Keeping the Sabbath Set- Apart According to Scripture
We have all come to the conviction that there is no scriptural basis for keeping Sunday. There are many things that could be taught about the Sabbath, but this study will focus on the meaning and practice of keeping it Set Apart.
Exodus 20:8-11 – Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it Set Apart. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the Sabbath of Yahweh thy Elohim: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days Yahweh made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore Yahweh blessed the Sabbath day, and Set it apart.
Verse 11 says He blessed it. Scientific studies have proven that resting on the Sabbath rejuvenates the body more than any other day. Also, it has been my personal experience that there is more of His Spirit and peace on the Sabbath than any other day. Verse 11 also says He Set it Apart and sanctified and purified it.
Number 6942 Set Apart Sanctified means the day is set apart for a specific purpose. The day is to be pure – devoted to the worship of Yahweh, a day consecrated to Yahweh.
Set Apart and the Sabbath are part of our special identity and calling from Yahweh. We are called to be Set Apart as He is Set Apart – set apart as His special work and creation in us.
1 Peter 1:15-16 – But as he which hath called you is Set Apart, so be ye Set Apart in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye Set Apart; for I am Set Apart.
The Sabbath is a sign between Yahweh and His people. It is our special identity with Him.
Exodus 31:13-17 – Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, verily my Sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am Yahweh that doth sanctify you. Ye shall keep the Sabbath therefore; for it is Set Apart unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people. Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the Sabbath of rest, Set Apart to Yahweh: whosoever doeth any work on the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death. Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant. It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days Yahweh made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.
These scriptures not only say it is a special sign between Yahweh and His people and because of the Sabbath Yahweh sanctifies us – or Sets us apart from the rest of the world. We are also set apart or sanctified because we obey His Word of Truth.
John 17:17 – Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
This is all a part of our covenant relationship with Him. Ancient Israel went into captivity because of Sabbath breaking. There are many scriptures that show Yahweh displeasure with Israel over profaning the Sabbath.
Ezekiel 20:12 – Moreover also I gave them my Sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am Yahweh that sanctifies them.
When the Sabbath is polluted, it means it is desecrated, profaned or made common which is the complete opposite of Set Apart. Yahweh holds the priests responsible for the profaning of the Sabbath.
Ezekiel 22:26 – Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine Set Apart things: they have put no difference between the Set Apart and profane, neither have they shown a difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my Sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.
Isaiah 58:13-14 – If thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my Set Apart day; and call the Sabbath a delight, the Set Apart of Yahweh, honorable; and shalt honour him, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words:
Then shalt thou delight yourself in Yahweh; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of Yahweh hath spoken it. There are great blessings and promises for keeping the Sabbath Set Apart.
Isaiah 56:2-7 – Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keeps the Sabbath from polluting it, and keeps his hand from doing any evil. Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to Yahweh, speak, saying, Yahweh hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree. For thus saith Yahweh unto the eunuchs that keep my Sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant; Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off. Also, the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to Yahweh, to serve him, and to love the name of Yahweh, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the Sabbath from polluting it, and takes hold of my covenant; Even them will I bring to my Set Apart Mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called a house of prayer for all people.
The Sabbath is like many other things in life. The more we prepare and put into it, the greater the blessings and benefits we receive from it. It will truly be a delight when done right. Proper preparation frees us from things that could distract us from keeping the Sabbath Set Apart. The Preparation Day is Friday or the day before any other Set Apart Day.
Exodus 16:16-30 – This is the thing which Yahweh hath commanded, gather of it every man according to his eating, an Omer for every man, according to the number of your persons; take ye every man for them which are in his tents. And the children of Israel did so, and gathered, some more, some less. And when they did mete it with an Omer, he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack; they gathered every man according to his eating. And Moses said, let no man leave of it till the morning. Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto Moses; but some of them left of it until the morning, and it bred worms, and stank: and Moses was wroth with them. And they gathered it every morning, every man according to his eating: and when the sun waxed hot, it melted. And it came to pass, that on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two Omer’s for one man: and all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moses. And he said unto them, this is that which Yahweh hath said, Tomorrow is the rest of the Set Apart Sabbath unto Yahweh: bake that which ye will bake today, and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remained over lay up for you to be kept until the morning. And they laid it up till the morning, as Moses bade: and it did not stink, neither was there any worm therein. And Moses said, eat that today; for today is a Sabbath unto Yahweh: today ye shall not find it in the field. Six days ye shall gather it; but on the seventh day, which is the Sabbath, in it there shall be none. And it came to pass, that there went out some of the people on the seventh day for to gather, and they found none. And Yahweh said unto Moses, how long refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws? See, for that Yahweh hath given you the Sabbath, therefore he gives you on the sixth day the bread of two days; abide ye every man in his place, let no man go out of his place on the seventh day. So, the people rested on the seventh day.
Numbers 15:32-35 – And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man that gathered sticks upon the Sabbath day. And they that found him gathering sticks brought him unto Moses and Aaron, and unto all the congregation. And they put him in ward, because it was not declared what should be done to him. And Yahweh said unto Moses, the man shall be surely put to death: all the congregation shall stone him with stones without the camp.
The spirit and intent of the Sabbath is very important. Set Apart – We don’t do things on the Sabbath that we could normally do during the week or on the Preparation Day.
Nehemiah 13:15-22 – In those days saw I in Judah some treading wine presses on the Sabbath, and bringing in sheaves, and lading asses; as also wine, grapes, and figs, and all manner of burdens, which they brought into Jerusalem on the Sabbath day: and I testified against them in the day wherein they sold victuals. There dwelt men of Tyre also therein, which brought fish, and all manner of ware, and sold on the Sabbath unto the children of Judah, and in Jerusalem. Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, and said unto them, what evil thing is this that ye do, and profane the Sabbath day? Did not your father’s thus, and did not our Elohim bring all this evil upon us, and upon this city? yet ye bring more wrath upon Israel by profaning the Sabbath. And it came to pass, that when the gates of Jerusalem began to be dark before the Sabbath, I commanded that the gates should be shut, and charged that they should not be opened till after the Sabbath: and some of my servants set I at the gates, that there should no burden be brought in on the Sabbath day. So, the merchants and sellers of all kind of ware lodged without Jerusalem once or twice. Then I testified against them, and said unto them, why lodge ye about the wall? if ye do so again, I will lay hands on you. From that time forth came they no more on the Sabbath. And I commanded the Levites that they should cleanse themselves, and that they should come and keep the gates, to sanctify the Sabbath day. Remember me, O my Elohim, concerning this also, and spare me according to the greatness of thy mercy.
Amos 8:5 – Saying, when will the new moon be gone, that we may sell corn? and the Sabbath, that we may set forth wheat, making the ephah small, and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by deceit?
Worship and Praise –
Hebrews 10:25 – Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
Leviticus 23:3 – Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of rest, a Set Apart convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the Sabbath of Yahweh in all your dwellings.
Whenever possible, we are to assemble with others believers. This way we achieve the maximum benefit of fellowship with Yahweh and other Brethren. Rest and Renewal – we are either degenerating or regenerating. This is true in both a physical and a spiritual sense.
Ephesians 4:21–24 – If so and that ye put on the new man, which after Elohim is creating in righteousness and true Set Apartness be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Yahweh That ye put off concerning the former conduct of the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after Elohim is created in righteousness and true Set Apartness.
Romans 12:2 – And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of Elohim.
Philippians 2:5 For, let this mind be in you which was also in Messiah Yahshua
We have the responsibility of seeking His mind, and with the help of the Set-Apart Spirit, we can learn to think like He Thinks! We need to put away our own carnal mind.