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"I am Yahovah your Elohim, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me." (Ex. 20:2-3)

 

April 2015

 Subject: Should Christians Keep The Sabbath? 

 Shalom:

Our Father, Yahovah, has stated very clearly in His word that we are not to add to or take away from it: "You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of Yahovah your Elohim which I command you."  (Deut. 4:2) To impress on us the importance of observing this command He states it again in Deuteronomy 12:32: "Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it." "Every word of Yahovah is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him." Agur, in the book of Proverbs, also adds this to his just quoted proverb: "Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar." (Prov.30:5-6)

There are other references in our Father's word which should preclude anyone from changing what His stated will is! However, man who goes about to establish his own righteousness, has set aside the commandments of our Father Yahovah for the traditions of men. Question, should we celebrate the "Lord's Supper" or should we keep the The Passover? Our Father, Yahovah, makes very clear His will for us at Ex. 12:26-27: "And it shall be, when your children say to you, 'What do you mean by this service'? That you shall say, 'It is the Passover sacrifice of Yahovah who passed over the house of the children of Israel in Egypt when He struck the Egyptians and delivered our households.' So the peopled bowed their heads and worshiped. Then the children of Israel went away and did so; just as Yahovah had commanded Moses and Aaron, so they did."

There are many who would argue that the Passover is a Jewish memorial and since the Church is separate from Judaism, it has no obligation to keep it. But what does the Scriptures teach? The first Passover is recorded in Exodus chapter 12. Our Father, Yahovah, is giving instruction concerning the carrying out of this historic event. After His instructions beginning at Ex. 12:1-10 He concludes with this eternal statement: "And thus you shall eat it: with a belt on our waist, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. So you shall eat it in haste. It is Yahovah's Passover! (Ex. 12:11)

The Bible says that it is the King of kings and the Lord of lords Passover. It is not instituted by any religious group, Jewish or Christian; nor is it an invention by man; it is Yahovah's Passover; Verse 43 makes it emphatic, "And Yahovah said to Moses and Aaron, "This is the ordinance of the Passover. No foreigner shall eat it."

The Passover is an act of connection too and worship of The only True Elohim; for Yahovah says at Deuteronomy 16:1-2 "Observe the month of Abib and keep the Passover to Yahovah your Elohim, for in the month of Abib Yahovah your Elohim brought you out of Egypt by night. Therefore you shall sacrifice the Passover to Yahovah your Elohim from the flock and the herd, in the place where Yahovah chooses to put His name." Take note of how Yahovah regards His Name! Moses instructed the people of Yahovah saying: "You shall therefore keep this ordinance in its season from year to year." (Ex. 13:10)

Two important thngs you should keep in mind: 1) The Passover is to our Father Yahovah and 2) His Name is put in a place of His choosing. The Father's Name is important because the Savior compelled us to address Him in prayer with: "Our Father...Hallowed be Your Name (Luke 11:1-2); Furthermore, Christ said: "I have manifested Your Name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world." (Jn 17:6)

The Passover is so important that it is never to be done away with nor ignored. It is a memorial which is to be kept forever: "So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to Yahovah throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance." (Ex. 12:14)

It should be obvious, by now, that according to Scripture, which cannot be broken, (jn. 10:35), that Christ the Savior nor the Apostles changed the Passover and called it "The Lord's Supper." If Christ had changed Passover He would have been breaking the everlasting ordinance of His and our Father! If the Apostles had changed Passover they would have been violating Scripture which tells us: "Whatever I command you be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it." (Deut 12:32) The Church is therefore, perpetrating error of traditions of men! Error, as you know, is a departure from what is right. (Rom. 1:18; 1st Jn. 3:4); more importantly, what is commanded!

Now, let us look at the facts regarding what many call keeping the "Lord's Supper." Let me start with Scripture proving that it was prophesied that there would be an attempt to change the Word of Yahovah: "Thus he said: 'The fourth beast shall be a fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be different from all other kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth. Trample it and break it in pieces....He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, shall persecute the saints of the Most High and shall intend to chane times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand for a time and times and half a time.'" (Dan. 7:23-25)

Indeed, the Catholic Church took the fourth commandment out of the Ten Commandments and changed the day of worship from the Sabbath (Saturday) to Sunday (the first day of the week). Thereby, attempting to change Yahovah's time of worship (Sabbath) and nullify His law, the Ten Commandments.

In the Doctrinal Statement of the Catechism of the Catholic Church the question is asked: "Have you any other way of proving that the Church has the power to institute festivals of precepts?" The answer is as follows: "Had she not such power, she could not have done that in which all modern religionists agree with her, -- she could not have substituted the observance of Sunday the first day of the week, for the observance of Saturday the seventh day, a change for which there is no Scriptural authority. Rev. Stephen Keenan, a Doctrinal Catechism, New York in 1857, page 174"

Furthermore, in 321 AD Constantine enacted the first Sunday Law: "On the venerable day of the Sun let the magistrates and people residing in cities rest and let all workshops be closed...." In spite of this edict most people worshiped on the Sabbath Day outside of Rome, and a great many in Rome itself continued Sabbath Day worship according to Ecclesiastical History, book 5 chapter 22. Persecution by the Catholic Church solidified the changed day of worship.

Where did Easter originate? What do Easter bunnies and Easter eggs have to with the resurrection of Christ? Did the Apostles celebrate Easter or the early Church? These are crucial questions which everyone who claims to follow Yeshua should have a definitive answer to.

The Eternal values His people keeping His Sabbath so much that He makes this declaration! "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 Yahovah honorable, and shall honor Him, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words, then you shall delight yourself in Yahovah; 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 Yahovah has spoken." (Isa. 58:13-14) 

Listen to the word of Yahovah: "I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love Yahovah your Elohim, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which Yahovah swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them." (Deut. 30:19-20) Choose life.

Until the next time, in His service,

James A. Chisolm 

 

 

 

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