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The Sabbath - Of the Old Testament and the New Testament

Don Mackintosh
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Don Mackintosh

Chaplain/Pastor - Weimar Institute

Director - Newstart Global/the HEALTH Program (Health, Evangelism, & Leadership Training)

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  • August 19, 2020
    7:15 AM

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Father have a more Thank you this evening let me come again and study your work we asked Lord that your presence would be with us as we study this evening and that we could understand your word and its importance to us and we come in Christ's name on it now as 7th Day Adventists we believe in the 7th day as being the Sabbath and we think that's a rather big deal and that's because the Bible thinks it's a big deal the word Sabbath is mentioned $128.00 times in the Bible and it's not just any day. As you may remember from previous time we study when God's people were leaving Egypt they went out and it says in Exodus Chapter 5 but they went out to while the city. They went out to Sabbath they actually. The word for Sabbath was used as they left in Exodus Chapter 5 you might want to remind yourself of that it as I do and in Exodus as they were leaving the stated reason they were leaving was so they could have a Sabbath worship service afterwards Moses and Aaron went in and told Farrel Exodus Chapter 5 Thus the Lord God of Israel keep key phrase yes quailing Hema his real Let my people go that they may hold a feast to Chicago to me in the wilderness Pharaoh said Who is the Lord that I should obey his voice and let Israel kill I do not know the Lord nor will I let his really go. So they said the God of the Hebrews has met with those Please let us go 3 days' journey into the desert to sacrifice to the Lord our God lest he fall upon us with a pestilence or with the sword then the king of Egypt said to them Why do you take your people from their work get back to your labor for all said Look now the people of the land are many now and you make them rest verse 5 Exodus 5 and verse 5 you make them arrest. And that word for rest is same it is related to Sabbath is basically you make them Sabbath from their labor so is upset because they wanted to have a Sabbath Rest now when you look in Exodus Chapter 20. And the commandments are given you know God brings them out he brings them out of Egypt to Sabbath and he brings them out in Exodus Chapter 15 with his right hand and his right hand a 7 and Deuteronomy was the hand that he gave the law with and his right hand was the hand that he also created with and his right hand was also they hand that he redeemed with because it says in Deuteronomy he brought them out with a powerful arm and that right arm is the one that led them actually to the sanctuary and led them to Mount Sinai where the law was given so this. Actual activity of God's people coming out so they might Sabbath. Was directly against the religion of Egypt because Egypt didn't do Sabbath they did Sunday and. In the commandments it says God spoke all these words saying I am the Lord your God member they said the Lord God wants us to worship and now he's saying I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt out of the house of bondage What does that mean bondage I brought you out of the house of bondage Literally it means you were slaves for the life of me I can't understand why people think the Bible is a pro-slavery document I don't get it I know there are there are statements and what that but the general tenor I mean God takes 1500000 people out of slavery and he spends chapters talking about it so and then at the saying that he says look I took you out of the house of bondage and then he says You shall have no other gods before me now what were the gods they were they were fleeing they were the gods of Egypt all those gods were basically sun gods they all focused on the son I brought you out of Sunday they'll have any other gods before me don't make any image or any likeness of anything that's in the heaven above with the earth beneath or that as in the water under the earth in other words don't make replica representations of created things to worship worship me as the creator is basically what he's building up to you shall not bow down myself to them nor serve them for I the Lord your God there it is and the 2nd commandment I'm a jealous God is that thing iniquities of the fathers upon the children to the 3rd and 4th generation of those who hate me. So those are worse than other gods are literally doing what hating God but showing mercy to thousands to those who love me and keep my what my commandments so. The picture here is of a God who is leading them out to worship him on Sabbath not to worship him on Sunday and not to follow the gods of Egypt nor the commandments concerning those gods are 7 you shall not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name and fame so one of the ways you take the name in vain is this with their lips they honor me but they're really far from me because they teach as doctrines the commandments of men so if you find a church that's telling you they honor God and they don't keep the commandments or think the commandments are are important what will come to church is that it's a vain church and it is teaching commandments that are opposite God's commandment that make sense and specifically the Sabbath commandment remember the 7th day to keep it all a 6 day Southall labor into all the work but the 7th day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God and me how he is kind of clear 7th day and then he goes through him and that you shall not do any work you know your son or your daughter nor your male servant to your female servant nor your cattle nor your stranger who is within your gates so there was not just for you it's also for those that are your servants. And you know someone says well wait a minute that slavery service no. You know people today are servants people go to medical school and they actually are enslaved to medical debt till they pay it back they sign something that says I'm going to pay it back they're like indentured servants some of them have to go they said look I'm going to be a doctor I will serve in the mission field but I have to serve for 7 years to pay that back so they had servants Back then we have servants today that's different than American slavery that's not what this is talking about you know you're strange with others when they're gay so not even the not just the servants but also what those that were not even believers were to be given a day of rest and what day was it 7th day and then explains to make it clear which day it is for in 6 days the Lord made the heavens and the earth the sea and all them is and rested what day the 7th day you can't mess that math up because there was day one day to day 3 day 4 day 5 day 6 and then day 7 there have been no other weeks before that so you know what day it is just by the pure logic of saying creation had 7 days in it that makes sense so worship me on the Sabbath day and this says therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and how load it and there's all that Ok so you have the 7th day spoken of in the Old Testament in the law itself in the New Testament I don't have time to go through them all but Jesus came and as his custom was went in to the synagogue on what day tells us in Luke Chapter 4 on the Sabbath day and what did he do on the Sabbath day. He studied he read what else did he do on the 7th day he did 7 Sabbath miracles 7 Sabbath miracles he underscored his divinity by healing on the Sabbath he never asked his disciples to do that you don't see any healings of the disciples and on the Sabbath day because he's proving his divinity his divinity as a redeemer and Creator and we think that's clear pretty clear right he calls that the Lord's day in Mark 2 and Luke 12 it's the Lord's day throughout the New Testament and even John the Revelator says I was in the spirit on the what day the Lord's day and even Daniel says I was mourning and fasting in Daniel Chapter 10 for 3 full weeks and what's 3 full weeks what makes a week full that's the end of the week it's the Sabbath day and then he sees a vision of Jesus and Daniel Chapter 10 if you look it up he sees Jesus it's the same vision that seen in Revelation one so not only did Daniel understand the Sabbath and by the way why was it that we can say for sure that Daniel understood the Sabbath because the reason they were taken captive according to chapter 20 was because they were desecration the Sabbath and 2nd Chronicles have to 36 because they were desecrated in the Sabbath does that make sense so they were desecrate the Sabbath and so we know for sure that Daniel understood the Sabbath then he knew what day it was and we also know that John the Revelator was seeing the same picture I mean it's the same picture seen in Revelation one the scene and then you'll Chapter 10. So I'm just building up to something here and that is. The 7th day was a big deal for Daniel for Izzy kill for Jeremiah It was a big deal for Jesus it was a big deal for his disciples and and when we've been studying this passage in Matthew chapter 24 we can see that Jesus saw that it was going to be a big deal even after that look at Matthew chapter 24 Therefore verse 15 when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet stand in the holy place whoever reads let him understand now we had a previous message where we went through that and the abomination of desolation is missing 4 times a Daniel and each time it's mention you had Israel going into doing abominable things but then ultimately the abomination that caused desolation was Sabbath desecration and there's 4 examples of it one in Daniel's day one prophetically said would happen in Jesus' day one that would happen during the papal time period the fact about a day away and then finally one at the very last remnant of time in Daniel 11 and we're not living in the abomination number 12 or 3 we're living in abomination number 4 spoken of by Dan of the Prophet and then Jesus goes on answer then he says Let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains let those who are on the housetop not go down and take anything out of the house let him was in the field not go back to get his clothes but what of those who are pregnant and those who are in nursing babies in those days and pray that your flight may not be in the winter or on the one on the Sabbath day so he even c.s. that when Jerusalem falls and then all to me there's a Also at the end of time there's going to be this Sabbath is still going to be kept. And he says you know it's a big deal now let's look at one more thing and I'm going to see it read you some quotes from somewhere else I'll circle one more thing Hebrews Chapter 4. Hebrew step to 4 I'm just giving a brief overview of the importance of the Sabbath day both in the Old Testament the New Testament and the 7th day sabbath day because it was instituted to make sure no one got into idolatry and when they got into it to remind them never to get into it again right so look in Hebrews Chapter 4. Therefore since a promise remains of entering is rest let us feel less than a few seem to come short of it. Or indeed the Gospel was preached to us as well as to them talking to the New Testament he's talking just before the fall of Jerusalem what was going to happen through going to fall why was going to fall because of the Abomination of Desolation The desecration of the samples right for indeed the Gospel was preached to us as well as to them but the world in which the which they heard did not profit them not being mixed with faith those are heard it for we have believed do enter that rest as he has said so I swore my wrath that I would not enter that they would not interment they shall not enter my rest although the works were finished from the foundation the world has spoken in a certain place of the Sabbath day what day 7th day in this way and God arrested on the 7th day from all His works and again in this place they shall not enter my rest sense therefore it remains that some must answer it to those who is worse preached did not enter because of disobedience today. He doesn't Nate's a certain day saying in David today after such a long time as has been said if you hear my voice do not harden your hearts but of Joshua had given them rust and afterward he would not have spoken them of another day their verse 9 here it is there remains there for a what a rest for the people of God Now that word for rest is Sabatini's most I actually like this so much I named my son James Madison 70 s most mackintoshes James Madison is the is the name of the president who put in place the constitutional protections that allow Steven keep the Sabbath today and Sabatini's most to remount of that now he knows that he went down to open a bank account a couple years ago he's 11 now but when he was 9 he went to open a bank account and they asked him what the seventy's most mean explain this all to them why and named him that so he would have been like a walking Bible and history of life and he did that and you know it says you did not enter my rest you know you go back to chapter 3 and the talks about the rebellion of Israel right. And they were rebelling and then Israel later rebelled like we sign is the kids have to 20 and I left Mass last message on the Sabbath they rebelled specifically against the Sabbath this was God's people the Old Testament rebelled against it and he says look there are going to be a group of people that don't do that and that's why he says there remains there for us Sabatini's most for the people of God It is Pacific it is the 7th day sabbath Ok so let me just now read some things here there's another power. The spoken of in Scripture is called The Beast power that specifically takes aim against the Sabbath day specifically it doesn't say keep any day it doesn't say Tuesdays Ok it doesn't say Wednesday it doesn't go along with evangelicals to try and argue with you and say well it's days esteem to lie just to decide yourself misusing Romans 14 which was not a a doubtful doctrine and it doesn't do that instead it says this This is the year 2000 in the Catechism I still remember when I 1st read in respecting religious liberty in the common good of all Christians to seek recognition of Sunday's and the church as holy days as legal holidays so in other words not just one day and 7 Don't just say the planet by taking one day off a week Sabbath Saturday Christians will naturally strive to is sure that civil legislation represents their duty keep Sunday holy John Paul the 2nd that's a few years back I talked about this the fathers reaffirm the importance of a Sunday obligation for all the faithful as a wellspring of listen to the statement authentic freedom it is not authentic freedom because the authentic freedom came from as scaping the bondage of Egypt which was a Sunday worshipping entity all the gods of Egypt were rooted in Sunday worship and when God says I take you out of the land of Egypt out of the house of bondage it means away from the worship of the the sun and all the creation and here this power is saying it's a day of what authentic freedom. Do you realize that that is blasphemy to say that that's blasphemy. It is necessary to hold on the in special high regard in order to remain united with Christ that is just a complete lie. I'm going to. Is this shocked as I read these statements without the Lord's Day We cannot live that meeting with the Lorch Oh really occurs and has a specific day Obs Sunday and life does not flourish without Sunday. This is a specific replacement of the Sabbath with Sunday I mean. Encourage courage America to exercise its leadership within the international community based on moral law Sunday holiness we can never hope for peace justice and freedom without obedience to the law of God context the same speech Sunday holiness and then it gets even more pointed Paul benefit. Benedict 2008 he says this Roman Catholic Church makes its contribution in ethical moral sphere according to the dispositions of international law it helps define that law and makes an appeal to it and we live in a time when little groups of independent people threaten the unity of the world little groups of independent people that would be those who say the Sabbath is on the 7th day. The only way to combat this is by a stab a single law and then ordering all of society according to this the law does promoting peace and goodwill throughout the errors Ok so I did I lay the foundation already to why this is to be seen in stark contrast God is saying specifically I brought you out of the land of Egypt out of the house of bondage bondage was to all those idols all those idols and all of they all were rooted in Sunday worship you know the Catholic Church is a lot like Bella's has or in Daniel 5 Look you know we we like you got this we really do we got all kinds of stances to prove it we got all kinds of churches prove it we have all kinds a little you prove it we know what what is going to change something and we're going to make you the 3rd ruler in our kingdom because. We got the Pope and we got Mary and then we have you and we can understand what I'm saying here and this is the exhibit to bed not man's law not God's law but man's law now listen to this. This is an incredible statement again by Benedict Pope Benedict people cannot be sanctified except on Sunday what that is directly opposite of is equal 20 the says Let me give them the Sabbath that they may know that I am the Lord who sanctifies them this is directly against the biblical text Christ transferred Sabbath sacredness to Sunday what where no it should say anti-Christ transferred Sabbath sacredness to Sunday right this is only for people that are naive and do not read the Bible. Only those who keep Sunday holy but are this only those who keep Sunday holy belong to Christ the Word only only on Sunday does the risen Lord make himself present among his followers that all may these worship God properly and that may Sunday regain all its importance did you notice the word only the word only is applied to Sunday in this quote in exactly the opposite way that the Bible applies Saturday is no longer because this is pretty pointed as well Saturday is no longer the worship day of god own Lee on Sunday can we become part of the Body of Christ in the world all made by were subpoenaed on Sunday can we avoid ego istic isolation that that's what people are going to call Sabbath keepers at the end eagle with stick isolation and instead be united in a great community a universal committee because he related to everyone in the world every Sunday is to be dedicated and given to God Only on Sunday can we experience less of this all really on Sunday can we experience a personal encounter with Christ. All right so. Let me ask you a question can you see I mean these things have been stated going all the way back in May of course going back much further but they have kind of Christian Dode since the year 2000 and they're Christendom in more and more pointed ways. And so I just I just I'm making the observation. That the Bible specifically says that the Sabbath day is the day to honor God as your Redeemer the one who delivers your bondage and is your creator and let us wonder how serious we take that because it is going to be viciously attacked and the foundation is already there for it. And he killed 20 God's people were not even keeping the Sabbath that's what led to them being taken to pablum. And we're told in inspiration that many in our own ranks will receive the mark of the beast they won't stand. For Sunday sacredness or they won't stand for Sabbath sacredness. Well. On a more positive note. There will be those who do stand for relation $1412.00 here is the patience of the saints here are they that keep the commandments of God and have the faith of Jesus and not only will they stand they will joyfully stand there not going to be like people that are just morose down face people they're going to have joy. They actually will laugh they can laugh too even at the end of the time of the joys in the Lord did you know that in fact one of my favorite Psalms is a song that was sung on the day of a Talmud from 126. And it says this When the Lord brought back the captivity of Zion So they're coming back now to Israel we were like those who dream in our mouth was filled with laughter and our tongues. With singing. And they said among the nations a Lord has done great things for them the Lord has done great things for us then we are glad you like there so their joy is not some kind of like comedy hour with the comics but it's a holy joy that comes from being redeemed and understanding the God of redemption who is the God of the Sabbath Yes. But then they also have a prayer hearse for bring back our captivity Oh Lord as streams in the south what are they saying you know and we have people that are and bondage still that don't understand you as the Redeemer and we want them to be brought back as street in the south what does that mean in the south there were streams that came rapidly all at once as a desert if you've ever been there it's a desert used to go through go with us to Israel show you this place you go there and in Israel they have what are called Wiley's like near Coonrod and near Massada they have big cisterns because you know like once a year rains and when it rains it really rains it's like you might call it the latter rain because when it comes down all this water does come from everywhere and the desert blossoms as a rose just for a brief amount of time and that's what it's saying here bring back our captivity old lord as streams in the south this is exactly what's going to happen in the atmosphere many people will leave the church because they're not ready for the time they don't really love the Sabbath they don't really love Jesus. They don't they're just this lip service in vain do they worship me they honor me with their lips right those who leave but guess what thousands of others will come in. As streams in the south and if you ever been there there's this torrential downpour and then all the sudden that water begins to flow in and fills up all the systems the church will be filled up again and then says this look at this starts with laughter and ends with tears those who so in tears sell reap and joy those who go continually go forth weeping burying seeds for selling cell beltless come again with rejoicing bringing his sheathed with them so this Day of Atonement people have a combination of laughter that God puts in their tongues it's a holy joy that comes from wheat you took us out of bond is there not pompous like you know we did it but no no we were totally delivered by you who would know how you did that you delivered us and it's almost like their emotion is one of how many give over escape something you just don't know what to do so you just laughed you know almost got hit by a car or something. And your emotions like that I don't know but then that emotion is channeled into what prayer for those who are still and beyond as I hope the rest of the people make it out of that traffic jam I hope the rest the people who know come and then also then turning to the other spectrum of emotion crying out to God praying tearfully crying for the abominations that are happening in Israel thing bring people out and you're not talking against all the bad ministers and everything like some people like to do you say Oh God save them save them they're in a logjam of unbelief say things I hear and say what I'm saying so. And then ultimately you know you make it through this mark of the beast time period all the world wonders if the bees but God's people are pictured as having victory over the beast in Revelation Chapter 15 look at it and I Son other son in heaven great marvelous the 7 angels having the 7 last place where in the wrath of God was complete and I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire and those who have victory over the beast and over his image and over his mark and over the number of his name standing on the sea of glass having harps of God and they sing the song of Moses the servant of God and the song of the Lamb saying grain in marble So your works Lord God Almighty through unjust are your ways Oking of the saints who should not fear you Lord and glorify your name for you alone are holy and all nations Cellcom and worship before you that's the Sabbath allusion Isaiah 66 all will come from New Moon and sap the sap of the worst before you they sang the song of Moses the same song that took them out to worship on the Sabbath and then they said great. Grandma your work test directly from Psalm $92.00 the Sabbath solved 3 times in their joy they're singing about the God of the Sabbath how many want to be in that group it's going to be a small choir it's going to be like you know some meet mid week services where there's hardly anybody there is going to be like just a few people but they're going to be singing and rejoicing and they're going to be in buying the character of Christ I'm going to be in their group. Well let's pray for a little study today him. And close out to looking at this rather startling stark contrast Father in heaven. We see in the storms that approach Christendom today. The elements that long had been foretold by Daniel the prophet and John the Revelator and also by the pen of inspiration and. Thankfully at this time people are more serious about looking at it because of the dynamics that present themselves at this time in earth's history give us holy boldness to not only speak the truth but live the truth give us a love not just for knowledge but a love for you as our Redeemer and Creator. Write your law in our hearts and give us salvation rest. Of Us Sabbath rest of us turning around. This media was brought to you by audio 1st 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 sermon lead to visit w w w audio verse or.

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