Today’s Devotional – June 3rd (Keeping 1 Day Holy!)

By admin On June 1st, 2014

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Today’s Devotional – June 3rd

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Keeping 1 Day Holy!

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In today’s Church-world, there are a few who still call Sunday, “The Sabbath”. But for the most http://www.wikigallery.org/wiki/painting_315362/(after)-Jan-Soens/Saint-John-the-Evangelist-on-the-island-of-Patmos-writing-the-book-of-Revelationpart, it is now referred to as “The Lord’s Day”.

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Now when John mentioned, “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day”, he no-where said anything about that “Lord’s Day” being the 1st day of the week. That is merely conjecture on the part of the Christian community.

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But the fact is, in a very real sense, any day of the week is “The Lord’s Day”: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday: they all are “The Lord’s Day”!

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Listen… “This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24. And so, whatever day it is today, it is the Lord’s Day, and we should be glad and rejoice in it!

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WHICH DAY DO I KEEP?

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Now there are some who hold to the idea that the 7th day of the week is still the Sabbath of the Lord, from Friday until sundown Saturday night. And that group, to a certain degree, attempts to keep that one day holy.

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In many cases, the TV is turned off for a 24 hour period. And no shopping or physical labor is performed. And many even attend church services on that day.

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But while this is commendable, the point of today’s devotional is all about “Just what makes a day holy?”

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And so, when the 4th commandment says “Remember the Sabbath, to keep it holy”, one should question, “just how is that one day to be kept holy?”

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Now according to that commandment, it speaks about ceasing from labor. But certainly, merely ceasing from physical labor can’t make a day holy! There has to be more to it than just that!

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REGARDING ONE DAY OR REGARDING ALL!

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And of course, the New Testament does not condemn anybody for trying to keep one day holy above the other six days.

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Even Paul says… “One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it.” Romans 14:5, 6.

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And so, from this above passage, we can conclude that each person should be fully persuaded in his or her own mind about the keeping of one day above another…or not!  

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Now there are many who keep either Saturday or Sunday “holy”, and yet, after church, they go home, and turn on the TV and watch sports games, or engage in other amusements or pursuits. There often is little talk of the Bible and people return to their recreation or mundane labors.

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“BE YE HOLY IN ALL CONDUCT!”

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But again, today’s devotional asks the question, “How do you keep just one day holy?”

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Now the Bible says… “But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” 1st Peter 1:15, 16.

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Notice that Peter here, did not say, “Be ye holy just one day per week”.

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No, but Peter said, “Be ye holy in all manner of conversation (conduct and lifestyle).”

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IMPOSSIBLE TO KEEP ONLY ONE DAY HOLY!

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And so, for those who decide to keep one day of the week holy, the question is asked, “How do you keep just one day holy, without keeping the other six holy too?”

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And the obvious answer is, “You cannot keep just one day holy! You must keep all seven days holy, in order for that Sabbath day to be holy!”

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And so, if a person is going to keep any one day holy, truly holy, then that person must be holy every day of the week. Anything else is merely presumption and even just a little bit hypocritical.

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Listen to the prophet, Isaiah…  “Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them. And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide Mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.” Isaiah 1:13-15.

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Yes, God was trying to let His people know that He was not impressed with ceremonies and one-day sabbaths, when the rest of the week was filled with idolatrous behavior!

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The Prophet Isaiah (Bible Card from 1904) – Wikipedia – public domain

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TO “WALK, EVEN AS HE (JESUS) WALKED”

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Jesus Christ came, not only to die on the Cross, but also to present His example of holy living.

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Listen… “He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked.” 1st John 2:6.

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So, it is by walking, even as Jesus walked, that the Christian finds true holiness. And what did Jesus do on the Sabbath day? The same thing that He did every other day of the week!

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Listen… “I sat daily with you teaching in the temple” Matthew 26:55. Yes, Jesus held religious meetings on a daily basis, when on earth. And he healed on the Sabbath, every other day of the week too! And He spread the Gospel on the Sabbath, and every other day of the week too!

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A “REST UNTO YOUR SOULS”

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And so, the question stills begs an answer, “Just how does one keep the Sabbath holy? And the answer comes back, “By walking, even as Jesus walked!” Yes, this is the true Sabbath rest that Jesus came to show us.

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After all, Jesus says to us today… “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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And such a yoke as this is a 24/7/365 yoke!

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And it is a rest unto your souls”!

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PART 2 CONTINUES TOMORROW

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THE READER IS ENCOURAGED TO LISTEN TO THIS 25 MINUTE AUDIO BIBLE STUDY ON JEREMIAH 17:21-25 CONCERNING THE 7TH DAY SABBATH. THIS STUDY (#286) IS CONDUCTED BY THE LATE HAROLD CAMPING OF FAMILY RADIO STATIONS…

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to enter into that rest unto my soul. Help me to walk, even as Jesus walked. Help me find that peace which surpasses all understanding… 

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Planet Of “Rest”-Finding “Rest Unto Your Soul” (Part 2, Perfect Peace)” or you can also read… “Planet of Rest: “What is the True Sabbath?””

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THE END


Orion Constellation at Eagle Ridge

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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FIVE WISE VIRGINS STARS

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Perhaps the most unforgettable parable in the Bible is that of the Parable of the Five Wise and the Five Foolish Virgins. And now the Lord has revealed the “Five Wise Virgins Stars” in the Summer night skies.

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Listen“Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 

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“While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. 

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“Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. 

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“And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. 

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“Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.” Matthew 25:1-13

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Brooklyn Museum – The Wise Virgins – James Tissot – Wikimedia – public domain

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WIKIPEDIA STAR-CHART

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This constellation was identified on May 22nd, 2014. It is simply five stars, two from the Serpens Constellation, and three from the Hercules Constellation.

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Wikipedia Star-Chart – Corona Borealis

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What gives this constellation impetus and significance is that it appears as five evenly positioned stars, in a slight oval pattern, as if they were sitting in a meeting, listening, or perhaps watching someone.

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Second, they appear to be gathered in front of The Crown of Revelation 12 Constellation. (just below Corona Borealis in this Wikipedia star-chart, in which the editor of this site sketched in these two constellations)

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The Five Wise Virgins Stars”

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TOMORROW:

“June 4th (Keeping 1 Day Holy! Part 2)”

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20+ MINUTE AUDIO STUDY IN JEREMIAH 

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YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO BEGIN FOLLOWING THIS 650+ AUDIO BIBLE STUDY THROUGH THE BOOK OF JEREMIAH EACH DAY ON THIS DAILY DEVOTIONAL.

 

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THIS STUDY #152 IS PRESENTED BY THE LATE HAROLD CAMPING OF FAMILY RADIO…

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above picture: Prophet Jeremiah – www.christianimagesource.org – Public Domain

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