Kenyon R. Gandy
There seems to be something
about the Sabbath day that men try to set aside. They go to great lengths to
justify themselves and their traditions. They even try to believe that the
Jews are responsible for the tradition of the Sabbath days. A little study of
the scriptures will show the Jews have nothing to do with the authority of the
Sabbath. The author is using The Scriptures published by Institute For Scripture
Research. This translation does not translate the proper nouns. It uses the rule
of transliteration to preserve the hebrew sounds. You can use the King James
Version and the Strong's Concordance to verify the proper names.
1 - 4
1 Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their
array. 2 And on the seventh day Elohim completed his work which he had
done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had
made. 3 And Elohim blessed the seventh day and set it apart, because on it
he rested from all his work, which Elohim in creating had made. 4 These
are the births of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day
that Yahweh Elohim made the earth and heavens.
This Scripture shows that
the Sabbath is a creation of Yahweh and not of any man or group of people. They
have no authority of the Sabbath as a traditional holiday.
(Law) is the instruction of Yahweh to his people. Let us observe…. Exo.
20. 8-11 8 "Remember the Sabbath day, to set it apart. 9 "Six
days you labor, and shall do all your work, 10 "but the seventh day is a Sabbath
of Yahweh your Elohim. You do not do any work--you, nor your son, nor your
daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor
your stranger who is within your gates. 11 "For in six days Yahweh made
the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the
seventh day. Therefore Yahweh blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart.
Yahweh had a purpose in mind when he instructed man to observe the seventh
First it was his way of identifying with man. Exo. 31. 12-17
12 And Yahweh spoke to Mosheh, saying, 13 "And you, speak to the
children of Yisra'el, saying, My
Sabbaths you are to guard, by all
means, for it is a sign between me
and you throughout your generations, to know that I, Yahweh, am setting you apart. 14 'And you
shall guard the Sabbath, for it is set-apart to you. Everyone who profanes
it shall certainly be put to death, for anyone who does work on it, that being
shall be cut off from among his people. 15 'Six days work is done, and on
the seventh is a Sabbath of
rest, set-apart to Yahweh. Everyone doing work on the Sabbath day
shall certainly be put to death. 16 'And the children of Yisra'el shall
guard the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations as an
covenant. 17 'Between me and the children of Yisra'el it is a sign forever. For in six days Yahweh made the heavens and
the earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed.' "
it is his way of creating his righteousness in you. The Sabbath day sets you
apart from the rest of the world. Keeping the Sabbath is a test
commandment to see if we are going to obey Yahweh or not. Read the Sabbath
Covenant in Exo. 31.16 'And the children of Yisra'el shall guard the
Sabbath throughout their generations as an ever- lasting covenant. 17 'Between
me and the children of Yisra'el it is a sign forever. For
in six days YHWH made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day he
rested and was refreshed.' "
The only sign of YHWH setting us apart, the
only sign of the everlasting covenant, is
his Sabbaths, one of them
being the seventh day Sabbath. Read Eze. 20. 11 "And I gave
them my laws and showed them my right-rulings, 'which, if a man
does, he shall live by them.' 12 "And I also give them my Sabbaths, to be
a sign between them and me, to know that I am YHWH who sets them apart.
There is a hint of wisdom in
this verse, if a man will see it, that is you do not have to live by it.
You will live if you truly try to live by the command and
understand it. Did you see what he is trying to show you?
Verse 11, 'and showed
them my right-rulings.'
The children of Yisra'el failed YHWH and themselves because they
rejected his right-rulings, they did not walk in his laws, and they profaned his
Sabbaths. For their heart went after their idols. Is it any
different to day? Has our society not turned to their idols, and seek their
His promise is still true, he did not destroy Yisra'el in the
wilderness. He did not make an end of them, and he has not made an end of
us to day. He has an out stretched hand to lead us into his truth.
His message is the same. His son is the fulfilling of that message.
His death did not abolish his laws and right-rulings, only he paid the debt for
sin. He did not make a way for us to keep on sinning. Do you see
He has given us his way to life. Remember he told the
young man who asked what he must do to inherit eternal life. He said,
'keep the commandments.' Mark 10.17 Why is it so hard for men today
to see that? Eze. 20. 19 'I am YHWH your Elohim. Walk
in my laws, and guard my right-rulings, and do them. 20 'And set apart my
Sabbaths, and they shall be a sign between you, and
me to know that I am YHWH your Elohim.
find in the Renewed Covenant Scriptures (New Testament) the admonition to obey
the commandments. Heb. 3.14 For we have become partakers of
Messiah, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end; 15
While it is said, "Today if you will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as
in the provocation." --- 18 And to whom did swear that they would not enter into
his rest, but to those that believed not? 19 So we see that they were
unable to enter in because of unbelief. Notice how subtle that
unbelief enters into a man's heart as he tries to justify himself by accepting
the traditions and teachings that substitute the truth.
Messiah did not
give us rest at this time. That will come later. Right now he is still
testing us to see if we will obey him or will we follow the world. There
is still a promise of that rest. Heb. 4.1 Therefore, since a promise remains of
entering in to his rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of
it. 2 For indeed the Good News was brought to us as well as them, but the
word which they heard did not profit them, not having been mixed with belief in
those who heard it. 3 For we who have believed do enter in to that rest, as he
has said, "As I swore in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest…" and yet
his works have come into being from the foundation of the world. 4
For somewhere he has said thus about the seventh day, "And Elohim rested on the
seventh day from all his works," 5 and in this again, "If they shall enter
into my rest…" 6 Since then it remains for some to enter into it, and
those who formerly received the Good News did not enter in because of
(Can you not see he is nurturing this generation along
by these promises? This is the test that the world is failing. Messiah
desires to create his righteousness in you simply by obedience to his
7 He again defines a certain day, "Today," saying through Dawid
so much later, as it has been said, "Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden
your hearts." 8 For if Yehoshua had given them rest, he would not have
spoken of another day after that. 9 So
there remains a Sabbath-keeping
for the people of Elohim. 10 For the one, having entered into his rest, has himself also
rested from his works, as Elohim rested
from his own. 11 Let
us therefore do our utmost to enter into that rest, lest anyone fall after
the same example of disobedience. A note to think about.
Obedience is the fruit of belief, and disobedience proves that such an one does
not truly believe.
The rest we have now is found in keeping his
Sabbaths. Isa. 56. 1 Thus said YHWH, "Guard right-ruling, and do
righteousness, for near is my deliverance to come, and my righteousness to be
revealed. 2 "Blessed is the man who does this, and the son of man
who lays hold on it, guarding the Sabbath lest he profane it, and guarding his
hand from doing any evil. 3 " And let not the son of the foreigner
who has joined himself to YHWH speak, saying, YHWH has certainly separated
me from his people,' nor let the eunuch say, 'Look I am a dry tree.'
" 4 For thus said YHWH, "To the eunuchs who guard my Sabbaths,
and have chosen what pleases me, and hold fast my covenant: 5 to
them I shall give in my house and within my walls a place and a name better that
that of sons and daughters - I give them an everlasting name that is not cut
This study is designed to inspire you to do an in-depth reading of
the scriptures on the subject of the Sabbaths of YHWH. Remember that the
Sabbaths do not belong to the Jews. They are required to keep them
and so is everyone else. If we are to please YHWH, we are going to have to
listen to his words. YHWH is not impartial with his law. Exo.
12. 49 "There is one Torah for the native-born and the stranger who sojourns
Let us finish with Isa. 58. 13 "If you do turn back your foot
from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on my set-apart day, and shall call the Sabbath 'a delight,'
the Set-apart day of YHWH 'esteemed,' and shall esteem it, not doing your own
pleasure, nor speaking your own words. 14 then you shall delight
yourself in YHWH. And I shall cause you to ride on the heights of
the earth, and feed you with the inheritance of Ya'aqob your father.
For the mouth of YHWH has spoken!"
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