We seem to be a forgetful people. It’s understandable in today’s world of multitasking and networking. We don’t slow down to see that life is passing us by. This is a scheme of the devil to keep us from Truth that sets us free. He does it because he desire that we stay in bondage, and away from the Living Truth who can save us from the devil’s scheme, and from suffering the same fate that is in store for the devil. His die is cast. He can’t turn back. We can.
Slowing down and considering the Truth, honestly appraising history, is essential to true freedom. The time to slow down and consider Truth has been given since the beginning of time. However, we have chosen to forget about it. At least many of those who are students of The Scriptures have chosen to ignore the clear commandment given.
“Remember the Sabbath day, to set it apart.
Six days you labour, and shall do all your work,
but the seventh day is a Sabbath1 of יהוה your Elohim. You do not do any 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. For in six days יהוה made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore Yahweh blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart.”
We are commanded to remember the Sabbath Day. This means that it was not a new thing given just at Sinai. And because we are forgetful people, either by choosing to ignore historical Truth, or by not being exposed to historical Truth, we are told what to remember about The Sabbath Day. It was instituted in the Garden of Eden, when the Creator finished His creation. He completed everything that mankind would ever need and ceased creating. He wasn’t tired. He never tires. It was just that it was completed. There was nothing more for Him to add to what He created. And there is nothing that we can add to it to make it better. In fact, when we add to it, we are essentially taking away from it. When we add to it we are clouding up the Truth that He is the Creator and we need to hear from Him.
When we choose to not remember the Sabbath Day we are choosing not to hear from Him.
The Weekly Sabbath Day, which happens every 7th Day of the week (known by the pagan name Saturday) is His Day, that He set apart, that we should come to Him so that He can reveal and teach us about Himself and what He has provided for His creation. That’s why we must choose whether we will “remember The Sabbath Day,” and consistently “set it apart.” He instituted it and He already set it apart, and He gave us the commandment.
We are a weary people. We work long hours away from our family, attempting to achieve the American Dream. Our jobs consume us and the cares of the world choke out the honest and selfless relationships that our Creator wants us to have with Him and with one another. Fear of not measuring up to the standard the world has set keeps us in bondage. We wake up one day and realize that our lives are nearly over and we’ve been so consumed that we have missed living!
I know that I’ve done that. Have you?
The devil has done an epic job of hiding the Truth. But I can’t give him too much credit. He has had willing accomplices who choose not to remember. We have no excuses. The creation itself bears witness to His Sabbath Days. The cycle of the sun, the moon, and the stars, the seasons reveal enough to cause us to seek Him for the whole Truth. He gave His Truth to Moshe (Moses) to write it down and we now have it as a record of what He said. He said we are to “remember The Sabbath Day, to set it apart.”
We are too busy to slow down and remember that we are to slow down, to rest from our hustle bustle lives and hear from Him. We are too busy to slow down and come to understand that He has already given us all we need to live. We have believed the lie that it is up to us, and that we have to sell ourselves into bondage to live. And we have.
Consider the people He initially told to “Remember The Sabbath Day, to set is apart.” They were people who had been in bondage in Egypt. They had cried out to Him for deliverance. Four hundred years in Egypt, through the passage of generations, most had forgotten Him, for who He really is, and the Instructions He had given. They had forgotten His Sabbath Day. They were in hard bondage, working themselves to death. He sent Moshe to bring them out, and He destroyed Pharaoh who held them in bondage. But what they needed to realize was the their bondage was a result of their choices. They needed to remember who their provider was. They needed to remember who created them, and gave them all they need. So He said to them, and to us, “Remember The Sabbath Day, and set it apart.”
He also said that all the family, the people who worked for them, even their livestock, should rest from their labors.
Today our taskmasters keep us busy and away from our families. Our families are left to shoulder burden alone that they should not have to. We are so busy, enslaved to the world’s system, that we feel we have to work on Sabbath to take care of things we can’t accomplish through the rest of the week. After all, we have church on Sunday, and football, and we will rest then, right?
But Sunday, the 1st day of the week, is not His Day. His Day is, and has always been the 7th Day. We are to remember the 7th (Sabbath) Day. No other day will suffice to supplant His Day.
The Commandment says we are to work “six days, and rest on the Sabbath (7th.)” And our rest is more than just sleeping in on His Day. It is His Day, not ours day. It is an appointment that He set. It is His agenda we need to yield to, not set our own.
Speaking of His Sabbath Day, Isaiah writes, in Isaiah 58, that we are to not speak our own words, seek our own pleasure, or go our own way, on His Day. He wants us to stop the presses and listen to Him. If we are His disciples we are to be following Him, and being taught by Him. The word “disciple” means “taught one.”
“For it is Elohim who is working in you1 both to desire and to work for His good pleasure.” Phillipians 2:13
It is His pleasure we are to be seeking. It is His words, and not our own we should be hearing. It is His way, and not our own way we should be going. He commands us to stop, remember, and to set apart His Sabbath Day, so He can teach us His Way, by His Word, so that we might please Him. When we do this He sets us free.
Some think that Sabbath keeping is bondage. When in fact it is true freedom. The ways of man are bondage, and we are in bondage now. But most of us would say, “No! But we are free!” An honest assessment would prove to you otherwise.
“Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am meek and humble in heart, and you shall find rest for your beings. For My yoke is gentle and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:29-30
“Thus said Yahweh, ‘Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; and find rest for yourselves. But they said, ‘We do not walk in it’.” Jeremiah 6:16
Resting from our work on The Sabbath Day, and setting it apart, puts us in the yoke with Messiah Yahshua, and Father Yahweh. He is “meek and humble in heart.” He is not a cruel taskmaster. He gives rest for “your beings.” Being in the yoke with Him is a gentle yoke, and the burden is light, because He is the one who does the heavy lifting. We are His workmanship.
Traditional Christianity calls the Torah Instructions “old” and outdated, and not relevant for “new” testament believers. Yet Yahweh says, through the prophet Jeremiah, to “ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it, and find rest for yourselves.” He says to “stand in the ways (Yah’s ways) and see.” We can only see that the old paths are where the good way is, if we stand in Yah’s ways, instead of our own. What this says, is the same as “Remember The Sabbath Day, to set it apart.”
The Torah and the Sabbath are not old, as in outdated. They are old, as in they take precedence. They are the established ways of Yahweh, and His Son, Yahshua, and the Set Apart Spirit. They are old, as in they go back to creation and beyond. They are old in that they belong to the “Ancient of Days,” our Creator Himself. And He gave them to us, His creation, for our good. They are Truth, and Yahshua said, “You shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free.”
Sabbath is not bondage. Sabbath is 180 degrees separated from bondage. Guarding the Sabbath is the ancient path, the old way of Yahweh, that leads to real rest. They are all about the Messiah. The old “way” is the “good way.” Messiah is not “new.” Messiah is from of old. He is from before creation. He said that He was with His Father before the creation of the world. In Him we find freedom. He is the Living Word – the Instruction of the Father. He is the Living Truth. He, the Living Truth, gives true freedom. Freedom from the bondage of sin – lawlessness. But we will only find Him by seeking the old and good way, and by asking for the ancient path. This is how we can see Him, and He is how we can see to walk in the ancient path. He is that ancient path.
“T’oma said to Him, ‘Master, we do not know where You are going, and how are we able to know the way?’ Yahweh said to him, ‘I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father too. From now on you know Him, and have seen. Philip said to Him, “Master, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.’” -John 14:5-8
His path is His Father’s Path. Sabbath is the key that turns the lock to set us free. It takes us back to our very creation.
Today is the 1st day of the week. It’s a work day. There are five more after this, then the 7th Day, The Sabbath Day. May we remember it today and every day, and set it apart and rest, and keep the appointment He made, when it arrives on the 7th Day, asking for the “old paths” to be shown to us. It is where we find true rest and true freedom.