What for… or… is it who for? Another way to ask… was the man made for the Sabbath or the Sabbath made for man?
Jesus answered… 27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: (Mark 2:23-28).
I wrote this… you’re reading it… because… God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female… be fruitful, and multiply.
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. (Genesis 1).
Created in the image of God… is what it means to be a human being—a person with a male or female gender… a personhood as born… as created by God.
I filter many current issues through these words.
I describe what’s happening as the… dehumanization of the human… destroying the personhood of the person. Put another way… sin from trusting Satan destroys what God created man for—Adam and Eve severed fellowship with God as God of their life… access to the Garden of Eden… the blessings of Eternal Life and dominion over the Earth and the animals. They were now acting as their own god, knowing good and evil, under bondage to death… the grave. It’s called… the fall of man… that left us all born with sin headed towards the day we’ll go to the grave.
What does this look like currently? And, it seems to be increasing.
- Dehumanization through abortion… destroys a human getting started.
- Dehumanization through the abuse of children, physically, emotionally, and sexually… hollows out a human soul that has a chance to be saved and restored to the image of God.
- Dehumanization through transgenderism… destroys a human soul created in the image of God.
- Dehumanization through homosexuality… destroys a human soul created in the image of God and they have no chance of children and children’s children… multiplying as God designed and commanded.
- Dehumanization through immodesty, lust, fornication, and adultery… destroys the same.
- Dehumanization through a computer controlling our decisions and ability to act like a human making mistakes and learning from them taking responsibility for our actions… weakens, corrupts, and destroys a human soul with fear and mindlessness. A government, group, or society acting in the same capacity does the same.
- Dehumanization through open borders, that everyone is the same… destroys the uniqueness to a personhood, a family, a community, and a nation—that are all the building blocks of a enriched and healthy society. We’ve acted the one world… all are unified script before—it was an attempt to usurp and play God like Satan attempted to. God didn’t allow the city and tower of Babel to go on. It’s an example… He will not allow man’s attempt at an open borders push to ultimately succeed (the city of man… see the essay, The Hope of Our Calling… Chosen for an Inheritance).
Altering human genetics… the human body created by God… through practices of gene manipulation, CRISPR technology, and implanting, or having faith in, “artificial” intelligence is dehumanizing. What’s becoming the “celebration” of abortion… population control… is counter to be fruitful, and multiply… replenish the earth, and subdue it… therefore… dehumanizing.
These actions confirm man’s foolish belief that God fell short of… did not know what He was doing with… created in the image of God (Romans 1:20-22). Is this evidence that the world-at-large rejects God’s only way… through the Savior, Redeemer, the Lord, fully God and fully man, Jesus Christ… to redeem man restoring God’s will for male and female created in the image of God?
God created man to think, make choices, with a sound heart and mind… to experience Life, not death… have a whole holy soul… be productive and fruitful—to have fellowship with God as God of our life… not just as one among other teachers offering good suggestions.
God has a Personhood in three Persons with individual roles and responsibilities—God the Father… Jesus Christ, the only Begotten Son of God and Savior of mankind… the Holy Spirit, the Power of God, the Comforter and Helper for mankind. Even though we’re His created, and we’re not God, He also created us with a personhood… an identity with traits and a personality unique to the individual. We’re not just an impersonal number… a stat no better than a gnat… evolved from a blob.
A group of persons is what makes up a family… a household (Ephesians 2:18-20; 3:14-16)… and, it takes a family to experience… multiply. The “isms”—socialism… communism… environmentalism… dominionism… the ism religions… the social gospel—squelches and ultimately destroys what God intends for mankind.
How can you tell?
Is the cause… the movement… the ministry… overshadowed by the numbers, the goal(s), the stats, the magnitude of… or… is the heart of it for helping a person, an individual, realize their potential as created in the image of God? Do they recognize a person in context of the Sabbath made for man… or… man made for the Sabbath? If the later, their followers are dehumanized to serve their false god(s)… their belly (Philippians 3:18-19)?
If it’s… man made for the Sabbath… then partnering with the enemies of the God of Israel—ecumenism… occultism… humanism (a man can’t save himself… only Christ can save a man)… the spirit of antichrist—is tolerated, if not welcomed, for “serving the Lord” (really… their lusts… their fear of man, not God). They’ll do whatever it takes to uphold their cause… their “holy cow”… their “sabbath”—idolatry is practiced by them. They end up irrationally protecting the animals… the environment… the Earth… immorality… over babies… the handicapped… the elderly… the male/female marriage and the children and children’s children—they practice doctrines of demons that destroy the family… the thriving of humanity (1 Timothy 4:1-4).
The “masters of the movement” have to dehumanize their subjects… or… the slaves would think for themselves recognizing the wicked scheme for worshiping their “cause”—their prisoners would have a chance at freedom… redemption from the bondage of… man made for the Sabbath… which is legalism.
People no longer living as… created male and female in the image of God… that brought on God’s wrath and judgment destroying humanity with the Flood and at Sodom and Gomorrah… is becoming prevalent again. According to God, this time the result will be complete destruction of mankind… unless…
Take heart—Jesus Christ is… 28 Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath. (Mark 2). He will intervene… 21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. (Matthew 24).
You just don’t want to be on the wrong side of this intervention as people that are not under the protection of God’s grace. No, not everyone is. You have to exercise what God has given you… created in the image of God… and make a choice to receive the mercy and grace of God through Jesus Christ.
What do I mean?
We’re all born sinful—our created in the image of God is damaged, soiled, by our sin. But, there’s hope—our redemption… restoration… can only be through the true Gospel of Christ’s Salvation offered to us starting with the shedding of His blood at the Cross. This was completed by His resurrection and ascension to the right hand of the Father in Heaven as the only qualified High Priest over the House of the God of Israel to cleanse us from our sins. If we accept this… desiring Jesus Christ to be the Lord and Savior of our life… our sins are forgiven… we’re made right with, justified before, God (Ephesians 5:25-27; 1 Corinthians 6:10-11; Colossians 1:19-23). Then we have a future in His Kingdom in the age-to-come—this is the Gospel, good news, of the Kingdom of God.
This is the only way we can experience the blessings of Jesus Christ’s rest… our Sabbath (Matthew 11:28; Hebrews 4:1-11). Jesus came to save us through the Cross—He died to restore man to… created in the image of God… for He is… the image of God. In other words… the Sabbath was made for man.
Reject Jesus Christ… what He has done… and you’ll forever be separated from… the image of God. You’ll experience the full extent of the darkness, fear, pain, suffering, and horrors of today resulting from straying from God’s image… His likeness… Jesus Christ. The separation from the God of Israel… all that is good and brings true joy… will be permanent.
The rejection of Jesus Christ as Lord and Redeemer causes a person to believe and live as though… man is made for the Sabbath… finding themselves under bondage of legalism and idolatry. Idols are blind, deaf, dumb, and dead. The image of God… the Truth… becomes distorted and corrupted for those who embrace them. It’s hard to make the right choice when one is operating from the deception of the blind, deaf, dumb, and dead… and not… the seeing, hearing, wise, and alive… Truth… the image of God.
4 Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.5 They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not:6 They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not:7 They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat.8 They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them. (Psalm 115)
4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. (2 Corinthians 4)
9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. (John 14)
132 Look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, as thou usest to do unto those that love thy name.133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.134 Deliver me from the oppression of man: so will I keep thy precepts. (Psalm 119)
Created in the image of God is crucial not just for this age—it’s foundational for God’s promises given to Abraham for the age-to-come. They’re also known as the New Covenant that Jesus Christ is the mediator of.
Without the male and female in marriage… there’s no lasting multiply in this age. If what will last… what can’t be shaken… will only exist in the age-to-come (Hebrews 12:26-28)… you “do the math” for how important God views… male and female created in the image of God… be fruitful, and multiply.
13 For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself,14 Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.
15 And the angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time,16 And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.
26 Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore.
7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, (Hebrews 6:13-15; Genesis 22:15-18; Ezekiel 37:25-27; Isaiah 9:5-7).
Spurn… assault… deny… created in the image of God… and, you’ll do the same for fellowship with the God of Israel. What’s left then? It will be eternal pain and torment of separation from the God of Israel, Himself… forever!
However… no matter how much you’ve denied… created in the image of God… while you still have breath, you can repent… have a change of mind… crying out to the Lord to forgive you and save you—to redeem… restore you to fellowship with the God of Israel. If you genuinely cry out, God will answer and change your heart, through His Spirit—the Holy Spirit, to live His way as… created in the image of God. Remember, Jesus Christ said…the Sabbath was made for man… and, He is…the image of God… who… created male and female in the image of God.
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. 1 John 2