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Kabbalah 401.4: The controversial Sabbath

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The Fourth Commandment has caused more controversy between Jews and Gentiles than any other. Jews want to use Saturday, and most Christians moved the Sabbath to Sunday. The resolution is simple. The Days of the Week Named in the First Chapter of the First Book of the Bible are the same Names as the Days of the Week in Ancient and Modern Hebrew. Thus, “on the First Day” simply Means, “On Sunday”, and so on. According to the Christian New Testament, early Jewish followers of Jesus of Nazareth started to meet on Sundays, so that they collect money, which was forbidden on the Sabbath.

Remember the Sabbath day to sanctify it. Six days may you work and perform all your labor, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to YHVH your God; you shall perform no labor, neither you, your son, your daughter, your manservant, your maidservant, your beast, nor your stranger who is in your cities. For in six days YHVH made the heaven and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore, YHVH blessed the Sabbath day and sanctified it.

Thus, a more correct translation of the above Passage would begin, “Remember Saturday to sanctify it.” What does all this Mean? Did God have to rest? The answer is an emphatic “No!” Many interpret this to Mean, that God literally rested, in Order to let us know, that we need the Sabbath. There is nothing wrong with reading the Passage like this. Perhaps, however, there is another, better, more logical explanation.

There are natural cycles in this Universe. Why would it be irrational to schedule regular rest Days Four Times in every Lunar cycle of twenty-Eight Days? Take a break every now and then. Metaphysically speaking, the real answer is, take regular breaks. Allow Time to heal and refresh.

The Concept of taking Saturday off goes back even further than the Hebrews. We have extant documents dating back to ancient Babylonia mentioning this, centuries before the Hebrew Torah was written. A trace of this is found in Exodus Chapter 16: 22-27, the story of the gathering of Manna, where the Hebrews are told to gather Manna once a Day, and a double portion on Friday, so that they would be able to refrain from work on Saturday. The Hebrews already knew about the Sabbath, although the Commandments were not given until later, in Chapter 20!

This would be a good Time to discuss the ongoing debate between so-called “Creationists” and Modern Science. Genesis states that the Universe was Created within Seven Days. Modern Science holds that this same Universe is about Fifteen Million Years old. Is there a real conflict here? Certainly not!

The Hebrew Word “Yom” does not just Mean a Twenty-Four Period. It was also used to Mean “Period of Time”, just like we say in English, for example, “In King Arthur’s Day”. It is simply incorrect to assume any differently. If you read Chapter One of Genesis, the Order of Creation is not all that different from that of Modern Science. Each of the Six Days lasted Billions of Years. It has been said, that this is still the Seventh Day, and that God is still resting. This would explain a lot of things.

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