Jehovah God first instructed the Israelites regarding the Sabbath on their journey to Mount Sinai. In the second month after departing from Egypt, the nation was in the wilderness between Elim and Sinai. The people complained to God about being hungry (Exodus 16:3). God rained bread from heaven called Manna (vs. 4, 31). Six mornings they would gather manna, but on the seventh day of the week they did not. God had commanded, “Tomorrow is a Sabbath rest, a holy Sabbath to the Lord. Bake what you will bake today, and boil what you will boil; and lay up for yourselves all that remains, to be kept until morning. . . . Eat that today, for today is a Sabbath to the Lord; today you will not find it in the field. Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there will be none.” (vs. 23, 25-26). Therefore, the children of Israel began observing the Sabbath before they actually received the Ten Commandments.
The Authority of Jesus Christ
Jesus proclaimed, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” (Matthew 28:18) Considering the magnitude of religious confusion and division in existence, everyone ought to be concerned about the standard of authority used by modern churches. God is not a God of confusion; He is not divided. Division and faction are outgrowths of human wisdom and modern innovation. Jesus Christ is the authority who separates right from wrong, truth from error.
Deacons Of The Church
What are deacons? Who are they? What is their place in the Lord’s church? The inspired gospel of Christ reveals a special group of men identified as “deacons,” who were chosen to serve in the church. This Biblical term in English is actually a transliteration of a Greek word in the New Testament, which primarily means “servant.” Although this particular Greek word for “servant” is used to refer to domestic servants (John 2:5), civil rulers (Rom. 13:4), ministers of Christ (Col. 1:7; 4:7) and even Christ Himself (Rom. 15:8), this term deacon or servant is also used to describe men in Christ appointed particularly to serve in the church where they are known and respected for their exemplary character (1 Tim. 3:10).
Sing To Admonish Others
God seeks true worshippers to worship Him (John 4:23). Psalms, hymns and spiritual songs are an important part of worship to God. Christians with reverent and thankful hearts have been called to proclaim praises to their Father and their Lord (1 Peter 2:9). God is well-pleased with the acceptable sacrifices of His children’s lips.
God's Final Revelation
To whom should we listen? Whose word ought we to take heed? Moses’ law? The prophets’ judgments? Many religious people turn to the inspired pages of the Old Testament to try to justify modern religious practices and conduct. Others simply rely on preachers and teachers to tell them what is right from wrong. Neither of these standards of justification are reliable sources today.