Where's the Simple Verse?
A Luni-Solar Sabbath Objection Addressed
Q. Where is the simple verse which commands the luni-solar sabbath? If it was to be on the '8th, 15th, and 22nd, and 29th day of the lunar month' then where is the single verse which plainly states in those words or at least a comparable paraphrase?
A. The Bible does not always state the obvious, or at least what was obvious to the ancients, in simple, single verses of scripture to address our modern scepticism steeped in apostacy, but it does make that emet (truth) plain enough through multiple passages throughout scripture. Yahweh is faithful to His "two or three witnesses" rule (Dt.19:15). Consequently, we must sometimes dig for gold and not expect it to always be laid at our feet. It is not, in any case, our right to dictate to Yahweh how, or how not, the Davar Elohim (Scriptures) should be presented to us.
For another matter, the Bible nowhere claims in any 'simple' or 'single' verse to be a complete book to which no other revelation can be added in the future of Yahweh so chooses. No, we are not allowed to add or subtract devarim (words) to or from particular books (like the Book of Revelation which was not, chronologicially, the last book of the modern Bible). Vast spans of human history, and Yahweh's dealing with us, are condensed into a few short chapters. I am thinking of the ante-Diluvian or pre-flood era which is briefly referred to in five short chapters in Genesis. Yet the Bible refers back to scriptures which clearly existed at that time which have not been preserved or which have been corrupted, like the Book of Enoch and the Book of Jasher (Yahsher) that are not a part of our accepted canon (except in a few fringe messianic groups).
For example, Yahweh's food or kashrut laws were clearly known before Moses once again wrote them down in the Torah. We know this on at least two counts. First, Noah, who came before Moses, put a mixture of 'clean' and 'unclean' animals on the ark (Gen.7:8), proving that eating prohibitions existed before Moses. Second, we know that these pre-Mosaic laws were either written down and/or transmitted orally because of what Moses himself records:
When antinomians or those who claim that the Torah has been abolished because the Covenant of Moses has been superceeded by the New Covenant or Covenant of Messiah, Messianics rightly refer back to evidence such as the scripture I have just quoted you even though the original no longer is to be found. Indeed, we can deduce that most of the Torah predated Moses simply by making logical deductions from the text as we have it. We know, for example, that Abraham had the same Torah though he nowhere writes it down for us: "because Abraham obeyed My (Yahweh's) voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws" (Gen 26:5, NKJV).
"If the place where Yahweh your Elohim (God) chooses to put His name is too far from you, then you may slaughter from your herd and from your flock which Yahweh has given you, just as I have commanded you, and you may eat within your gates as much as your heart desires" (Deut.12:21, NKJV).
The reality is that the Torah predated Moses and the Old Covenant and in all likelihood was written down even though we can no longer prove it. So why is it so inconceivable that the basic principles of the luni-solar calendar were also written down and observed in the pre-Noahic era, and why can we not accept that it is Yahweh's true time-keeping system when there is more than ample evidence scattered around the Scriptures that such a system was in use by Moses and even in New Testament times? If we expect anitomian (lawless) Christians to accept the plain evidence that Torah was in operation before Moses, why cannot luni-solar sabbatarians expect the same of Messianics defending the apostate rabbinical system? I cannot point to a 'simple' scripture that lays out the luni-solar calendar but I can amass overwhelming evidence for it, scriptural and historical. I can point to the scriptures and say categorically and accurately that every time a sabbath day is mentioned along with a day of the month it is always an 8th, 15th, 22nd or 29th day and never any other. Does that not constitute reasonable evidence? Of course it does!
Things may not always be laid out the way we would like or expect, and Yahweh does not always meet our expectations. For instance, we are not told much about Rosh Chodesh. We are not told in a 'single', 'simple', verse exactly what to do on it presumably because everybody knew and had known for a very, very long time. But we can deduce, from scattered passages, that it was a day, amongst other things, for assembling to hear the prophets and that commerce was forbidden. So how many messianics do you know who are honouring those passages?
It may well be that one day scriptures are discovered, which are authoritative, that contain 'simple' and 'single' verses detailing the many things we have wondered about that were not spelled out plainly in the scriptures that have been preserved. But in the meantime, what will your excuse be? And do you think Yahweh will buy into your excuse for refusing to accept the plain emet (truth), all the evidence painstakingly gathered together by studious Berean believers, just because He hasn't laid things out the way you demand it? There are hundreds of things the scriptures don't lay out in ways we might perhaps like or prefer, such as whether smoking is a sin or not, but do we really need a commandment which says: "Though shalt not inhale the smoke from burning tobacco leaves into thy lungs" when we're clearly told the body is the Temple of the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) and that we are not to pollute it? (1 Cor.3:16; 6:19) Some kind of revelation has to be acquired piecemeal, other kinds are just plain common sense.
So, no, I cannot produce a 'simple' scripture to 'prove' the luni-solar sabbath or the Creation Calendar but then I don't need to because the internal scriptural evidence is overwhelming for those who are honest and hard-working enough to line it all up. For me is it common sense even though before I originally resisted it because I didn't want to know the emet (truth) and struggled against it because of the implications of its inconvenience to my lifestyle and ministry...having to rewrite dozens of website articles, trash hundreds of pamphlets and rewrite insert-corrections to footnotes in my books..which I still haven't done! My response to those who refuse to accept the emet (truth) save on their own terms, when people like myself have done the hard research work for them, is quite simple: swallow your pride and eat crow gracefully. I've had to and now I have complete shalom (peace).
So, no, I am not going to dish the emet (truth) to you on a silver spoon and try and force it into your mouth. It's on my table, and on the tables of others, and it's up to you to go and feed of your own free will, or to do your own research. Beyond that I feel no obligation other than to keep serving up the inconvenient emet (truth). Take it or leave it - it's between you and Yahweh in the final analysis. The good news is that its fruits taste really good and you're missing out on precious blessings!
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