Good Sabbath My Brothers and Sisters, Shabbat Shalom, Welcome to The CJCN Sabbath Day Worship.
By Senior Pastor Don Roy Hemingway.
Gooooooooooooooooooooood morning brethren, peace unto you and the grace of our lord Jesus be with you. May the Almighty God of hosts stay ever with you this morning and thank you, for joining us here at ‘The Church of Jerusalem and the Christian Nation’ for worship and praise. Let us begin as is our tradition every day here at the Nation, by reading from the word of God. Amen………
NOTICE TO THE CJCN AND ASSOCIATED CHRISTIAN GROUPS.
Before going any further this Sabbath morning, I want to inform everyone that I shall be posting only one worship blog each day for the next three weeks. I am now travelling across Europe and expect to leave for Israel on Tuesday and arrive some time on Wednesday in Tel Aviv for another tour of the Holy Land of God. I shall be praying for you all at the Western wall of Solomon’s Original Temple, searching out a site for the establishment of the CJCN and the planned Bible Seminary in Jerusalem and I shall also be visiting friends in Judea. I intend to keep a photo record of this trip and I should be able to keep you up to date with my travels on a daily basis, but please forgive me if I can’t, there is so much to do on this trip and so little time to do it. I would appreciate a prayer for my journey and I hope to be back with you for normal worship service, during the first week of December. Goodbye for now and God bless you.
Exodus 20. 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)
1 And God spoke all these words, saying:
2 “I am the Lord thy God, who have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3 “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.
4 “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them; for I, the Lord thy God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me,
6 and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me and keep My commandments.
7 “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain.
8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
9 Six days shalt thou labor and do all thy work;
10 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, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates.
11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
12 “Honor thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
13 “Thou shalt not kill.
14 “Thou shalt not commit adultery.
15 “Thou shalt not steal.
16 “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
17 “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house; thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbor’s.”
18 And all the people saw the thunderings and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they removed and stood afar off.
19 And they said unto Moses, “Speak thou with us and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die.”
20 And Moses said unto the people, “Fear not; for God has come to test you, and that His fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.”
21 And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.
22 And the Lord said unto Moses, “Thus thou shalt say unto the children of Israel: ‘Ye have seen that I have talked with you from heaven.
23 Ye shall not make with Me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold.
24 An altar of earth thou shalt make unto Me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings and thy peace offerings, thy sheep and thine oxen. In all places where I record My name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee.
25 And if thou wilt make Me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone; for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it.
26 Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto Mine altar, that thy nakedness be not uncovered thereon.’
The Sabbath Day Prayer.
Lord our God, we come to you, the source of all being. You have said to us, “I am your God. You shall have no other gods before me. Honour none but me, your God.” We thank you for this wonderful message. Help us to recognise you more and always as the one true living God, so that our hearts may be full of the goodness and blessings we already receive by your almighty hand. Bless us this day of the lord, as we keep your Sabbath and proclaim with loud voice, Jesus Christ is Lord, Jesus Christ is Lord. In His name we pray. Amen.
The Sabbath Day Lesson.
(8) “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. (9) Six days you shall labor and do all your work, (10) but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. (11) For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
God did not rest as a result of tiredness because He does not get weary (Isaiah 40:28). In this, man is unlike God. We need to rest this physical body on the Sabbath. This ties the rhythm of our bodies to the rhythm in which God made the world. God rested from the achievement of the physical creation, but that does not indicate His rest means inactivity because God nurtures what He creates. This is why Jesus said that His Father is working. The Sabbath is especially a time of spiritual activity that the Father spends preparing His children for His Kingdom.
The Bible says He blessed the Sabbath day. To bless is to favor. According to the Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament, the Hebrew word means “to endue with power for success, prosperity, fecundity, longevity, etc.” Does God point out the fact that the proper observance of the Sabbath will go a long way toward promoting success in those who keep it? Yes, because He also sanctified it, consecrated it, hallowed it. He made it HOLY TIME!
It takes a holy God to make holy time, and this holy God made no time holy other than His Sabbaths. God can make man holy, but man cannot make anything holy. All of this is seen within the context of the seventh day, a specific day following the first six days of creation. Using any day other than the seventh day, the Sabbath, for the normal weekly worship of God is man-directed, and is neither blessed nor holy.
That the Sabbath is holy means it is worthy of respect, deference, even devotion not given other periods of time. It is set apart for sacred use because it is derived from God’s own acts of creation and commands. The overall idea of the word holy is “different.” Its root word means “cut,” indicating “cut out,” “separate,” or in more modern terms, “a cut above.” When it applies to God or those persons or objects He declares holy, a thing that is holy is different from the common. It is thus separate from others, cut out from the ordinary, or a cut above, indicating transcendence.
Have a great day Brothers and Sisters of the CJCN, The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.
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