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What Is Valued Most On The Sabbath

What exactly do Isrealites valued most on the sabbath day?

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The fact that they are "IS" raelites and not "was"realites or "will be"ites ;) On a more serious note, the Sabbath was the day that no servile work was to be done. They could cease from their sacrificing to rest. I praise God that Jesus has already made an end to the sacrifice and oblation.
---Linda_Smith on 9/30/07

most isralites valued coming into communion with God on worship and give thanks to fellowship with other rest from all work..God knew we would never rest due to our greed for more things..look at us working everyday now, no more family time in the weekends and more marriage breakups..more unruly children..more greed..lovers of ourselves..we need to obey God and His 10 laws seriously. Remember, Jesus is the law.
---jana on 8/24/06

Sheila, several times I've tried answering your question about the 7 day week, and my answers simply have not made it here. Could I write you directly to explain, I would. Suffice it to say, paganism had NOTHING like a seven day week. Days were reckoned by MONTHS, not by weeks.
---Jack on 6/1/05

Jack on 5/28/05-Thank you for the well founded and concise information. But I wouldn't say Sabbath had nothing to do with worship.Obedience is worship.It's a worship more desirable to God than sacrifice.

BTW,what's the significance of Sabbath growing out of only Judaism? Not sure I quite believe that, but wondering what the significance is.
---Sheila on 5/29/05

The commandment, as origianlly given, had nothing to do with worship. Synagogues are post-exilic. A key point of the commandment was ceasing work for one day. Even slaves and farm animals had a day off!

Synagogue attendance is still not the main sign of Jewish piety, where daily services are the norm, especially for women. Of course, the leisure of the day allows longer services than the rest of the week does.

BTW--the 7 day week grew out of Judaism. Other cultures show no such precedent.
---Jack on 5/28/05

Not sure what Israelites valued most on Sabbath Day.My guess is they valued most the obedience it signified to God.Jesus said what's valued most on Sabbath Day is that it was made for man.
---Sheila on 5/20/05

The prolonged day has effect of upsetting the original length of the seven days God used for creation. There is no need for Jesus to suggest of the change of earthly calendar. It is great to see believers believe in this miraculous change of natural event in the Bible. What scientists discover helps to confirm the Bible's records. It adds nothing to the truth and powerful Word of God. God does not need the scientists to agree with His Word. He will be pleased if they only believe like we do His Word.
---pek on 5/16/05

You just seem to have a hard time not skating past the truth. Please gives us the well documented ref. showing that you are right about your claims and conclusions. Better yet, read and STUDY what I told you as well as Jerry and let there be light!
---Pierr7958 on 5/16/05

You show a textbook example of why the wisdom of man is foolishness to God. When the sun stood still, another day was NOT added to the weekly cycle - it was just a very long day. Jesus himself kept the day we call Saturday and according to the US Naval Observatory, the 7-day weekly cycle has not been broken since that time. I would hate to stand before God in the judgement and offer such a lame excuse for breaking the Commandment.
---Jerry on 5/16/05

I think we have no dispute to keep the Sabbath day holy to worship God. Present world setting does not guarantee we could observe the entire requirements (to be honest). But to make the Sabbath to fall on Saturday is not true. I posted other places to say that the original order of seven days cycle was disrupted when one day was lost due to sun stood still and a backward retreat of 10 steps. So keep Sabbath Holy not Saturday as it is now. Worship God everyday appointed as Holy day is okay.
---pek on 5/15/05

Part 1
Jesus claimed to be Lord of the Sabbath (Mat 12:8). He also claimed that the Old Testament testified of Him (John 5:39) - so it should be of interest to Christians. According to both John and Paul, Jesus is the Creator of the earth (John 1:3,10; Eph 3:9), and hence is Creator of the Sabbath. It was Jesus who followed the Israelites in the wilderness, taught them Sabbath observance through the manna and wrote the 10 Commandment law with His own finger (1 Cor 10:4; John 8:58).
---Jerry on 5/14/05

Part 2
It was Jesus who said that there would not be the slightest change to the 10 Commandment law until heaven and earth pass (Mat 5:18). He showed by His example that Sabbath observance was his custom (Luke 4:16). He warned of its observance 37 years after His resurrection (Mark 24:20). Isaiah testifies that the Sabbath will be kept for eternity (Isa 66:23). As Christians, shouldnt we heed our Saviors plea ''If you love me, keep MY commandments'' (John 14:15).
---Jerry on 5/14/05

Most Christians miss out on the great blessings afforded to Sabbath keepers because they think it was for Old Testament Jews, and that Sunday supplanted the Bible Sabbath for New Testament Christians. This is a false doctrine. In fact, Jesus and all the apostles (Jews all) strictly observed the Sabbath. Jesus even was concerned about Sabbath keeping in the future destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70. (see Mat 24:20)
---Jerry on 5/14/05

Permit me to say that you wrote many fine words,but few answered the question. Let me suggest the following:
The 1st cov. Israeli enjoyed most the fact that if they were faithful during the week, especially on Friday, when the Sabbath came, they could rest from work because NO MANNA FELL ON THE SABBATH DAY OF REST!
For the 2nd cov. Israeli, the most wonderful aspect of the Sabbath is the opportunity to worship/praise/thank him for his creation, salvation and soon to be re-creation.
---Pierr7958 on 5/14/05

The Seventh Day Sabbath was part of creation, and now is a memorial to His creation. Genesis 2:2-3 When he Wrote the Ten Commandments on the tables of stone, when he ended the forth Commandment He said. "For in it God rested from all HIs work which He had created and made."
---Rachael on 5/14/05

If you read the rest of the Bible you will see the blessings for keeping the sabbath, It is not a punishment but a blessing. Jesus did not do away with the Sabbath, He kept it, It was done away in 300 AD by Constantine. He thought to change it to sunday in worship of the sun god. Jesus prophesied that while here on earth. God has never blessed sunday as the sabbath!
---Pat on 5/14/05

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Do you not know what happened to the Israelites in the desert? Ezek. 20:12,13 'Also I gave them my Sabbaths as a sign between us, so they would know that I the Lord made them holy. Yet the people of Israel rebelled against me in the desert. They did not follow my decrees but rejected my laws - although the man who obeys them will live by them - and they utterly desecrated my Sabbaths. . . ' Remember Jacob(Israel) fooled his father Abraham and got a blessing that was not his.
---gregg4933 on 5/14/05

Jesus said (Mark2:27), the Sabbath was made for mankind - not for Israelites alone. This is also evident since it was instituted at creation, centuries before the first Israelite.

As for its value, among the many promises given: Isa 58:13,14. If thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath, .. Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
---Jerry on 5/14/05

The last day of the week they rested from work, and gave thanks and honor God.
---Eloy on 5/14/05

Yes Jesus made an end to the Sacrifice and oblation that was to point to Him dying on the cross for our sins. But he did not do away with the Seventh Day Sabbath, only those laws that were against us. The laws that were done away were the laws that were added because of transgression of the Ten Commandments. The ten Commandments are to be written in our hearts. James says if we keep all of the ten Commandments and yet and just break one we are guilty of breaking them all.
---Rachael on 5/14/05

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