Trust and Obey
After crossing the red sea and subsequently coming to Mount Sinai, laws were then passed out to the people. The Ten Commandments appear twice in the Bible, first at Exodus 20:1-17, and then at Deuteronomy 5:4-21. From here henceforth, the Israelites begin keeping the commandments given to them by God and have a systematic lifestyle whereby they are taught how to lead their lives and also how to worship God in a right way. Many of these laws have very meaningful purpose such as hygiene law is to maintain their physical health, though in first glance, or at those times they may not understand why. Through these laws, God has guided His people in His foresight and might.
There are many instances in life when we feel lost, we wonder about the events happening in our lives. We doubt God and we are even angry at the things that happen to us. But at these times, look at what God has done for His people, not just in Egypt when they were abandoned, but also when the people rejected God in the wilderness, and throughout the whole generation until now. And this same God would not have abandon us, His people. Therefore, hope in the Lord. Follow God’s commandments in the bible and we will definitely be on the right track, we just have to trust and obey.
Proverbs 3: 5-6
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.”
Keeping the Sabbath
In chapter 23 and previously in the ten commandments, there is a mention of the need to keep the Sabbath, which a lot of the churches does not keep nowadays. Sabbath is the seventh day of the Hebrew calendar week. According to Exodus 20:8 it is commanded by God to be kept as a holy day of rest, as God rested from creation. In the New Testament, Jesus also commanded he disciples to keep the Sabbath on many instances and He Himself also keeps it. (Mark1:21,Acts18:4) Besides directly telling them to keep the Sabbath, He also tells the people to keep the ten commandments which includes Sabbath as the fourth commandment.
|Yom Rishon||First Day (Sunday)|
|Yom Sheini||Second Day (Monday)|
|Yom Shlishi||Third Day (Tuesday)|
|Yom R’vi’i||Fourth Day (Wednesday)|
|Yom Chamishi||Fifth Day (Thursday)|
|Yom Shishi||Sixth Day (Friday)|
|Yom Shabbat||Sabbath Day (Saturday)|
The starting of the Sabbath will be from the evening of Friday to the evening of Saturday. Most churches worship instead on Sunday which they argue that the early church very soon began meeting on Sunday in honor of the resurrection of Jesus, which took place on the first day of the week. However, it is important to not change anything from the bible, and we should follow what Jesus commanded, as to keeping the Sabbath on that day itself.
“I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.”
Therefore, let us always refer back to the bible and follow what the bible instructs, not letting our faith be based on man’s instructions. Trusting God’s words is always the best way.