Monday, March 28, 2022

The Sabbath is Made for Man

By Maria Merola

© Copyright Double Portion Inheritance, March 28, 2022

Frequently, I hear the excuse from Christians that since our Messiah stated “The Sabbath is made for man, and not man for the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27), therefore, we should be able to observe the seventh day of the week any way we please.

The rationale is that since the Sabbath was made for the benefit of Adam (humanity, mankind), therefore, we should be allowed to keep it according to our own carnal desires. It is implied that we are not required to abstain from regular work or activities on the seventh day. 

However, since it was YaHuWaH himself (as the pre-incarnate Messiah) who wrote the commandments in stone, Yahuwshuwa would not have been contradicting his own commandments given to Yisrael on Mount Sinai.

Shemoth (Exodus) 20:

8  Remember the Shabbat day, to keep it qodesh (holy).  

Six days shall you labor, and do all your work

10  But the seventh day is the Shabbat of YHWH your Elohiym: in it you shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger that is within your gates:  

11 For in six days YHWH made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore YHWH blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.  

Obviously, our Messiah wanted us to understand the benefits for humanity in keeping the Sabbath holy. But what are the benefits, and why did he choose the seventh day, specifically?

The first mention of “The seventh day,is found in the second chapter of Bereshiyth (Genesis):

2 And on the seventh day Elohiym ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.

3 And Elohiym blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which Elohiym created and made.

If the creator of the universe rested from all his creative work on the seventh day of the week, are we greater than our master, that we should be exempt from resting like he did? I am reminded of our Messiah’s words, when he stated that the servant is not greater than his master (John 15:20). 

That being the case, we are to be followers (imitators) of our creator, and we are not to presume that we are greater than he, so that we can make up our own rules, by, overriding his. But why did our Elohiym rest on the seventh day? What is so special about the seventh day in particular?

The number “seven” in Hebrew is the word “sheba, which comes from a root word “shaba,” which means To take an oath, by sprinkling blood seven times!”

#H7651 sheba` sheh'-bah or (masculine) shibrah {shib-aw'}; from 7650; a primitive cardinal number; seven (as the sacred full one); also (adverbially) seven times; by implication, a week; by extension, an indefinite number:--(+ by) seven(-fold),-s, (-teen, -teenth), -th, times). 

#H7650 shaba` shaw-bah' a primitive root; propr. to be complete, but used only as a denominative from 7651; to seven oneself, i.e. swear (as if by repeating a declaration seven times):--adjure, charge (by an oath, with an oath), feed to the full, take an oath.

As a matter of fact, the Kohen ha’Gadowl (High Priest) would perform the atoning work on Yom Kippur, by sprinkling the blood of a bullock (symbolic of Leah), and the blood of a goat (symbolic of Rachel) seven times on the mercy seat:

Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 16:14 And he shall take of the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it with his finger upon the mercy seat eastward; and before the mercy seat shall he sprinkle of the blood with his finger seven times

Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 16:15 Then shall he kill the goat of the sin offering, that is for the people, and bring his blood within the vail, and do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it upon the mercy seat, and before the mercy seat:

Sprinkling the Blood Seven Times to Cleanse the Bride

Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 16:19 And he shall sprinkle of the blood upon it with his finger seven times, and cleanse it, and hallow it from the uncleanness of the children of Yisra’el.

Why does the bullock represent Leah, while the goat represents Rachel? For the simple fact that the name Leah means “cow,” and the name Rachel means “lamb or goat.” To learn more, see these two blogs:

Thus, the number SEVEN is all about COVENANT & SALVATION!

Since our Messiah commands us to “Save life on the Sabbath,” (Mark 3:4; Luke 6:9) it was prophetically necessary that his resurrection took place on the SEVENTH DAY OF THE WEEK!

Thus, we can see why the meaning of the word “seven” in Hebrew comes from a root word that directly pertains to Messiahs salvation for his bride:

#H7650 shaba` shaw-bah' a primitive root; propr. to be complete, but used only as a denominative from 7651; to seven oneself, i.e. swear (as if by repeating a declaration seven times):--adjure, charge (by an oath, with an oath), feed to the full (by mistake for 7646), take an oath,  straitly, (cause to, make to) swear. 

As you can see, this word “shaba,” perfectly describes the role of Melchizedek, who was “sworn,” into his office as the eternal High Priest, (Psalm 110:4; Hebrews 7:20-21).

Melchizedek (Malkiy-Tzedeq) is the only High Priest who qualified to redeem the Two Houses of Yisrael (symbolized by Leah, the bullock, and Rachel the goat). This is because Melchizedek has an “endless life,” (Hebrews 7:16), and therefore, he could never die behind the veil, thus leaving the nation without blood atonement.

We can now see why all events pertaining to salvation and redemption for Yisra’el took place on the seventh day of the week:

1.) The Walls of Jericho fell on the seventh day of the week, (the weekly Shabbat).

2. The ordinance of the Red Heifer was done to cleanse those who had been defiled from the shedding of innocent blood. Thus, they would be made clean on the seventh day of the week at evening (see Numbers 19:19; 21-22).

3.) Our Messiah rode into Jerusalem on the colt of a donkey on the seventh day of the week, (the weekly Shabbat) to act as the High Priest who would select the Passover Lamb (himself) for the sins of the people.

4.) One week later, the resurrection of our Messiah took place on the seventh day of the week, (the weekly Shabbat), as he performed the “Wave Sheaf Offering,” at the close of the weekly Sabbath.

Once per year, on what Christianity erroneously calls “Palm Sunday,” our Messiah rode into Jerusalem, (acting in the role of the High Priest, Melchizedek). This event is called “The Inclusion of the Lamb,” when the High Priest was charged with selecting the lamb that would be killed four days later for Passover (see Exodus 12:3-6). 

Not only was Yahuwshuwa performing the role of the High Priest, but he was also performing the role of the lamb that would die for the sins of the nation that year. See my other blog entitled: The Triumphal Entry of the High Priest & the Inclusion of the Lamb

Exodus 12:3 commands us to bring the Passover Lamb into our homes on the 10th day of Abib, and to love it and adore it, before we have to kill it on the 14th of Abib. 

This is exactly what happened to our Messiah, when they loved him and adored him by waving Palm Branches, and then shouting “Crucify him” only four days later! 

Showing Himself as the Redeemer on Shabbat

This took place, not on “Palm Sunday,” but on “Palm Shabbat!”

This is because he was “SAVING LIFE ON THE SABBATH!” 

We are commanded to redeem the firstling of a donkey for Passover (Exodus 13:13), and since Yahuwshuwa was displaying himself as “The Lamb who would redeem the donkey,” (symbolic of Yisra’el), it is therefore prophetically fitting that the people were shouting “Hosheana” which means “SAVE US!” 

By his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, he was displaying himself as the High Priest who annually rode into Jerusalem to select the Lamb that would be killed that year for Passover. In this case, he was selecting himself, which is why he made this statement: 

Yahuwchanon (John) 10:18 No man takes it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father. 

Seven days later, he resurrected on the Sabbath, thus “Saving life on the Sabbath!” 

Ephesians 4:8-9 says that Yahuwshuwa “Went into the lowest parts of the earth...and GAVE GIFTS UNTO MEN!” 

The High Priest Waved the First-Fruits at the close of Shabbat

This means that Yahuwshuwa was acting as the High Priest, who would “WAVE THE FIRST-FRUITS OF BARLEY” before YaHuWaH in the Temple, but his “FIRST-FRUITS” where those righteous souls in Abraham’s Bosom (Paradise). 

In 1st Century Jerusalem, the Sadducees controlled the Temple, and the “Wave Sheaf Offering” was presented in the Temple at the close of the Sabbath! 

This means that while our Messiah resurrected, (and went into Abraham’s Bosom to redeem those souls), the High Priest in the Temple was simultaneously “WAVING THE BARLEY IN THE TEMPLE” just before sundown on the Sabbath! 

Yahuwshuwa was also fulfilling the pattern of the “Red Heifer” (Numbers 19), whose ashes were to be buried in “a clean place” (the new tomb of Joseph of Arimathea), and thus he cleansed and “SAVED” his people “ON THE SEVENTH DAY,” according to the ordinance in Numbers 19:12. See my other blog entitled: The Red Heifer Ordinance Fulfilled in Messiah

Those that shouted, “Crucify him!” became guilty of innocent blood, which is what the ashes of the Red Heifer are to be used for. 

Those that took his body down from the cross, became “unclean,” and therefore, Numbers 19:12 requires that they “PURIFY THEMSELVES ON THE THIRD DAY, AND ON THE SEVENTH DAY, THEY SHALL BE CLEAN!” 

Joseph of Arimathea, and Nicodemus (righteous Pharisees), understood the prophetic implications of our Messiah dying “outside the camp,” at the base of the Mount of Olives, where the Red Heifers were to be killed. They were priests in the Temple, who understood the Temple sacrifices, and that our Messiah as the Red Heifer was necessary to cleanse the nation from defilement, of having shed his innocent blood!

Thus, when they took down his body from the cross, they knew they were going to become unclean, and unfit to enter the Temple for Passover that year. This is why they had already eaten the Passover Lamb the previous night (when our Messiah ate it with his disciples on the 14th of Abib). See my other blog entitled Did Messiah Eat the Passover Before He Died?

This means that those who went to the tomb on Shabbat ON THE SEVENTH DAY, WERE MADE CLEAN, because it was also the THIRD DAY FROM HIS SACRIFICE! 

As for when the High Priests were to offer the Wave Sheaf Offering, it is historically proven that it was offered at the close of the Sabbath at sundown. Though Scripture specifies the day the wave-sheaf was to be cut, it gives no specific time of day to cut it. 

Jewish history from the Second Temple period gives an interesting insight. The second-century Mishnah affirms that, when the Sadducees controlled the Temple, the sickle was put to the grain just as the sun was going down on the weekly Sabbath (Menahot 10:1-4, Jacob Neusner translation, pp. 753-754). 

The book, Biblical Calendars, states, “The Boethusians [Temple priests] reaped [the firstfruits sheaf] at the going out of the Sabbath” (p. 218. Additional information can be found in the section titled “Temple Service,” p. 280, as well as in The Temple: Its Ministry and Services by Alfred Edersheim, 1994, pp. 203-205). 

The New Testament’s silence on this Sadducean practice—along with its agreement with the ritual’s fulfillment in Messiah—must be construed as acceptance of its validity. The priests began to make the first cutting right at the end of the Sabbath, continuing over into the first day of the week, when the bulk of the work would be done. 

The ritual, however, was not complete until the sheaf was offered (waved) before Elohiym the following morning, or more precisely, between 9:00 a.m. and noon. Some might object to the reaping of the sheaf in the closing minutes of the Sabbath because it is a day of rest when no work is to be done. 

After one understands the full reason for it, as well as Yahuwshuwa’s direct statement that a priest is blameless in the performance of his required duties (Matthew 12:5), any objections to the practice disappear. 

The Conclusion: Yahuwshuwa ha’Mashiyach resurrected before sundown on the Sabbath.

Afterward, he went to the heavenly Temple as the High Priest to wave the “first-fruits offering.”

However, it was not the barley that he waved. Instead, Yahuwshuwa waved before YaHuWaH, the souls of men as his first-fruits offering!

His resurrection on the seventh day of the week, points us to the Sabbath Millennium, when he will also resurrect his bride in the final wheat harvest “AT THE LAST DAY,” in the Sabbath Millennium!

Now that our Messiah fulfilled the requirements of blood atonement and for the sins of humanity (on the seventh day of the week), why are will still required to keep the seventh day holy?

The answer can be found in Keefa Beyth (2nd Peter) 3:8, where we are told that “One day is like a thousand years with YHWH, and a thousand years is as one day.” 

What this means, is that the weekly seventh day Shabbat, is a microcosm for the macrocosm of the seven thousand years from creation, leading up to the eighth millennium, which will commence eternity. 

Revelation 21 describes when the eighth millennium will begin with a new heaven, and a new earth descending, thus taking over the entire earth. For the first heaven, and the first earth will “pass away,” thus eliminating the need for brick and mortar temple. Revelation 21:22 says that “The Lamb, and YaHuWaH Almighty shall be the temple.” 

Chazown (Revelation) 21:

22 And I saw no temple therein: for YHWH Elohiym the Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it

23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of Elohiym did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof

So you see, the seventh day of the week is a reminder that there will be seven thousand years “For the restoration of all things,” (Acts 3:21) back to the original created order in the Garden of Eden. 

In Hebrews chapter 4:4-11, we are shown that the eternal rest we shall enter into for eternity, is a macrocosm of the seventh day of the week. Therefore, “There remains a Sabbatismos (rest) for the people of Elohiym” 

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