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God’s Prescription for Stress

Genesis 2:1-3
Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. 2 And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.

Does God ever get tired? God rested on the ‘Seventh-Day’ which has been Saturday for thousands of years. God put special power and a mark on the seventh-day. God sanctified the day which means God set the day apart. God did this for us and set us apart for Holy Use. That is what sanctified means.

Exodus 16:4-8
Then the LORD said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not. 5 And it shall be on the sixth day that they shall prepare what they bring in, and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily.”
6 Then Moses and Aaron said to all the children of Israel, “At evening you shall know that the LORD has brought you out of the land of Egypt. 7 And in the morning you shall see the glory of the LORD; for He hears your complaints against the LORD. But what are we, that you complain against us?” 8 Also Moses said, “This shall be seen when the LORD gives you meat to eat in the evening, and in the morning bread to the full; for the LORD hears your complaints which you make against Him. And what are we? Your complaints are not against us but against the LORD.”

God was taking care of His People. God’s commandments were in place at this time. Some of the people tried to gather manna on the Sabbath Day and there was none.
Exodus 16:15
So when the children of Israel saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, “This is the bread which the LORD has given you to eat.

Exodus 16:25-30
Then Moses said, “Eat that today, for today is a Sabbath to the LORD; today you will not find it in the field. 26 Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there will be none.”
27 Now it happened that some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather, but they found none. 28 And the LORD said to Moses, “How long do you refuse to keep My commandments and My laws? 29 See! For the LORD has given you the Sabbath; therefore He gives you on the sixth day bread for two days. Let every man remain in his place; let no man go out of his place on the seventh day.” 30 So the people rested on the seventh day.

God put the word ‘remember’ in the fourth commandment. The Sabbath was given to Humanity before sin entered the world. Adam was created on the 6th day and then God created the Sabbath Day. God’s gift to humanity is a day to rest from your work. The devil hates the Sabbath.

Exodus 20:8-11
“ Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.

God knew there would be a time when people would forget His Sabbath ( Holy Time ). God alone can make Holy Time, not man or a religion.

Deuteronomy 5:29
Oh, that they had such a heart in them that they would fear Me and always keep all My commandments, that it might be well with them and with their children forever!

God wants us to fear ( respect ) and keep His commandments. The Sabbath is a memorial of God’s creatorship. Refusing to keep God’s commandment about keeping the Sabbath can be deadly. Should a Christian expect God to take them to heaven when Jesus returns if the Christian doesn’t keep all of the commandments?

Ecclesiastes 3:14
I know that whatever God does,
      It shall be forever.
      Nothing can be added to it,
      And nothing taken from it.
      God does it, that men should fear before Him.

Whatever God does – it shall be forever. God wrote the 10 commandments Himself and is the only writing in the Bible written by God.

Luke 4:16
So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read.

Jesus Himself kept the Sabbath. Jesus is our example. He is Lord of the Sabbath.

Luke 23:54-56
That day was the Preparation, and the Sabbath drew near. 55 And the women who had come with Him from Galilee followed after, and they observed the tomb and how His body was laid. 56 Then they returned and prepared spices and fragrant oils. And they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment.

Going to church on Sunday because Jesus rose from the grave is not in the Bible. The women and disciples were following the fourth commandment. If you disobey one commandment you have disobeyed all of them. Jesus was resting in the tomb on Sabbath.

Luke 24:1
Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared.

We all need to examine our lives. Are we making Jesus happy or the devil happy? Jesus is example for every human being to follow.

Revelation 1:10
I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet.

John was in vision on God’s settled and immovable day ( the translation of the Lord’s Day in Greek ).

Mark 2:27-28
And He said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. 28 Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath.”

Anthropos is the original greek for man. God says you can be rested from your six days of work by resting on the Sabbath.

Hebrews 4:1-11
Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. 2 For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. 3 For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said: “ So I swore in My wrath, ‘ They shall not enter My rest,’ although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. 4 For He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works”; 5 and again in this place: “They shall not enter My rest.”
6 Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience, 7 again He designates a certain day, saying in David, “Today,” after such a long time, as it has been said: 
      “ Today, if you will hear His voice,
      Do not harden your hearts.”

8 For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day. 9 There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. 10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. 11 Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.

The word ‘rest’ is mentioned 9 times in the above passage of Hebrews. The word ‘rest’ in the original greek is Sabbatismos. These passages of Hebrews are in the New Testament.

Revelation 14:6-7
Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people— 7 saying with a loud voice, “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.”

Loud voice in greek is mega phonae.

Isaiah 66:22-23
“For as the new heavens and the new earth Which I will make shall remain before Me,” says the LORD, “ So shall your descendants and your name remain. 23 And it shall come to pass That from one New Moon to another, And from one Sabbath to another, All flesh shall come to worship before Me,” says the LORD.

God is going to recreate the world. When Jesus comes to get us, we will be keeping the Sabbath Day. Sabbath was not done away with at the cross.

John 4:22
You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.

These scriptures and comments were given at our Wednesday night prayer meeting by Pastor Korter in Bellingham, Washington on 26. January 2011.

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