The Jews and the Sabbath

I hear many people today say that “the Jews worship upon Saturday and they would have never lost the Sabbath.”

A short study proves this to be absolutely false. I was speaking to a Jew some years ago and I was astounded at what I heard during our conversation. Why? Because you don’t hear those that profess a Saturday Sabbath ever mention it. They highlight that the Jews keep Saturday, but never mention what this Jew said to me.

He said that the Sabbath was not found upon the Gregorian calendar. This calendar is used today because of the persecution they went through and they were forced to drop the calendar provided to them by Yahuwah, and instead switch to the Gregorian calendar. He said that the calendar they use to use went from one new moon to another and the Sabbath days fitted in between.

It is not something you hear from those who use Saturday as their Sabbath. So it deserved further investigation. Here are some things I found which will be of interest to many. They are all from Jewish sources alone (there are other sources as well) and you are free to look them up yourself to see that what is written here is what they themselves say.

“However, in the diaspora (dispersion of the jews beyond Israel), the New Moon came to occupy a secondary position, in contrast to “a so called Saturday sabbath”; the prohibition against work and the carrying on of commerce was lifted, and the New Moon, although still celebrated by means of increased offerings, soon was reduced to the rank of a minor of half- holiday. The importance of [sighting] a new moon [crescent] was confined to the fact that it remained of great value and necessity for the fixing of the festivals.”
(Universal Jewish Encyclopedia, p.171 , “New Moon”)

Sabbath and New Moon (Rosh Hodesh), both periodically recurring in the course of the year.

The New Moon is still, and the Sabbath originally was, dependent upon the lunar cycle. Both date back to the nomadic period of Israel.

Originally the New Moon was celebrated in the same way as the Sabbath; gradually it became less important, while the Sabbath became more and more a day of religion and humanity, of religious meditation and instruction, or peace and delight of the soul, and produced powerful and beneficent effects outside of Judaism.” (Universal Jewish Encyclopedia, p.410 , “Holidays”)

“. . . Shabbat [weekly Sabbath] originally arose from the lunar cycle, containing four weeks ending in Sabbath, plus one or two additional unreckoned days per [lunar] month.”
(Universal Jewish Encyclopedia, p.482 , “Week”)

The Sabbath, as marking the end of the week, reveals its lunar origin; the phases of the moon having taught the shepherds, whose weal or wo (good and bad – Positive or negative) depended so largely upon the benevolence or malevolence of the night season, to divide the period elapsing between two new moons into four equal groups (weeks), the last day of each—in imitation of the moon’s coming to rest, as it were—becoming the day of rest.

Indications are not wanting that at first the New Moon festival was not counted among the seven days of the week; but after 7 x 4 (=28) days had elapsed, one or two days were intercalated as New Moon days, whereupon a new cycle of four weeks began, so that the Sabbath was a movable festival.

Later the week and the Sabbath became fixed; and this gradually resulted in taking away from the New Moon festival its popular importance.

– Classification of Festivals
(2) Those connected with the moon: (a) Sabbath;

From: http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/6099-festivals

This was the case as long as the first day of the first week of the month was made to coincide with the new moon. At the end of four weeks an interval of one or two days might intervene before the new week could begin.

At an early date, however, this intimate connection between the week and the moon must have been dissolved, the chief cause of the fixed week of seven days being, in all probability, the predominance of the seventh day as the Sabbath.

http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/14813-week

At first the New Moon festival was not counted among the seven days of the week; after 28 days had elapsed [7 days x 4 weeks], one or two days were intercalated as New Moon days, whereupon a new cycle of four weeks began, so that the Sabbath was a movable festival….

Later the week and the Sabbath became fixed [on the cycling planetary week]; and this gradually resulted in taking away from the New Moon festival its popular importance. . .” The Jewish Encyclopedia, “Pastoral Feast.”

A good book to read is one written by Diane Covher called “YHWH’s Unique Time Pirce explained.” Here is one item from her book I felt was worthwhile adding to this article.

Early historical records clearly confirm that very early Gentile Christians also kept the same [lunar] Sabbath Calendar as the Nazarenes. This practice was first changed by [Pope] Sixtus in 126 A.D. and later officially changed by a royal Roman decree from the emperor Constantine.

Observance of the Sabbath day was made illegal and observance of a “Sunday” of a fixed [cycling planetary designated] week was made mandatory for all except farmers.

Previous to this time the Roman Saturday was the first day of the Roman week. The veneration of the Sun in the second century A.D. began to pressure Roman culture to change the first day of their week from Saturday to Sunday.

– Diane Covher – Yahuwahs Unique Time Piece explained. 

There is a lot the majority just do not see, nor do they want to see it.  Do you?

Yahuwah Bless.

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