Pat’s Chat "God-blessed"

I have said this before, but I really love our Sabbaths at Buckhannon Seventh-day Adventist Church.  This was a GREAT one because so many came to church!  It was a nice day and our singing sounds better when there are more singers!  Bette Gerath taught the Sabbath School lesson so well.  She watches the lesson on four or five channels all through the week because many of them film their class ahead of time. It is available to watch if you like help with studying it and for anyone who wants to get help with teaching the lesson on 3ABN, Amazing Facts, Hope Channel, and two or three others.  These helped Bette bring many interesting and amazing facts into the lesson.   If you have Roku, YouTube, or even your computer, you can get these programs too by looking for them by their names.  The worship message was wonderful and special music was brought to us by Roy and Lois Waybright.  It was such a “God-blessed Day.”  

Most of the time I feel the same way about other Sabbaths - just blessed!  Why should I not?  God blessed the seventh day Himself and made it a Holy day for worship.  You can read about that for yourself in Genesis 1 and 2.  February is turning out to be a God-blessed Month, with FIVE wonderful Sabbath days in it.  There are three other God-blessed Months this year I noticed on my calendar.

There have been Seventh-day Sabbaths ever since the world was created.  In fact, when Moses received from God the two stone tablets at Mt. Sinai on which God Himself had written the Ten Commandments, He wrote “REMEMBER the Sabbath Day,” and He wouldn’t have said “remember” unless this was a new commandment.  When God’s people were being brought out of slavery to the Egyptians and traveled through the wilderness and were getting hungry for lack of food, God supplied “manna” six days a week, telling them to go outside and get a double portion on the sixth day so they wouldn’t have to be working on Sabbath.  If they got extra any other day, it spoiled and stunk by the next day, but what was gotten for Sabbath kept and did not spoil.   You can read about the manna (some call it “angel food”) in Exodus 16.

Some say the Sabbath was done away with at the cross.  We have to remember that the Ten Commandments or moral law is not the same as the ceremonial law.  The Ten Commandments, the Decalogue, constitutes God’s holy law which is unchangeable.  It is the foundation of His holy throne.  It expresses His character, and since that is so, it is eternal and everlasting just as God is.  The moral law then is eternal in character while the ceremonial laws were to teach about redemption before the cross.  Many of these offerings and feast days, even the priesthood itself were typical of the work of redemption that Christ fulfilled when He was offered on Calvary’s cross.  Ephesians 2:15.   and Colossians 2:14 tells us about “blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to the cross.”  (We can’t call the Ten Commandments “handwriting of ordinances”!  God’s finger carved in stone the Ten!)  Every sacrificed lamb and other Israelite rituals pointed forward to Jesus.  He is the reality that all of these foreshadowed.  (Besides, the Ten Commandments are all about LOVE.  They show us how to love God in the first four [don’t have other gods, don’t bow to images, remember to keep the Sabbath holy, don’t take His name in vain, like cursing, etc.] and the last six show us how to love each other [respect your mother and father, don’t murder, don’t commit adultery, don’t steal, don’t lie, don’t covet or yearn for something that belongs to someone else].  Which one of those commandments would you think we should throw out?

Does this scare you?  We are not SAVED by keeping the law, but by faith that “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (I John 1:9).  It is HIS righteousness that saves us.  As we come to know Him better and spend more time with Him in prayer and worship and study, we become more like Him because by beholding, we become changed.  Are any of us perfect or without sin?  No, but He is.  And everything He has done was done for you.  He came and took on humanity just so He could save you.  But He never uses force.



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