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We Can Worship God On Just ANY Day? Give Me a Break!
In Mat. 5:17 Jesus made the statement: "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil."
Many people today then believe just the opposite and try to use this scripture to say that Jesus did away with the law because He fulfilled it. They try to tell us that He kept the law for us and that we now don't have to obey the Law.
The plain parts of this verse the nay-sayers ignore, like the phrase "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets."
They then say He came to fulfill (do away with, destroy) the law so that we don't have to keep it.
He PLAINLY said, "I am NOT come to destroy, but to fulfill." Here, too, they ignore the plain statement that He did NOT come to destroy. Then they take the word "fulfill" and try to twist it to mean 'do away with.'
IT SAYS NO SUCH THING.
The word 'fulfill' here means to complete, to finish up an action, to bring to the full.
Jesus did this for Himself. He KEPT the law perfectly. He fulfilled the Law by keeping it.
However, this scripture DOES NOT SAY He kept it for us!!! It DOES NOT SAY He did away with the Law, for a few verses below that we are told that nothing will pass from the Law until ALL is fulfilled or "comes to pass" or until "all has been done."
Everything told us in the scriptures has NOT come to pass, nor has everything been done that is to be done!
Some say Jesus didn't teach ABOUT the Sabbath, and then totally ignore what He DID teach about the Sabbath.
The Apostle James made the comment "For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all." (James 2:10)
In other words, if one law applies THEY ALL DO!! If we break ONE, we break ALL!!
Now we come to some of the things that Jesus said.
If ye love me, keep my commandments." (John 14:15)
Jesus is telling us here that we must KEEP (all) His commandments, IF we love Him. I hear so many times by those who call themselves Christian, "Oh, how I love the Lord!" and as I watch them live, they are not keeping God's Law. They are doing what THEY WANT and attribute it to "worshipping God."
Some will say, "Well, I've come to the conclusion that it doesn't matter which DAY I keep as long as I keep ONE day."
Everyone needs to realize that God COMMANDS us HOW to WORSHIP Him!! He tells us that we MUST worship Him "in Spirit and in truth!" (John 4:24) Jesus, as The Word God, also tells us that He HATES it when we worship Him the WRONG way!!
Deut. 12:28-32 "Observe and hear all these words which I command thee, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee for ever, when thou doest that which is good and right in the sight of the LORD thy God.
When the LORD thy God shall cut off the nations from before thee, whither thou goest to possess them, and thou succeedest them, and dwellest in their land;
Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise. (unto the REAL God.)
Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods.
What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it."
We are NOT to apply PAGAN practices to the worship of THE TRUE GOD!! HE HATES IT!!! IT IS AN ABOMINATION TO HIM!!!
This means people CANNOT keep THEIR HOLIDAYS and try to worship God with them!!!! HE JUST WILL NOT ACCEPT THAT KIND OF WORSHIP!!!
If you claim to worship the True God with your practices of Easter, Hallowe'en, and Christmas, GOD WILL NOT HEAR YOU!! You CANNOT worship the TRUE GOD using PAGAN RITUALS AND HOLIDAYS!!!
HE HATES THOSE PAGAN ABOMINATIONS!!
It is the same with "keeping one day 'holy' " when GOD TELLS YOU upon which Days to worship Him!!
When a person tries to worship the True God on Sunday when He has COMMANDED them to worship Him on the Sabbath Day, He HATES THAT ABOMINATION because SUNDAY was set aside by the pagans to WORSHIP THE SUN, a creation by Jesus Christ (when He was The Word God)!!
THEY WORSHIP THE CREATION AND NOT THE CREATOR!!
Rom. 1:25 "Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature (that which was created) more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen."
REMEMBER ... worship God as, and WHEN, He COMMANDS you to worship Him!!
Everyone also needs to understand from John 14:15 that Jesus calls the commandments, HIS COMMANDMENTS!!
WHY would He do that?
Because HE is the one who gave the Ten Commandments from the top of Mt. Sinai in the Old Testament! He is the one who made the Covenant with Israel there at Mt. Sinai.
He is the one who plagued Egypt and killed the firstborn in the land of Egypt, and the one who killed the Egyptian army in the Sea!!
He is the one, as a pillar of a cloud by day, and a pillar of fire by night, who led the Children of Israel OUT of Egypt!!
How can I say this? Because Jesus EXISTED before His human birth as The Word God of The Old Testament.
We can learn this in the Book of John, Chapter 1 verses 1-14.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him (through Jesus) might believe.
He (John) was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
He came unto his own, and his own (the Jewish people) received him not.
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth."
The Word God gave up ALL THAT HE WAS AND ALL THAT HE HAD to become a human being so that He could DIE FOR US.
The only PENALTY of the Law that has ever been FULFILLED is the one placed upon mankind by the Law of Sacrifice. That Law of Sacrifice was put upon the Children of Israel "because of transgressions." (Gal. 3:19)
The Word became human, was NAILED to the STAKE, and DIED there for OUR SINS, thereby allowing those who accept that sacrifice to not have to make sacrifices because of their sins. HE 'FULFILLED' THAT LAW!!
That Law of Sacrifice was ADDED to the Law CONTAINED IN ORDINANCES (Eph. 2:15) so that the people would have a continual REMINDER that the PENALTY of the Law must be PAID, and that payment of that penalty is VERY EXPENSIVE.
For the law (of sacrifice) having a shadow of good things to come, (the sacrifice of Jesus the Christ) and not the very image of the things, can never with those (animal) sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.
But in those (animal) sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.
For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
God commanded through the Law of Sacrifice that anyone who sinned would have to bring their best, finest, most expensive animal to the priests as a sin sacrifice.
That sacrifice was EXPENSIVE!
Of course it was expensive!! It pointed to, it was a shadow of, the most precious thing God could give to PAY for our sins, The Creator Himself!!
Yet with all this scripture for everyone to read, there will still be those who say, "Well, this is the way I look at it...."
IT DOES NOT MATTER HOW YOU LOOK AT IT!! IT MATTERS HOW GOD LOOKS AT IT!!
Some say well, "I think we should keep the commandments, except the fourth one. We can worship God just as well on ANY DAY of the week."
Do you know what the problem with that statement is? God DIDN'T SAY we could worship Him on JUST ANY DAY OF THE WEEK!!! We learned in James that if we break ONE commandment we are GUILTY OF ALL!! One of those commandments is "the fourth one".
Ex. 20:8-11 "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it."
We are told to REMEMBER the Sabbath Day. We are told to KEEP IT HOLY. We are told the SEVENTH DAY is the Sabbath of the LORD thy God!! We are told the LORD BLESSED THE SABBATH DAY AND HALLOWED IT!! (Hallowed is defined in Strong's Exhaustive Concordance as 6942 - qadash = consecrated, sanctified, separated.)
Yes, God consecrated, and sanctified the Sabbath Day. Consecrate and sanctify means to set apart for Holy Use and Purpose. He separated the Sabbath Day from the rest of the days of the week for a holy use and purpose. He set it apart for a time of worship and fellowship ... with Him and with each other!
When did He do this? Just after He had created mankind!
Gen. 2:2-3 "And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made."
God placed His Presence into that ONE particular day and SET IT APART for Holy Use and purpose!!
But WHY did God do this? Why did He make ONE day special above all the rest?
Ex 31:17 "It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed."
That "sign" is a MARK that God places upon HIS CHILDREN so they and others will KNOW He is their Father, and their God!
NOWHERE IN ALL OF SCRIPTURE HAVE WE BEEN TOLD GOD'S COMMANDMENTS HAVE BEEN CHANGED OR DONE AWAY WITH!!!
As a MATTER OF FACT we were told in Ex. 31:17 that the Sabbath Day Sign is between Him and the Children of Israel FOREVER!! And remember that the Children of Israel are composed of TWELVE tribes, not just the Jews (tribe of Judah).
Oh, I know some preach that the Old Testament was "done away" when Jesus established the New Covenant. THAT DOESN'T MAKE IT SO!!!
Jesus ESTABLISHED the Old Covenant by almost every thing He said in the New Testament. The Apostle Paul told Timothy "And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus." (2 Tim. 3:15)
The ONLY SCRIPTURES Timothy had was THE OLD TESTAMENT.
I say again, THE ONLY LAW WHICH TRUE CHRISTIANS NOW DO NOT HAVE TO KEEP is the Law of Sacrifice BECAUSE JESUS BECAME THAT SACRIFICE, once and for all time!!!
But, some will say, Jesus didn't teach ABOUT keeping the Sabbath Day.
I can answer that by saying this ... EXAMPLE IS THE STRONGEST WAY OF SHOWING SOMEONE WHAT MUST BE DONE!!
Jesus KEPT the Sabbath Day. Jesus TAUGHT on the Sabbath Day. ALL the Apostles KEPT the Sabbath Day. They TAUGHT on the Sabbath Day. They were keeping it and teaching on that day 60 years after the DEATH of Jesus!!!
All the twisting and wresting of scriptures by people to try to make them say what THEY want to believe is a TOOL OF SATAN the Devil who is STILL DECEIVING the WHOLE WORLD!! (Rev. 12:9) Also 2 Pet. 3:15-16!
It truly is a shame to see so many sincere, dedicated people going down the wrong road, believing they are worshipping the REAL GOD, when almost everything they do is directly opposite to what HE told them to do in His Scriptures! It makes me sad when I hear the words, "Well, here's the way I look at it....", and they then start spouting the exact opposite of what GOD has COMMANDED them to do in their lives!
It makes me very sad when I hear the words, "Oh, how I love the Lord!" and I realize they don't even KNOW the TRUE Lord!!!"
If they did, they would be asking themselves, "what can I do to OBEY God and become a FRIEND of Jesus the Christ." (John 15:14)
They would be scouring the scriptures to find out HOW to OBEY Him, which DAYS to OBSERVE, and HOW to OBSERVE them!!
How can I know they don't REALLY love God and Jesus?? Because of scripture!!
1 John 2:3-6 "And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
Yes, Jesus set the EXAMPLE for us!!
1 Pet. 2:21 "For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
Read our article "Do YOU Know the Lord?" in the SevenTimes web site archives. It might be a spiritual eye-opener for you!!
If I can say anything that will make you realize that we must worship God IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH, I hope it is this .... READ AND STUDY YOUR BIBLE AND ACCEPT IT FOR WHAT IT SAYS ... NOT WHAT SOMEONE THINKS IT SAYS!!
Remember to "work out your own salvation with fear and trembling" (Phil. 2:12) You won't get into God's Kingdom on someone else's coat-tail.
Ken browder, Editor - The SevenTimes Newsletter - "A Newsletter of Biblical Understanding"