Shalom. Our teaching this morning will be about The Sabbath, and how to overcome complaining. Our Scripture reading will be from Exodus 16.27-36.
READ EXODUS 16.27-36
EXODUS 16.27-30 VERSE 27 The seventh day is Saturday, The Sabbath.
VERSE 29 The sixth day is Friday.
The seventh day of the week is Saturday, The Sabbath of The LORD. The LORD GOD had miraculously created and provided quails and manna for the children of Israel every day except on Saturday, The Sabbath for 40 years until they came into the land of Canaan. But on Fridays, the sixth day of the week, GOD provided a double portion of quails and manna for both the Friday and Saturday Sabbath meals for some three million people. Thus when the Saturday Sabbath arrived, The LORD provided no food because not only is Saturday a Sabbath for the people, but Saturday is also a Sabbath for The LORD GOD. GOD also rests on the Saturday Sabbath from all His work. So when people went out into the field on The Sabbath, that is on Saturday looking for quails and manna, they found nothing.
The Sabbath is from Friday at sundown to Saturday at sundown. And GOD commanded it a day of rest for all mankind, and also for Himself. GOD lives and does according to His own Laws and Commandments. GOD established The Sabbath on the seventh day after His work of creation was completed in six days. GOD created the heavens and the earth in six days, and rested on the seventh day. And He declared the seventh day Sabbath on Saturday a day of rest for Himself and for all mankind. Not only for the Jewish people, but for everyone.
GOD created the Jewish people from Abraham and Sarah some 2,000 years after The Creation. Genesis 12.
LEVITICUS 23.1-3 The Sabbath on the seventh day Saturday is a Feast of GOD for all mankind. The Saturday Sabbath is an appointed time of GOD for all peoples to come together and hold a Service dedicated to The LORD and cease from work. Do you think in the Millennium and in Heaven, The Sabbath will be on Sunday or any other day besides Saturday? Never! The weekly Sabbath will always be on Saturday.
Sabbath, or Shabbat in Hebrew means rest, and to keep as a day of rest, and to cease from work. Thus The LORD commanded the children of Israel not to cook on The Sabbath, not to do any work of any kind, and not to gather anything on The Sabbath. Because it was a Holy day unto The LORD. But some people refused to obey GOD and His Commandments. And The LORD said to Moses, how long will the people refuse to keep My Commandments and My Laws? Verse 28.
Well quite frankly, most people outside Judaism refuse to obey GOD’s Commandments and Laws. Why? Because they are taught by Bible teachers and Bible preachers NOT to obey GOD’s Commandments and His Law of Moses. And many Jewish people do a poor job in obeying GOD’s Commandments and Laws. Not because the Rabbis teach disobedience to GOD, they don’t. They teach The Law of Moses every Sabbath in the synagogues. But many Jewish people voluntarily refuse to obey GOD. Sadly, when Jewish people come into Messianic Judaism believing in The Jewish Messiah Yeshua, we are taught by many Bible teachers who are both Jewish and non-Jewish NOT to obey GOD’s Law of Moses, and that is opposition to GOD Almighty.
The Saturday Sabbath outside Judaism has been changed by man to Sunday or another day of choice other than GOD’s commanded day Saturday.
The Festivals of GOD, His appointed times found in Leviticus 23 have been replaced with christmas and easter and other manmade inventions.
GOD’s Commandments and Laws have been abolished and changed outside Judaism. Messiah Yeshua’s reaction to that is found in Matthew 7.23 where He says, “Depart from Me you that work lawlessness”.
GOD’s teaching of one GOD and no other beside Him has been replaced with the doctrine of the trinity that teaches one GOD in three distinct and different persons. Essentially three different gods. That is not Biblical teaching. The trinity teaches that Yeshua is not The Father. See Isaiah 9.6(5) Yeshua is The Father. The trinity teaches that The Spirit is a person distinct and different from both The Father and The Son. That is three different gods. The Bible teaches one GOD, period, and never teaches any distinction or differences in The Father, Son, and Spirit because there are no differences. The Father, Son, and The Spirit are one and the same.
Yeshua said, he that has seen Me has seen The Father. John 14.9. Yeshua is The Father, and The Father is Yeshua. Yeshua also said, “he that sees Me, sees Him that sent Me.” John 12.45. The LORD GOD of Creation sent Himself in the person of Yeshua The Messiah. ISAIAH 48.16-17
The one GOD sent Himself whether in the Old Testament to appear to Adam and Eve, even to create them, and to appear to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Moses and others. Or in the Person of Yeshua The Messiah in the New Testament. There are no differences. Why? Because GOD says He is The One and only GOD. There are no others. Yeshua is GOD Almighty Who made Himself a child and a Son, Isaiah 9.6(5), The Mighty GOD, The Everlasting Father Who hung on a tree, a cross, to be our atonement for our sins. And yet GOD is a Spirit Who fills Heaven and earth always and forever. He is GOD.
GOD has appeared in many different manifestations or appearances. He has appeared as The Messiah, and will appear again as The Messiah when He returns. GOD has appeared as The Glory of GOD. Picture thousands of rainbows in one. GOD has appeared as The Angel of The LORD, or the flame in a bush that did not burn, or Face to face with Abraham, and Moses, and others. He is I AM. GOD is GOD. He can do whatever He pleases. And what He does is always within His Law, The Law of Moses. GOD has no restrictions or limitations. Is anything too hard for The LORD? GOD is GOD, and He is one. There are no differences or distinctions in The Father, Son, and Spirit because they are one and the same. Paul sums it up in ROMANS 11.33-36.
Let’s look at a few Scriptures that teach that GOD is one, and He never changes. EPHESIANS 1.23, DEUTERONOMY 4.35&39, NUMBERS 23.19, LUKE 16.17, 1 PETER 1.23-25
We said at the outset of this teaching that we would address the subject of complaining, and how to overcome it.
EXODUS 16.6-8 The word murmur in Hebrew is LOON meaning to complain or murmur day and night. We Jews call complaining kvetching. A person might be called a kvetch who complains. It’s a Yiddish word.
We all, or at least some of us have experienced in our lifetime a moment or two when we have complained. So to get a better idea of why we complain, I looked up the word complain in the Dictionary. I don’t think yo
u will be shocked to hear what complain means and why we complain. Complain means to show or voice dissatisfaction or unhappiness, or anger and annoyance or irritation. We complain because of resentment or bitterness or even jealousy. Complaining can come because of pain or grief, or finding fault. And I will also add to this list. Complaining can come from fear, fear of anything, fear that something bad might happen. Fear of someone whom you think might cause you grief or pain. Fear of the unknown. Fear of anything.
Here are a few Biblical reasons why people complain.
LAMENTATIONS 3.39 Why does a person complain because GOD is punishing him or her for their sins? Remember, sin is breaking The Law of Moses. 1 John 3.4. So we might be complaining because we’re in sin. We are breaking The Torah, GOD’s Law of Moses.
EXODUS 14.11 Fear caused the people to complain. They were frightened they would die in the wilderness. “Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness?”
EXODUS 15.23-24 The people complained because they didn’t have water to drink. “What shall we drink?”
JAMES 5.9 People complain about others.
PSALM 77.1-3 When we complain bitterly, our spirit might fail, that is we might become weak, even thinking GOD has abandoned us.
So what should we do in times of unhappiness or anger, or in times of bitterness, or pain, or even fear? How do we stop complaining and lift ourselves up and be the children of GOD we want to be, and return to a healthy and happy life?
First, what’s the problem? Why are you complaining? Well, GOD might be testing you to see if you will obey His Law or not. His Law is The Law of Moses. He might be humbling you to submit to Him, and obey His Law. And that might be the reason you are going through the hardship that GOD calls a test.
DEUTERONOMY 8.1-3, LUKE 4.1-4, 1 PETER 4.12-14
Testings and trials of hardships are part of our walk with The LORD our GOD. He wants to know what is in our heart whether we will obey His Law and Commandments or not. GOD already knows the answer.
1. If you are suffering because you are in sin, breaking GOD’s Law of Moses, 1 John 3.4, stop sinning and repent. Repent means to turn from all your sins, and obey GOD’s Law, His Law of Moses.
EZEKIEL 18.21-22 And GOD will deliver you.
2. If you are positive you are not in sin, having faith in Messiah Yeshua, walking in GOD’s Laws and Commandments, you must know and believe that GOD will end the test, and deliver you from the trial of adversity, and bless you.
GENESIS 22.10-18, 1 CORINTHIANS 10.13
Another good example of a GODly person who did not sin and yet GOD tested him bitterly was Job. GOD called Job perfect and upright. He walked in GOD’s Law, and feared GOD, and avoided evil. Yet GOD tested him, bitterly. But in time, GOD delivered Job and blessed him abundantly after the test. GOD will do the same for you. He will deliver you after the test, and bless you. There is no need to complain, but be patient, and wait on The LORD, expecting deliverance, and knowing you will be blessed.
JOB 1.1-22; 2.1-10
(Job 1.8) There is none like Job in the earth. He is perfect, that is law-abiding.
Upright, that is law-abiding and he departs from evil.
(Job 1.22) In all the trouble, Job did not sin.
(Job 2.9-10) Nor did he sin with his lips.
And the blessings after the test. JOB 42.10-17
(Job 42.10) The LORD turned the captivity of Job. GOD returned Job to his former state of health, and happiness, and prosperity. And GOD gave Job twice as much as he had before because he did not sin, even through the trial, he kept GOD’s Laws and Commandments.
The story of Job is a good example for all of us. Why? Because if you are not in sin, you don’t have to complain knowing GOD will deliver you from the trial, and bless you. But if you are in sin, breaking GOD’s Law of Moses, stop sinning and repent. Turn from all your sins and obey GOD’s Law of Moses, and He will deliver you. There is no reason to complain.
In times of difficulty, I do at least four things.
FIRST – Am I in sin? Am I breaking GOD’s Law of Moses? Am I living according to every Word of GOD? If I have fallen, I repent.
SECOND I pray a lot, and praise Him. The Bible says, I will bless The LORD at all times, His praise shall continually be in my mouth. Psalm 34.1. And I ask The LORD to deliver me and Jan from the trial and bless us.
THIRD I read a lot of Scripture. Those Scriptures that are uplifting to me that give me hope and comfort such as PSALM 1.1-3, PSALM 34.1-4, 17-19, PSALM 37.1-9, MATTHEW 5.1-12
And finally, I keep on keeping on knowing that GOD will deliver us, being in obedience to GOD, continuing to obey His Laws and Commandments. My eyes are always on The LORD GOD. It’s comforting. And knowing He hears me. And I continue to read Scripture for comfort and hope. Here are a few verses of Scripture that will always comfort you.
JEREMIAH 31.3, ISAIAH 26.3-4, PROVERBS 3.1-12, 1 PETER 5.6-11, JOHN 17.23
So complaining can be overcome if you know why you are suffering. GOD might be testing you to see if you will keep His Laws or not. He might be humbling you so you will submit to Him and obey His Commandments and Laws.
If you are in sin, that is breaking GOD’s Law of Moses, 1John 3.4, stop sinning, and repent. Repentance is turning from all your sins and obey GOD, His Law of Moses.
If you are not in sin, and you are being tested with some adversity, continue and endure and do not sin. And GOD will deliver you, and bless you.
Pray a lot, and praise Him. Read a lot of Scripture for comfort and hope. GOD is a GOD of His Word, and He will deliver you IF YOU DO IT HIS WAY. And as Peter writes, The GOD of all grace Who has called you into His eternal glory by Messiah Yeshua, after that you have suffered a while, will make you perfect, established, He will strengthen you, and settle you.
Shalom, Ira Weinstein