Participants: Lemuel Vega
Series Code: FC
Program Code: FC000407
00:31 Hello, my friends at home today.
00:33 I wanna welcome you to 3ABN in Faith Chapel.
00:36 Today it's a, it's a very awesome privilege for
00:40 me to come here today and share with you a little
00:42 bit about a special situation in my life.
00:46 And the topic today is remember the Sabbath day.
00:51 And there is a controversy going on in our
00:53 world today. Well, we got the Lord's Day,
00:55 we got the old Jewish Sabbath day, and we,
00:57 we got all kinds of issues and we actually got confuse
01:00 people out there. And my dear friend,
01:03 I'm one of those people that were terribly confused.
01:06 I had heard about the Sabbath and all through
01:08 the Bible speaks about remember the Sabbath day.
01:12 And then some people wanna say,
01:13 Oh! No the Ten Commandments
01:14 they were nailed to the cross and we;
01:16 we don't have to keep that anymore,
01:17 that's the old law. Well, I'll tell you what
01:20 God's law? The Ten Commandments thou shalt
01:24 not kill, thou shalt not commit adultery,
01:26 thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not bear,
01:28 thou shalt not lie, thou shalt not covet,
01:31 all these things are very principles in our societies,
01:35 in our kingdoms, in our lands, wherever you come from
01:38 that these are things that you want honest labors,
01:40 you don't want someone coveting your wife
01:43 or your husband. So, the Bible says,
01:45 in the middle of it. It says, remember the Sabbath day.
01:47 Let us bow and have prayer and has God's blessings
01:51 upon our, our opportunity to be here together.
01:55 Oh, dear heavenly Father, I want to say thank you
01:58 for what you have done in our lives,
01:59 we thank you for what you have done in our
02:01 world to calm the storm of the turmoil in
02:03 which we live. And yes, you have set a special day
02:07 aside. It's not just any day that we can pick
02:10 any day out of week and say, well we are gonna
02:12 keep that one holy. Because my Bible
02:15 and the walk through life that you've led me,
02:17 I now have an understanding that the special day
02:20 that you set aside from the beginning of time.
02:23 And at the end of time when earth is no more,
02:26 there will be a special time in heaven from one
02:29 Sabbath to another that we will come before thee
02:31 and worship you. So, may we know Lord,
02:35 help us to follow what is right your will in our
02:38 lives in Jesus name we pray, Amen.
02:44 I would like to turn to the very first book of
02:46 the Bible. And the very first chapter and the
02:49 very first, the very first verse in Genesis chapter 1.
02:54 Please grab your Bible; it's easy to find out.
02:57 I didn't use to grab my Bible because I couldn't
02:58 follow along with the, with the person that
03:00 was sharing. He went so fast, in the beginning.
03:05 "God created the heaven and the earth."
03:08 God created in the beginning.
03:11 Let's go just a little further to Genesis 1,
03:14 verse 31. "And God saw that everything that
03:21 he had made, and behold, it was very good.
03:31 And the evening and the morning were the sixth day."
03:34 So, God had created all this in the weekly cycle
03:38 and the first six days God created.
03:41 The evening by the way, pay attention to this.
03:44 The evening and the morning were the first
03:46 day in the beginning of creation.
03:49 In our world, we want to say 12 o' clock midnight.
03:51 Now, starts the next day in God's time it says
03:54 the evening and the morning were the first day.
03:59 Chapter 2, "Thus the heavens and the earth
04:05 were finished and all the host of them.
04:08 And on the seventh day God ended his work
04:15 which he had made; and he rested on the
04:18 Seventh-day from all his work which he had made."
04:21 And here it is my friend, you won't find it
04:24 anywhere else in the Bible on Monday, Tuesday,
04:26 Wednesday or Sunday. And God blessed the
04:29 Seventh-day, and sanctified it.
04:32 He did something special at the end of creation
04:35 and sanctified it. Because that in it,
04:39 he had rested from all his work which God created
04:43 and made. God was tired from creating this universe.
04:48 God was tired from creating the elephants
04:51 and the animals and a little baby lambs,
04:53 and the chickens, and the puppy dogs.
04:55 And then he created man in his own image.
04:59 God was not physically drained, where he needed
05:02 a day of rest. He wanted to be with you my friend
05:06 and to be with me on a special day that he set
05:10 aside. And on the Seventh-day God
05:12 ended his work, which he had made
05:14 and he rested on the Seventh-day from
05:16 all his work which he had made.
05:17 And God blessed, I'm gonna tell you word is in
05:20 Genesis chapter 2 verse 3.
05:24 Genesis chapter 2 verse 3, "And God blessed the
05:28 Seventh Day and sanctified it,
05:30 because in it He rested from all His work which
05:36 God created and made." So, I want to tell you
05:40 my friend that this is, if he had nothing more
05:43 to go on, but let's continue all in our,
05:45 in our journey here. Let's look and see,
05:48 this year was before the. Let's go to Exodus,
05:54 Exodus chapter 16. This was before the
05:57 Ten Commandments on Sinai. This was not a
05:59 Jewish Sabbath day. This is from the beginning
06:02 the creation for all of humanity,
06:04 he started with Adam and Eve.
06:06 So, I don't care what nationality you are,
06:07 what country you come from, what color you are?
06:09 It's for all of humanity because we all trace our
06:13 heritage back to Adam and Eve ultimately to God,
06:17 our creator of the universe. So, this Sabbath day is
06:19 for you and for I. Let's go to Exodus 16,
06:25 verse 4 and 5. Then said the LORD unto Moses,
06:31 the children of Israel when bondage in Egypt,
06:36 they have been taken slaves, they have been made slaves
06:40 to work for these people, and they had idolatry
06:43 all around, idol worship and all kinds of things
06:46 and so they were enslaved into this country,
06:48 where they didn't have the, the freedom to serve God
06:51 and carry down the heritage. And they were taken out by
06:56 God through Moses and they were taken out,
06:59 and the king said to let them go.
07:02 And they cross the red sea on dry land.
07:04 Then now they are in the, in the wilderness God had
07:08 taken them out to free them from bondage from
07:10 physical slavery and bring them into a relationship
07:14 to re-establish a relationship to have been from the
07:16 beginning of time. "Then said the LORD unto Moses,
07:20 Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you;
07:22 and for the people, and the people shall go out
07:26 and gather a certain rate every day."
07:28 That I He says, may prove them,
07:32 prove the people of that time.
07:35 Prove the people of this 21st century.
07:40 That I may prove them whether they will walk
07:42 in my law or no, God's law the Ten Commandments,
07:48 where do you stay in my friend?
07:50 Does it really matter? You just believe in God,
07:53 and that's gonna take us through,
07:55 believe in God and his Ten Commandment is not enough.
08:00 The Ten Commandments keeping the law all perfect
08:04 is not enough to get us to heaven.
08:06 It is a hard rendering; it is a transformation of the
08:09 character. And then these things are applicable to
08:15 our lives. They are in enjoyment not to steal
08:18 from my neighbor, it's a blessing to help them
08:20 instead just steal from him. It's a blessing to be
08:23 a truth to him instead of a lie to him,
08:25 it's a blessing and God makes our lives blessings.
08:29 And these Ten Commandments are not grievous.
08:32 And it shall come to pass it on the six day,
08:35 they shall prepare that which they bring in,
08:37 and it shall be twice as much as they gather.
08:41 So, here we read about, about the Manna,
08:45 God rained Manna down bread from heaven,
08:48 and he wanted to prove his people.
08:51 So, he said everyday you are gonna get your bread,
08:54 go out and gather it everyday and then at
08:57 that time on the six day, there is gonna be twice
09:01 as much on the six day. And so, that's a nice deal.
09:05 We work six days and on the seventh day
09:07 you get the rest, you don't even have to go out
09:09 and gather your bread for the day
09:10 because it's already been laid up from the day before.
09:13 Let's go to Exodus 16, Exodus 16:22 through 30.
09:20 And it came to pass, that on the sixth day they
09:22 gathered twice as much bread,
09:24 two omers for one man: and all the rulers of
09:28 the congregation came and told Moses.
09:30 And he said unto them, This is that which the LORD
09:34 hath said, Tomorrow is the rest of the holy
09:37 Sabbath unto the LORD: and bake that which
09:41 you will bake today, and see they are boiled
09:43 or cooked that which you will cook,
09:45 see they are boil and that which remain it over lay
09:48 it up for you to be kept until the morning."
09:50 And so God provided that they could have extra
09:54 and they lay it up till the morning, as Moses bade:
09:57 and it did not stink, neither was there
09:58 any worm therein. And Moses said, Eat it today;
10:02 for today is a Sabbath unto the LORD:
10:04 today ye shall not find it in the field.
10:07 Six days ye shall gather it; but on the seventh day,
10:10 which is the Sabbath, in it there shall be none."
10:12 Verse 27, this is our humanity trust God.
10:22 And it came to pass, that there went out some of
10:25 the people on the seventh day for to gather,
10:28 and they found none. And the LORD said unto Moses,
10:32 How long refuse ye to keep my commandments
10:36 and my laws?" This was God's chosen people;
10:40 this weary are God's chosen people.
10:43 Humanity came to the cross of Calvary to die for you
10:46 and I that we could be reinstated into the
10:49 rightful hands, into the position that we have
10:52 for us in the kingdom of heaven.
10:54 It's not for the Jews, it's not an old law,
10:56 was it for just the Israelites.
10:58 This is for you and for me. Exodus 20 verse 8 to 11.
11:09 Let's read that together, "Remember the Sabbath
11:11 day to keep it holy. Six days shall labor
11:14 and do all thy work. But the seventh day is a
11:17 Sabbath to the Lord thy God; in it thou shalt
11:20 not do any work, thou nor thy son, nor thy daughter,
11:25 thy man servant, nor thy male servant,
11:28 nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is with him
11:31 thy gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven
11:36 and earth, we already read about that in the very
11:38 beginning of the Bible and the sea,
11:40 and all then that is and rested on the seventh day;
11:42 where for the Lord blessed the Sabbath day an holiday."
11:49 So, now how is that the man's tradition has crept
11:52 in to our society through secularism and we say,
11:57 we can pick any day. My friend I don't know,
12:00 what day you were born, what year you were born,
12:02 but the day July 18th, 1842. Whatever day you have born
12:07 1942, it doesn't matter, that is the day you were born,
12:11 that's the day that, that is your day that's the
12:14 beginning of time for you and in God's time in the
12:17 very beginning, He set aside the Seventh-day.
12:21 We say, well we should live everyday holy is unto
12:23 the Lord, Amen. We should live our heart everyday
12:28 for Jesus Christ, but we cannot breathe
12:31 and sanctify a day and make it holy.
12:34 He is already done that for us,
12:36 he is already showed us, which day it is.
12:37 And it's the Sabbath day. You call it the Jewish
12:40 Sabbath, if you want too. I choose to call it the
12:42 Sabbath or the living God, and it says in the Bible
12:45 that from one new moon to another,
12:47 and from one Sabbath to another.
12:49 All fresh shall come and worship before the
12:52 Lord God, Amen. Let's go to Isaiah 58,
12:55 Isaiah 58 and I would like to look at verse 13.
13:03 Isaiah 58 verse 13, still the old, still the
13:07 Old Testament now. Lot of people say the
13:09 Old Testament is not relevant, but I say the
13:11 Bible from the beginning to the end is all one.
13:13 And God is coming back and we are going to be judged
13:17 according to how we've lived our life.
13:19 And I pray that by His will, we are willing to
13:21 surrender everything unto him,
13:23 whether it would be the Sabbath, whether it would
13:25 be drugs, whether it would be alcohol,
13:26 we have to have a starting point.
13:28 The Sabbath itself is not going to save anybody
13:31 because the rich young ruler come to Jesus,
13:33 and he said for my youth up, I have kept all of
13:35 these things, all of the laws to honor God.
13:39 He said, sell all that you have and give it to
13:41 the poor. So, the, the commandment themselves
13:43 are not enough, it's a shed blood of Jesus Christ
13:46 been applied to our lives in a daily relationship
13:49 with him. Verse 13 of Isaiah 58,
13:52 "If thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath,
13:55 from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; God says,
13:59 and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy day of
14:02 the LORD honorable, and shall honor him,
14:06 not doing thy own ways, nor finding thy own pleasures,
14:10 nor speaking thine own words. Then shalt thou
14:13 delight thyself in the Lord I will cause thee you
14:16 and I friend to ride upon the high places
14:20 of the earth." I tell you my dear friend perhaps
14:24 you are a, perhaps you are a good Sabbath keeper.
14:28 Every morning you get up on the Sabbath
14:30 and you go to church, how is your heart on
14:33 the way to church, what are you thinking about
14:35 on the way to church? Do you go like lots of people,
14:39 get your big old cup of coffee and your donut,
14:42 and then you go and your fellowship and you yip yap,
14:44 and then you go in and you praise the Lord little bit,
14:46 you clap your hands, and you have a fellowship
14:49 that's not the fellowship the Jesus Christ is
14:52 looking for. As Moses came to the burning bush,
14:56 God asked him to take his shoes off
14:59 because it's holy ground. And as we come into
15:02 our sanctuary, even if you got a home,
15:04 church or a home dwelling, you have a room set aside
15:08 special, we need to come as if it's holy ground.
15:13 Because it is, and the presence of God would
15:17 literally destroy us, we come into a sanctuary
15:22 in humility. Cell phones ringing in the back
15:27 of the church, what's up with that?
15:30 You shouldn't even have to, you are not that
15:32 important. The creator of the universe,
15:34 He knows your number and he could come
15:36 and talk to your heart without having the ring,
15:38 ring, ring, ding. God wants to spend time with you
15:43 and with I. May we set aside and prepare on
15:49 Friday to come and be with him on the Sabbath.
15:53 I share that for my own heart that I wanted
15:56 to be a quite time in holy ground.
15:59 And God's working on that in my life, I'm not,
16:02 I'm not speaking to condemn, I'm speaking
16:04 to say, people of the world we go out water
16:08 ski before church and then after church we go
16:10 out to eat, and then we do this, and we do that.
16:12 The Bible says that thy man servant, thy son,
16:15 nor the daughter, or thy stranger that is within
16:17 your gates, but it's okay to go down to the
16:19 ponderosa or it's okay to go down to the big club
16:22 after church and have fellowship.
16:24 You are making somebody else work,
16:26 what's up with that, tell me. I would like to
16:33 look at Mark 15. Let's go to Mark, we are going to
16:36 the New Testament now. New Testament,
16:39 let's go to Mark and see what Mark has to say,
16:41 Matthew, Mark, Luke, John. Matthew, Mark,
16:45 Mark 15 verse 42. "And now when the even
16:55 was come, because it was the preparation,
16:58 here it is, what's the preparation, that is,
17:03 the day before the Sabbath. It says and writes here,
17:07 that now even was come, remember the creation
17:11 the evening and the morning were the first day.
17:13 And now God's timeframe, the evening and the morning
17:16 was still in the context, here now in the
17:19 New Testament. Praise God, Joseph of Arimathea,
17:23 an honorable counselor, who also waited for the
17:25 kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly into Pilate,
17:28 and craved the body of Jesus. And Pilate marveled
17:32 if it were already dead: and calling unto him the
17:34 centurion, he asked whether he had been
17:36 any while dead. And when he knew of other centurion,
17:40 he gave the body to Joseph. And he bought fine linen,
17:44 and took him down, from the cross of Calvary."
17:47 The plan of redemption was completed at that moment,
17:51 when he died and shed his blood for you and for I.
18:01 And he bought fine linen, and took him down,
18:04 from the cross of Calvary and wrapped him in the
18:06 linen, and laid him in a sepulchre which was
18:09 hewn out of a rock, and rolled a stone unto the
18:11 door of the sepulchre." So, here was somebody
18:15 to take God's body off the cross.
18:18 And put it in a new hewn out tomb. Chapter 16
18:24 of Mark verse 1. "And when the Sabbath was passed,
18:29 when the Sabbath was passed listen to this on Friday
18:33 however this took place, Jesus Christ was crucified,
18:36 hang upon the cross and died preparation the day
18:41 before the Sabbath. And now God rested in the tomb
18:46 as his custom was he went into the synagogue on
18:49 the Sabbath day. He created the heaven
18:51 and the earth in six days, and He rested on the
18:53 Sabbath day, the seventh day.
18:56 "And when the Sabbath was passed Mary Magdalene,
18:58 and Mary the mother of James, and Salome,
19:00 had bought sweet spices that they might come
19:04 anoint him." And very early in the morning,
19:08 the first day of the week. They came unto the
19:12 sepulchre at the rising of the sun.
19:18 And they said among themselves,
19:20 Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the
19:23 sepulchre? And when they looked they saw that
19:25 the stone was rolled away for it was very great
19:28 and entering into the sepulchre, they saw a
19:31 young man sitting on the right side,
19:32 clothed in a long white garment;
19:34 and they were affrighted. And he Saith unto them,
19:37 Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth,
19:42 which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here:
19:46 behold look and see the place where they laid him."
19:51 My friend, Jesus Christ rested on the Sabbath day;
19:56 he arose on the first day of the week.
19:58 What day is the Sabbath day, I appeal to you?
20:02 We know Easter Sunday in our world,
20:06 worldwide is the Sunday, the first day of the week.
20:10 Now, that tells us specifically which day
20:13 is the Sabbath. Friday is the end of the week,
20:17 six days at on the Sabbath, the Saturday,
20:20 the seventh day he also rested.
20:23 In the New Testament my friend, Amen.
20:28 God rested even after the plan of creation,
20:32 God rested even after the plan of redeeming you
20:37 and I unto himself through his shed blood upon
20:40 the cross of Calvary. Finish the work for that moment
20:43 and lay down to rest. You may say, well let's keep
20:47 Sunday, the resurrection that is so powerful,
20:50 let's worship him today on the Sunday instead
20:53 of the Saturday, I say to you my friend,
20:56 I challenge you, the resurrection would have
20:59 never happen, if the crucifixion wouldn't happen,
21:01 so why don't you choose Friday to worship God.
21:05 Because he was willing to die for you and for me
21:08 on the Friday. So, why don't we pick Friday?
21:11 I say that there is peace and hope and love and joy
21:16 and beauty in the Sabbath day.
21:18 We can't pick a day, we can't bless a day,
21:21 we can't sanctify or make a day holy.
21:23 God has already done that for us at the very
21:27 beginning of creation. I would like to go to
21:30 Revelations 14, this is still the New Testament
21:34 my friend. Revelations 14, I'm not sharing this
21:38 to condemn, I'm sharing this because I have had
21:40 some major issues regarding this in my life.
21:43 Revelations 14:12, "Here is the patience of
21:48 the saints: here are they that keep the
21:51 commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus."
21:54 The commandments in the last book of the Bible
21:56 are still relevant. They haven't been done away with;
22:00 they haven't been nail to the cross.
22:07 Let's go to Revelations 22, before I go there
22:13 I want to read Revelations 14:6.
22:16 "And I saw another angel flying in the midst
22:21 of heaven, having the everlasting gospel,
22:24 to preach unto them that dwell on the earth,
22:27 and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue,
22:30 and people, saying with a loud voice,
22:33 Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour
22:36 of his judgment is come: and worship Him who made
22:41 heaven and the earth and the sea,
22:43 and the fountains of waters. He is looking
22:46 for our worship, and so the day that we worship
22:50 I would say is absolutely to the utmost importance
22:53 because we can't pick a day, sanctified it,
22:56 bless it, or make it holy." Revelations 22:12,
23:05 in red letters in my Bible. It says, "And Behold,
23:10 I come quickly, and my reward is with me,
23:13 to give every man according as his work shall be.
23:16 I am the Alpha, the Omega, the beginning and the end,
23:19 the first and the last. In verse 14 of chapter 22,
23:24 "Blessed are they that do his commandments
23:27 that they may have the right to the tree of life,
23:31 and may enter in through the gates into that city."
23:34 You my friend and I want to hear, well done thou good
23:38 in faithful servant. Enter into the joy of the Lord,
23:41 if still speaking about the commandments in the
23:43 beginning of the Bible, the middle of the Bible in the
23:46 last book of the Bible, in the last chapter of the
23:49 Bible, and I tell you that there is no way.
23:53 There is no way that the special Sabbath day
23:57 has been done away with. Revelations 22 verse 21,
24:03 "And the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be
24:07 with you all, Amen. Until the end of the world
24:12 Jesus Christ is looking for those who are willing
24:15 to stand up, true and faithful be to follow him.
24:20 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, the three
24:23 young Hebrews, they choose not to follow the,
24:27 the, the wide way, the way of the world at
24:29 the time in their life. And do you know, they were
24:32 thrown into the fiery furnace, and you know,
24:34 the God was with them in the fiery furnace?
24:36 And do you know, when they were called out to
24:38 the fiery furnace, King Nebuchadnezzar made a
24:40 decree that everybody would worship the true
24:43 and the living God, so because three were
24:45 willing to stand up for a righteousness and truth,
24:48 the whole kingdom, a decree was made in honor
24:51 of the true, in the living God. I wanna share with
24:54 you something in closing. My mother was very sick
24:57 with cancer and she was soon going to die.
24:59 I had all these issues, I have been down to the
25:02 big churches of the land, and asked them about
25:04 the Sabbath. They said, don't worry about it,
25:06 just keep a day holy, it doesn't matter.
25:08 And I struggled with all these issues,
25:11 it drove me into deeper, and deeper drug addiction
25:13 because I was searching, but I put it out of my mind.
25:16 My mother was sick with cancer for years
25:19 and she was ready to die. A year I prayed perhaps,
25:23 I said Lord, if the Sabbath day is Saturday
25:27 and it's really special to you, I said please let my
25:31 mother die on the Sabbath day.
25:35 And I prayed this prayer, and I meant it with all
25:38 my heart because it didn't really matter,
25:40 what day I went to church and was really no big deal.
25:42 And for me, I was seeking in all truth and sincerity,
25:46 and that's what you need to do for you,
25:48 don't worry about your preacher,
25:49 don't worry about your bishop, seek God's will for
25:52 your life and you will be blessed.
25:56 It was the Sunday afternoon. Because when we go to
25:58 church then we can go out do other things too
26:00 you know, because it really doesn't matters,
26:01 not really at special of the day. And I had borrowed a
26:03 pick up truck and I was, I was getting some stones
26:06 out of my grandmother's property because they
26:07 had sold and they said I could have these stones,
26:09 and my aunty came looking for me.
26:12 She said I have been looking all over for you.
26:15 She said your mother died. My first question was
26:19 when did she die? She said, yesterday.
26:23 I said, what time did she die? I believe that was
26:27 in the early afternoon. And I broke down and I wept
26:31 because I was taken into context of the evening
26:34 and the morning were the first day,
26:35 the Sabbath begins on Friday evening,
26:37 it in Saturday evening, a sun down and I believe,
26:40 if it would have been after the sun down,
26:43 I would have believed that really didn't matter.
26:45 And I cried, and I cried, I racked with tears,
26:49 I sobbed, and my wife come over to comfort me
26:52 and she said, it will be okay. I said, honey you don't
26:55 understand. And God had answered my prayer
26:59 to let me know, where I stood? And I tell you,
27:03 it's been almost twelve years now that have
27:05 been going to church on the Sabbath.
27:07 It's been a blessing, he has pulled me from
27:09 drug addiction, from the spare, from the ways
27:12 of the world, and it is a blessing to serve Jesus,
27:15 wholeheartedly not just a day with the heart,
27:20 with the love and then it becomes a joy,
27:23 a joy to hear. Here is the patience of the saints
27:28 here are they; they keep the commandments of God
27:30 and the faith of Jesus Christ. So, my friend that
27:35 I hope that in, in a mighty way this will encourage
27:38 you as you are willing to surrender all
27:40 and say that I too, and willing to follow Jesus.
27:44 Give him an opportunity with your life in all
27:47 sincerity and I look forward on that great day
27:50 to seeing you in the kingdom of heaven.
27:52 God bless you, and we love you
27:54 until we meet again, God bless you.