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The Holy Seventh Day of God

By the seventh day God had finished the work He had been doing; so on the seventh day God rested (ceased renewing/creating) from all His work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it Holy, because on it He rested (ceased) from all the work of creating that He had done. (Genesis 2:2-3)

 

Editor's note:

 The word that has been translated as “God” is from the Hebrew (Strong's H430): Elohiym/El-o-heem. This word is in the plural intensive syntax, but is singular in meaning.

This can also be seen in the Hebrew word:"chayim" (meaning life) which has the same plural suffix "im" as in Elohim, yet it repeatedly means "life" in the singular throughout the bible.   

 

Many today would like us to believe that the Holy Seventh Day was only given to the ancient nation of Israel, but the above verses seem to disprove that claim. The first created human beings (Adam/Eve) must have been instructed about this day and in turn, they probably instructed their children about this day that God made Holy. 

Unfortunately, there is no further mention of this Holy Seventh Day for about 2500 years...


We could conclude that Adam and Eve instructed their descendants about this special day and it's meaning, so there wouldn't be a need to record how important this day was to God and to the human race. This probably was the case for an extended period of time, but then the societies of men became so corrupt that God decided to destroy all He had created. (except for eight people) Is it possible that most were refusing to honor this weekly Holy Day of God? We could conclude that the eight people (or at least Noah) that God saved from the Great Flood were not corrupt and honored this day that was very special to God. Noah must have instructed his children about this day and if so, there would be no need to record the importance of this special day. Abram (Abraham) found special favor with God. We could (again) conclude that Abraham was honoring this special day. (that was passed down to him from his ancestors). Abraham would then pass to his descendants the instructions about the Holy Seventh Day... The story continues through the descendants of Abraham: Isaac, then Jacob and finally Joseph. (who became a slave in Egypt, but God blessed Joseph so much that he became second in command in Egypt)

Well, what [Joseph] said appeared good to Pharaoh and all his servants. So [he] asked his servants, ‘Where will we find such a man as this... someone who has the Breath (Spirit) of God in him?' Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘Since God has shown all these things to you; is there a man who is wiser or more discerning than you? I'll appoint you to be over my house, and all my people must do whatever you say. Just I will be greater than you on the throne. 'Then Pharaoh told Joseph: ‘{Look!} Today I'm putting you in charge of the entire land of Egypt.' So Pharaoh took the ring off his hand and put it on Joseph's hand, put a robe of fine linen on him, and a gold necklace around his neck. Next, he put [Joseph] on his second-best chariot, and a herald walked in front of him to proclaim that he had been appointed over all the land of Egypt.'And Pharaoh said to Joseph: ‘I am Pharaoh; but nobody will lift his hand anywhere in the land of Egypt without [your instructions].'   

(Genesis 41:37-43)


We must ask ourselves if such a man as Joseph, who was greatly blessed by God, would ignore to honor the Holy Seventh Day of God?

 

But, a time came when a new king of Egypt came into power and did not know or care about the deeds and blessing that came through Joseph and the descendants of Jacob.

 
Then a new king became the ruler over Egypt who didn't know Joseph. And he said to his nation: ‘{Look!} The children of Israel have [grown tremendously] and they're now more powerful than we are. So, let's be smooth in the way we deal with them, because, if they continue to grow and then we find ourselves at war, they could side with our enemies. And after they beat us in war, they will leave our land!'So he appointed [governors] over them, whose [job] was to make them do hard labor; and they built fortified cities for Pharaoh, including Pithom, Ramses, and On (the City of the Sun). But the more they held [the Israelites] down, the faster they grew. Well, they multiplied so much and grew so strong that the Egyptians hated the children of Israel. So the Egyptians became tyrants over Israel and made their life unbearable by forcing them to work hard making bricks from clay and working in the fields... whatever needed to be done. And they were dealt with violently. (Exodus 1:8-14)


These descendants of Abraham and Jacob can now be recognized as the Hebrews. The bondage the Hebrews were under was enormous. They labored all day and every day! They were forced to disobey God and not honor the Holy Seventh Day. Time passes by and most forget their obligations to God. They probably wondered if their ancestor's God had deserted them or if He was as powerful as the gods of Egypt. The Hebrews (some) began to worship these Egyptian gods themselves! But God did not desert them.....


Then He said, ‘I am the God of your ancestors; the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.' Well at that, Moses turned his face away, because he was afraid to look at God. Then the Lord told Moses: ‘I've seen the hardships that My people are enduring in Egypt, and I've heard their cries about their task-masters, so I know what they're going through. Now, I've come down here to free them from the Egyptians and to take them out of that land, to a land that is good and has plenty of room... a land that flows with milk and honey. It's the place where the CanaAnites, ttites, CheAmorites, Pherezites, Gergesites, Evites, and Jebusites [live]. For, {Look!} the shouting of the children of Israel has now reached Me, and I've seen the suffering that the Egyptians are causing them. (Exodus 3:6-8)


At this point in history, men (except for a small number) do not know the True God of the Universe, His system of order and The Holy Seventh Day of God. (though it can be proven that many of the instructions given to the Hebrews at the Mountain of God were already in place throughout the world)

 
God, through His great power releases the Hebrews from their bondage and guides them to His Holy Mountain to reestablish His proper system of order with them. This newly formed nation was to be an example to the whole world. God offered them blessing far beyond their dreams. They only needed to obey His instructions and one of them was the Holy Seventh Day of God:

 
‘Keep the Sabbath day and make (observe as) it holy. You may work and get everything done in six days, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of your Lord God, and you must do no work... not you, your son, your daughter, your male servant, your female servant, your ox, your burro, any of your cattle, or any strangers that are visiting among you. Because, God made the sky, the ground, the seas and everything in them, then He rested (ceased creating) on the seventh day. So God blest the seventh day and made it holy. (Exodus 20:8-11)

 
(The Hebrew word sabbath means: intermission or rest)


Were the Israelites required to take this command seriously?

 
And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Also, tell the children of Israel to pay attention and keep My Sabbaths, because they are the sign between us through the generations that they know I am God who makes them holy. So they must keep the Sabbaths, because this is a holy thing to God for them, and anyone who dishonors them must be put to death... anyone who works on [that day] must have his life destroyed in the midst of his people. They may work for six days, but the seventh day is the Sabbath... a holy [day of] rest to the Lord, and anyone who works on the seventh day must be put to death. The children of Israel must keep the Sabbaths and obey them throughout their generations. This is to be an Agreement through the ages between the children of Israel and Me. It is their sign to Me through the ages. Because, God made the earth and sky in six days, then on the seventh day He stopped and rested.' (ceased-God does not need rest) (Exodus 31:12-17)


God takes this command extremely serious! If anyone disobeyed this instruction, the people were to publicly execute that person. We must understand that this newly formed nation was to be an example to all nations that God's ways are good for us. Unfortunately, this nation failed to be the proper example and the world as a whole has suffered because of their failure.

 
‘If you'll turn your feet toward the Sabbaths, and not do your will on this holy day, and call the Sabbath something delightful, something that's holy to your God; if you won't lift your foot to do work, nor let angry words come from your mouth, then you'll be relying on the Lord, and to your land He'll send good things, to feed the inheritance of Jacob your father.' (Isaiah 58:13-14)


This verse is referring to the nation of Israel, but the rest of the world would have received the same blessings had they obeyed as well.

What do the Christian Era Scriptures (N.T.) say about the Holy Seventh Day of God?

 
We need to understand that the Christian Era Scriptures were translated into the Greek language and the term Holy Seventh Day of God was thought to mean "The Sabbath". Since this word is a Hebrew word, it began to be associated with only the Israelites. The word sabbath means to rest or have an intermission from our daily duties. We can do this anytime, but the intent of the term Holy Seventh Day of God means much more. We still are to rest or have an intermission, but this time should be used to develop a relationship with God and His Son (Jesus). The Greeks didn't recognize the One True God. (they did however have statutes for the unknown god or gods just to be safe) So, any term or practice related to the God of the Israelites was rejected.

 
The sabbath in the Christian Era Scriptures relate to the seventh day of the week, which is Saturday. The Pharisees (Jewish religious leader) had several interactions with Jesus concerning this special day of the week.


Well, at the time, Jesus was traveling through the grain fields on the Sabbath, and on the way, his disciples got hungry and started picking the grain and eating it. But when the Pharisees saw this, they said, ‘Look! Your disciples are doing what isn't legal on the Sabbath!' And [Jesus] replied, ‘Haven't you read what David did when he and his men got hungry; how they entered the House of God and ate the show bread... something that wasn't legal for them to eat, since it was only for the Priests? Or, haven't you read in the Law that the Priests in the Temple can violate the Sabbath and still not be guilty? Now, I'm telling you that something greater than the Temple is here. And if you understood what the words mean, I want mercy, not sacrifice, you probably wouldn't be condemning these innocent ones, because the Son of Man is the Lord of the Sabbath.' (Matthew 12:1-8---Septuagint)

 

Once again he entered a synagogue, and a man was there with a withered hand. So they were watching [Jesus] closely to see if he would cure the man on the Sabbath, so they could accuse him of something. Then he said to the man with the withered hand, ‘Get up and come to the center.' And he asked, ‘Is it legal to do something good or bad, or to save a life or destroy it, on the Sabbath?' But they remained silent. Then, after looking around at them angrily (because he was saddened by the dullness of their hearts), he said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.' So, he stretched it out and his hand was restored. With that, the Pharisees went outside and immediately met with the followers of Herod to discuss ways to destroy him. (Mark 3:1-6---Septuagint)

 

Here, Jesus is explaining to the Pharisees (and all of us) that He is Lord of the Sabbath (Holy Seventh Day of God) and that helping others (that are in a terrible situation) is permitted on the Holy Seventh Day of God. Unfortunately, many use these verses to do just about anything they want on this Holy Day of God! This was not the intent of Jesus.

 

Examples of what Jesus permitted on the Holy Seventh Day:


plucking grain or fruit from trees when hungry is not breaking the Holy Seventh Day of God

 

 

helping the sick and those in extreme circumstances is not  breaking the Holy Seventh Day of God

 


seeking a relationship with God and Jesus should be the main purpose of the Holy Seventh Day of God

 


spending time with our family and teaching God's way to them is expected on the Holy Seventh Day of God

 

God gave mankind a Holy Day on the seventh day when He restored order in His Kingdom. We need to accept this great gift in a gracious and thankful way. We need to rest or have an intermission (Sabbath) from our regular activities and begin to develop our relationship with the Great Creator and His Son, then we can begin to enjoy the blessings that God has planned for those who obey His word...

 

 

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