Isaiah 58 – The Test Is A Foot

Posted: September 19, 2011 in Isaiah 58

It seems God continually brings me to the end of my endurance, both emotionally and physically, to reveal the truth about my heart. What’s revealed in those moments of pressure is usually something that needs addressing, like selfishness, insecurity, jealousy or bitterness. Glynnis Whitwer

Can everyone reading these please remember that i am not trying to establish a right and wrong regarding anything about Sabbath or any other topic. These are my thoughts, my process, and my conclusions. That does not make them so, or right, in fact they may be completely wrong, but non the less it’s the what and how of me. i am always open to comments, questions and correction so feel free, asi t helps me discern what the Holy Spirit is saying to me.

Somehow this got out-of-order so if it seems i’m going backwards, i am. Further i suggest anyone still working through the Saturday or Sunday deal to click on the link and see if it helps. It did for me in this one statement, “The Bible clearly makes the Sabbath the last day of the week, (AGREED), but does not share how that corresponds to our 7 day week. AGREED. Yet through extra-biblical sources it is possible to determine that the Sabbath at the time of Christ corresponds to our current ‘Saturday.http://www.webexhibits.org/calendars/week.html

Abraham was the great-grandfather of Judah—from whom came the “Jews.” He kept God’s true Sabbath? God said, “Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws” (Genesis 26:5).

Generations of Israelites understood from these verses that Abraham kept the seventh-day Sabbath—the Sabbath that God had “sanctified” at the creation of mankind. In the New Testament, Paul says that Abraham is the “father” of the faithful (Romans 4:11, 16).

i found that many people will argue that the Ten Commandments—including the fourth one about keeping the Sabbath holy—were part of the “Old Covenant” that God made with Israel at Mount Sinai in the days of Moses. They believe that, because the Old Covenant ended at Jesus death, the Ten Commandments—with the Sabbath requirement—ended also.

But as i wrote yesterday it was before the beginning of human history that God made the seventh-day Sabbath “holy time.” It’s 2,000 years later, when Abraham, the father of the faithful, became an EXAMPLE of faithfulness by keeping God’s commandments and statutes—obviously including the observance of the Sabbath day. This is LONG BEFORE there was an Old Covenant with Israel!

Hundreds of years later, Abraham’s descendants are being led out of Egyptian slavery by Moses in the Exodus. This was several weeks before the Old
Covenant was proposed at Mount Sinai, God wanted to remind His people of the true Sabbath, which He had given at creation. This was in case any of them had forgotten or become mixed up about His Sabbath, which was possible since the Israelites had been in Egyptian slavery for several generations. God gave His people a series of signs to make clear to them which day He had made holy.

Exodus 16:1-30. The people of Israel were “murmuring” against God because they wanted more food. So God said, “I will… TEST them, whether they will walk in My LAW or not” (v. 4). Interesting, because this is validates that God’s law was in effect even BEFORE the giving of the Old Covenant at Mount Sinai!

God explains that He would perform the following miracle. Every day of the week, except the seventh day, a special food from heaven called “manna” would blanket the ground in the morning like dew. The people were to gather it up each morning and eat it that same day. They could not keep it overnight, because that would cause it to breed worms and stink. But there would be no manna on the ground on the seventh day. What, were they to eat on that day? God’s answer, the second part of His miracle. Every sixth day, He would give them a double portion of manna—one portion for that day and another to be kept overnight and eaten on Sabbath (v. 23). This would require a third part of the miracle. God would allow manna collected on the sixth day to remain unspoiled overnight, so that it could be eaten on the Sabbath. From the sixth day to the seventh day was the only time each week they were permitted to keep food overnight. God was showing them that sixth day was the preparation day for the Sabbath.

God arranged things so they wouldn’t have to do the work of gathering manna on the seventh day which enabled them to rest on the Sabbath, yet still have something to eat that day. “So they laid it up till morning, as Moses commanded, and it did not stink, nor were there any worms in it. Then Moses
said, ‘Eat that today, for today is a Sabbath to the Lord; today you will not find it in the field'” (vv. 24-25).

This was a TEST, to see whether they would follow God’s law or not.

As a human being, so often i do NOT take God seriously! Some Israelites went out and tried to find manna even on the Sabbath. “And the Lord said to Moses, ‘How long do you [people] refuse to keep My commandments and My laws? See! For the Lord has given you the Sabbath; therefore He
gives you on the sixth day bread for two days. Let every man remain in his place; let no man go out of his place on the seventh day.’ So the people rested
on the seventh day” (vv. 28-30). And so it is with me. God gives me one thing and i want more or i try to make it my own.

Several weeks before Israel came to Mount Sinai, God began performing a weekly three-part miracle to show His people WHICH DAY was—and had always been—His holy Sabbath. When some tried to work on that day anyway, the Creator asked, “How LONG do you refuse to keep My commandments and My laws?”!

Isaiah 58:13 and don’t use my Holy day for personal advantage, If you treat the Sabbath as a day of joy, God’s Holy day as a celebration, If you honor it by refusing ‘business as usual,’ making money, running here and there—

When Mozart was composing at the end of the eighteenth century, the city of Vienna was so quiet that fire alarms could be given verbally, by a shouting watchman mounted on top of St. Stefan’s Cathedral.  In twentieth-century society, the noise level is such that it keeps knocking our bodies out of tune and out of their natural rhythms.  This ever-increasing assault of sound upon our ears, minds, and bodies adds to the stress load of civilized beings trying to live in a highly complex environment.  ~Steven Halpern

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