YHVH and His Sabbath Vs. Stiff-Necked Rebels

Observance of the seventh day Sabbath was one of the first things YHVH taught his people after coming out of Egypt. This shows the importance of this commandment in the eyes of the Creator. Egypt is a biblical metaphor for this world, Passover is a picture of salvation and coming through the Red Sea is a picture of baptism for the remission of sins. This teaches us that Sabbath observance is one of the first acts of obedience that a new believer will do after “being saved.” All arguments to the contrary—about how the Sabbath was done away with or exchanged for Sunday—are meaningless, irrelevant and antibfiblical lies having been propagated by liars, deceivers and the biblically ignorant. Period.

Exodus 16:4–30, The Sabbath. This chapter chronicles YHVH’s efforts to literally force an irreverent, unruly and disobedient nation to keep the seventh day Sabbath.

YHVH endeavored to teach the Israelites the importance of the Sabbath in a most  poignant way and pragmatic way—through food and hunger.

It’s as if YHVH were instructing the stiff-necked and rebellious Israelites that if they refused to follow his Sabbath instructions, they would literally go hungry. “If you don’t obey me, you don’t eat.”

This shows the gravity the Creator places on the Sabbath command. Yet despite these clear instructions, most in the Babylonian (Rev 18:4) mainstream church today, like the rebellious children of Israel of old, refuse to obey YHVH’s clear instructions regarding the Sabbath. Instead, they prefer to believe the doctrines of men proffered to them by their spiritual leaders that purport to invalidate the Sabbath command. Paul’s sage observation in Romans 8:7 describes the situation perfectly: “Because the carnal mind is enmity against Elohim: for it is not subject to the [Torah] law of Elohim, neither indeed can be.” In our day, the same question can still be asked of followers of Yeshua that YHVH asked of the Israelites at that time, “How long do you refuse to keep my commandments and my laws?” (Exod 16:28).

Not only this, but by forcing the Israelites to gather manna each day, YHVH was teaching them to work six  days for their daily bread. Though the bread came from heaven—YHVH’s was its source—he still required the people to work each day by going out and gathering it. There is no free lunch even where YHVH is concerned. The nation of Israel wasn’t a welfare state empowering lazy freeloaders! If a man doesn’t work, he doesn’t eat. 

The Sabbath command in Exodus 20 not only prescribes resting on the Sabbath, but this presupposes that one has followed the preceding command to work the previous six days. Humans are naturally inclined to laziness. If one doesn’t have to work, they won’t. YHVH works maintaining and sustaining the universe. YHVH who created humans in his image expects us to follow his example of working and then resting.

Moreover, this chapter is almost entirely dedicated to instructions pertaining to preparing for the Sabbath. This shows the priority that YHVH places on Sabbath observance for his people. Also note that these instructions are given many weeks before the official giving of the Torah (or law of Moses) at Mount Sinai. This is but one of the many examples of YHVH revealing key aspects of his Torah-law before he gave it the Israelites in one legal codified corpus at Mount Sinai.

Exodus 16:4, On the sixth day…prepare. The sixth day of the week was to be a day of preparation for the Sabbath, so that the Sabbath rest could be complete allowing for man to fully focus on being spiritually edified in the presence of his Creator without the distractions of food preparation and the other mundane duties of life. 

Exodus 16:29, Let every man remain. The essential point of this prohibition is to not go out and gather manna on the Sabbath, but to rest on this day from the routine work of supporting one’s family.

This command didn’t prohibit the Israelites from gathering together on the Sabbath for purposes of teaching, worship, prayer, fellowship or spiritual edification or else YHVH’s command for the Israelites to gather together on the Sabbath for a “holy convocation” (Lev 23:2) would be contradictory.

Were this command merely an injunction to not leave one’s dwelling place on the Sabbath, then Yeshua and the apostles visiting synagogues on the Sabbath would have been a violation of this Torah command. Isaiah 58:13 could be viewed as the corollary passage to Exodus 16:29. There YHVH instructs his people not to profane the Sabbath by doing their own pleasure, not doing their own ways, and not speaking their own words on this day. Instead, it is a holy day to YHVH and a day to focus on and honor him.


5 thoughts on “YHVH and His Sabbath Vs. Stiff-Necked Rebels

  1. Since coming to the knowledge of this and many other truths regarding the Torah, I have had such a sense of fulfillment with each baby step of obedience. You cannot drag me back into the old ways of Sunday worship. I am so thankful to have been exposed to and enlightened by the word of Elohim in this way. It only grieve’s me when others don’t share the same experiences I do in the obeying. Thank you for continuing to share valuable nuggets through your journey.

  2. Something to look forward to, not just resting but resting in Him. The 7 day week, a prophetic timeline pointing to the millennium! As it says in Hebrews 4 some must enter in (yet or still). Hopefully they will understand this before the 6 days are up! Ex 20:11 (why) for in 6 days YHVH made the heavens and the earth! it points to the Creator!

  3. Even in death Yeshua is resting on the Sabbath day! and in Luke 4:16-19 its on the Sabbath day that He reads from Isaiah 61 =(meaning Yah is salvation) and then says “This day is this Scripture fulfilled in your ears.” And its a Sabbath day-how inteRESTing!

  4. Ah..The Sabbath Day …I have never known a subject: Word in the Bible scriptures that is so misunderstood…& lot’s of twists & turns taken on it..It has really frustrated me in some ways as even Pastors Teachers etc in many Sunday churches – defend the Sunday so much : that is they do not want to see the light of the True 7th day.

    I am so grateful for Natan’s guidance on these very important subject issues & haven given up worshipping on Sunday and eventually left the Sunday church way back as far as Sept. 2003…I did however visit the Sunday church that my Family & i attended for a no of years serving and attending on a regular basis.

    In going to them I tried to witness re the 7th day Sabbath …giving them many articles, verses to point to the Truth plus books to read on the subject including the Feasts.

    However it is very hard to convince them …they have become so entrenched in Sunday worship & opening their doors on this day that it would take nothing less than a MIRACLE for them to discover this essential TRUTH FOR THEMSELVES.

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