Sabbath, healed on the Sabbath to demonstrate how it was (and will be) through his work of physical healing that an afflicted person could, once healed, enter the temple to make sacrifice for the forgiveness of his sins. Without healing, an afflicted person was prohibited by the man-made, religious traditions of that day from entering the temple. If one could not enter the temple, then one could not make sacrifice for his sins. And, if one could not make sacrifice for one’s sins, then he was doomed to die in his sins and be denied entry into the kingdom of God. Jesus’ ministry to the poor and feeble, the blind, deaf, crippled, dying and dead was a foreshadow of the healing transformation he will work on those seeking communion with his Father, God, when Jesus returns for his church. Make no mistake about it; when Jesus returns at the end of this, the Church age, initiating a one thousand year long Sabbath, he will bring about a transformation of his church, healing his brethren from mortal to immortal, from corruptible to incorruptible, therefore enabling his brethren to enter the heavenly temple and into the very presence of God perfected, both physically and spiritually.
And, of course, the Sabbath is the God given sign, a mark of identification, between God, Himself, and His people (Ex 31:13-14). The Sabbath is the wedding band of the marriage of the Church to God, a sign first to the Church and then to all others, of God’s and His Church’s unique relationship. And, Jesus is also that identifying mark as we are marked by his blood! By his blood we are identified as the bride of Christ; God’s very own possession.
Once again, Jesus IS the Sabbath. In all its manifestations, in all its applications, the Sabbath and Jesus are one and the same. Throughout Scripture it is declared that whoever profanes the Sabbath will be cut off from the people. Such is a descriptive metaphor, a foreshadow, of what will result in rejecting (profaning) Jesus and his redeeming work for us -- that is, judgement, rejection and exclusion from the kingdom of God.
Yes! Jesus is the Sabbath! And, the Sabbath is the lynchpin that binds us to our God. Without a doubt, the Fourth Commandment has far more meaning and importance than many have been led to believe.
And, of course, when any one or all of God's Commandments are examined, it is important to note that the Ten Commandments, unlike the handwritten Law of Moses, are the only Commandments spoken directly to the people of Israel by God, face-to-face, and then written by God Himself, with His own finger into stone, an act and a medium both implying eternal permanency (Exodus 20:1-22, 31:18, Deuteronomy 5:4,22-23).
Moreover, also unlike the Law of Moses and as declared by Christ himself, it has been determined that God's Ten Commandments will stand unchanged until heaven and earth shall pass away; and that any who teach otherwise will be called least in the kingdom of Heaven. (Matthew 5:18-20).
Unquestionably, none are saved by personal works of the law but by faith alone. However, being now saved by the work of Jesus and the grace of God, we are no longer a slave to the penalty of the law -- death (Romans 6:23). But, being made righteous by Jesus (who embodies all the Commandments) we are now free to bear witness to the love, work and nature of Jesus by living all the Commandments, not just nine. Living out all Ten Commandments as best we are empowered (and in particular, the Fourth Commandment, the Lynchpin Commandment) one clearly demonstrates the Wesleyan pursuit of Acts of Piety and Acts of Mercy. Actions that are the natural result of a forgiven, spirit-filled and changed life.
Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath, the Lord of the very Sabbath which connects mankind to God. And as He is Lord of the Sabbath, He is undoubtedly also revealed to be the Sabbath itself -- the bridge where man may cross over to join with God. Once again, he is the Lynchpin Commandment.
It is sure, this is just as God had planned since before the beginning of Creation. And, how He chose to culminate that Creation was by completing and crowning Creation with the Sabbath. He demonstrated then, and as He repeats throughout the Biblical narrative, the Sabbath is THE sign, the mark, that identifies His people as His people. The reality of Jesus as our Sabbath rest is ancient and consistent in the Biblical narrative. The seventh day Sabbath has never been abolished or redefined. Not one dot or iota has been changed or will be changed 'til heaven and earth pass away (Matthew 5:18-20). As we await the return of Jesus and the transformation of this world, the Sabbath Commandment remains as a sign that we are the people of God. And of course, it remains as the unique Lynchpin Commandment.
More to come...
At a Tennessee Football Game---not a joke
Christianity is now the target of persecution...
THIS IS AS GOOD AS IT GETS!
GOD BLESS EVERYONE WHO READS THIS AND PASSES IT ON.
I FIND IT INTERESTING THAT A HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL CAN SEE THE PROBLEM, BUT OUR SOCIETY CANNOT.
This is a statement that was read over the PA system
At the football game at Roane County High School, Kingston,
Tennessee, by school principal, Jody McLeod
"It has always been the custom at Roane County High School
Football games, to say a prayer and play the
National Anthem, to honor God and Country."
Due to a recent ruling by the Supreme Court,
I am told that saying a Prayer is a violation of
Federal Case Law. As I understand the law at
This time, I can use this public facility to
Approve of sexual perversion and call it "an
Alternate life style, "and, if someone is offended,
I can use it to condone sexual promiscuity, by dispensing
Condoms and calling it, "safe sex."
If someone is offended, that's OK.
I can even use this public facility to present the merits of
Killing an unborn baby as a "viable" means of Birth control."
If someone is offended, no problem...
I can designate a school day as "Earth Day" and involve students in activities to worship religiously and praise The goddess, "Mother Earth", and call It "ecology.."
I can use literature, videos and presentations in the
Classroom that depicts people with strong, traditional
Christian convictions as
"simple minded" and "ignorant"
And call it "enlightenment.."
However, if anyone uses this facility to honor GOD and to
Ask HIM to bless this event with safety and good
Sportsmanship, then Federal Case Law is violated.
This appears to be inconsistent at best, and at worst, Diabolical.
Apparently, we are to be
Tolerant of everything and anyone, except GOD And HIS Commandments.
Nevertheless, as a school principal, I frequently ask staff
And students to abide by rules with which they
Do not necessarily agree.
For me to do otherwise would be inconsistent at
Best, and at worst, hypocritical.
I suffer from that affliction enough unintentionally.
I certainly do not need to add an intentional
For this reason, I shall "Render unto Caesar
That which is Caesar's,"
And refrain from praying at this time.
"However, if you feel inspired to honor, praise and thank GOD
And ask HIM, in the name of JESUS, to bless this
Event, please feel free to do so..
As far as I know, that's
Not against the law--yet."
One by one,
The people in the stands
Bowed their heads, held hands with one another
And began to pray.
They prayed in the stands.
They prayed in the team huddles.
They prayed at the concession stand and
They prayed in the Announcer's Box!
The only place they didn't pray was in the Supreme Court
Of the United States of America- The Seat of "Justice"
In the "one nation, Under GOD."
Somehow, Kingston, Tennessee, remembered
What so many have forgotten. We are given the
Freedom OF Religion, Not The Freedom
That HIS remnant remains!
JESUS said, "If you are ashamed of ME before men, then I will be ashamed of you before MY FATHER.."
If you are Not ashamed,
Pass this on!
Sept. 11, 2016
I wear a cross around my Neck.
It gives me great comfort as it lays gently
against my heart.
It reminds me that God and
Jesus are always with me as I move on
about my life. Guiding me in ways of which
I am aware and in many others of which I
My cross reminds me that I am
A Christian and try to follow the ways and
teachings of my Lord and Savior
throughout my life.
To try to be a blessing to
someone each day, be it large or small.
To remember that random acts of kindness
are special both to the giver and the receiver.
To be forgiving of others for
I know not what inner turmoils they may be facing.
My cross also reminds me of the
beautiful cross that graces the alter in my
wonderful new church.
The church whose minister and congregation have
warmly welcomed me into their midst from my
very first day.
They have become my wonderful friends and a very
special part of my life.
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