The 8th Commandment, You Shall Not Steal

phone-449836_1280This is the ninth post in this series on the 10 Commandments. The previous posts in this series were:

1). Does God Change?
2). The 1st Commandment
3). The 2nd Commandment
4). The 3rd Commandment,
5). The 4th Commandment
6). The 5th Commandment
7). The 6th Commandment, and
8). The 7th Commandment

 

In the 1st four Commandments God teaches us how we are to relate to, honor, obey and respect Him. In the following six Commandments God teaches us how to relate to, honor and respect each other.

So, let’s take a look at the 8th Commandment, and consider what it says to us. It’s actually a pretty simple commandment, and one we’ve been taught about since we were small children.

 

 

Exodus 20:15

Do Not Steal.

There it is, black and white, “Do Not Steal”. Don’t take what is not yours.

Unfortunately in our society we have learned to blur the lines when it comes to stealing. We also find it easy to justify the things we do. When most of us think about stealing, we think about someone robbing a bank, or identity theft. We might think about people who shop lift, or break into people’s houses and cars. We all strongly condemn such actions.

With that said, how do you feel about cheating on your taxes? How about falsifying information on an insurance claim? What about if you go to your car after shopping at Walmart or wherever, and realizing that the cashier gave you too much money in return. Do you go back into the store and point out the mistake, or do you say; I’m sure they’ve over charged me in the past so we’ll just call it even?

Do you take home supplies from work without giving it a second thought? If you are a business owner, do you ever over charge when you think you can? Would you take a used product from somewhere, clean it up, paint it and then sell it as new? I know someone who did that with an electrical panel box. He was a deacon in his church. I guess he never read the following scripture.

 

Micah 6:9-13 (HCSB)

9 The voice of Yahweh calls out to the city[a]
(and it is wise to fear Your name):
“Pay attention to the rod
and the One who ordained it.[b]

10 Are there still[c] the treasures of wickedness
and the accursed short measure
in the house of the wicked?

11 Can I excuse wicked scales
or bags of deceptive weights?

12 For the wealthy of the city are full of violence,
and its residents speak lies;
the tongues in their mouths are deceitful.

13 “As a result, I have begun to strike you severely,[d]
bringing desolation because of your sins.

We live in a culture now that says I deserve this, that, and the other thing. We have people who lie to get food stamps, and all kinds of government assistance when they are perfectly capable of working. Is that not stealing? People defraud the government and often their communities and feel justified.

I’m not talking about atheists here either. There are many Christians who do these things without giving it a second thought. Many of them attend churches and feel no remorse for such behavior.

Of course I think many churches have a certain amount of blame in this. Most churches don’t teach the Bible anymore. Most churches are all about the feel good and prosperity messages. If they start pointing out people’s sins they’re going to start losing members, and there for money. So many people go to church anymore to feel good, not to learn and get closer to God.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for a feel good message from time to time. But wouldn’t it be better if we were teaching what God says about life and how we should live? You know like those pesky and inconvenient 10 Commandments that most people think are 10 suggestions.

With the world in the state it’s in I would think more people would be seeking some understanding about what’s happening. And asking, “Why is our country and world in such a state”?

We are in a downward spiral that only Jesus Christ can save us from. We are trillions of dollars in debt with nothing of value to back our money. We are importing about 17,000 Muslims into this country each year and they hate us. We live in a culture that has replace love with sex, and we now live in a moral vacuum that is destroying all that is good and godly.

Life is indeed a gift and a blessing. There is beauty all around us in God’s creation, and a lot for us to appreciate and give thanks for. That being said, this is no time to be looking for feel good and prosperity messages. The time is getting short, and there is coming a time when those who aren’t making God their top priority will end up like the five virgins who didn’t bring extra oil for their lamps.  The Bride Groom will return, maybe even in my lifetime, and He will be expecting us to have extra oil for our lamps. For those who don’t, the door to the Wedding Supper will be closed and there will be great weeping.

If a close and personal relationship with God has not been your top priority you need to turn that around right now.

Stealing is a character issue, and God is all about character. The 10 Commandments tell you point blank what God’s character is like. God is not looking for people of low character to share in His Kingdom. He is looking for people of high character, because He wants to share eternity with winners and not losers.

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The 7th Commandment

sun-29703_640This is the eighth post in this series on the 10 Commandments. The previous posts in this series were:

1). Does God Change,
2). The 1st Commandment,
3). The 2nd Commandment,
4). The 3rd Commandment,
5). The 4th Commandment,
6). The 5th Commandment, and
7). The 6th Commandment

 

In the 1st four Commandments God teaches us how we are to relate to, honor, obey and respect Him. In the following six Commandments God teaches us how to relate to, honor and respect each other.

So, let’s take a good look at the 7th Commandment, and consider what it says to us.

 

Exodus 20:14 (HCSB)

14 Do not commit adultery.

Seems pretty cut and dry to me, right? Maybe or maybe not. We all know what this means according to the letter of the Law, but Jesus expanded the meaning and made it so much more.

We live in a highly sexualized culture that has pretty much replaced love with sex, so a discussion about immorality and the sin of adultery to most people is an exercise in futility. As Christians, we know it is wrong to have sex with someone this is not our own wife or husband. Not only that, but it is a sin to even spend time thinking about such an act. Sin begins in the heart, so it is our hearts that we need to be vigilant with.

There is an article in The Christian Post that says 2/3’s of Christian men admit to looking at porn on-line at least periodically and some rather often. We all know better than that, as porn not only degrades us, but it will cause us to commit adultery in our hearts on a regular basis.

I know this is all rather obvious to those who are Christ followers and not just Christ believers, but this of course is only a part of how one can break the Law that says, “You Shall Not Commit Adultery”. If you search the scriptures you will find the adultery we’re talking about here is only a part of the problem. Many of God’s indictment toward man and his committing adultery come from man’s turning from the true God to worship false gods.

 

Deuteronomy 31:16 (HCSB)

16 The Lord said to Moses, “You are about to rest with your fathers, and these people will soon commit adultery with the foreign gods of the land they are entering. They will abandon Me and break the covenant I have made with them.

Jeremiah 3:7-9 (HCSB)

7 I thought: After she has done all these things, she will return to Me. But she didn’t return, and her treacherous sister Judah saw it. 8 I[a] observed that it was because unfaithful Israel had committed adultery that I had sent her away and had given her a certificate of divorce. Nevertheless, her treacherous sister Judah was not afraid but also went and prostituted herself. 9 Indifferent to[b] her prostitution, she defiled the land and committed adultery with stones and trees.

Here we have examples of God’s people turning from the true God and worshiping false gods. They worshiped, Eostre, Baal, and Moloch who they sacrificed their first born to.

 

Jeremiah 5:7 (HCSB)

7 Why should I forgive you?
Your children have abandoned Me
and sworn by those who are not gods.
I satisfied their needs, yet they committed adultery;
they gashed themselves at the[a] prostitute’s house.

Hosea 4:12-14 (HCSB)

12 My people consult their wooden idols,
and their divining rods inform them.
For a spirit of promiscuity leads them astray;
they act promiscuously
in disobedience to[a] their God.
13 They sacrifice on the mountaintops,
and they burn offerings on the hills,
and under oaks, poplars, and terebinths,
because their shade is pleasant.
And so your daughters act promiscuously
and your daughters-in-law commit adultery.
14 I will not punish your daughters
when they act promiscuously
or your daughters-in-law
when they commit adultery,
for the men themselves go off with prostitutes
and make sacrifices with cult prostitutes.

You might be tempted to say, we don’t offer sacrifice to idols or worship false gods. But, do you bow to the works of your own hands? Do you commit spiritual adultery which is like spiritual idolatry, putting your faith in something other than God? When you’re at home, do you spend more time focusing on your career, your money, your stuff, your friends and fun; or do you bring all those things under the subjection of God? Does God rule your life and given the credit for all you have; or is He an afterthought once you’re done patting yourself on the back for all the wise and clever choices you’ve made?

There’s nothing wrong with having nice stuff or friends, but we must never forget where all good things come from. As the church, we are to be the bride of Christ, but Christ will not marry adulterers. We must be made white and pure if we are going to marry Christ. We are made white and pure when we accept Christ and His sacrifice, but it doesn’t stop with accepting, we must also live the life He’s told us to live. If after accepting Christ we turn to physical or spiritual adultery, what place have we with Christ?

I truly believe the days are getting short and we must put aside the lusts of the flesh and make sure we are walking the walk and not just talking the talk. What do you think?

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The 6th Commandment

anger-18615_640This is the seventh post in this series on the 10 Commandments. The previous posts in this series were:

1). Does God Change,
2). The 1st Commandment,
3). The 2nd Commandment,
4). The 3rd Commandment,
5). The 4th Commandment, and
6). The 5th Commandment

In the 1st four Commandments God teaches us how we are to relate to, honor, obey and respect Him. In the following six Commandments God teaches us how to relate to, honor and respect each other.

So, let’s take a good look at the 6th Commandment, and consider what it says to us.

There has been a lot of debate in the past as far as should Christians fight in wars. Should Christians be against the death penalty, or should Christians defend themselves and their families against criminals. This confusion is due in a large part to some bible translations.

If you look in the King James or New King James the 6th Commandment is shown as “You shall not kill”. Well, if we are to take that at face value we will believe that we are not to kill under any circumstance. That is why you see Christians outside of prisons protesting the execution of some heinous criminal. Their intention is understandable but their conclusion is wrong.

Most of the more modern bibles like the Holman, NASB, ISV, etc. translate Exodus 20:13 correctly as “You shall not murder”. Now when you consider the intent expressed by these two translations, you will see a big difference in their meaning.

God does not want us taking revenge or murdering people who have done us wrong or made us mad. Even if someone were, God forbid, to kill one of our loved ones, we can not later track them down and murder them. It is one thing to kill someone while defending yourself or others, but it is another thing altogether to exact revenge at another time. God has given the authority and responsibility to exact revenge to the governing body, but never to the individual.

With that said, most of us will never run into this situation, and I’m very grateful for that. Where we run up against the 6th Commandment is in our hearts.

Matthew 5:21-22 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
(Murder Begins in the Heart)

21 “You have heard that it was said to our ancestors,[a] Do not murder,[b] and whoever murders will be subject to judgment. 22 But I tell you, everyone who is angry with his brother[c] will be subject to judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Fool!’[d] will be subject to the Sanhedrin. But whoever says, ‘You moron!’ will be subject to hellfire.[e]

The above scripture describes a disdain and  total disrespect for another.  Now I know we are not going to like everyone we meet or have to deal with, but even those we don’t really like, there is no call for hatred toward them.  That is not God’s way.  It is one thing to judge a bad or hateful behavior, but another thing all together to despise someone because of that fault.  Let’s look at another example from Jesus on murder being a heart condition as He was arguing with the Pharisees over eating with dirty hands.

Matthew 15:1-3 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

15 Then Pharisees and scribes came from Jerusalem to Jesus and asked, 2 “Why do Your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they don’t wash their hands when they eat!”[a] 3 He answered them, “And why do you break God’s commandment because of your tradition?

Jesus frustrated with their blind adherence to the Traditions of the Elders, points out to them that one does not become defiled because he did not wash his hands before eating, but defilement came from within.

Matthew 15:10-11 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
(Defilement is from within)

10 Summoning the crowd, He told them, “Listen and understand: 11 It’s not what goes into the mouth that defiles a man, but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.”

Then Peter asks Jesus to elaborate on what He was talking about a little later on.

Matthew 15:17-20 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

17 “Don’t you realize[b] that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and is eliminated?[c] 18 But what comes out of the mouth comes from the heart, and this defiles a man. 19 For from the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, sexual immoralities, thefts, false testimonies, blasphemies. 20 These are the things that defile a man, but eating with unwashed hands does not defile a man.”

I don’t know about you, but I have been part of a few church organizations where you would think people never read these scriptures. You can be sure that within the people who read this post there are differences in some doctrinal beliefs. There will be differences on the day we worship, or on our interpretation of what some scriptures mean. Does that mean we have no fellowship with one another? Because one calls our Savior Jesus and another Yashua does that mean we have no fellowship or should despise each other?  Because someone’s hair is longer than you think is appropriate, or because someone doesn’t dress the way we like at church, or because they haven’t given up their cigarette habit, does that give us the right to be self-righteous and despise them?  Remember, the Pharisees were really good at keeping the letter of the law, especially the Traditions of the Elders, or their Oral Law, but Jesus constantly rebuked them because of the hardness of their hearts.

When we despise someone, especially a brother, due to offense, differences, jealousy, weaknesses or for whatever reason, we are despising a child of God. How would you feel about someone despising one of your children? When we despise or hate someone we offend God, and defile ourselves and spiritually commit murder in our hearts.

When Jesus came and tabernacled with us He enhanced the Law from a list of basic instructions that told us right from wrong, to an all encompassing guide to eternal life with Him, in His Kingdom.  We cannot hate a brother and have fellowship with Christ and the Father.  If you struggle with intense bad feelings toward another, my best suggestion would be to spend some serious time on your knees asking God to heal your heart, and help you overcome those feelings.  We must overcome all hated in our hearts if we are to enter into life eternal.

Revelation 2:7 New King James Version (NKJV)

7 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.”’

May God bless us all, and teach us to love as He loves!

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The 5th Commandment

hugging father and sonThis is the sixth post in this series on the 10 Commandments. The previous posts in this series were:

1). Does God Change,
2). The 1st Commandment,
3). The 2nd Commandment,
4). The 3rd Commandment, and
5). The 4th Commandment.

In the 1st four Commandments God teaches us how we are to relate to, honor, obey and respect Him. In the following six Commandments God teaches us how to relate to, honor and respect each other.

So, let’s take a good look at the 5th Commandment, and consider what it says to us.

 

Exodus 20:12

   12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.

Okay, so we have the command to honor our father and mother, but what exactly is honor and how do we express it? Let’s take a look at how an online dictionary describes honor:

Honor
1. honesty, fairness, or integrity in one’s beliefs and actions: a man of honor.
2. a source of credit or distinction: to be an honor to one’s family.
3. high respect, as for worth, merit, or rank: to be held in honor.
4. such respect manifested: a memorial in honor of the dead.
5. high public esteem; fame; glory: He has earned his position of honor.

So honor seems to describe a set of character traits such as honesty, fairness and respect we need to show our parents.

Now many people look at this Commandment from the view point of how a child and teen should treat his or her parents. And although that is definitely a part of it, I believe it goes even further. I believe it’s just as much directed to adults who are no longer under the control of their parents.

From the following scriptures I think it’s irrefutable that it’s extremely important to God how we treat our parents.

 

Ephesians 6:1-3

6 Children, obey your parents as you would the Lord, because this is right. 2 Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment with a promise, 3 so that it may go well with you and that you may have a long life in the land.

Colossians 3:20

Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.

Another thing I’d like to point out is in order to honor our parents or anyone for that matter, you must be an honorable person. That doesn’t mean perfect, that doesn’t mean someone who never gets mad or makes mistakes, it means being a person of character.

Now where things can get complicated is if one or both of the parents are not very honorable people. Honoring someone like that can be difficult if not close to impossible. What if someone was sexually assaulted by a parent while they were young, does God expect us to treat someone like that with honor?

What about if one or both of your parents were drug addicts or alcoholics and were abusive and neglected you? Does God expect us to treat such ones with honor?

I don’t believe honoring someone is always about holding them in high esteem or respect. Maybe in cases like that, the way your honor those parents is by forgiving the terrible things they’ve done. There’s no ignoring that some people are broken, selfish or just plain bad, and unfortunately innocent children often suffer. In such cases I don’t believe God would necessarily expect you to be involved in their lives. Of course, if you are Christ’s, you need to offer them the same grace as He offers us, if they repent of those things they’ve done to you. In such cases forgiveness and not holding a grudge may be the only way you can honor them.

With those exceptions aside I think most of us had parents who were imperfect, but loved us. My parents weren’t perfect, and were divorced when I was 11. And although there were periods of anger, sadness, fear and confusion during those times, looking back I can see both my parents loved me. They were imperfect as all of us are imperfect, but are definitely deserving of my respect and honor toward them.

If we want to make sure we are keeping God’s 5th Commandment, we need to understand if or how we are honoring or dishonoring our parents?

Do you rarely ever see or even speak to your parents, because you’re just too busy with your own life? When you do speak with your parents are you critical and argumentative toward them instead of showing them respect? Are you there for them like they were there for you? Do you try to help them financially, even in small ways, if they’re living on a fixed income? God expected the church to help widows who were truly widows, but he expected children and even grandchildren to help the widows and even elderly parents in their families.

 

1 Timothy 5:3-4

3 Support widows who are genuinely widows. 4 But if any widow has children or grandchildren, they must learn to practice godliness toward their own family first and to repay their parents, for this pleases God.

I realize it’s not always easy to spend time with parents when you live states away. I know not everyone has lots of extra money to help their parents, but most of us can help in small ways. I know we may differ on politics, religion and other areas of life with our parents, but that’s no reason to dishonor them. There are many people and things I disagree with in life, but I don’t make it a habit to argue with them about it. We all have a right to our opinions and trying to argue others into agreeing with us is a dishonorable act. Even if you believe someone is misinformed or just plain wrong, we still need to treat them with respect.

Also, the 5th Commandment isn’t just about what we do or don’t do, it’s about what’s in our heart. We can just as easily honor or dishonor our parents and others in the way we think about them. Actions follow thoughts so if you’re thinking honorably or dishonorably about others, you’re actions will follow. If you are not treating your parents and others with honor and respect then there just might be a heart issue that needs to be dealt with. If that is the case, you need to go to the only one who can heal that heart issue.

There are times coming, and may even already be here where the following scripture talks about a generation will be all about themselves and dishonorable toward their own parents.

 

2 Timothy 3:1-3

1 But know this: Difficult times will come in the last days. 2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, irreconcilable, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, without love for what is good,

I am starting to see more and more of that behavior in a lot of the younger generation, and it saddens me. Or course if you’re reading this post, I’m pretty sure you don’t fit into the category of the above scripture. With that said, you still need to ask yourself if you have been honorable toward you parents. If you haven’t, you need to fix that. Even if something has happened and you’re on the outs with your parents you can turn it around. Do whatever is in your power to make things right. Ask for God’s guidance and help, and you can trust He will help you make things right; at least on your part. And if it turns out because of hurt or anger your parents don’t want to make amends, you can still honor them by your forgiveness and willingness to make things right.

Being a parent is tough and it deserves all the grace and honor we can afford them.

God bless you all!

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The 4th Commandment

4th commandment

There are four posts leading up to this one, in this series on the 10 Commandments. Although it’s not totally necessary, you might want to read them first as they build upon each other. The previous posts in this series were:

1). Does God Change,
2). The 1st Commandment,
3). The 2nd Commandment, and
4). The 3rd Commandment.

This particular post on the 4th Commandment has been difficult to write, because I know people have strong feelings about this topic. When you suggest to someone they may be doing something incorrectly, they often take it as a personal attack and go on the defensive refusing to hear what you have to say. So, let me be clear, my intent is to share what I believe to be scriptural truth, and for it to be a blessing in your life. What you choose to do with what I share is totally between you and God. I am not your judge, accuser or arbiter of all truth, but I think I have a compelling argument for what I’m about to talk about.

What do you say we start out by asking ourselves a few important questions regarding the 4th Commandment. First, is the Sabbath day applicable to man today or was it done away with? Second, if the Sabbath is applicable, which day is it, or does it even matter? And third, what is the purpose or reason for the Sabbath? What or who does it benefit, and how?

Right off the bat I have to ask an interesting question regarding this issue. Why is it that you can’t find one website, article or book written to Christians explaining away any of the 10 Commandments except for the 4th one. No books on how we no longer have to follow the Commandment not to steal, commit adultery or commit murder. But you can find all kinds of websites, articles and books on how it’s no longer necessary to keep the Sabbath. Well, I just ask that you read this post and scriptures through and then decide for yourself.

I think one problem we have as Christians in this day and age is many don’t really know what’s in their Bible. Oh, I know we all have one, many people read their Bible during Sunday school, and maybe even turn to scriptures during a sermon. But how many of us really read our Bible every day, and not only read it, but study it?

How many people research the times in which the Bible stories took place? Have we studied what the different cultures were like back then, and what kind of baggage Christian converts brought with them? Did you know that many of the books of the New Testament are personal letters written to particular churches with particular situations that may have been unique to that group?

Did you know that the Bible was written without any punctuation marks, spaces between words, verses or chapters? Man has added all those things and has done a pretty good job in most cases, but not all. Moving a comma before or after one word can totally change the meaning of a verse. Did you know that many of the Greek converts to Christianity were vegetarians which had been a part of their pagan beliefs, and now causes a lot of misunderstanding on what we should and shouldn’t eat?

If you haven’t really dug deep into the scriptures and the culture of that time, how can we know if what we’re doing is right in God’s sight? Does scripture back up everything we profess as a followers of Jesus Christ, or do we just follow along with what were told by well meaning parents and ministers? Let’s look as some scriptures and see what God says.

Genesis 2:1-3

1 Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. 2 And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.

As you can see, God created the Sabbath on the 7th day of creation. God blessed it “His favor and protection put upon it.” He sanctified it, “set apart as or declared holy; consecrated.” Why did God put His favor and protection on the Sabbath day, and why did He set it apart and declare it as holy? Was it for God’s benefit, or was it created as a blessing for man? Let me point out another thing which is often overlooked. When God created the heavens and earth, there was no such thing as a Jew. Adam and Eve were not Jews. The nation of Israel which sprang from Jacob, Abraham’s grandson, did not come onto the scene for a couple thousand years after the creation week.

Did God create the Sabbath day at the beginning because He was tired and needed a rest? I don’t believe so. Did He create it and not tell anyone about it until Moses lead the children of Israel out of Egypt? Again, I don’t believe so.

After God brought Israel out of Egypt after 430 years of slavery, how much do you think they forgot over 400 years of time? That would be like us trying to know how we should live by examples of pilgrims 400 years ago without any history books. Israel had forgotten the Sabbath since it was something they weren’t able to keep for over 400 years. All the things God shared with them in the 10 Commandments were known to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob before they were subjugated into slavery in Egypt. If you think about it logically, and consider Abraham’s obedience to God, you will understand that God’s laws existed before they were given on stone tables on Mt. Sinai. Mt. Sinai is where they were reintroduced.

So let’s now look at what God had to say to Israel about the Sabbath when delivering the 10 Commandments on Mt. Sinai.

Exodus 20:8-11

8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no 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 the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.

Again, God blessed and hallowed or set apart the Sabbath day. Also consider, that these Commandments were given to not just the Jews, but all of Israel, plus the “stranger” within their gate. A stranger within their gate would be someone who was not of the blood line of Israel, but had all the rights and privileges of the Hebrew people as long as they chose to follow God as He commanded them.

That’s just as applicable today. Even though we may not be of the physical blood line of Israel, if we choose to follow God, and want the blessings that comes with following God, we are expected to follow and obey God. God does not have one set of rules for Jews and another for Christians.

Also, this is not a matter of grace versus works, as we in all our obedience cannot earn salvation because it is a free gift. But, that free gift is not a license to live any way we choose. God does have mercy on us and has paid the ultimate sacrifice for us, but that does not mean He gives us free reign to choose which of His commands we will and will not keep. Nor does any man have the right to change them.

Also, remember what God inspired Paul to say in Galatians:

Galatians 3:28-29

28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Two things to consider regarding this scripture are, 1. Paul was speaking to a church that was almost entirely gentile, and 2. the encouraging words that stated if we are Christ’s, we are spiritually of Abraham’s seed which makes us more than strangers that walk with Israel; we are grafted in as children because we have God’s Holy Spirit. So, if we are Christ’s, we are under the same laws and blessings that the blood line of Israel are under.

Exodus 31:13

13 “Speak also to the children of Israel, saying: ‘Surely My Sabbaths you shall keep, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the Lord who sanctifies you.’ “

The Sabbath is a sign between God and His people, not just people of a particular blood line, but His people who call themselves by His name. Remember, if we call ourselves by His name, and don’t live as He has commanded us, we risk breaking of the 3rd Commandment.

Ezekiel 20:12

12 Moreover I also gave them My Sabbaths, to be a sign between them and Me, that they might know that I am the Lord who sanctifies them.

To keep the Sabbath is to be sanctified or set apart as one of God’s chosen not just in blood, but in spirit. It shows a very special relationship we have with God.

Ezekiel 20:23-25

23 Also I raised My hand in an oath to those in the wilderness, that I would scatter them among the Gentiles and disperse them throughout the countries, 24 because they had not executed My judgments, but had despised My statutes, profaned My Sabbaths, and their eyes were fixed on their fathers’ idols. 25 “Therefore I also gave them up to statutes that were not good, and judgments by which they could not live;

When ancient Israel refused to keep God’s Sabbath as they were told, and started worshiping other gods, they were dispersed into different parts of the world through war and slavery; and their identity has been lost to this day.

Ezekiel 20:11-13

11 And I gave them My statutes and showed them My judgments, ‘which, if a man does, he shall live by them.’[a] 12 Moreover I also gave them My Sabbaths, to be a sign between them and Me, that they might know that I am the Lord who sanctifies them. 13 Yet the house of Israel rebelled against Me in the wilderness; they did not walk in My statutes; they despised My judgments, ‘which, if a man does, he shall live by them’;[b] and they greatly defiled My Sabbaths. Then I said I would pour out My fury on them in the wilderness, to consume them.

Another scripture shows us what God did to ancient Israel because of disobedience to His commandments, including the breaking of the Sabbath:

Isaiah 56:5-7

5 Even to them I will give in My house and within My walls a place and a name better than that of sons and daughters; I will give them[a] an everlasting name that shall not be cut off. 6 “Also the sons of the foreigner who join themselves to the Lord, to serve Him, And to love the name of the Lord, to be His servants— everyone who keeps from defiling the Sabbath, and holds fast My covenant—7 Even them I will bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on My altar; For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.

Did you catch that in verse 6? 6 “Also the sons of the foreigner who join themselves to the Lord, to serve Him, And to love the name of the Lord, to be His servants— everyone who keeps from defiling the Sabbath, and holds fast My covenant.” Since we are even closer than a foreigner who follows God, does that not even further show our relationship with God, and our need to keep His Sabbaths? And did you notice at the end of verse 7: For My house shall be called a house of prayer for “All Nations”. Not just Israel!

Isaiah 58:12-14

12 Those from among you Shall build the old waste places; You shall raise up the foundations of many generations; And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In. 13 “If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, From doing your pleasure on My holy day, And call the Sabbath a delight, The holy day of the Lord honorable, And shall honor Him, not doing your own ways, Nor finding your own pleasure, Nor speaking your own words, 14 Then you shall delight yourself in the Lord; And I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth, And feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father. The mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

Isaiah 66:22,23

22 “For as the new heavens and the new earth Which I will make shall remain before Me,” says the Lord, “So shall your descendants and your name remain. 23 And it shall come to pass That from one New Moon to another, And from one Sabbath to another, All flesh shall come to worship before Me,” says the Lord.

This is a prophecy stating what will take place when Jesus returns for His Saints at the end of the age. All flesh will be keeping the Sabbath, “All Flesh”. Would God create the Sabbath, change the Sabbath to another day or change the whole keeping of it to a new tradition, then return the Sabbath to its’ original creation again? If that were the case, it would seem God wasn’t really sure about what He wanted from us. Do you believe that? I don’t. God does not change.

Hebrews 13:8

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Mark 2:27

27 And He said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. 28 Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath.”

So, if Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath, and we are Christ’s, doesn’t it seem that we should be keeping the Sabbath? So often man looks upon the Sabbath as a burden instead of the blessing it is and was meant to be. The Sabbath is a day to rest, to be refreshed, renewed and to be in communion with God. It is a day to come out of the world and celebrate our calling and the amazing future that lies before us in God’s Kingdom. He gave it to us as a delight and a blessing. So, why do so many argue and fight against the Sabbath? Why do so many want to argue that it was done away with? Why would God do away with something that He talks about continuously through the scriptures? Why would He do away with something that He has Sanctified and made Holy? It just doesn’t make sense to me.

Now there are those who will say that these following scriptures show that the day to worship is the 1st day of the week instead of the 7th. I would ask you to read these in context and consider what they say as opposed to thinking about what other men have told us they mean.

Acts 20:6-8

6 But we sailed away from Philippi after the Days of Unleavened Bread, and in five days joined them at Troas, where we stayed seven days. (Ministering at Troas) 7 Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight. 8 There were many lamps in the upper room where they were gathered together.

All it’s saying here is that the disciples came together and ate a meal because Paul was getting ready to leave the next day. Also Paul never passed up an opportunity to share the gospel no matter what day of the week it was. If you or I had a good friend and/or loved one getting ready to move away with the possibility we may never see them again, wouldn’t we have a meal for them and spend as much time together as possible before they left? This says nothing about Paul changing the day of worship to Sunday. Paul, and all the Churches he started, including the Gentile churches, all kept the Sabbath.

1 Corinthians 16:1-3 — Collection for the Saints

16 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given orders to the churches of Galatia, so you must do also: 2 On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come. 3 And when I come, whomever you approve by your letters I will send to bear your gift to Jerusalem.

Here again, there is no inference to changing the day of worship to Sunday or changing how the day of worship was kept. He was telling them that on the 1st day of the week to start gathering supplies to send help to the brothers in Jerusalem.

As I said, the early New Testament Church, both Jew and Gentile, were Sabbath keepers for well over two hundred years after Christ’s death, burial and Resurrection. It was later that the Catholic Church changed the day of the Sabbath, as you can see below:

You may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. The Scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday, a day which we never sanctify. (Gibbons J., Cardinal. The faith of our fathers: being a plain exposition and vindication of the church founded by Our Lord Jesus Chris, 83rd reprint edition. P. J. Kenedy, 1917. Original from Pennsylvania State University, Digitized Oct 14, 2009, pp. 72-73).

In the Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine, we read:

Q. Which is the Sabbath day?
A. Saturday is the Sabbath day.
Q. Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?
A. We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church, in the Council of Laodicea, (A.D. 336) transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday….
Q. Why did the Catholic Church substitute Sunday for Saturday?
A. The Church substituted Sunday for Saturday, because Christ rose from the dead on a Sunday, and the Holy Ghost descended upon the Apostles on a Sunday.
Q. By what authority did the Church substitute Sunday for Saturday?
A. The Church substituted Sunday for Saturday by the plenitude of that divine power which Jesus Christ bestowed upon her!
—Rev. Peter Geiermann, C.SS.R., (1946), p. 50.

Does the Catholic Church, or any man for that matter have the right or authority to change what God has set apart as Sanctified and Holy? I will leave that between you and God to answer.

Although I keep the Sabbath from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset as originally commanded by God; I realize there are many who see it differently and are sincere in their beliefs. I’m no one’s judge, but I have to ask, even if you believe that Sunday is now the true day to worship; do you keep it as the Sabbath, as holy and set apart? Do you keep from working on that day, or shopping or cutting the grass on that day? Or like many, do you go to church and then treat the rest of the day like any other? Something to think about!

Now, I don’t keep the Sabbath perfectly, as I am not a perfect man; but I do try. I have found the Sabbath to be one of God’s greatest gifts to man. It is a day that I am able to take all my problems, my worries, my wants and all the distractions of this world and lay it all before my Savior; and find true peace for a day. I come out of the Sabbath rested and strengthened.

If your time with God consists of a couple hours on Sunday only, you are cheating yourself out of a blessing that can only come from a life that puts God first. Now I feel it’s important for us all to ask the question of ourselves, “How does God feel when we ignoring something that He Himself has called Holy and good”?

Again, I’m looking to bless you and not condemn you. I’m sharing with you what has blessed me and deepened my relationship with God. Also, again, I’m not advocating earning salvation or anything else by keeping God’s commandments. Salvation is a free gift, and when we keep God’s commandments, we earn nothing, as we are only doing what is expected of us.

Luke 17:10

10 “So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.’ ”

So, keeping the Sabbath earns us no special rewards, it is our duty; but a duty that will bless our life in so many ways.

With the financial bubble we live in, the Islamisation of Europe, the insane and bloody acts of ISIS and its sights set on the US, we are heading into a very dark time in my estimation. Our country, the family, the rule of law, and our legacy of patriotism are all being dismantled from the inside out. We now call light dark and dark light. We call evil good, and good evil.

I am not looking forward to seeing some of the terrible things that are going to happen, but I don’t fear them, either. I have great hope in our Redeemer, and know that I am on the winning side of the calamity that threatens us and the world.

My reason for ending this post this way is to say to us all, there is no longer time to mess around. God needs to be number one in our lives without hesitation or doubt. We need to do everything possible to make sure we are walking according to His will and not our own. I pray that you will prayerfully consider what I have shown you about the Sabbath day. Go before God humbly asking Him if what I have written here is true or false. Then do as you feel the spirit leads you to do.

Keeping God’s Sabbath isn’t the easiest thing to do in our modern world, but it is well worth it. Remember what God said in Isaiah 58:

Isaiah 58:13-14

13 “If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, From doing your pleasure on My holy day, And call the Sabbath a delight, The holy day of the Lord honorable, And shall honor Him, not doing your own ways, Nor finding your own pleasure, Nor speaking your own words, 14 Then you shall delight yourself in the Lord; And I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth, And feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father. The mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

God bless you all!

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