Sunday, May 4, 2014

The Eight Sabbath Basics

                                              Contributed by Dot Olsen
Stay in your place (different people have different applications for this, discussing whether this applied on in the wilderness or not, whether this commandment is directly attached to the manna or not)
Exodus 16:29
"Bear in mind that the Lord has given you the Sabbath; that is why on the sixth day he gives you bread for two days. Everyone is to stay where they are on the seventh day; no one is to go out.”

No cooking, which we infer from
Exodus 16:23
"He said to them, “This is what the Lord commanded: ‘Tomorrow is to be a day of Sabbath rest, a holy Sabbath to the Lord. So bake what you want to bake and boil what you want to boil. Save whatever is left and keep it until morning.’"

Do not work, do not compel anyone to work on your behalf
 Exodus 20:10 "but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns."  Leviticus 23:3 "Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work on it; it is the Sabbath of the Lord in all your dwellings." Deut. 5:14

 Exodus 31:13 “Say to the Israelites, ‘You must observe my Sabbaths. This will be a sign between me and you for the generations to come, so you may know that I am the Lord, who makes you holy. Deuteronomy 5:12 ‘Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you."

Exodus 20:8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy."

Do not kindle a fire
Exodus 35:3 "You shall kindle no fire throughout your dwellings on the Sabbath day.”

Nehemiah 13:15-21 gives a record of the Sabbath being profaned and this is where the prohibition is given to not spend money on the Sabbath. People may say that this commandment is not in the Torah so it is not valid but let us remember that the Torah is not the whole counsel of God, although the root of every commandment is no doubt found within the Torah. Torah means instruction and instructions found outside the five books of Moses are still the instructions from On High for our good.

Do not carry a burden on on the Sabbath
Jer.17: 21-27 21 Thus says the Lord: “Take heed to yourselves, and bear no burden on the Sabbath day, nor bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem; 22 nor carry a burden out of your houses on the Sabbath day, nor do any work, but hallow the Sabbath day, as I commanded your fathers. 23 But they did not obey nor incline their ear, but made their neck stiff, that they might not hear nor receive instruction. 24 “And it shall be, if you heed Me carefully,” says the Lord, “to bring no burden through the gates of this city on the Sabbath day, but hallow the Sabbath day, to do no work in it, 25 then shall enter the gates of this city kings and princes sitting on the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they and their princes, accompanied by the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and this city shall remain forever.26 And they shall come from the cities of Judah and from the places around Jerusalem, from the land of Benjamin and from the lowland, from the mountains and from the South, bringing burnt offerings and sacrifices, grain offerings and incense, bringing sacrifices of praise to the house of the Lord. 27 “But if you will not heed Me to hallow the Sabbath day, such as not carrying a burden when entering the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day, then I will kindle a fire in its gates, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched.”’”

***This is not an exhaustive list of Scriptures, it is meant to be a quick basic overview.***

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