That’s what one shocked person exclaimed when he read that Jesus promised “The meek will inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5). He wanted to go to heaven when he died! He didn’t want to settle for this messed up planet!
Well, he’d better guess again! Though some try to explain away this powerful Beatitude’s promise from our Savior as meaning only that things will generally go well for a meek person during his or her time on earth, the Bible consistently promises over and over that the meek will inherit the earth—they will be resurrected and rule with Jesus Christ on the earth for the Millennium (Revelation 5:10) and then during the Great White Throne Judgment; and then they will inherit the New Earth where God the Father will come down to live with His Family for eternity [please help yourself to downloading the FREE eBook offered below on “The New Earth—with its New Jerusalem & New Phase of the Kingdom of God (16 pages)].
I think even true Christians who share this motivating goal have been so influenced by society viewing meekness as WEAKNESS that maybe sometimes we don’t want to be thought of as meek either! “Please don’t insult me!”
We Boomers grew up on Superman, flying around conquering. He was really trying to find a phone booth so he could change into Clark Kent: meek, mild-mannered reporter for the Daily Planet. Maybe that’s why no superheroes today … no phone booths!
Those of us who share this motivating goal may yet find ourselves sometimes subconsciously not wanting to be meek. Society is constantly drumming at us that meekness is spelled weakness.
This proofreader is flagging that misspelled concept for you right now.
It takes great spiritual strength of character to be meek
It’s a noble pursuit worthy of all-out Christian effort made possible by the meekest Beings in the universe, God the Father and Jesus Christ, living in us and powering us through Their Holy Spirit!
God is not calling Henry Milquetoasts: “the man who speaks softly and gets hit with a big stick.” A generic synonym for a “timid person.”
Meekness is one of the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit listed in the King James Version of Galatians 5:22-23.
So meekness is obviously super important for a Christian. For you! But what exactly is meekness?
To define it, some use concepts like humility, gentleness, kindness. You can’t blame them because the Greek word for meekness is praus and is translated in Strong’s as “humble, gentle, meek.” Most translations list the 8th Fruit of the Spirit as gentleness rather than meekness as in the KJV.
But let’s stick to describing what meekness is, so we can be growing toward our amazing inheritance promised by our Savior, Jesus Christ!
Stay tuned for the next post! To do so, you will be demonstrating meekness!
Here are eye-popping quotes from the major denominations, church leaders and historians admitting that Sunday is NOT the Sabbath of the Bible. I doubt if most lay members have seen these.
Most significant are what the Roman Catholics have said, because more than admitting, they boast of having exercised their power to “change times and law” (Daniel 7:25). The Pope is called the Vicar of Christ, meaning in place of Christ. The Catholic Church has always led the ecumenical movement and is working feverishly behind the scenes even now. The Catholic Church leads this “MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS” [protesting daughters] (Revelation 17:5). Note in the quotes how the Catholics mock the Protestants who claim they follow the Bible but are really submitting to the authority of the Catholic Church by observing Sunday!
“You will read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. The Scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday, a day which we [Catholics] never sanctify.” (Cardinal Gibbons’ Faith of Our Fathers, p. 111).
“Sunday is a Catholic institution and its claim to observance can be defended only on Catholic principles…From beginning to end of Scripture there is not a single passage that warrants the transfer of weekly public worship from the last day of the week to the first.” (Catholic Press, Sydney, Australia, August 1900).
“Question: Which is the Sabbath day?
“Answer: Saturday is the Sabbath.
“Question: Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?
“Answer: We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Churchin the Council of Laodicea (A.D. 336) transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday.” (The Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine, by Peter Geiermann, 50).
“Nowhere in the Bible do we find that Christ or the apostles ordered the Sabbath be changed from Saturdayto Sunday. We have the commandment of God given to Moses to keep holy the Sabbath day, that is the seventh day of the week, Saturday. Today most Christians keep Sunday because it has been revealed to us by the [Roman Catholic] Church outside the Bible.” (Catholic Virginian, October 3, 1947. p. 9).
It is always somewhat laughable, to see the Protestant churches, in pulpit and legislation, demand the observance of Sunday, of which there is nothing in their Bible.” (Peter R. Kraemer, Catholic Church Extension Society, 1975, Chicago, Illinois.)
“Sabbath in the Hebrew language signifies rest, and is the seventh day of the week… and it must be confessed that there is no law in the New Testament concerning the first day.” Charles Buck, A Theological Dictionary,“Sabbath.”
“The reason we observe the first day instead of the seventh is based on no positive command. One will search the Scriptures in vain for authority for changing from the seventh day to the first.” Clovis Chappell, Ten Rules for Living,p.61.
“Some have tried to build the observance of Sunday upon Apostolic command, whereas the Apostles gave no command on the matter at all…. The truth is, so soon as we appeal to the litera scripta [literal writing] of the Bible, theSabbatarians have the best of the argument.” “The Christian at Work”, April 19, 1883, and Jan. 1884.
“Where are we told in Scripture that we are to keep the first day at all? We are commanded to keep the seventh; but we are nowhere commanded to keep the first day…. The reason why we keep the first day of the week holy instead of the seventh is for the same reason that we observe many other things, not because the Bible, but because the Church, has enjoined it.” Isaac William, D.D.,Plain Sermons on the Catechism,vol. 1.
“The Bible commandment says on the seventh day thou shalt rest. That is Saturday. Nowhere in the Bible is it laid down that worship should be done on Sunday.”
“There is nothing in Scripture that requires us to keep Sunday rather than Saturday as a holy day.” Harold Lindsell (editor),Christianity Today, Nov. 5, 1976.
“To me it seems unaccountable that Jesus, during three years’ discussion with His disciples, often conversing with them upon the Sabbath question . . . never alluded to any transference of the day; also, that during forty days of His resurrection life, no such thing was intimated . . . Of course I quite well know that Sunday did come into use in early Christian history . . . But what a pity that it comes branded with the mark of Paganism, and christened with the name of the sun-god, adopted and sanctioned by the Papal apostasy, and bequeathed as a sacred legacy to Protestantism” (Dr. Edward Hiscox, before a New York ministers’ conference, Nov. 13, 1893, as reported in the New York Examiner, Nov. 16, 1893).
“If it [Sabbath] yet exists, let us observe it…And if it does not exist, let us abandon a mock observance of another day for it. ‘But,’ say some, ‘it was changed from the seventh to the first day.’ Where? when? and by whom? No man can tell. No, it never was changed, nor could it be, unless creation was to be gone through again: for the reason assigned must be changed before the observance, or respect to the reason, can be changed! It is all old wives’ fables to talk of the change of the Sabbath from the seventh to the first day. If it be changed, it was that august personage changed it who changes times and laws ex officio – I think his name is Doctor Antichrist.’ (Alexander Campbell, The Christian Baptist, Feb. 2, 1824, vol. 1. no. 7, p. 164.)
“The current notion that Christ and His apostles authoritatively substituted the first day for the seventh, is absolutely without any authority in the New Testament.” (Dr. Layman Abbot, in the Christian Union, June 26, 1890)–American Congregationalist
“The Sabbath was binding in Eden, and it has been in force ever since. This fourth commandment begins with the word ‘remember,’ showing that the Sabbath already existed when God wrote the law on the tables of stone at Sinai. How can men claim that this one commandment has been done away with when they will admit that the other nine are still binding?” (Dwight L. Moody, Weighed and Wanting, pp. 47-48).
There’s nothing in Scripture that requires us to keep Sunday rather than Saturday as a holy day.” (Harold Lindsell, editor, Christianity Today, Nov. 5, 1976).
No wonder Paul warns in 2 Corinthians 11:15 about “his [satan’s] ministers”!
How can there be a more fitting conclusion that Christ’s own words in Mark 7:7-9: “‘And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men … All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition.”
And the preincarnate Christ’s own words in Exodus 31:13-17: “You shall keep the Sabbath … it is holy to you. Everyone who profanes it shall surely be put to death; for whoever does any work on the Sabbath day, that person shall be cut off from among his people. Work shall be done for six days, but the seventh is the Sabbath of rest, holy to the Lord … Observe the Sabbath throughout [your] generations as a perpetual covenant. It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever.”
On Facebook a man saw a post about the Cardinal Gibbon’s quote and commented, “Well, I guess those Church of God people are right after all.” Yet he hadn’t been keeping Sunday and he didn’t start keeping the Sabbath.
What will you choose?
It will be worth your while to read the additional quotes below this box. Most I found in a post by Joshua Infantado, and I highly recommend his blog: http://www.becomingchristians.com.
Additional quotes by Catholics
“If we would consult the Bible only, without Tradition, we ought, for instance, still to keep holy the Saturday with the Jews, instead of Sunday…” (Deharbe’s Catechism, translated by Rev. John Fander, published by Schwartz, Kirwin & Fauss, 53 Park Place, New York, Sixth American Edition, Copyright 1912, 1919, 1924, page 81).
“Perhaps the boldest thing, the most revolutionary change the Church ever did, happened in the first century. The holy day, the Sabbath, was changed from Saturday to Sunday. “The Day of the Lord” (dies domini) was chosen, not from any directions noted in the Scriptures, but from the Church’s sense of its own power. The day of resurrection, the day of Pentecost, fifty days later, came on the first day of the week. So this would be the new Sabbath. People who think that the Scriptures should be the sole authority, should logically … keep Saturday holy.” (The Pastor’s page of The Sentinel, Saint Catherine Catholic Church, Algonac, Michigan, May 21, 1995).
“You will have noticed, my dear children, that the day on which we keep Sabbath is not the same as that on which it was observed by the Jews. They kept and still keep the Sabbath upon Saturday, we on Sunday; they on the seventh, we on the first day of the week…understand how great is the authority of the [Roman Catholic] Church in interpreting or explaining to us the commandments of God—an authority which is acknowledged by the universal practice of the whole Christian world, even of those sects [i.e., protestants] who profess to take the Holy Scriptures as their sole rule of faith, since they observe as the day of rest not the seventh day of the week commanded by the Bible, but the first day, which we know is to be kept holy, only from tradition and teaching of the Catholic Church.” (Henry Gibson, Catechism Made Easy (No.2), Ninth Ed., Vol. 1, pp.341,342).
“If you follow the Bible alone there can be no question that you are obliged to keep Saturday holy, since that is the day especially prescribed by Almighty God to be kept holy to the Lord. In keeping Sunday, non-Catholics are simply following the practise of the Catholic Church for 1800 years, a tradition, and not a Bible ordinance…. With the Catholics there is no difficulty about the matter. For, since we deny that the Bible is the sole rule of faith, we can fall back upon the constant practise and tradition of the Church.” (Francis G. Lentz, The Question Box, 1900, pp. 98, 99).
“They [the Protestants] deem it their duty to keep the Sunday holy. Why? Because the Catholic Church tells them to do so. They have no other reason. …The observance of Sunday thus comes to be an ecclesiastical law entirely distinct from the Divine law of Sabbath observance. …The author of the Sunday Law…is the Catholic Church.” (Walter Drum, Catholic priest, Ecclesiastical Review, February, 1914)
“The Roman Church chose Sunday, the first day of the week, and in the course of time added other days, as holy days.” (Vincent Jo Kelly, Forbidden Sunday and Feast day Occupations, Catholic University Press, 1943, p. 2)
“Regarding the change from the observance of the Jewish Sabbath to the Christian Sunday, I wish to draw your attention to the facts:
That Protestants, who accept the Bible as the only rule of faith and religion, should by all means go back to the observance of the Sabbath. The fact that they do not, but on the contrary observe the Sunday, stultifies them in the eyes of every thinking man.
We Catholics do not accept the Bible as the only rule of faith. Besides the Bible we have the living Church, the authority of the Church, as a rule to guide us. We say, this Church, instituted by Christ to teach and guide man through life, has the right to change the ceremonial laws of the Old Testament and hence, we accept her change of the Sabbath to Sunday. We frankly say, yes, the Church made this change, made this law, as she made many other laws, for instance, the Friday abstinence, the unmarried priesthood, the laws concerning mixed marriages, the regulation of Catholic marriages and a thousand other laws.
“Of course the Catholic Church claims that the change [Scriptural Sabbath to Sunday] was her act… And the act is a mark of her ecclesiastical authority in religious things.” (H.F. Thomas, Chancellor of Cardinal Gibbons)
“Question: How to prove you that the church hath power to command feasts and holy days?”
“Answer: By the very act of changing the Sabbath into Sunday, which Protestants allow of; and therefore they fondly contradict themselves, by keeping Sunday strictly, and breaking most other feasts commanded by the same church.”
“Question: How can you prove that?”
“Answer: Because by keeping Sunday, they acknowledge the Church’s power to ordain feasts, and to command them under sin: and by not keeping the rest [of the Catholic feasts] by her commanded, they again deny, in fact, the same power.” (Rev. Henry Tuberville’s, (D.D.R.C.) “An Abridgment of the Christian Doctrine”, p.58. New York: Edward Dunigan and Brothers, approved 1833).
“Question: Have you any other way of proving that the church has power to institute festivals or precepts?”
“Answer: Had she not such power, she could not have done that in which all modern religionists agree with her, -she could not have substituted the observance of Sunday the first day of the week, for the observance of Saturday the seventh day, a change for which there is no Scriptural authority.” (Rev. Stephen Keenan’s A Doctrinal Catechism, p. 174: Edward Dunigan and Brothers, New York, 1851).
“The Sunday, as a day of the week set apart for the obligatory public worship of Almighty God…is purely a creation of the Catholic Church. It is…not governed by the enactments of the Mosaic law. It is part and parcel of the system of the Catholic Church.” (John Gilmary Shea, The American Catholic Quarterly Review , January, 1883).
“A history of the problem shows that in some places, it was really only after some centuries that the Sabbath rest really was entirely abolished, and by that time the practice of observing a bodily rest on the Sunday had taken its place…It was the seventh day of the week which typified the rest of God after creation, and not the first day.” (Vincent Jo Kelly, Forbidden Sunday and Feast day Occupations, Catholic University Press, 1943, pp. 15, 22).
“It is well to remind the Presbyterians, Baptists, Methodists, and all other Christians, that the Bible does not support them anywhere in their observance of Sunday. Sunday is an institution of the Roman Catholic Church, and those who observe the day observe a commandment of the Catholic Church.” (Priest Brady, in an address, reported in the Elizabeth, N.J. ‘News’ of March 18, 1903).
“And where are we told in the Scriptures that we are to keep the first day at all? We are commanded to keep the seventh; but we are nowhere commanded to keep the first day….The reason why we keep the first day of the week holy instead of the seventh is for the same reason that we observe many other things, not because of the Bible, but because the church has enjoined it.” (Isaac Williams, Plain Sermons on the Catechism, vol. 1, pp.334, 336.)
“Protestantism, in discarding the authority of the [Roman Catholic] Church, has no good reasons for its Sunday theory, and ought logically to keep Saturday.” (John Gilmary Shea, American Catholic Quarterly Review, January 1883).
“If Protestants would follow the Bible, they should worship God on the Sabbath Day. In keeping the Sunday they are following a law of the Catholic Church.” (Albert Smith, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, replying for the Cardinal, in a letter dated February 10, 1920.)
“A history of the problem shows that in some places, it was really only after some centuries that the Sabbath rest really was entirely abolished, and by that time the practice of observing a bodily rest on the Sunday had taken its place…It was the seventh day of the week which typified the rest of God after creation, and not the first day.” (Vincent Jo Kelly, Forbidden Sunday and Feast day Occupations, Catholic University Press, 1943, pp. 15, 22).
“My brethren, look about the various wrangling sects and denominations. Show me one that claims or possesses the power to make laws binding on the conscience. There is but one on the face of the earth–the Catholic Church–that has the power to make laws binding upon the conscience, binding before God, binding upon the pain of hellfire. Take for instance, the day we celebrate–Sunday. What right have the Protestant churches to observe that day? None whatsoever. You say it is to obey the commandment, ‘Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.’ But Sunday is not the Sabbath according to the Bible and the record of time.
Everyone knows that Sunday is the first day of the week, while Saturday is the seventh, and the Sabbath, the day consecrated as a day of rest. It is so recognized in all civilized nations…It was the Holy Catholic Church that changed the day of rest from Saturday to Sunday, the first day of the week. And has not only compelled all to keep Sunday, but at the council of Laodicea, A.D. 364 anathemized those who kept the Sabbath and urged all persons to labor on the seventh day under penalty of anathama.
Which church does the whole civilized world obey? Protestants call us every horrible name they can think of–anti-Christ, the scarlet-colored beast, Babylon, etc., and at the same time profess great reverence for the Bible, and yet by their solemn act of keeping Sunday, they acknowledge the power of the Catholic Church.” (Industrial American, Harlan Iowa; a published lecture by T. Enright, December 19, 1889).
Other Relevant Quotes
“It was the Catholic Church which, by the authority of Jesus Christ, has transferred this rest to the Sunday in remembrance of the resurrection of our Lord. Thus the observance of Sunday by the Protestants is a homage they pay, in spite of themselves, to the authority of the [Catholic] Church.” (Plain Talk About the Protestantism of Today, by Mgr. Louis Segur, 1868, p.213).
“Sunday-keeping could not have been a part of the new covenant, because when Jesus died, He sealed His will or testament. Nothing could have been added to it afterward. Before He died, He had given the plan of salvation. He had commanded the ordinance of baptism and had instituted the Lord’s Supper. He had kept the Sabbath holy and, by His example and instruction, had showed how to keep it. He had not taught or inferred that another day was to be substituted. The inserting of a clause in a will after the testator has died is a criminal act and is punishable by law. Thus it was not possible for any of the disciples by themselves to add Sunday-keeping to the will of Christ after He had sealed it with His own blood.” (Roy B. Thurman, The Sabbath Today, p. 69).
“Finally, we have the testimony of Christ on this subject. In Mark 2:27, he says: ‘The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.’ From this passage it is evident that the Sabbath was made not merely for the Israelites, as Paley and Hengstenberg would have us believe, but for man…that is, for the race. Hence we conclude that the Sabbath was sanctified from the beginning, and that it was given to Adam, even in Eden, as one of those primeval institutions that God ordained for the happiness of all men.” [Robert Milligan, Scheme of Redemption, (St. Louis, The Fethany Press, 1962), p.165].
“Is there any command in the New Testament to change the day of the weekly rest from Saturday to Sunday? None.” (Manual of Christian Doctrine, p.127).
“The Bible commandment says on the seventh day thou shalt rest. That is Saturday. Nowhere in the Bible is it laid down that worship should be done on Sunday.” (Philip Carrington, Toronto Daily Star, October 26, 1949).
“…it is quite clear that however rigidly or devotedly we may spend Sunday, we are not keeping the Sabbath — …’The Sabbath was founded on a specific Divine command. We can plead no such command for the obligation to observe Sunday…There is not a single sentence in the New Testament to suggest that we incur any penalty by violating the supposed sanctity of Sunday.” (Dr. R. W. Dale, The Ten Commandments, New York: Eaton & Mains, p. 127-129).
“But they err in teaching that Sunday has taken the place of the Old Testament Sabbath and therefore must be kept as the seventh day had to be kept by the children of Israel . . . These churches err in their teaching, for Scripture has in no way ordained the first day of the week in place of the Sabbath. There is simply no law in the New Testament to that effect” (John Theodore Mueller, Sabbath or Sunday, pp. 15-16).
“The first day of the week is commonly called the Sabbath. This is a mistake. The Sabbath of the Bible was the day just preceding the first day of the week. The first day of the week is never called the Sabbath anywhere in the entire Scriptures. It is also an error to talk about the change of the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday. There is not in any place in the Bible any intimation of such a change” (Alexander Campbell, First Day Observance, pp. 17, 19).
“Take the matter of Sunday. There are indications in the New Testament as to how the church came to keep the first day of the week as its day of worship, but there is no passage telling Christians to keep that day or to transfer the Jewish Sabbath to that day” (Harris Franklin Rall, Christian Advocate, July 2, 1942, p. 26).
“The Sabbath is a part of the Decalogue—the Ten Commandments. This alone forever settles the question as to the perpetuity of the institution . . . Until, therefore, it can be shown that the whole moral law has been repealed, the Sabbath will stand . . . The teaching of Christ confirms the perpetuity of the Sabbath” (T.C. Blake, D.D., Theology Condensed, pp. 474-475).
“It must be confessed that there is no law in the New Testament concerning the first day.” (Buck’s Theological Dictionary, p.403).
“I have repeatedly offered $1,000 to anyone who can prove to me from the Bible alone that I am bound to keep Sunday holy. There is no such law in the Bible. It is a law of the holy Catholic Church alone. The Bible says, ‘Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.’ The Catholic Church says: ‘No. By my divine power I abolish the Sabbath day and command you to keep holy the first day of the week.’ And lo! The entire civilized world bows down in a reverent obedience to the command of the holy Catholic Church.” (T. Enright, C.S.S.R., in a lecture at Hartford, Kansas, Feb. 18, 1884).
“Sunday…It is the law of the Catholic Church alone…” (American Sentinel, June 1893).
“From this same Catholic Church you have accepted your Sunday, as the Lord’s day, she has handed down as a tradition; and the entire Protestant world has accepted it as tradition, for you have not an iota of Scripture to establish it. Therefore that which you have accepted as your rule of faith, inadequate as it of course is, as well as your Sunday, you have accepted on the authority of the Roman Catholic Church.” (D.B. Ray, The Papal Controversy, 1892, p.179).
“The authority of the church could therefore not be bound to the authority of the Scriptures, because the Church had changed the Sabbath into Sunday, not by command of Christ, but by its own authority.” (Canon and Tradition, p. 263).
“The church has changed the Sabbath into the Lord’s day by its own authority, concerning which you have no Scripture.” (Johann Eck, Handbook of Common Places Against the Lutherans, 1533).
“The church…took the pagan Sunday and made it the Christian Sunday…. The Sun was a foremost god with heathendom…. And thus the pagan Sunday, dedicated to Balder, became the Christian Sunday.” (Dr. William L. Gildea, The Catholic World, March, 1894).“My brethren, look about the various wrangling sects and denominations. Show me one that claims or possesses the power to make laws binding on the conscience. There is but one on the face of the earth–the Catholic Church–that has the power to make laws binding upon the conscience, binding before God, binding upon the pain of hellfire. Take for instance, the day we celebrate–Sunday. What right have the Protestant churches to observe that day? None whatsoever. You say it is to obey the commandment, ‘Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.’ But Sunday is not the Sabbath according to the Bible and the record of time.
“The idea of importing into the Sunday the solemnity of the Sabbath with all its exigencies was an entirely foreign one to the early Christians.” (Director of at Rome’s Ecole Francaise, Louis M.O. Duchesne (1843-1922), Christian Worship, p.47).
“The Sabbath was religiously observed in the Eastern church three hundred years and more after our Saviour’s Passion.” (Prof. E. Brerewood of Gresham College, London in a sermon).
“Opposition to Judaism introduced the particular festival of Sunday very early, indeed, into the place of the Sabbath…. The festival of Sunday, like all other festivals, was always only a human ordinance, and it was far from the intentions of the apostles to establish a Divine command in this respect, far from them, and from the early apostolic Church, to transfer the laws of the Sabbath to Sunday. Perhaps, at the end of the second century a false application of this kind had begun to take place; for men appear by that time to have considered labouring on Sunday as a sin.” (Augustus Neander, General History of the Christian Religion and Church, (Rose’s translation), Vol. 1, p.186).
“Protestants…accept Sunday rather than Saturday as the day for public worship after the Catholic Church made the change… But the Protestant mind does not seem to realize that…in observing the Sunday, in keeping Christmas and Easter, they are accepting the authority of the spokesman for the church–the Pope.” (Our Sunday Visitor, February 5, 1950.)
“But since Saturday, not Sunday, is specified in the Bible, isn’t it curious that non-Catholics who profess to take their religion directly from the Bible, and not the Church, observe Sunday instead of Saturday? Yes of course, it is inconsistent; but this change was made about 15 centuries before Protestantism was born, and by that time the custom was universally observed. They have continued the custom, even though it rests upon the authority of the Catholic Church and not upon an explicit text in the Bible” (Dr. John O’Brien, Faith of Millions, pp. 543-544).
“There is no word, no hint, in the New Testament about abstaining from work on Sunday….Into the rest of Sunday no divine law enters….The observance of Ash Wednesday or Lent stands exactly on the same footing as the observance of Sunday.” (Canon Eyton, The Ten Commandments, pp. 52, 63, 65.)
“There was and is a commandment to keep holy the Sabbath day, but that Sabbath day was not Sunday. It will however be readily said, and with some show of triumph, that the Sabbath was transferred from the Seventh to the First day of the week . . . Where can the record of such a transaction be found? Not in the New Testament—absolutely not. There is no scriptural evidence of the change of the Sabbath institution from the Seventh to the First day of the week . . .
“The Puritan idea was historically unhappy. It made Sunday into the Sabbath day. Even educated people call Sunday the Sabbath. Even clergymen do. But, unless my reckoning is all wrong, the Sabbath day lasts twenty-four hours from six o’clock on Friday evening [it actually begins at sunset and continues until the following sunset]. It gives over, therefore, before we come to Sunday. If you suggest to a [Sunday] Sabbatarian that he ought to observe the Sabbath on the proper day, you arouse no enthusiasm. He at once replies that the day, not the principle, has been changed. But changed by whom? There is no injunction in the whole of the New Testament to Christians to change the Sabbath into Sunday.” (D. Morse-Boycott, Daily Herald, London, Feb. 26, 1931).
“There was never any formal or authoritative change from the Jewish seventh-day Sabbath to the Christian first-day observance.” (William Owen Carver, The Lord’s Day in Our Day, p. 49.)
“The Scriptures nowhere call the first day of the week the Sabbath…There is no Scriptural authority for so doing, nor of course, any Scriptural obligation.” (The Watchman).
It always encourages me—dare I say thrills me!—to see that what I feel inspired by God to write or speak about turns out to be what many of His ministers have felt led to discuss.
While Ray Charles had “Georgia on My Mind,” a 1930 song that became associated withthe blind superstar who was a native of the southern state, whose version was designated as the official state song in 1979, it seems God has His servants thinking about His Sabbath. And no wonder … the Fourth Commandment is such a crucial one that the Bible calls it “the test commandment.” See for yourself in Exodus 16. God told the Israelites to gather twice as much manna on the Preparation Day and then none on His Sabbath “that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not” (verse 4).
Sadly, though Christians usually see the value in keeping the other nine Commandments, as you’d think they would all of the 10, most throw up [how apt] objections to the Fourth:
God made a special Sabbath Covenant (Exodus 31) as a sign that He was their Creator and they were His people.
Objection: Jewish. Objection overruled! There were 12 Tribes of Israel, Judah (Jews) being only one of the 12. The Church of God is now spiritual Israel (Galatians 6:16). Exodus 31:16 stated it was a “perpetual covenant.”
Objection: Old Testament done away by New Testament and New Covenant. Objection overruled! “All scripture is inspired by God …” (2 Peter 3:16-17). “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill… one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:18-19, , emphasis mine throughout).
Objection: Harsh old God of Old Testament demanding a burden, overruled by sweet Jesus in the New who made love the sign of a Christian. Objection overruled! The God who gave the Sabbath Covenant was the preincarnate Jesus Christ. Nobody has seen the Father or heard His voice (John 5:37). “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome (1 John 5:3). “But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does” (James 1:25).
2. Jesus Christ and His Apostles and Disciples kept and taught the Sabbath and Holy Day Sabbaths.
Objection: Only because they were Jews. They taught Gentiles and Christians to keep Sunday. Objection overruled! “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8, Malachi 3:6). He lived and taught exactly what He created in Genesis on the seventh day. Paul “reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded Jews and Greeks …” Then he went to the Gentiles (Acts 18:4, 6). In Acts 20, rather than changing to Sunday worship, Paul’s Sabbath message carried past sunset, so into the first day of the week. If Sunday had become “the Sabbath,” Paul broke it by walking some 20 miles on it! Note that just before this account, Paul had kept the Days of Unleavened Bread and just after He was going to keep Pentecost—two of God’s Holy Days! The Sabbath and the Holy Days stand or fall together.
The Bible overrules all objections to the Fourth Commandment. If you throw up some, I hope you will be Judge Judy to yourself and holler “Objection overruled!” as you gavel loudly!
All 10 must be kept, the Bible says right at its ending chapter in Revelation 22:14, to have the right to the Tree of Life and the New Earth and New Jerusalem [help yourself to the free eBook offered below!].
From cover to cover the Bible says plainly to keep God’s Sabbaths and Holy Days. Let’s just obediently do it, even if we don’t understand at first (Psalm 111:10), because in time we will discover the delight and blessings (Isaiah 58:13-14). I have now for 52 years and counting!
This is my seventh year writing this blog which I pray is writing for God, sharing more about His wonderful way of life. For sometime now, I’ve been aiming to post something new by Tuesday evening and by Friday evening. I especially want the Friday evening to provide some good material to enhance the Sabbath Day for whoever reads it. Even though typically the Sabbath statistics show less readers and views than the other six days. My hope is that readers are too busy keeping the Sabbath so they wait and read it later.
For two weeks now, Tuesday night and Friday night approach, and I haven’t got anything in mind to share. After seven years it seems like I’ve already said it all! I definitely don’t want to waste the reader’s time. For the last two weeks, ideas have come at the last minute.
It’s well-documented that the modern attention span has continued dropping. United Church of God has officially aimed its Sabbath services to last only 90 minutes instead of two hours. To help achieve that, sermons are to be finished in about 50 minutes instead of an hour. Soon enough people’s derrieres will adapt to becoming squirmy quicker.
Two points … only
What will change about actually writing material for church or for this blog? Think Again by Adam Grant looks at a debate by an expert, skilled debater versus a super-programmed computer. In the example, the computer was bound to win the debate because it was given the idea to argue that was naturally hugely popular with the judging audience. But the expert human debater actually succeeded in changing the minds of many more than expected in the judging audience by following two principles:
He acknowledged the good points made by the computer because he was seeking truth and not the popular opinion. He exuded confident humility.
Rather than trying to argue 10 reasons why you should believe him, the expert human picked out only his two best points that he was able to persuade the audience with. Grant said that if he had argued more than that, the computer could have picked on his weakest point and then used that to discredit all the easy-to-see major points. Yes, restrain yourself for now and give only your best two cents worth!
A farmer went to church on a stormy evening where he was the only parishioner to show up. The minister reasoned that he owed it to that diligent man to give him his whole planned sermon. On the way out the door, the farmer thanked the minister but gently corrected: If I go to feed my cows and only one shows up, I don’t feed him the whole load!
So here it is: late Friday afternoon when I want to share with you something important to your life. Friday is called the Preparation Day—the day before a weekly Sabbath day; the day before a Holy Day is also called the Preparation Day but of course is not always on Friday (John 19:31). The Preparation Day in John was the Wednesday before the First Day of Unleavened Bread—the Wednesday Jesus was crucified on and put in His grave just before sunset starting the Holy Day. Three days and three nights later He was resurrected just before sunset on the Saturday. No wonder the women found the tomb empty while it was still dark Sunday morning. I’ve never heard Sunday-keepers talk about a preparation day.
Yet many of you, I’m sure, do not yet keep the Sabbath. For seven years now, I’ve been giving you reason after reason why you should keep the Sabbath and Holy Days given in Leviticus 23 and throughout the Bible.
The first time I even heard of the Sunday vs. Sabbath issue was, I think, during my sophomore year of high school when I was under the stairs at church overhearing two church leaders discussing the topic. But I dismissed it because I didn’t see any relevance to me. I went to church on Sunday because my Mother always took me there.
Here are, for me, the two best reasons to keep the Sabbath rather than Sunday.
1) Exodus 31 established a special Sabbath covenant between God and His people that God called a “perpetual” one that identifies Him as our Creator, but especially important, identifies us as His people. “Here’s your sign,” as Jeff Foxworthy is wont to say! Yes, Jesus gave the New Testament sign that love would identify His people in John 15. True, “This is the love of God, that we keep His commandments [including #4)” (1 John 5:3).
2) Jesus Christ and His Apostles and Disciples kept the Sabbath, not Sunday, plus the Holy Days and taught everybody to do that. The Apostles continued doing that and teaching that after Jesus was to have supposedly done away with the Law and the Old Testament and the Sabbaths when He died.
Keep them and God will keep His amazing promises in Isaiah 58:13-14 … to you. This is now my 52nd year.
Think Again by Adam Grant [“The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know,” 2021] “examines the critical art of rethinking: learning to question your opinions … in a rapidly changing world” what we really need is “the ability to rethink and unlearn.”
At the time God knows is best for each of us, He the Master Timer opens our minds so that satan’s blinders are removed and we can “see” His amazing truth (John 6:44). Jesus said only the Father can do this—not us in our goodness or smartness. Jesus opened the eyes of the men on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:31) and Saul’s on his way to Damascus to persecute the Church (Acts 9). The Prodigal Son “came to himself” (Luke 15:17). Paul said we must “not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:1-2). After all the spies grumbled about the promised land except for Joshua and Caleb, God said Caleb “thinks differently and follows me completely” (Numbers 14:24, New Century Version).
Grant says “We all have blind spots in our knowledge and opinions. The bad news is that they can leave us blind to our blindness, which gives us false confidence in our judgment and prevents us from rethinking. The good news is that with the right kind of confidence, we can learn to see ourselves more clearly and update our views”—p. 35.
Grant: “The problem with armchair quarterback syndrome is that it stands in the way of rethinking. If we’re certain that we know something, we have no reason to look for gaps and flaws in our knowledge—let alone fill or correct them”—p. 42. The Proverbs advise a wise person to not only be quickly receptive to correction but to actively seek it (Psalm 141:5). A courageous Christian will ask God daily to correct me in Your mercy (Jeremiah 10:24).
Grant: “’Arrogance is ignorance plus conviction,’ blogger Tim Urban explains. ‘While humility is a permeable filter that absorbs life experience and converts it into knowledge and wisdom, arrogance is a rubber shield that life experience simply bounces off of’”—p. 45. James warns against boasting in arrogance (4:16).
Humility is often misunderstood
Grant: It’s not a matter of having low self-confidence. One of the Latin roots of humility means ‘from the earth.’ It’s about being grounded—recognizing that we’re flawed and fallible”—p. 46.
Grant: What we want to obtain is confident humility: having faith in our capability while appreciating that we may not have the right solution or even be addressing the right problem. That gives us enough doubt to reexamine our old knowledge and enough confidence to pursue new insights”.—p. 47.
Grant summarizes nicely: “Arrogance leaves us blind to our weaknesses. Humility is a reflective lens: it helps us see them clearly. Confident humility is a corrective lens: it enables us to overcome those weaknesses”—p. 54. Peter urges us to humble ourselves (1 Peter 5:5-6) and compares it to clothing ourselves. Who wants somebody else to dress us!
“May he [God] give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith [of Jesus Christ] prompts you to do” (2 Thessalonians 1:11, New Living Translation).
“For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you” (Romans 12:3, New International Version). Ponder what Paul says carefully because God doesn’t promote false humility. God has big plans for us if we can learn confident humility in Him. More living faith? The more God can accomplish through us!
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Nahum prophesied the coming destruction of Nineveh, capital of the mighty Assyrian Empire. He wrote sometime between the fall of the Egyptian city of Thebes (No Amon) (663 B.C.), mentioned as a past event in Nahum 3:8, and the fall of Nineveh in 612 B.C. by Nabopolassar of Babylon united with Medes and Scythians, which hadn’t occurred yet. Nineveh looked as invincible with its 100-foot walls as Thebes was when Assyria conquered it! “It is believed that the invaders of Nineveh entered the city through its flooded waterways” (Nelson Study Bible, note on verse 1:8).
Why should we care that much about ancient history? Many today would love to cancel it! God wants us to “wake” up to its significance!
Until now I had no idea that Nahum is recognized as a magnificent poem in its Hebrew, and he is called “the poet laureate” of the Minor Prophets. He is rated as a powerful, passionate writer. Chapter 3 is called a “war oracle” announcing Assyria’s doom by God’s judgment.
Assyria is feared for its brutality and dubbed “the bloody city” (3:1). Bas reliefs on its walls depicted captives being shish kebobbed, filleted or beheaded. One shows the king sipping wine with the enemy’s wife with her beheaded husband in the background.
A lesson to all readers of Nahum is that God will eventually say enough is enough to wickedness and sin. Nineveh had repented after Jonah was vomited up on their shore out of the belly of the great fish, the first Gentile nation to ever do so. But it didn’t last long before they came to be such gruesome conquerors of half the known world.
And it should be a warning to each of us individually
Do we slip back into sin after having repented? Back to the slop awaits an abrupt painful future! Eventually God will punish.
In Acts 17:26 Paul declares that God controls history and when a nation rises and then falls, and sets their boundaries. That should be a warning to the United States today, as well as the other major powers and even the tiniest nations. It should grab our attention individually!
Nahum pronounced God’s judgment that Neneveh and Assyria would be so totally destroyed that it would be uninhabitable and actually cease to exist. Two hundred years later, Xenophon’s Ten Thousand marched through the area that had been Nineveh and had no idea there had been a power center there below the sheep grass! Nineveh’s very existence was questioned until unearthed by British archeologists in the 19th Century (3:13-15). “For all its might, Nineveh fell quickly into ruin, leaving no trace but a mound which is known today as Tell Kuyunjik, ‘the mound of many sheep'” (Eerdmans Handbook to the Bible, note on Nahum 3).
Amazingly, there is no indication that Nahum’s pronouncement of doom by God was ever communicated to the ancient Assyrians. God’s servants are taking it to modern Assyria today! And to modern Israel that will once again face its brutality in Great Tribulation.
In 1:15 Nahum repeats a prophecy of Isaiah 52:7 about God’s servants proclaiming His gospel of good news. Nahum tells the Jews that God will defeat the end-time invader, so His people can freely keep His Festivals. We can—and should be—keeping them now!
Nahum is a dual prophecy. It will be fulfilled in the end-time in a much greater way
God has called Assyria the rod of His anger against His people Israel (Isaiah 10:5). The “day of trouble” (1:7) signifies the future Day of the Lord. Nahum calls Nineveh the great harlot of sorceries (3:4), linking it to other prophecies of end-time Babylon (Isaiah 47, Revelation 17-18).
Maybe not that far ahead of us, modern Assyria will lead the 10-nation Beast to dominate the entire world and persecute modern Israel (the 12 tribes) and spiritual Israel (the Church of God). The “wicked counselor” of 1:11 could be the end-time Beast dictator, the false prophet, or satan who is behind their evil plans. Modern Assyria includes the people of Central Europe. Germany continues to dominate as it has. The Beast ruler will likely be Assyrian also. Eddie Jaku in his book The Happiest Man on Earth recounts in shocking detail how his fellow Germans despicably and brutally treated him and Jews in their concentration camps. Hope and family kept him going.
Nahum means “comfort” and God will always comfort those who put their trust in Him. A good definition of faith is relaxed trust in God.
The returning Jesus Christ and His resurrected saints will conquer the “Modern Babylon” as Nahum is prophesying and bring lasting comfort to Israel. God’s people will be afflicted no more (verse 12) and the wicked enemy will never again be allowed to pass through their land (verse 15). In the Millennium, Assyria will repent and become a powerhouse for good along with Israel and Egypt (Isaiah 19:23-25).
Nahum is a warning to any nation or individuals who oppose God or His people
He is an avenger of all who trust Him (with the term being used in different forms three times in 1:2).
So, concerning Nahum, there’s nothing ho-hum about it! It’s a prophecy for our day. Modern Assyria is going to ruthlessly dominate once again but be stopped by Jesus Christ and His saints which will hopefully include us!
For the best explanation I have found for the book of Nahum, help yourself to a sermon by Peter Eddington called “Nahum—A Warning to Us All.” Peter gives lots of background historical information and analysis of the verses and will show you that it is a most relevant book to you. While there, take advantage of all the insightful sermons that are available on all Christian matters.
The Bible has 66 books. Guess which book hardly anybody reads or studies. I never read it except when it comes up in the read-the-Bible-in-a-year program, and I end up blasting through it as quick as possible because it seems to have no relevance for my life. I just read it in preparation for writing this post, and on the surface, again it just seemed “what’s that got to do with me?”
It doesn’t help that this book you never hear quoted in any sermons, booklets or articles. Maybe because it has no memorable scripture anybody would ever memorize.
Yet God says of His Bible: “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). So what are we missing out on!
You can probably guess that this overlooked book is one of the 12 Minor Prophets
Even Bible students tend to rate Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel as being more “major” in importance. But, hey, the 12 books are not called “minor” because you lower the third. OK, you knew that! And they’re not “minor” because they are of any less importance. They are smaller in size. The one I’m focusing on has only three chapters.
If we were playing a game to see who could name a book in the Bible likely to take the party participants the longest to turn to it, I’d pick this one. I really should learn the order of the Minor Prophets so I could locate them quicker, but I never bothered to learn what comes after Micah and before Habakkuk.
I guess I was more enthralled with “I before E except after C.” That has proved very useful in spite of all the exceptions.
My Thomas Nelson NKJV Bible says this in its introduction to try to stir up a little interest in this book: This book “is unique in that it is a prophecy addressed completely to a nation other than Israel: Assyria and its capital Nineveh. While Nineveh may be powerful, her day of destruction is coming. Nineveh is not invincible. The message is that God’s standards apply to all nations, not just Israel and Judah. They need to be prepared to live by those standards or face judgment.”
Yes, the Bible is a Judeo-Christian book that generally does discuss other nations only as they come into contact or involvement with Israel. And Judeo-Christian readers will find it more difficult to get excited about a book warning “Assyria and its capital Nineveh” when they see nobody sounding like that in our current end-time world.
So it seems not so thrilling to bother reading for the lesson that all nations need to comply with God’s standards or face judgment even though it is a good lesson.
Stay tuned. This under-appreciated book is Nahum. Anything but ho-hum.
We’re going to explore what is so important and relevant about this book
I suggest you restrain yourself from pre-reading its three chapters until I share with you the exciting background and significance of this prophetic book.
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Of all God’s names or titles, my favorite by far: The Master Timer. Whatever the issue, it always comes down to what does God think is the best time for when and how.
It’s usually not what I think, even when I think God led me to think it. Remember how recently I published a post about “say unto the cities of Judah: behold your God.” No matter how much I felt like God was urging me to write that, and I thought maybe there would be an upsurge in responses from the modern nation of Israel way over the .001 percentage for the past two years: not a single response! Of course, Jews are scattered all over the earth so God may have inspired certain ones to respond to the message that I still believe He inspired me to write and publish.
My favorite Psalm is #37, especially its early section about “Trust God and do good. Commit all your plans to God and He will bring them to pass.” The Christian life ends up being a dailyness rather than a showy David vs. Goliath.
So I can get kind of antsy about whether I am doing enough good. Working on enough good plans. Redeeming the time like I should (Ephesians 5:16) since the days are turning evil so much faster than I’m redeeming!
In a Christian Living Class I took years ago, one lecture was about
How old people want to be validated
by the younger, especially their family and loved ones, as having lived a good and worthwhile life. That’s especially true with God the Father and Jesus Christ my Older Brother!
So every day, I pray asking what I, as God’s friend (John 15:15) but also as God’s slave (Greek dulos), can do today to serve Him, please Him, honor Him, fulfill His purpose for me. I want to be like the slave who looks carefully to her mistress for the slightest signal (Psalms 123:2).
Well, the just shall live by faith, and the best definition of faith I’ve ever heard is
It would be well to relax because God the Master Timer has a lot of time. Eternity.
America celebrated its 345th birthday recently. On my wall I have two colorful charts showing the 6,000 years of human history that God has been fulfilling His purpose for man. No matter how you want to calculate the 6,000, it’s got to be about up. Yet while only a few weeks ago it felt like things were getting so bad that the jig is up, today it feels not so urgent even though it is probably more so because in many cases the liberal progressives are waking up to the agony their policies are quickly creating. No wait, I need a policeman, so quick, hire some back!
Look at the life of Moses. Not that much is said about his first 40 years of life as Egyptian royalty. Little is said of his second 40 years as a desert shepherd. But look what all challenged him after hitting 80!
Remember how after Joseph had accurately predicted the fate of the butler and baker, and asked the butler to share what he had done with officials who could bust him out of prison, the Master Timer allowed the butler to forget and Joseph to do time for an extra two years!
So, what if we’re feeling stalled out a little bit? I hope you can relax with me, the Master Timer has it all under control.
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