How to be in covenant with God

8 January 2021

Series: Shabbat sermons

How to be in covenant with God

In Exodus: 31:12-13, we read, ” Speak also to the children of Israel saying, Verily you will keep My Shabbats for a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, so you will know that I am Yehovah Who sanctifies you.” In Ex 31:16-17, we read, ” Therefore the children of Israel will keep the Sabbat to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations for a perpetual covenant. It is a sign between  Me and the children of Israel forever, for in six days Yehovah made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.”


Here in Exodus 31:12-13 and 16:17, Yehovah our God says to us His Shabbats, and the weekly Sabbat is a perpetual covenant and a sign between Yehovah and Israel forever. According to Yehovah, those who keep the Shabbat are those who belong to Him, and this did not change with the advent of Christ. How do we know this did not change? Because the Bible says the Shabbat is a perpetual covenant for all generations to come. We also know the Shabbat as a covenant given before circumcision and even before tithing from the Bible. Shabbat was given to humanity in creation in Genesis. We can, therefore, conclude it is essential to keep the Shabbat.


Most Christians would argue we are free from Shabbat keeping, so only 9 out of 10 commandments apply to us today. The Bible would not agree to this:  In Daniel 7:25, 2:21, 2.Thess 2:3, 2:8, we learn one of the ways to identify the Antichrist; he will try to change Yehovahs Shabbats and Yehovah’s laws. So it is evident, from the Bible, the Antichrist would agree to the idea that we are free from Shabbat keeping.


Why would you believe you do not have to obey the Shabbat commandment when you know the Antichrist believes the Shabbat does not apply to us?


The Bible has only one commandment for Shabbat keeping, do not work for money, and do not make others work for money. Of course, there are exceptions to this; if a life-threatening situation arises, you are allowed to work for money or make others work for money. It would still be a violation of the Shabbat commandment, but it would be a greater sin to cause someone’s death or physical harm because you had to obey the Shabbat.


So make sure to keep the Shabbat today so Yehovah can know that you are in covenant with Him.

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