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The Fourth Commandment:
Honoring the Day of HaShem as a Non-Jew


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By Shlomo Phillips © 9.02.09 (last update: April 10, 2015)

Go to: Study Overview.
Go to: Part One: How the Sabbath Day was Given.
Go to: Part Two: Shabbat For All
Go to: Part Three: Jesus and His Disciples Were Shomer Shabbat.
Go to: Part Four: How and Why the Sabbath Day Was Rejected.
Please Note: This series on Shabbat is written primarily for Christians and Noahidim. For information on Shabbat for Jews please see my The Importance of Shabbat. The Rabbis teach that Goyim (i.e. non-Jews) are not to observe Shabbat "like Jews." These two studies are similar and yet includes information that is specifically relevant to non-Jewish observance.

In part one of this study, The Fourth Commandment: How and Why Shabbat Was Given I offer a brief overview of the origins of the Sabbath. In part two I discuss its continued observance by Jesus (Y'shua) and his disciples. In part three I focus on how and why Shabbat (i.e. the Sabbath) was rejected by 'the Church' and replaced with Sunday as 'the Lord's Day'. While brevity is generally preferred, it sometimes takes space to discuss a topic properly. I have sought for a balance in this piece. Much more could be said on all of the related topics. For those who feel this is too cursory, I have much more detailed piece elsewhere on the site that enhances this information. For those who feel it is too long or drawn out, you might prefer the Study Overview page.

This section of AllFaith.com focusses on Why Judaism Does Not Accept Jesus and the dogmas of the Christian Church. With these studies I am NOT advocating any sort of restoration movement to re-create the first century Way sect. All such attempts are not only pointless, they are counter-productive. Those who wish to follow the Judaism of the historic Y'shua and his followers are encouraged to either embrace their religion (Judaism) or the Path of the Righteous Gentiles. Christian sects like 'Messianic Judaism', 'The Hebrew Roots Movements', and so on only succeed in creating more confusion within Christendom and more division with Judaism.

The Christian Apostle John warns against listening to those "who say they are Jews and are not" (Revelation 2:6, 9, 3:9). That warning is a vital today as ever.


And yet what of those non-Jews who are are increasingly looking to the Jews?
Yeshayahu- Isaiah 56:7 I will bring them to My holy mount, and I will cause them to rejoice in My house of prayer, their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be acceptable upon My altar, for My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.
And again:
Zechariah 8:23 So said the Lord of Hosts: In those days, when ten men of all the languages of the nations shall take hold of the skirt of a Jewish man, saying, "Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you."
These people are coming. They need to understand their role as they approach the Temple. Seeing the centrality of HaShabbat both biblically and traditionally they wish to discover and take up their share.

According to the Torah Shabbat is the sign of the Covenant (Exodus 31:13,17) between HaShem and the Jewish people. The third century Christian rejection of Shabbat and its replacement with Sunday established the Church as another religion, one that resides outside of the dual biblical Covenants (i.e. that of Mount Ararat -- Noahide -- and Mount Sinai) -- Y'israel/Judaism.

My fellow Jews may wonder why I am posting on this topic at all, especially since our esteemed rabbis teach that only Jews are commanded to honor Shabbat. Here's why: According to Torah we are supposed to be the nation that points the world to HaShem (Exodus 19:6) and yet all too often we shirk this responsibility and leave the world in the dark. Where there is a lack of solid teaching false religion will arise. This section of AllFaith.com in general (and this study in particular) exists to offer information to those who want to understand biblical religion.

When Christians rightly understanding what Jesus taught and, more importantly in some cases what he didn't teach, this knowledge can empower them to come to an accurate knowledge of Torah and encourage them to stand with us. With accurate knowledge they may choose to embrace the Seven Laws or they may decide to seek conversion to Judaism. While we as Jews do not seek converts, neither should we shun those who are sincerely seeking HaShem, as happens much too often.

I invite your questions, comments and corrections on this as all of my studies. To contact me please go here or contact me through Facebook.

For more information on Shabbat and Christianity continue reading:

Go to: Study Overview.
Go to: Part One: How the Sabbath Day was Given.
Go to: Part Two: Shabbat For All
Go to: Part Three: Jesus and His Disciples Were Shomer Shabbat.
Go to: Part Four: How and Why the Sabbath Day Was Rejected.

Be the Blessing you were created to be
And
Don't let the perfect defeat the good


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