ETS Thought 032114, God’s Watchcare Over Us

Genesis 2:1-3 (4004 B.C.) – Sabbath Declared Holy By God
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2 Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.
2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

Mark 2:27 (31 A.D.)- The Beneficiaries Of Sabbath
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27 Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.

Matthew 6:7-8 (31 A.D.) – God’s Knowledge Of Mankind’s Needs
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7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

Genesis 4:26 (3875 B.C.)
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26 Seth also had a son, and he named him Enosh.
At that time people began to call on the name of the Lord.

Exodus 16:23-30 (1491 B.C.)
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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.’”
24 So they saved it until morning, as Moses commanded, and it did not stink or get maggots in it. 25 “Eat it today,” Moses said, “because today is a sabbath to the Lord. You will not find any of it on the ground today.26 Six days you are to gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there will not be any.”
27 Nevertheless, some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather it, but they found none. 28 Then the Lord said to Moses, “How long will you refuse to keep my commands and my instructions? 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.” 30 So the people rested on the seventh day.

Exodus 20:8-11 (1491 B.C.) – First Mention Of Sabbath To God’s People
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8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 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. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

In Exodus 16:23-30, and Exodus 20:8-11, no mention is made of Sabbath Corporate Worship. The focus is on the Holiness of the Sabbath Day, and mankind’s need to keep the Sabbath Day Holy. In Exodus 16:29, God gave the Sabbath specifically to the Jews, the descendants of Shem. There is no scripture reference that God made such a gift to the sons of Ham or Japheth, or of the demands of Sabbath to them. Still, God’s Holiness was present throughout His creation. Also, remember that the Jews were the torch bearers for God’ plan of salvation. (See John 4:22)

John 4:22 (30 A.D.)
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22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews.

The focus on Sabbath scriptures is on mankind’s need to keep the Sabbath Day Holy. There is no mention, or demand, for the need for mankind’s rest for man’s purposes.

Dates in this writing are taken from the Scofield Study Bible. Notice that from the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, to the first mention of mankind’s “calling on the Name of the Lord” (Gen 4:26), one hundred twenty-nine years passed and there was no reference to Sabbath during that period of time. Notice, also, that from the time that mankind began to call on the Name of the Lord, to the second mention of the Sabbath (Ex 16:23), 2,384 years passed, or 2,513 years from the first mention of the Sabbath by God (Gen 2:1-3).

It is good for God’s people to meet together in corporate worship. Such a day can be on the Sabbath Day, or on the First Day Of The Week, or on any day of the week, but no specific day is required of us by God’s Holy Word. Taking a day off from work is also good for us to do for our personal rest, but such rest does not create an honoring of mankind for the Sabbath. It is very important for us to not put our personal thoughts into God’s Word. Even when we are not aware of God’s watchcare over us, He is still watching over us with all of His love and care. There is a scripture that speaks directly about Sabbath rest. See Hebrews 4:9-10. If we are born again, we have entered that rest. See John 3:3-8.

Hebrews 4:9-10 (64 A.D.)
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9 There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his.

John 3:3-8 (30 A.D.)
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3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”
4 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”
5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

Now, let’s worship God.

“Even So”

Philippians 3:10, “That I may know Him” (64 A.D.)

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