10-9-2012- NEHEMIAH GETS TOUGH ON SABBATH HOLINESS


NEHEMIAH 13: 15-22 =

(15) IN THOSE DAYS I SAW IN JUDAH, SOME TREADING WINEPRESSES ON THE SABBATH AND BRINGING IN THE SHEAVES AND LADING DONKEYS; AS ALSO WINE, GRAPES, AND FIGS AND ALL MANNER OF WORKS, WHICH THEY BROUGHT INTO JERUSALEM ON THE SABBATH DAY: AND I TESTIFIED AGAINST THEM IN THE DAY WHEREIN THEY SOLD PRODUCTS.

(16) THERE DWELT MEN OF TYRE ALSO THEREIN, WHICH BROUGHT FISH AND ALL MANNER OF STUFF AND SOLD THEM ON THE SABBATH TO THE CHILDREN OF JUDAH AND IN JERUSALEM.

(17) THEN I CONTENDED WITH THE NOBLES OF JUDAH AND SAID TO THEM, WHAT EVIL THING IS THIS THAT YOU DO, AND PROFANE THE SABBATH DAY? 

(18) DID NOT YOUR FATHERS THUS AND DID NOT OUR GOD BRING ALL THIS EVIL UPON US AND UPON THIS CITY?(DESTRUCTION OF JERUSALEM FOR NOT OBEYING GOD, YAH'WEH AND BREAKING THE SABBATH DAY), YET YOU BRING MORE WRATH UPON ISRAEL, BY PROFANING THE SABBATH DAY. 

(19) 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(MERCHANDISE), BE BROUGHT IN ON THE SABBATH DAY.

(20) SO THE MERCHANTS AND SELLERS OF ALL KIND OF PRODUCTS, LODGED WITHOUT JERUSALEM, ONCE OR TWICE.

(21) THEN I TESTIFIED AGAINST THEM AND SAID TO THEM, WHY LODGE YOU ABOUT THE WALL? IF YOU DO SO AGAIN, I WILL LAY MY HANDS ON YOU. FROM THAT TIME FORTH CAME THEY NO MORE ON THE SABBATH.

(22) AND I COMMANDED THE LEVITE'S, THAT THEY SHOULD CLEANSE THEMSELVES AND THAT THEY SHOULD COME AND KEEP THE GATES, TO SANCTIFY (KEEP HOLY), THE SABBATH DAY. 


"REMARKS"

IT IS THIS STORY AND MANY OTHERS IN THE SCRIPTURES, THAT REMIND US HOW IMPORTANT THE SABBATH DAY IS TO GOD, YAH'WEH, AND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO KEEP IT HOLY.

GOD, YAH'WEH, HAS HAD TO PUNISH ISRAEL A NUMBER OF TIMES FOR BREAKING THE SANCTITY OF THE SABBATH DAY AND HAD TO PUNISH THEM FOR BREAKING, THE SABBATH DAY.

WE, THOSE BORN AGAIN, WHO HAVE BEEN REVEALED THE TRUTH OF GODS, YAH'WEHS, WORDS ABOUT THINGS HE HAS DECLARED FROM THE BEGINNING, TO THE END, HAVE BEEN BLESSED FOR OBEYING THE SABBATH DAY.

HE ALSO REMINDS US, THIS IS FOR ANYONE WHO CONSIDERS HE, TO BE THEIR GOD. FOR THE SABBATH IS A SIGN, THAT HE IS OUR GOD, AND WE ARE HIS PEOPLE. NOT ONLY THAT, IT IS DESCRIBED IN 4 VERSES, HOW IMPORTANT IT IS AND WHEN TO KEEP IT.

IT SEEMS SO FOOLISH TO READ SOMETHING SO CLEARLY AS THE 10 COMMANDMENTS IN THE SCRIPTURES AND SEE THERE IS ONLY ONE SPECIFIC DAY GIVEN TO MAN, NOT A NATION, ON WHEN TO KEEP THE SABBATH DAY AND TO KEEP IT HOLY, AS WE READ ABOVE IN NEHEMIAH'S DEMANDS TO DO SO. AND THAT ONE SPECIFIC DAY IS THE 7TH DAY, THE END OF THE WEEK, SATURDAY, IN PAGAN TERMS.

WHY NOT BE BLESSED AND KEEP THE SABBATH DAY, THE 7TH DAY, SATURDAY HOLY AND IN RESPECT TO GOD, YAH'WEH, AND GET A RESTFUL START, TO ANOTHER WEEK OF LIFE'S STRUGGLES AND DEMANDS.