Our Messiah's teachings about the 7th day have often been purposely distorted to fit a Sun-day cult that has been globally imposed after the split between Jewish communities and the followers of Yeshua.
Yeshua has been wrongly depicted as a "Shabbat breaker" who was proving the Jews that their Torah is burdensome. This is a huge source of misunderstanding that has been exported into Christianity over the Centuries and that is still preached in some contemporary assemblies.
However, a true disciple of Yeshua, regardless of his denomination, must be willing to acknowledge the truth.
This truth I will speak out loudly. I have been hated for calling Yeshua by His true Name and I know that some people might hate me for stating this very truth: in no way Yeshua our Messiah, the Master of Shabbat, did away with the 4th Commandment.
A lot of people do close their eyes and their ears to the outcry of my heart: Yeshua is a rabbi discussing the Torah!
The authority of the 7th Day is sealed all over the Bible (whatever men say)
The Book of Genesis clearly states that after achieving the whole Creation within 6 days (which has to be understood in a divine chronology, not with human measurements), He rested on the 7th day:
"And on the seventh day, God finished His work, which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work that He had done."
However, the most important part is specified in the following verse of Genesis 2:3
"And God blessed the Seventh Day, and He hallowed it; because that in it He rested from all His work which God in creating had made."
God blessed the Seventh Day and sanctified it.
This is a verse that makes one reflect deeply.
If our Father chose the Seventh Day as a resting day, blessed it and sanctified it, shouldn't we consider the 7th Day as important?
Also, if our Father chose Shabbat as a resting day, why would He modify it in favor of Sun-day?
"All arguments in favor of Sun-day are pointless and non-Scriptural and I am going to prove it."
Also, I'd defy anybody to find me one single verse throughout the whole Bible from Genesis to Revelation, that points in favor of Sun-day.
There is NONE. Why? Because Sun-day is an adjunction from catholic church. No, Sun-day rest is not a "Christian Shabbat", this is a completely false doctrine! Do not fall for it, because it is in NO WAY rooted in Scripture. Worse, Sun-day cult is linked with idolatry (Sun worship).
Dear readers, I am not part of any assembly, as you would probably know. Yeshua is my sole teacher.
I have many concrete reasons not to adhere Christianity and the pagan references to idolatry it conveys is one of them.
It doesn't matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, the main question is: WHO actually do you follow? The Living God or principles of men?
Also, remember that what you think and what I think does not really matter. Only The Word has authority on this matter. And the Word states: "Remember the Shabbat Day to keep it holy".
Isaiah 58:13-14 exhorts us to delight us in the 7th Day:
"You must observe the Shabbat rather than doing anything you please on my holy day. You must look forward to the Shabbat and treat the Lord's holy day with respect. You must treat it with respect by refraining from your normal activities, and by refraining selfish pursuits and from making business deals. Then you shall take delight in the Lord, and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth; I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken."
The respect of the 7th Day has to do with remembrance.
Exodus 20:8 clearly states: "Remember the Shabbat Day, to keep it holy". Well, this statement is not just some vague option, it is indeed the 4th Commandment!
Shabbat is a seal of Covenant between Hashem and us. Therefore, we are meant to set this day apart.
Malachi 3:6 clearly says: "I am the Eternal, I don't change". If you believe in Hashem, you must also trust that His Commandments are forever valid.
The episodes of the New Testament reinstate Shabbat's authority: here is why.
So many times have I heard and read a negative depiction of Yeshua's way of handling the 7th Day, from people who openly ignored that the debates ignited by the rabbi of Nazareth were plain rabbinical discussions about the Torah. Even recently, I've pointed it out very clearly to people who refused my message with anger.
Stating that Yeshua is Jewish still offends a lot of people.
It doesn't matter how much deaf and blind people are to the actual truth, Yeshua grew up in Israel, as a practicing Jew from a Torah observant family. Do you really think, considering the love that unites Him with our Father, that He would spit on the Torah?
In no way, Yeshua our Messiah invites people to do away with Shabbat. He exhorts people to practice it with compassion. Emergencies are being treated on Shabbat as they should be.
If Yeshua hated Shabbat and wanted to do away with it, why would He claim to be the Master of Shabbat?
If Shabbat was meant to be replaced with Sun-day, the first day of the week, Yeshua would have stated it very clearly.
At the time our Messiah experienced torture and horrible death, when He was laid to rest in the tomb, His disciples observed Shabbat before going back to the tomb. Everybody observed Shabbat.
After Yeshua's Resurrection and during the first two Centuries, His disciples were keeping Shabbat, in the same way Messianic Jews are observing it nowadays.
When rabbi Yeshua is breaking a Shabbat all over the New Testament, it is only meant to reinforce its authority.
Remember, the Son of Man is the Master of Shabbat we are meant to welcome on Friday evening while lighting our candles.
Copyright© by Isabelle Esling