Once again Kit Pharo, Pharo Cattle Company, boldly expounds the holiness of God (YHWH) in his Sabbath Day Devotions.
Sabbath Day Devotion
June 2, 2018
The First Memorial Day Celebration –
Last week, we discussed the Memorial Day celebration that takes place in America to honor those who died fighting in one of America’s wars. As I pondered this, it dawned on me that God, the creator of the universe, established a weekly memorial day of his creative power and ability. Unfortunately, most of mankind pretty much ignores this memorial day.
By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so, on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. (Genesis 2:2-3)
Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. (Exodus 20:8-11)
The Sabbath (seventh day) was given to mankind at the close of creation by God himself as a memorial of his creative power. God blessed it and made it holy. Later, God reestablished the importance of the Sabbath when he gave us his Ten Commandments. The Fourth Commandment (above) is the only one of the ten that begins with the word “remember” – and yet it is the only one of the ten that has all but been forgotten and ignored by most of today’s so-called Christians. If God did not intend for us to remember the Sabbath day and to keep it holy, why did he give us the Fourth Commandment?
Many of today’s so-called Christians teach that we now only have Nine Commandments. In doing so, I believe they are gravely in error. You may or may not agree… but I am convinced, now more than ever, that God’s Ten Commandments represent HIS standard of holiness – they always have and they always will, at least until heaven and earth disappear (Matthew 5:17-18).
I have no trouble acknowledging the fact that I can only be saved by God’s grace through my faith in Jesus (Ephesians 2:8-9). It is impossible for me to be good enough to deserve God’s gift of salvation. It is impossible for me to earn God’s gift of salvation. I cannot be saved by obeying the Ten Commandments, because it is impossible for me to perfectly obey them. From God’s perspective (when he looks at my heart and my mind), I have broken all of his Ten Commandments.
Even though I cannot be saved by obeying God’s Ten Commandments, I firmly believe I should do my best to obey them – all of them. Why? Because they represent God’s standard of holiness. Disobeying them would be wrong. If I love God and if I love Jesus, I will obey their commandments (John 14:15, I John 2:3-4 and I John 5:1-3).
Now… don’t get all bent out of shape about what day you GO to church. I don’t care what day you GO to church – and I don’t think God cares what day you GO to church. Instead of just GOING to church, I encourage you to start BEING the church. I realize that BEING the church is a new concept to most of today’s so-called Christians – but that is exactly what God had in mind when he created the church.
Don’t just GO to church; BE the Church
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Sunset on Thursday evening – thursday’s unseasonably warm day, light wind, 70F. Friday 36, blustery, gusts to 25 mph, rain.
Nearly here – weekly shabbat – so thankful our Creator made such for us. Of all the 10 commandments, the fourth one is relatively easy to keep (remember) in our culture. I’m tired! Lack of sleep from allergies and just the constant fighting it makes my body exhausted all the time. Keeps me from being productive to be sure.
Eleven cows of the seventeen selected have been recorded in standing heat as of 6pm today. There are a more who are shoving and being restless, so they will likely come in sometime before tomorrow.
Other than going to town to pickup kleenexes, drop of some papers at NRCS, swing by the bank for a quick visit with Tom Morris about his grandparents being the last caretakers of the Linn County Rest Home, located just a mile west of Linneus on Infirmary Hill, then to Twin Oaks Produce for a handful of groceries. Had a nice visit with Fran Graff, whose daughter is also teaching in Dubai, though at a different school than our daughter.
Rick continues to take care of my cows on the farm north and west of Purdin – It will another month before I can stay outside for more than a few minutes at a time. Will my cows forget me!?
Got lazy this afternoon and thought i’d try making a smoothie of my Israeli salad ingredients rather than chopping them. Use fresh organically grown when you can, bring veggies to room temperature for best flavour!
Here’s the recipe:
1 medium home grown cucumber
1/2 vine ripened tomato
1/2 medium sized green pepper (or red, or yellow, or orange)
1 tablespoon dried parsley.
1/2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp Real Salt
pinch of cinnamon
Now, my smoothie maker isn’t real strong, so i put in about half the cucumber, then all of the tomato and whirred that until smooth, then added the rest as it made room. Oh, made about a pint of drinkable veggie smoothie. Now to be real Israeli Salad, you’d need to add a bit onion as well. I’ll do that next time.
12 So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.
13 Did that which is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, producing death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure. 14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. 15 For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. 17 So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.
21 So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand.22 For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, 23 but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin. Romans 7:12-25