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even though the Jews were not ready to accept Jesus, the Samaritans were ~ following the woman back to the well, they crowded around Him, listened to Him, and believed ~ He answered their questions and explained things they had never understood before ~ it was as if a bright ray of light had burst into their dark world ~ they begged Jesus to come back to their city, to speak to their friends and families, to teach them more ~

Jesus stayed with them for two more days, and many more Samaritans believed in Him ~ in Israel, the Pharisees despised Jesus’ simple, humble life ~ they ignored His miracles and demanded proof that He was the Son of God ~ but the Samaritans did not demand any proof ~ Jesus performed no miracles for them, except in telling the woman at the well her life’s secrets ~ but many of them believed ~ they told the woman, “now we believe that He is the Messiah, the Saviour of the world ~ not because of what you told us, but because we heard Him ourselves”

with this visit to Samaria, Jesus began to break down the walls between Jews and Gentiles ~ even though He was a Jew, He cared nothing about the Pharisees’ customs ~ He ignored their prejudice and accepted the hospitality of the despised Samaritans, He slept in their homes, ate at their tables, taught in their streets, and treated them with kindness and courtesy ~ the temple in Jerusalem had a low wall in the courtyard that only Jews could go past ~ but Jesus, the Creator and Reason for the temple ~ brought His salvation out to the Gentiles, to the rest of the world ~

Jesus’ time in Samaria was designed to be a blessing to His disciples ~ they felt that being loyal to their own country meant being enemies with the Samaritans ~ they were amazed at Jesus’ actions, in time they would follow in His footsteps ~ after Jesus returned to heaven, after the Holy Spirit fell on the them all, the disciples remembered their days in Samaria and Jesus’ kindness and respect for their enemies ~

when Peter went to preach in Samaria, he went with the same kind of love ~ when John was called to Ephesus and Smyrna, he remembered those days and their divine Teacher ~ who knew what was ahead and had given them an example to follow ~ 

when Jesus sat down to rest at Jacob’s well, He had come from Judea where His work had not impressed many ~ the priests and teachers rejected Him ~ even the people who followed Him did not really understand who He was ~ He was weak and tired, but He did not hesitate when the opportunity came to speak to a woman in need ~ a stranger, an enemy of Israel, and a sinner with a bad reputation ~ those who claim to be Christians sometimes shun the outcasts of society ~ but no social shame, no race or nationality, no circumstances in life, can keep Jesus’ love from any person no matter how sinful ~ the Gospel is for everyone ~ 

Jesus never waited for a crowd to gather ~ often He began to teach with only a few people around ~ but one by one, people passing by heard His words and stopped to listen ~ before long, a crowd was captivated by the words of God spoken by this Teacher from heaven ~ anyone speaking for Jesus can speak as easily to a small group as to a large crowd ~ Even if only one person hears the message, who knows how  far it may reach or how many may be changed by hearing it? 

the Samaritan woman was a more effective missionary than the disciples ~ she brought a whole city to hear Jesus ~ today, every disciple is born into God’s kingdom as a missionary ~ whoever drinks the living water becomes a fountain for others ~ the grace of Jesus in a person’s heart is like a stream in the desert, refreshing all and saving those who are dying of thirst ~ eager for the water of life ~ 


when the disciples returned from town with food, they were more than a bit surprised to find their Teacher talking to a woman ~ they could see that He had not had a drink, and He did not stop His conversation to eat ~ when the woman left, Jesus sat silently, His face glowing with joy ~ the disciples were afraid to disturb Him, but they knew He was weak and hungry ~ finally they urged Him, “Teacher, eat something” John 4:31 

Jesus answered, “I have eaten food that you do not know about” when the disciples wondered who had brought Him food, He explained, “My food is to do what the One who sent Me wants Me to do and to finish His work” John 4:34

to help someone who was honestly searching for truth, to see the faith in the Samaritan woman’s eyes, was enough to make Jesus forget about things like eating and drinking ~ this is what He lived for, this is why He came to earth ~ to Him, it brought the same kind of joy that a mother feels the first time her child smiles at her ~

the woman was almost overwhelmed with joy and hope ~ she ran back to the city, leaving her water jar at the well ~ Jesus knew why she had left so quickly ~ she forgot why she had come to the well and forgot to give Jesus the drink of water He had asked her for ~ all she could think about was telling other people about this remarkable Man and His message ~

she went straight to the leaders of the city ~ “come and meet a man who knows everything I have ever done ~ He must be the Messiah!”   it was the look on her face as much as her words, but their hearts were touched ~ they had to meet the Man who could make such a change in this woman ~

Jesus still sat beside the well, looking out over green fields of grain waving in the bright sunshine ~ beyond them, He could see the crowd of people coming out from the city ~ pointing to the grain, He said to His disciples, “would you say that there are still four months until harvest time?”  I say, look closer ~ these fields are ripe and ready to harvest” 

Jesus could see that the words He had spoken were seeds that would quickly bring a harvest of believers ~ He also knew that most of the seeds He planted in His ministry would be harvested at a later time by His disciples ~ it would be their privilege to be there when the Holy Spirit overflowed on the Day of Pentecost ~ when thousands would be converted in one single day ~  

Jesus knew she was not ready for the gift He offered ~ first, she needed to understand her need and recognize her Savior ~ He said, “go get your husband and come back here” John 4:16

she quickly answered, “I have no husband,” hoping Jesus would not ask any more questions ~ Jesus went on ~ “you are right to say you have no husband ~ really you have had five husbands, and the man you live with now is not your husband ~ you told the truth John 4:17, 18

the woman must have stepped back as she trembled ~ how could this stranger know all the dark secrets of her life?  would He condemn her next?  her mind flashed back to scenes where others had judged her and to the future when God would judge her ~ she did not deny the truth ~ but she did try to change the subject ~ with real respect, she said, “Sir, you must be a prophet” then she tried to steer Him into a religious argument ~ “our ancestors worshipped here on this mountain ~ but you Jews say that all people must worship in Jerusalem” 

patiently, Jesus listened ~ He knew the history of her question ~ Samaria had once been a part of Israel, but because the people there refused to follow God’s way, the country had been overrun by another nation ~ over many generations, those Jews mingled with the people of that heathen nation and picked up some of their religious’ custom of worshipping idols ~

when the Jews rebuilt the temple in Jerusalem in the days of Ezra, the Samaritans wanted to help ~ the Jews refused to accept them or their help ~ this was when the hatred between the two nations began ~ the Samaritans eventually built their own temple on Mount Gerizim ~ there they followed the same rituals and sacrifices as those in Jerusalem ~ although they did not completely abandon idol worship ~

the Samaritans seemed to be cursed ~ their country suffered one disaster after another ~ as enemy nation invaded and destroyed their temple ~ still, the people held on to their traditions and their worship rituals ~ they refused to believe that the Jewish temple was the house of God or that the Jewish religion was better than theirs ~ Jesus said, “believe me, woman ~ the time is coming when neither in Jerusalem nor on this mountain will you actually worship the Father ~ you Samaritans worship something you do not understand ~ we understand what we worship, because salvation comes from the Jews” John 4:21, 22

He had shown He had no hate for the Samaritans ~ now Jesus wanted her to give up her hatred of the Jews ~ she had to recognize that the Jews had the Holy Scriptures that held the truth about God and the promise of a coming Saviour ~ He wanted to raise her thinking past the arguments of where and how worship should be conducted ~ Jesus said, “the time is coming when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, and that time is here already” John 4:23 

people do not reach heaven by searching for a holy mountain or a sacred temple in which to worship ~ to serve God, we must be reborn by the Holy Spirit ~ true worship means joyfully obeying His laws because the Holy Spirit has changed us ~ whenever people reach out to God, the Holy Spirit works to show them God’s love ~

the woman was impressed with Jesus ~ no one had ever said such things to her ~ remembering the sins of her past had made her aware again of how much was missing from her life ~ this conversation had made her realize that she had a desperate need for God’s love in her life ~ even though Jesus knew the dark secrets of her life, she could still feel His friendship, His love for her ~ His purity condemned her sins, but He did not condemn her ~ an amazing thought came to her mind ~ could this Person be the Promised One, the Messiah? “I know the Messiah is coming,” she said ~ “and when He is here, He will explain everything to us”

Jesus said, “I am He ~ I, the One talking to you” John 4:26 

as she heard the words, the hope  in her heart turned to faith, she never doubted Him ~ the Holy Spirit had been working with her and now she was ready to learn and understand more about Scripture, about God’s love, His mission as the Messiah ~ Jesus’ living water flooded her heart ~

the plain, outright claim Jesus made to the woman could not have been said to the arrogant Jews ~ He had to be much more careful when He spoke to them ~ because of her faith, Jesus could tell her much more than the Jews were ready to accept ~ He knew she would use everything He said to explain to others about the Messiah ~ about His love for the entire human race ~ 

as they traveled toward Galilee, Jesus and His disciples passed through Samaria ~ at noon, they reached the beautiful Shechem valley and stopped to rest at Jacob’s well ~ tired from the long morning’s walk, Jesus waited at the well while the disciples went into town to buy food for their meal ~ the Jews and the Samaritans were bitter enemies ~ they avoided dealing with each other as much as possible ~ by the teachings of the Jewish leaders, a Jew could not borrow anything from a Samaritan or accept anything from one ~ not even a bit of food or a drink of water ~ one could buy from them only what was absolutely necessary ~ no socializing or mingling with them was allowed ~

as Jesus waited in the hot sun, His hunger and thirst grew ~ even though He was waiting by a well of cool, refreshing water ~ He had no rope or jar to lower into the deep well to reach it ~ like any other human would have to do, He waited, thirsty ~ for someone with a jar to come and draw out water ~

a woman from the Samaritan town walked up, she did not appear to notice Jesus ~ but lowered her pitcher into the well and drew out her water ~ as she turned to go, Jesus asked her for a drink ~ The King of heaven, the One who created the oceans ~ and controls the rivers and streams, was dependent on a stranger’s kindness for a drink of water ~

it was not a request she could deny ~ in that culture, providing a drink to a thirsty traveler was a sacred responsibility ~ because of the hate between the Samaritans and the Jews, she could not offer Jesus a drink ~ but He was looking for a way to her heart ~ by asking for a favor instead of offering one, He started to build trust with her ~

the woman saw that Jesus was a Jew ~ she was so shocked that He would speak to her that she forgot to give Him a drink ~ she could only ask, “why would you ask me for a drink, since you are a Jewish man and I am a Samaritan woman?” ~

Jesus answered, “you are surprised that I would ask for something so small as a drink of water from this well ~ if you has asked Me, I would have given you a drink of the water of eternal life” John 4:10 ~

she did not understand what Jesus meant ~ she saw Him as just another dusty, thirsty traveler ~ “Sir, this well is deep and you do not even have a jar to draw water out ~ how could you have given me any water? are You a better person than our ancestor Jacob who dug this well?” ~ she did not realize that the One Jacob had looked for ~ the Messiah ~ was right in front of her ~ how many people today, thirsty for eternal truth, are searching everywhere but in the Bible on their bookshelf? ~

Jesus did not argue with her ~ He did not even answer her question ~ He said, “everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give will never be thirsty” John 4:13, 14 ~

those who try to quench their thirst with what the world offers will be left unsatisfied ~ people everywhere are searching for something that meets the needs of their hearts ~ only Jesus can do that ~ the grace He can give is like living water ~ it purifies, refreshes, and strengthens the soul ~ Jesus was not saying that only one drink of His living water was needed ~ anyone who experiences His love will be back for more ~ He was saying that nothing else ~ not riches, fame, or pleasure ~ would attract them the same way ~ the heart will constantly cry for more of His love ~ and more is always available ~ we can drink and drink again ~

the woman stared in amazement as Jesus spoke ~ she knew He was not talking about the water in the well beside them ~ she drank it every day and always had to return for more ~ “give me this water, Sir” she asked, “so, I will never be thirsty and never have to come to this well again” ~

Jesus knew the religious leaders would do everything they could do to cause conflict between His disciples and John’s ~ to avoid any misunderstanding or problems ~ He stopped His work there and returned to Galilee ~ when a situation threatens to cause problems and divide people ~ we should follow the example set by Jesus and John ~

John had given a powerful call to reform and return to God ~ those who followed him faced the danger of focusing too much on him and his work ~ it was easy for them to lose sight of the fact that John was only an instrument used to point people to Jesus ~ 

John was not called to begin the Christian church ~ he finished his work so that Jesus’ mission could begin ~ but his disciples could not understand this ~ when Jesus took over the work, they were jealous ~ the same thing happens today ~

God calls a person to do a certain work and when it has been carried as far as that person can, He brings in others to carry it further ~ but jealousy can arise when some feel that the success was because of the work rather than because of God ~ this is where we need the spirit of John the Baptist ~ his example of stepping aside so that God’s plan could go forward should be an example and an inspiration to all who follow God today ~

“He must increase ~ but I must decrease” John 3:30

this is how it should be with all Christians ~ when we give up self-importance and surrender all of our thoughts to Jesus ~ we can be filled with the selfless love that John showed ~ all who do this are promised the unlimited blessings of the Holy Spirit ~

the priests and teachers in Jerusalem heard the same reports that John did ~ they were already jealous that so many people had left their synagogues to hear John the Baptist in the desert ~ now even more people were leaving to hear Jesus ~ and these leaders did not have John’s attitude about Jesus ~ they were determined to put an end to this new Teacher’s work ~

it is true that Jesus rose on the first day of the week ~ but nowhere is there the slightest reference in the Bible for anyone to keep that day holy ~ the basis for Sabbath-keeping ~ is the direct handwritten command of God ~

many wonderful events occurred on certain days of the week ~ but we have no command to keep them holy ~ Jesus died for our sins on Friday ~ that is probably the most significant event in all of recorded history ~ it marks the moment my death sentence was commuted and my salvation assured ~ but not one Bible text hints that we should observe this day of such great significance ~

it was a dramatic moment when Jesus rose from the grave on that Sunday morning ~ but there is not a trace of biblical evidence that we should observe it in honor of the resurrection ~ not one instance of Sunday observance has been found in the recorded Scriptures ~ there is, a memorial of the resurrection commanded in the Bible ~ but it is not Sunday-keeping “therefore we are buried with HIM by baptism into death:  that like Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life” Romans 6:4

Baptism is the memorial of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection ~ those who believe that Sunday observance honors HIS resurrection cite the upper room meeting of the disciples on the same day He arose from the grave ~ to them that gathering was to celebrate His resurrection ~

but when we read the Bible record of the event ~ we discover that the circumstances were quite different ~ Luke 24:10 tells us that, even though the disciples were confronted with the eyewitness story of Mary Magdalene ~ they “believed not” ~ after that HE appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country ~ afterward He appeared unto the eleven as they sat and ate, He scolded them for their unbelief and hardness of heart ~ they believed not them which had seen Him after He was risen” Mark 16:12-14

~ obviously, none of those upper room disciples believed that He was raised ~ so they could not have been joyously celebrating the resurrection ~ John the Apostle explains their reason for being together in these words:  “the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews” John 20:19

~ thus, we have examined the major arguments used against the observance of God’s holy Sabbath day ~ not one of the objections provide a trace of evidence that God ever changed His mind about the Sabbath ~ when He wrote the word “remember” into the fourth commandment, it was in reference to the same seventh day that appears on our wall calendar ~ neither men nor principalities can diminish the validity of that eternal moral law ~

may God grant each one of us the courage to honor the Sabbath commandment as heaven’s special test of our love and loyalty ~

as we have discovered, when Jesus returns ~ we will keep the same Sabbath with Him, ages without end ~

even so, come LORD Jesus ~ 

this strange idea is drawn from a single text in the Old Testament and is distorted to contradict many clear statements about the true origin of the Sabbath ~ the text is found Deuteronomy 5:14, 15 “but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD thy God:  in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thine ox,  nor thine donkey, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou ~ remember that thou was a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the LORD thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm:  therefore the LORD thy God commanded thee to keep the Sabbath day holy”

people draw from this text that God gave the Sabbath as a memorial of the Exodus from Egypt ~ but the Genesis story of the making of the Sabbath, Genesis 2:1-3 and the wording of the fourth commandment by God Himself, Exodus 20:11 reveals the Sabbath as a memorial of creation ~

the key to understanding these two verses rests in the word “servant” ~ God said, “remember that thou was a servant in the land of Egypt” ~ in the sentence before this one He reminds them “that thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou ~ in other words, their experience in Egypt as servants would remind them to deal justly with their servants by giving them their Sabbath rest ~

in similar fashion God had commanded “and if a stranger sojourn with thee in your land, ye shall not aggravate him … for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt” Leviticus 19:33, 34

it was not unusual for God to mention the Egyptian deliverance as an incentive to obey other commandments ~ “you will not pervert the judgment of the stranger, nor of the fatherless; nor take a widow’s raiment to pledge … you were a bondman in Egypt, and the LORD thy God redeemed thee then:  therefore I command you to do this thing” Deuteronomy 24:17

neither the command to be just nor to keep the Sabbath was given to memorialize the Exodus, but God told them that His goodness in bringing them out of captivity constituted a strong additional reason for their dealing kindly with their servants on the Sabbath and treating justly the strangers and widows ~

in the same way, God spoke to them and Leviticus 11:45 “for I am the LORD that brings you up out of the land of Egypt … you will therefore be holy” ~ surely no one would insist that holiness did not exist before the Exodus, or that it would be ever afterwards limited only to the Jews ~ to memorialize their deliverance ~

this misconception has comforted many in their disobedience of the fourth commandment ~ it just is not true ~ these four points identify the true Sabbath today:  (1) according to the Scriptures, Christ died on Friday and rose on Sunday, the first day of the week ~ practically all churches acknowledge this fact by observing Easter Sunday and Good Friday ~ here is the Bible evidence:  “this man went unto Pilate, and begged for the body of Jesus ~ he took it down, wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid ~ and that day was the preparation and the Sabbath drew on” Luke 23: 52-54

here is proof that Jesus died the day before the Sabbath ~ it was called “the preparation day” it was the time to get ready for the Sabbath ~ let us read the next verses:  “and the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how His body was laid ~ and they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the Sabbath day according to the commandments” Luke 23: 55, 56

please notice the women rested over the Sabbath “according to the commandment” ~ the commandment says “the seventh day is the Sabbath” so we know they were observing Saturday ~ but the very next verse says, “now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared … and they found the stone rolled away from the entrance to the sepulchre” Luke 24: 1,2

how clearly these three consecutive days are described for us ~ He died Friday, the preparation day, commonly called Good Friday ~ He rested in the tom on the 7th day, Sabbath “according to the commandment” that was Saturday, then very early on Sunday, the first day of the week ~ Easter Sunday to so many, Jesus arose from the grave ~

anyone who can locate Good Friday or Easter Sunday will have absolutely no difficulty finding the true Sabbath ~

(2) the calendar has not been changed so as to confuse the days of the week ~ we can be positive that our 7th day is the same day Jesus observed when He was here on earth ~ Pope Gregory XIII did make a calendar change in 1582, but it did interfere with the weekly cycle ~ our present Gregorian calendar was named after him when he made that small change in 1582 ~

what did Pope Gregory do to the calendar?  before 1582 the Julian calendar had been in effect, instituted by Julius Caesar about 46 B.C.  and named after him ~ but the Julian calendar had calculated the length of the year as 365 1/4 days, and the year is actually eleven minutes less than 365 1/4 days ~ those eleven minutes accumulated, and by 1582 the numbering of the calendar was ten days out of harmony with the solar system ~ Gregory simply dropped those ten days out of the numbering of the calendar ~ it was Thursday, October 4, 1582, and the next day, Friday, should have been October 5 ~  but Gregory made it October 15 instead, dropping exactly ten days to bring the calendar back into sync with the heavenly bodies ~

were the days of the week confused?  no ~ Friday still followed Thursday, and Saturday still followed Friday ~ the same 7th day remained, and the weekly cycle was not disturbed in the least ~ when we keep the 7th day on Saturday ~ we are observing the same day Jesus kept ~ and He did it every week according to Luke 4:16

(3) Jewish people have been observing the 7th day from the time of Abraham, and they still keep it to this day ~ here is a whole nation ~ millions of individuals ~ who have been counting off time meticulously ~ week after week, calendar or no calendar, for 1000s of years ~ could they have lost track?  impossible ~ the only way they could have lost a day would have been for the entire nation to have slept over an extra 24 hours and for no one ever to tell them about it ~ 

there has been no change or loss of the Sabbath since God made it in Genesis ~ the origin of the week is found in the creation story ~ there is no scientific or astronomical reason for measuring time in cycles of 7 days ~ it is an arbitrary arrangement of God and has been miraculously preserved for one reason, and one reason only ~ the holy Sabbath day points us back to the creative power of  the only true God ~ it is a sign of His sovereignty over the world, over human life; a sign of creation and redemption ~

is this not the reason God will preserve Sabbath-keeping throughout eternity?  “for as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before Me, says the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain ~ and it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, will all flesh come to worship before Me, says the LORD” Isaiah 66:22, 23

the Sabbath is so precious to God that He will have His people observe it throughout eternity ~ should it not be precious to us?  if we are going to keep it then, should we not keep it now?

in an age of false gods, of atheistic evolution, and traditions of men, the world needs the Sabbath more than ever as a reminder of our loyalty to the great I AM ~ the great creator God ~ a sign of our sanctification through His creation on the Sabbath day ~

(4) over a hundred languages use the word “Sabbath” for Saturday ~ the Spanish word for Saturday is “Sabado” meaning Sabbath ~ languages that originated in the long, long ago, when Saturday was recognized as the Sabbath day and was incorporated into the very name of the day ~



by this argument Satan prepared the world to accept a substitute in place of the Sabbath God had commanded ~ upon the tablets of stone God wrote the great, unchanging law of the ages ~ every word was serious and meaningful ~ not one line was vague or mysterious ~ sinners and Christians, a child would have no problem understanding the simple, clear words of the Ten Commandments ~ no one has tried to void the law as too complicated to comprehend ~

most of the ten begin with the same words:  “thou shalt not” ~ but right in the heart of the law we find the 4th commandment which is introduced with the word, “Remember”

why is this one different?  God was commanding them to call something to memory which already existed but had been forgotten ~ Genesis describes the origin of the Sabbath in these words, “thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them, and on the 7th day God ended His work which He had made … and God blessed the 7th day, and sanctified it:  because that in it He had rested from all His work which God created and made” Genesis 2:1-3

which day did God bless and sanctify?  the 7th day ~ how was it to be kept holy?  by resting ~ could any of the other six be kept holy?  no ~ why?  God commanded not to rest those days but to work ~ does God’s blessing make a difference?  of course ~ this is why parents pray for God to bless their children ~ they believe it makes a difference ~ the 7th day is different from all the other six days,  because it had God’s blessing ~

more questions:  why did God bless the day?  because He had created the world in six days ~ it was the birthday of the world, a memorial of a might act ~ can the Sabbath memorial be changed?  never ~ it reminds us of where we came from, straight from the hands of God, His creation on the Sabbath day ~ July 4th is Independence Day ~ can it be changed?  No ~ the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776 ~ your birthday cannot be changed, either ~ it is a memorial of your birth, which happened on a set day ~ you would need to go back in time, somehow to change any of those commemorative dates mentioned ~ we can call another day Independence Day, you can make up any other day for your birthday, we can call another day the Sabbath, but that does not make it so ~ 

did God ever give man the privilege of choosing his own day of rest?  He did not ~ in fact, God confirmed in the Bible that the Sabbath was settled and sealed by His own divine selection and should not be tampered with ~ read Exodus 16 concerning the giving of manna ~ for 40 years God worked three miracles every week to show Israel which day was holy (1) no manna fell on the 7th day (2) they could not keep it overnight without spoilage (3) when they kept it over the Sabbath, it remained sweet and fresh ~

but some Israelites had the same idea as many modern Christians ~ they felt that any day in seven would be all right to keep holy:  “and it came to pass, that there went out some of the people on the 7th day out to gather, and they found none ~ and the LORD said unto Moses, how long will you refuse to keep My commandments and My laws?”  Exodus 16:27, 28

get the picture?  these people thought another day could be kept just as well as the 7th day ~ perhaps they were planning to observe the first day of the week, which is Sunday ~ or some other day, a more convenient day perhaps?  what happened?  God met them and accused them of breaking His law by going forth to work on the 7th day ~ would God say the same thing to those who break the Sabbath today?  yes ~ He is the same yesterday, today and forever ~ He changes not ~ God made it very clear that, regardless of their feelings, those who go forth to work on the Sabbath are guilty of breaking His law ~ “for whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all ~ for he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill ~ now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law”  James 2:10, 11


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