"Keeping" the 4th Commandment
We have been advised that we should keep the 4th commandment, lest we experience the wrath of God:
So I'd like to know just what kind of 7 day Sabbath we are suppose to "keep". Is it the God ordained 7 Day Sabbath, or is it some sort of hybrid?
Well let's take a look at how God wants us to keep His 7 Day Sabbath, and then we can ask @3rdAngel
if they keep it the same way.
Perhaps there are "mitigating" factors that they haven't told us about.
It is Exodus 16 when God first mentions his 7 day Sabbath. He communicates it to Moses who then communicates it to all of Israel:
Exodus 16:15 When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was.
Moses said to them, “It is the bread the Lord has given you to eat. 16 This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Everyone is to gather as much as they need. Take an omer[a
] for each person you have in your tent.’”....
Exodus 16:21 Each morning everyone gathered as much as they needed, and when the sun grew hot, it melted away. 22 On the sixth day, they gathered twice as much—two omers[b
] for each person—and the leaders of the community came and reported this to Moses. 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.”
That's our first account. Six days they toiled and gathered, and on the 7th they could rest. We all know what happened. On the 7th Day, despite God's command, many in Israel did not rest. They treated it as any other day. But God holds HIs anger and shows grace instead:
Exodus 16:27 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[c
] 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.
God reprimands the Jews for not following instructions. They were not "keeping the Sabbath" as he had asked. The following Sabbaths they did.
In Exodus 20, God gives His commandment, including the 4th. Now there is no excuse. Now there is Law. Now there is punishment.
What's a law without punishment? Well, it's like a jaywalking law on an empty street. The law may be on the books, but no one enforces the law.
Not so with the 4th commandment! The 4th commandment is not simply a law to the individual, it's a law unto all of Israel, and as our Sabbath keepers have reminded us, it's a law for all mankind. There's room for grace, or an inadvertent stumble, but when you are informed and purposely break the 4th commandment
the punishment is severe:
Penalty for Violating the Sabbath
Numbers 15: 32 Now while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man gathering sticks on the Sabbath day. 33 And those who found him gathering sticks brought him to Moses and Aaron, and to all the congregation. 34 They put him under guard, because it had not been explained what should be done to him.
35 Then the Lord said to Moses, “The man must surely be put to death; all the congregation shall stone him with stones outside the camp.” 36 So, as the Lord commanded Moses, all the congregation brought him outside the camp and stoned him with stones, and he died.
The last thing we want to do is intentionally break a Sabbath, but actually "keeping" the Sabbath, "keeping" the 4th commandment, means enforcing it
. Otherwise you are NOT keeping the Sabbath the way God commanded, You are simply paying lip service to it.
Surely our Sabbath keepers "keep the Sabbath" rather than "X" a day on their calendar. If someone deliberately
breaks the Sabbath, the congregation gathers, invite the wrong-doer out back, and enforce the Sabbath just as God intended.
Is this correct, or is this more of "Do as I say, not as I do"? A talking point to elevate or differentiate Christians, and nothing more?