This week we preserved apple sauce. There was a lot of work involved. I got sore fingers from cutting apples into the huge drums. Then we cut even more while what was on the stove cooking! We got to have a break from cutting when we bottled the sauce. That was good but during the bottling we managed to burn our fingers! Dad burnt his worse than mine as he was putting the apple sauce into the bottles. After Dad had filled the jars it was my job to take the jars to the desk to allow them to cool. As soon as we had bottled all of the apples that we had done we were back to cutting, that is until we ran out of space! When the jars had cooled enough we washed the outside of the jars and stacked them up high in the pantry.
Wow! We had done a few hundred jars! What a sight! Before I knew it, the week had passed and it was Friday afternoon and the sun was setting. We had worship and opened the Sabbath. Ah! I was so happy to rest from all of that hard work on this special day God had set aside for us!
Exodus 20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
20:9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
20:10 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:
20:11 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.
God rested on the Sabbath, then commanded that we do the same, as a sign that we were His and obeyed Him our maker. Many people think that, when Jesus died on the cross, that the 4th commandment died with Him, er, that it was changed to Sunday. But what happened to what Jesus said to the Israelites?
Matthew 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
If the 4th commandment died at the cross with Jesus, then would not all the commandments have gone to the cross with Him also? Then does that mean that we can kill, (6th) commit adultery (7th), steal (8th) lie (9th) too as well as ignore the Sabbath?
I cannot see anywhere in the Bible evidence for Sunday keeping or the abolishment of the Sabbath.
So happy Sabbath everyone!