How To Keep The Sabbath, Part 5: “How To Prepare For The Sabbath”

By admin On February 8th, 2019

 

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 “Complete List of Daily Devotionals”

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Daily Devotional, Year ????

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How To Keep The Sabbath, Part 5: “How To Prepare For The Sabbath”

To read Part 1, click here…Daily Devotional, Year 3 – September 28 (How To Keep The Sabbath, Part 1: “Finding Rest Unto Your Souls!”)

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The Old Testament sets down rules for how to prepare for the Sabbath Day. Some of these rules are set forth in the Exodus 20:8-10 rendering of the 4th Commandment…  “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 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…”

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Okay, so in this 4th Commandment, the child of God is to cease from labor, but also his entire household is to cease from labor, including his livestock.

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And so, by implication, the Sabbath-keeper is to make all necessary preparations, prior to the Sabbath, so that no work should be performed on that holy day.

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As a matter of fact, five times in the four Gospels, the day of preparation is spoken of. And if one looks back in the Book of Exodus, the children of Israel were commanded to gather twice as much manna bread on the day prior to the Sabbath, so that there were to be no gatherings on the holy day. Later on a Hebrew man was even stoned to death for merely gathering sticks on the Sabbath! (see Numbers 15:33)

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And so, the preparation for the Sabbath Day was obviously a very important duty for every God-fearing man, woman, and child!

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As a matter of fact, most present-day Sabbath-keepers will attempt to do all their menial chores prior to the setting of the sun at the beginning of the Sabbath.

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Well, this devotional will not attempt to persuade anyone as to whether to esteem one day above another, or to esteem every day alike. “Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind!” (Romans 14:5)

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But no matter how the Reader views the Sabbath, preparing for a literally a 24-hour-per-week rest, or for a 24/7/365 spiritual rest in Jesus, there needs to be a spiritual preparation in both cases.

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In other words, all Believers must prepare to keep that Sabbath day holy, either literally or spiritually. And the preparation required should be along these lines. Since no work should be done on the Sabbath, the Believer should gather twice as much manna on the preparation day. That is, to cease from our labors requires us to hide God’s Manna (His Word) in our hearts. After all, the works we really need to cease from, that we might keep the Sabbath truly holy, are the works of the flesh: “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness…” Galatians 5:19

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Yes, this kind of gathering of hidden manna is required by all who dare take the name of Jesus on our lips. And as Psalm 119:11 exhorts,  “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee.”  This is where the manna of God’s Word is to be hidden: in our hearts!

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But to make this kind of preparation, we likewise should have a clean house for our spiritual rest. And so, the Most Holy Place of the heart is first place we need to do our house-keeping: removing all the dusty and musty old world-loving clutter from our home and scrubbing all the man-uttered grafitti from the walls of our Most Holy Place: such a heart-cleansing will make room for us to replace the old with the new.

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Well, you get the idea. In other words, the Bible is a spiritual Book. And whether or not the Reader attempts to keep “the letter of the law” or “the spirit of the law”, Jesus commands us…”Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

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Here is the Sabbath-keeping that all true worshipers of God must engage if we ever hope to truly find rest and holiness. And to sit daily at the feet of Jesus and learn of Him will bring us into a rest unto our souls and a peace which surpasses all understanding! Every day of the week! 24/7!

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http://christianimagesource.com/prophet_jeremiah_g341-prophet_jeremiah__image_2_p2281.htmlTHE READER IS HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO LISTEN TO THIS 25-MINUTE AUDIO BIBLE STUDY IN THE BOOK OF JEREMIAH CONCERNING “CARRYING A BURDEN ON THE SABBATH DAY”. THIS AUDIO STUDY, CONDUCTED BY THE LATE HAROLD CAMPING EXPLAINS THE SPIRITUAL NATURE OF THE SABBATH…

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ABOVE PAINTING: The Prophet Jeremiah – www.christianimagesource.org – Public Domain

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Please do a work in me to drive out the works of the flesh from my heart… 

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… DECEMBER 19 (Noble Bereans, Part 19: “Re-thinking Ellen White Regarding The Mark of the Beast & The Sunday Sabbath”) or you can also read…DECEMBER 15 (Noble Bereans, Part 10: Re-thinking Harold Camping Regarding His Doctrinal Error of the Sunday Sabbath)

 

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THE END

 

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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The heavens declare the glory of God,

and the firmament sheweth His handiwork!

Psalm 19:1

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THE SIGNS OF HEAVEN

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And speaking of glittering diamonds, just go outside on any clear and dark night and behold the glittering diamonds of the Signs Of Heaven!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Starry_Night_at_La_Silla.jpg

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Yes, like precious jewels, these heavenly signs sparkle brightly as they proclaim the precious truths of God’s Word.

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And those who are willing to devote themselves to unceasing prayer and constant meditation of God’s Word, will begin to locate these heavenly messengers!

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So why not put away our vain search for earthly treasures and begin to search for the everlasting riches found throughout the Bible, and now to also seek after those precious gem-stones that God is revealing in the heavens…

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Starry Night at La Silla – Wikimedia – Share-Alike license

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Running The Christian Race (Part 2, Sensual Music)” 

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TOMORROW

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