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The Seventh Day- Part 2

David Shin

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David Shin

Pastor, Hillside O'Malley Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Anchorage, AK

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  • August 16, 2014
    11:30 AM
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You would naturally assume that this would not be a large error because the Bible has over 700000 words in it but the omission took place in Exodus Chapter 20 and verse 14 it's none other than the 7th commandment it reads not commit adultery and he omitted the word not and it read. Commit adultery you can see a picture there on the screen of that Bible as you can imagine King Charles the 1st was not pleased a matter of fact he was infuriated with this mistake so much so that he took away the printing license of Robert marker and to find him 300 pounds which was a lifetime worth of earnings there are only 11 of these Bibles available today because the king did all in his power to destroy all these Bibles as you would imagine. Now the printer in this case did an innocent mistake in a meeting this Bible or this word out of the Bible it was not intentional mistake but the Bible tells us that there will be another power as we approach the end of time that will seek to change times and laws this is found in Daniel Chapter 7 verse $25.00 he shall speak words against the most high end shall wear out the saints of the most high and shells seek to change times and laws there will be an attempt to change to alter or modify dogs 10 Commandments and this power is what we are going to be addressing today as we talk about the 7th day sabbath and I want to invite you to turn with me in your Bibles if you have not already to go to our scripture reading Exodus Chapter 20 verse 8 through 11 I want to thank Mike for reading this scripture to us this morning page 83 if you using the Bible that has been provided for you by the church there in the pew Exodus Chapter 20 verses 8 through 11 page 83 says Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy 6 days you shall labor and do all your work but the 7th day is a sabbath of the Lord your God in it do no work you nor your son nor your daughter know your male servant nor your female servant nor your cattle nor your stranger who is within your gates for in 6 days the Lord made the heavens the earth the sea and all that is in them and rested the 7th day therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and. As we said last week this commandment begins with the word remember it's the only commandment that begins with the word remember. Quite ironic that the only commandment that begins with the word remember is the one that we are called by many Christians to forget now when someone tells you to remember something the implicit. Concept when someone tells you to not forget or to remember is that this has been given to you before some people assume that this is a Jewish Sabbath instituted by Moses but that this is not the case this was actually instituted as we saw last week in the book of Genesis Genesis chapter 22 and 3 and on the 7th day God ended his work which he had done and he rested on the 7th day from all his work which he had done then God bless the 7th day and saying defied it by the way if you missed last week's presentation you can get it online at our website there in your bulletin and you can also download last Sabbath's handout as well we said last week that God did 3 things on this day he blessed it he sanctified it and he rested on the 7th day God could have made a place holy but in this case God made time holy into a 24 hour period of time God injected and infused his holiness and it doesn't matter where you are in the world that holy time hits you like a wave it's immemorial in time that God instituted at creation last week we said that in over $140.00 languages of the world. The word for a 7th day of the set week is actually Sabbath and you can see a list of those on the screen as well in Spanish it is what subadult literally meaning Sabbath as we said last week some people say hasn't the calendar been changed how do we know that the 7th day today is a 7th day at creation while there was one calendar change that is of note when we went from the Julian calendar to the calendar that we have today the Gregorian calendar and this happened in October of 1582 and this which happened on that Thursday and Friday you can see it there on the screen Thursday the 4th was the group Julian calendar and Friday of the 15th was the Gregorian calendar it's switched in that interim period right there but you can see that the days of the week did not change Thursday was still Thursday and Friday was still Friday another quote that we saw last week by individuals that are brilliant lot smarter than I am that study time and this is from James Robertson he's at the Navy Department U.S. Navy observatory Washington D.C. says there has been no change in our calendar in the past century that has affected in any way the cycle of the week. Another quotation from the Royal Greenwich Observatory in Greenwich England this is where the international date line goes through these people are specialists in time and this is from Dr Frank Jeffries He's a fellow at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich England and I quote it says it can be said with assurance that not a day has been lost since creation and all the calendar changes notwithstanding there has been no break in the weekly cycle now this is fascinating that the weekly cycle the 1st day to the 7th day and then starting over again going all the way back to take Woody has not been broken it has been kept all the way to this day and we can know with assurity that the same day that Jesus kept the 7th day is the same day that we keep today Luke Chapter 4 verse 16 so he came to Nazareth where he had been brought up and as his custom was he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day and stood up to read Jesus kept the Sabbath we said last week that the Apostles kept the Sabbath and we also said that in heaven will keep the Sabbath as well Isaiah Chapter 66 verse 22 and 23 present 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 and it shall come to pass that from one new moon to another and from one Sabbath to another shell all flesh calm to worship before me says the Lord we're going to keep the Sabbath in heaven so here's the logic Sabbath the creation Sabbath and 10 commandments Jesus kept the Sabbath the Apostles kept the Sabbath will keep the Sabbath and heaven and it's only logical that God wants us to by his grace keep the Sabbath today. So here is a summary of what we've just gone through from creation to the new earth the Sabbath was kept. Now how did this change happen how is it that today the majority of the Christian community sincerely I might say he Sunday instead of Saturday how did this change happen it goes actually back to the time of antiquity when individuals worship the sun it was known as the venerable day of the sun you go all the way back to ancient Babylon and Sun worship was an integral part of pagan worship going back for millennia sun worship was a vital part of the communities going back to Babylon Now what happened was that from Babylon to meter Persia to Greece to Rome sun worship was kept by every conquering empire particularly the Romans they believed in what we called polytheism which meant that they believed in many gods the more gone to the better and the Roman Empire by for the most part kept Sunday as the day to worship the sun now in the year 300 Constantine came into power and the community was split between the pagans and the Christians and he wanted to unite his empire Sabbath the Hebrew word signifying rest Sunday was a name given by the heathens for the 1st day of the week because it was the day in which they worship the sun that's where we get the name Sun day as we noted earlier Constantine came to power and he wanted to unite his empire and so he started to legislate a day in particular in which they were to close their shops on Sunday on the venerable day of the sun let the magistrates and the people residing in the cities let all the shops be close and so there was civil legislation in regards to Sunday and over time the. Sabbath was last and Sunday became the day of worship the Sun was the foremost God with heathenism there is truth something royal kingly about the sun making it a symbol of Jesus the Son of Justice hence the church in these countries would seem to have said he P. old pagan name remained consecrated sanctified and thus the pagan Sunday dedicated to Baldor became the Christian Sunday sacred to Jesus and so this is what happened down through the ages going back to the year 300 which is many hundreds of years ago that this transfer took place and has been kept as part of tradition now for our study today I want to invite you to turn in your bulletin or open your bulletin you will see there a study guide and if you don't have a study guide raise your hand and our Associate Pastor Daniel will get you a study guide we have one in the bag Bernie needs a study guide raise your hand up and what we're going to do today is a Bible study and go through every single 1st day text in the New Testament. Every single 1st day text we're going to go through here this morning now some of you may think we're going to be here a long time but don't worry I'm not going to keep you all day there's actually very few there's only 8 1st day texts in the New Testament and we're going to go through every single one I want to read the introduction of our study guide and I want to invite you to fill it out as we go through it together this morning many sincere Christians today who love the Lord worship on Sunday the 1st day of the week in this study we'll look at every text in the New Testament that mentions Sunday or the 1st day of the week as Bible students we will search to find anything if there was a change in the day of worship there are 8 text now I have 7 of them here the 1st one is not in your study guide you can write it in it's actually the earlier part of John chapter 20 John Chapter 20 verse one this is the 1st text the 1st 1st day text we're going to be looking at there are 8 of them and here's the 1st one now on the 1st day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early while it was still dark and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. As you can see there's no indication of a transference of a day of worship in this passage is simply saying that Mary went to the tomb on the 1st day of the week now this was written decades after the resurrection of Christ and if there was a transference of solemnity of holiness to this day you would think that the gospel writers would have put that there is so write down John Chapter 21st one there in your study gyn we're going to go to our 2nd one I do have this in your study guide you can look at there on the screen you can fill it out as you go through John Chapter 20 in verse 1000 then the same day at evening being the 1st day of the week when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews came Jesus and stood in the midst and said Peace be to you now some people look at this verse and naturally assume that the disciples were there to worship God on the 1st day of the week but you can see what was the reason that the disciples were gathered there it says for fear of the Jews in other words they didn't know that Jesus had been resurrected they thought Jesus was dead and they thought that they were next so the purpose of this meeting in John Chapter 20 verse 19 is not for worship not for a Bible study but rather it is for fear of the Jews so we can see that there is nothing there as well let's go to our next passage on the screen and in your study guide 1st Corinthians Chapter 16 verse $1.00 and $2.00 now concerning the collection of the saints as hive give an order to the churches of a Shia even so do ye now upon the 1st day of the week let every one of you lay by in in store as God has prospered him that there be no gatherings when I calm. In this passage Paul is right into the Corinthian church and telling them that on the 1st day of the week to lay by them in store another translation actually says to save up in store so that there be no collections or they'll be prepared when they come some people look at this verse and say that this was a Sunday offering now even if it was that would not indicate a sacredness of that day but Paul is not writing that in this verse it says to lay by him in store in other words Paul is saying at the beginning of the week prepare for the offering that is coming 1st not last Don't spend all your money and then say what do I have left over for God to lay by him in store or to say up next to the individual on the 1st day of the week so we can see that there is nothing there as well let's go to accept a 21st 7 through 12. And upon the 1st day of the week when the design polls came to break bread Paul preached to them ready to depart on the morrow and continued his speech until midnight and there were there many nights in the upper chamber where they were gathered together and there sat in a window a certain young man named being falling into a deep sleep as Paul was long preaching now I can empathize with Paul because I've had this happen to me before someone falls asleep during my sermon I give them the benefit of doubt they probably had a very difficult week but someone falls asleep and I take heart because the great preacher Paul had someone fall asleep during his great sermon So you because fall asleep fell asleep but it was a deadly sleepy sunk down into sleep and fell down from the 3rd loft and was taken up dead he fell out the window and Paul went down and fell on him and embracing him said trouble now yourselves for his life is in him and when he therefore was come up again and broken bread and eaten and talked a long while even till the break of day so he departed and they brought the young man alive and were not a little comforted. Now in this passage there is a particular phrase I'll go back to the earlier slide it says upon the 1st day of the week when the disciples came together to break bread some sincere Christians look at this verse and they say they came together to break bread that gives the indication that this was a worship service now when you look at the other passages in the Bible particular early Acts chapter 2 verse $46.00 it says that they broke bread how many times they broke bread daily In other words just because they broke bread on a particular day did not mean that it was a sacred or a hollow day in this case they broke bread daily it was a symbol of fellowship breaking bread together was part of their community at that time when it says the 1st day of the week another translation and the bible scholars are in agreement with this concept that this was actually a meeting on Saturday night the Bible says that the evening and the morning are the 1st day the Bible indicates that the next day actually in the begins the evening prior and so some translations actually say that on Saturday night and so this was a Saturday night meeting that took place in this passage. Still none of these verses indicate that there was any transference of solemnity or holiness from one day to the next and they returned this is our next verse you can see it there in your study guide we're running out of verses we better find one quick here it is Luke Chapter 23 verse 56 through 41 or 24 verse one and then returned and prepared spices and Aunt mince and rested the Sabbath day all cording to the commandment now upon the 1st day of the week very early in the morning they came to the suppler curb bringing the spices which they had prepared and certain others with them so there is no indication in this verse at all matter of fact and actually the Sabbath this is they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment Here's our next verse chapter 16 verse one and 2 and when the Sabbath was passed Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Salome had brought sweet spices that they came and to come and anoint him and very early in the morning the 1st day of the week they came to the sup looked her at the rising of the sun so you can see another verse there there is no indication of any sort of change all right here we go March after 16 verse 9 and when Jesus was risen early the 1st day of the week he appeared 1st to Mary Magdalene out of whom he had cast 7 devils no indication in this verse at all and here we come to our last verse. Matthew chapter 28 1st one in the end of the Sabbath as it began to dawn toward the 1st day of the week a Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to the Kurds So there you have it we've gone through every single 1st day passage in the New Testament and there is not one iota of an implication of a change from the 7th day of the week to the 1st day of the week is that clear here this morning yes or no are so we've gone through all of them now you can go and look these up in your own Bible this afternoon don't take my word for it look it up in your own Bible all the passages are there every 1st day text we have just gone through here this morning now how did this happen as we indicated earlier this happened around the 3rd century and I'm going to go through some quotes this morning. That are going to indicate the admission of how this happened of the transference of the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday and here's the converts catechism the Catholic doctrine I actually have a copy of this particular catechism and here is the question which is the Sabbath day Saturday is the Sabbath Day Now this is not an avenue this is a Catholic catechism it says why do we observe Sunday instead of the Sabbath here it is the answer because the Catholic Church transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday there is the quotation the admission from the Catholic Church now I want to be very clear here this morning before I go to my next quotations in succession that I believe that there are God's people present in every denomination Amen I believe God's people are in every denomination and the way that God speaks to us is individually the Bible says when God presents truth to walk in it John Chapter 1235 walk in the light so when God presents truth to Pastor David it is my responsibility to follow that true now that light that truth that passage that conviction may not have appeared to my relative Now I have many relatives that are not 7th Day Adventists that love the Lord now they are in a different place than I am and the responsibility of us 1st and foremost is to follow Jesus the time the moment that he reveals truth to us and to walk in that true now God will take care of the other individuals but God says if you love me keep my commandments and we're not talking about people here we're talking about. True and we're talking about a system and we're talking about historical facts and I'm presenting the facts to you here this morning so here's another quotation the Catholic mirrors September 23894 these are all from the Catholic Church the Catholic Church for over 1000 years before the existence of a Protestant by virtue of her divine mission changed the day from Saturday to Sunday when I read on the Catholic priest JOHN O'BRIEN But since Saturday not Sunday is specified in the bible isn't it curious that non Catholics who profess to take their religion directly from the Bible and not from the church observe Sunday instead of Saturday Now this is a very rational reasonable statement by the Catholic priest John O'Brien saying that look Protestants claim to go by the Bible and the Bible alone but isn't it curious that Sunday observance is not found in the Bible but is a tradition from the church so they're saying the Protestants are actually inconsistent in this case now if you go to the back of your handout I'm not going to read all of these but you have a whole list of other quotations not just from the Catholic Church but from other denominations I'm going to read through a few of them let's read the top on the Baptist. There was and is a commandment to keep holy the Sabbath day but the Sabbath day was not Sunday it will be said however and with some show of triumph that the Sabbath was transferred from the 7th to the 1st day of the week where can the record of such a transaction be found not in the New Testament absolutely not there is no scriptural evidence of the change of the Sabbath institution from the 7 to the 1st day of the week Dr Edward Hiscox Let's go down to the Episcopal family members that are part of the piskun Pelion church is there any command in the New Testament to change the day of weekly rest from Saturday to Sunday 9 the Methodist take the matter of Sunday there is no passage telling Christians to keep that day or to transfer the Jewish Sabbath to that day the Lutheran the observance of the Lord's Day Sunday is not founded on any command of God but on the authority of the church the Presbyterian the Christian Sabbath Sunday is not in the scriptures and was not by the Primitive Church called The Sabbath so here we have it over and over again other denominations imaging that Sunday observance is not found in the Bible here's another quotation Yes of course it is inconsistency but this change was made about about 15 centuries before Protestantism was born and by that time the cost them was universally observed they have continued the custom even though it rests upon the authority of the Catholic Church and not upon an explicit text from the Bible the observance remains as a reminder of the mother church from which the non Catholic sects broke away. A boy running from home but still carrying in his pocket a picture of his mother or a lock of her hair the Catholic Church is saying come back to mother you know you're actually when you keep Sunday you are basing that upon the authority of the Catholic Church when I read a few other quotations Sunday is our mark of authority the church is above the Bible and the transference of the Sabbath observance is proof of that fact this is from the Catholic records September 1923 want to read a few others perhaps the bold this thing the most revolutionary change in the church ever did happen in the 1st century the holy day the Sabbath was changed from Saturday to Sunday not from any direction noted in the Scriptures but from the church's sense of its own power people who think that the scriptures should be their sole of the already should logically become 7th Day Adventist and keep Saturday holy That's from the St Catherine Catholic Church Sentinel May 21 1995 so it says if you can follow tradition. Sunday if you want to follow scripture it's got to be the Sabbath and these 2 theological evidences edifices are logically structured when you study Roman Catholicism I had the privilege of studying historical theology from my master's degree Roman Catholicism is brilliant and logical it's based upon the foundation of scripture and tradition and upon that edifice they build their whole systematic theology Adventism is also logical it's built upon the Bible and from that theological edifice the structure emerges and so it's not just about logic it has to do with what is your premise and what is your starting point and what is your final authority that is to be our conclusion as we go forward base of our father's Cardinal James givens you may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification Sunday the scriptures in force their religion observance of Saturday so here you have it all over and over and over again not only have we gone to Scripture and looked at every 1st date text in the Bible and we've seen no indication of the change but we've heard it from the Catholic Church admitting that they change the day not only that but we've heard from other mainline denominations saying that that day of rest is not in the Bible and we come to the Crossroads is it going to be scripture or tradition now some people will say you know David it's just the day it really doesn't matter. Now when you look at it from the framework of it just being a day and you take out of it the relational value of the Sabbath or our relationship with God Yes it is just a day from that standpoint but when you look at the Sabbath from the viewpoint of it being a relational day between us and God then the Sabbath takes a precedent prominent place in our Christian experience if you went to your husband or to your wife or to your brother and sister and said your birthday that's just a day now that would probably come across quite hurtful in that relational context because if you cared about the person you would highly regard the day of their birth their birthday is an anniversary of their birth isn't it or if you want to your husband your wife said Oh it just an anniversary it's just a day I would probably you know that would not be a good thing OK so so but but sometimes we treat dogs worse than our boyfriend or our girlfriend you know and and this is what we need to understand that God has feelings too and I don't know why he picked the 7 day but he did and is very clear there in Scripture and he says David on the 7th day that is my time with you and if you love me I want you to spend time with me on this day if you high have a high regard for your relationship with Jesus you will have a high regard for the Sabbath I think many times we've taken that relational element out you know and historically that may have been the case with legalism and all these other things but it's all about the motive. No wife wants her husband to bring her flowers out of fear right now you can do the same thing now now if the husband's like oh I better bring these flowers or I'm going to get it I mean that just doesn't work that's not that's not an optimum relationship All right. An optimum relationship is that the husband is like oh it's a privilege to bring flowers the motive you can do the same action but have a different motivation that's the same thing with the sabbath if the Sabbath comes across as a requirement a rigid regulation that's like oh I better do this or else you're losing the point God says look if you love me you're going to love to spend time with me on the Sabbath I've used this illustration before if you're on a date with somebody young people you know when you're 30 it's getting OK So if you're on a date with someone and that individual is on their cell phone texting on Facebook not paying any attention to you that communicates something to that individual if you care about that individual you're going to be properly Bay comb your hair you know all those things come into the context not because you have to but because you want to because you care about their relationship and it's the same thing with the Sabbath dances on the Sabbath it's just me and you and the believers and I want to spend quality time with you on the Sabbath Now if there's anyone in the world that hates the Sabbath it's the devil the devil wants to remove quality time out of your relationship with God because He knows if he takes that time and replaces it with a counterfeit that the time will calm as we approach the end of time and there's going to be a polarizer taking place that individuals will be deceived into receiving what the Bible calls the mark of the beast. Now we don't have time to get into that presentation here today but I want to bring out the point that the Sabbath must take relational value and if you have a relationship with someone and you love that individual time with that person becomes a prominent. Importance So here we have our choice this morning our choice on the on the left hand side the Bible Jesus God's Law God's instruction God's way and I would add our relationship with God On the other side we have tradition the religious leaders man's dog human teachings and man's way and we have the opportunity today to choose Jesus to choose that relationship with him and say Because I love Jesus I will love his Sabbath Amen to stand together as we prepare to close this morning every head bowed and eyes closed. So I make a simple appeal as we conclude our study this morning in our 2 peer part series called The 7 day I want to open doors of the church this morning and if you have not accepted Jesus as your Savior and Lord and you desire to do so this morning I want to bite you to raise your hand if you want say Lord Jesus I want except you into my heart I want to open the door of my heart. Bible says If any man opens the door I will come in to him if there is someone here today this is Lord Jesus I want to invite you into my heart Police say me just put up your hand just briefly and saying bless you there's someone else God bless you you want to say Lord Jesus come into my heart this more this most important decision that you can make the Sabbath will not matter if Jesus is not your savior you 1st accept Him as Savior and then he becomes Lord of your life is there someone else that one say Lord Jesus someone except he is my Savior my 2nd appeal is this you've heard about the Bible Sabbath Perhaps this is the 1st time perhaps you've heard about it before perhaps you've struggled keeping the Sabbath and this morning you've heard the Holy Spirit speaking to your heart and you want to say Lord Jesus by your grace by your spirit help me to keep the Sabbath if that's your desire one invite you to raise your hand this morning. Or someone else help me to keep the Sabbath this is something we can't do in our ability. God bless you. My last appeal is this. And I make this appeal every Sabbath for a specific reason you have an area of your life that you are struggling with. And you need the grace of God You can't beat this thing on your own it's a habit it's a tendency it's a struggle that you just can't be and you need special prayer and you want to surrender this area of your life to Jesus I want to invite you to come for a special prayer at this time there's an area of your life that you're struggling with and you want Jesus to give you the victory God bless you God bless you there's someone else you want to say Lord Jesus give me victory in this particular area of my life I need Jesus to assist me I need Jesus to help me I need Jesus to give me the victory all we can do is. Nothing in my hand I bring simply to thy cross I cling our heads together as we pray this morning our Father in heaven we thank you for the Bible Samak. We think you that it's not about the rules of the regulations we thank you that it is relational time with us and God and if we love Jesus we will want to guard this time with Jesus help us by your grace as we've seen historically that Satan has tried to replace the Sabbath with another day we pray that as this truth has been rediscovered among many individuals all across the world that your people would take their stand on the side of truth here this morning I pray for the individuals that have come forward they have an area of their life that they are struggling with and Lord we recognize this morning that it's OK to struggle we must not give up because God does not give up on us help us to come to you recognizing that we can say the words take our hearts for we cannot give it save us from ourselves our week on Christ like selves please come into our hearts make us and mold us into a new creation for we asked these things in Jesus name and for his amen this media was brought to you by audio verse a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio verse or if you would like to listen to more service leave a Visit W W W. 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