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Is Today's Christian Worship Service Biblical? Let's Trace Its Origin by Hiswordxray(m): 10:21am On Feb 21
Before going into how the Christian meeting became a worship service we must first understand what it used to be. When you call something a worship service, then it means the whole meeting is centered on the worship. The Christian meetings in the first century were not worship services, they were called ecclesia. Ecclesia is a meeting where the community gather together to deliberate and make decisions. The first century Christians were a community.

They were a self-governing community that did everything by themselves. They were their doctor, they treated and took care of their sick. They were their farmers and they distributed food among each other. They were their carpenter, masonry, treasury, bankers, charity and everything. They were a self-existing community, depending on themselves and trying as much as they can to help themselves in everything. All of these activities will require a lot of discussions, deliberations and decision making. These are the things that are done in their meetings.

If you look at 1 Corinthians 14 you will see that from the beginning it talks about the hymns singing, tongues, prophesying and mutual edification. They start their meetings with all that, but then they move towards the decision making session. This is where Paul said the woman should not speak (1Cor 14:34), rather they should allow the heads of each home to discuss and make decisions concerning the community.

Then before departing they feast on the blood and flesh of Christ. This was not done as a religious ritual. It was more like a social event as they drank and ate a full meal, and enjoyed fellowship with one another. Some were even getting drunk and Paul had to warn them to eat and drink moderately, and also ensure that the food reaches everyone (1Cor 1:17-22).

What I am trying to say is that the first century Christian meeting was not a worship service. We have to understand what worship means to these ancient people, rather than using our current traditions to interpret what they were doing. Worship to the people of the first century is sacrifice, especially blood sacrifices. Yes they may sing and pray, but as long as they are not doing some sort of sacrifice or ritual, or a rite of prostrating themselves before God, then according to them it is not a worship service.

So they were not doing a worship service — not according to them (you must interpret a people based on their own culture). If you should meet a first century Christian and ask him about their meeting he would never tell you that it was a worship service, cause according to them it wasn’t. How did the first century Christians worship?

“Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that you should offer.” (Rom 12:1). The whole of their lives is their worship. They would never hold worship service because their whole life is their worship and service. So their meetings were not worship services. They were fellowships and they were councils (decision making meetings).

In a previous post I explained how men perceive religion. Man perceives religion as a system of appeasing God. And they appease God by carrying out sacrifices. This act of carrying out sacrifices is called worship. Worship to ancient men (the people in the Bible times) is not singing and dancing. Praise is singing and dancing, but worship is sacrifices, especially blood sacrifices. There are three words translated as worship in our English Bible:

(1) aboda in Hebrew (also – abad or asab) and latreia in Greek (also – latreuo). The literal meaning is service. The KJV as well as other older translations did not translate this as worship (this is because these translations were written before worship was redefined to mean any religious service).

(2) shachac in Hebrew and proskyneo in Greek. The literal meaning is bow down or prostrate.

(3) zabach in Hebrew and thusia in Greek literally means sacrifice.

None of these words had to do with singing and dancing. Worship in the religious sense is mostly about sacrificing to the gods. So religious men believe they have to carry out certain sacrifices (worship) in order to appease their gods. This worship is what their religion is all about. In fact, it is how men perceive thesis religion. Now we would look at how the Christian meeting moves from a fellowship and council meeting to a religious worship service. It all started around the 3rd and 4th century when many pagans were sweeping into Christianity.

Christianity had become the emperor’s religion and everybody wanted to be a Christian in order to become favourable to the emperor. Many became Christians for political and social reasons. As the emperor’s religion, Christianity attracts a lot of privileges and many people wanted those privileges. So Christianity became filled with people who were not truly converted in their hearts. They were still pagans in hearts, and they brought in pagan ideologies and practices into Christianity. They wanted to continue to do in Christianity the things they used to do in their pagan religion.

These people wanted to do blood sacrifices in worship. They were used to doing this, they believe this is what religion is all about. However, blood sacrifices are not allowed in Christianity. Christianity teaches that Jesus offered his blood as a sacrifice unto God, and he did that once and for all. No other sacrifice is needed. However, we were instructed to carry out a ceremony called the Lord’s Supper. In this ceremony we share wine as the blood of Jesus, and bread as his flesh.

Now, the Pagans tried to reinvent this Lord’s Supper by filling it with their pagan ideology. They assumed the Lord’s Supper is the Christian sacrifice to appease God. So rather than it being a feast as it was in the first century where everyone ate, drank and spent time together, enjoying the Lord in each other. They turned the Lord’s Supper into a religious event where a priest carries out a sacrifice by mystically turning a cup of wine into Jesus’s blood and offering it unto God to appease him. Yes, that was what the early church masses were about. It was a sacrifice where Jesus’ blood is offered again unto God. Remember, sacrifice (especially blood sacrifice) is what these ancient men called worship.

Now because of this sacrifice (worship) this mass was called a worship service and that was how worship service was invented in Christianity. These Christians believe God constantly needs to be appeased. As such they would try to do masses as often as possible. They would even do it several times a day. They believe the more you do it, the more God is appeased and then he could forgive their sins, answer their prayers and make life and death sweet for them. In fact, this mass was the way of salvation. You have to work for your salvation by going to masses regularly in an attempt to appease God and get him to save you.

Thank God for the grace message today, but we still do Sunday worship service. We still hold on to that idea that Christianity is practiced by holding worship services. That is how powerful tradition can be. Though now we understand that we don’t need to offer Jesus’ blood again in an attempt to carry out regular blood sacrifices. Yes, even though we understand that the wine does not magically turn into Jesus’s blood. Yet we still continue to do worship services, ignoring the Biblical meaning of worship and reinvesting it to mean singing and dancing.

If you should take your time to study that Bible you are carrying, you will realize worship is not singing and dancing, but mostly about blood sacrifices. How many blood sacrifices have you done in your church? Why then is it called a worship service? The masses in the 4th century were called worship services because they believed they were carrying out a blood sacrifice by turning a cup of wine into blood and offering it unto God. What blood sacrifice are you doing in your church worship services?

Can you see how irrelevant the idea of worship service has become since the moment we recanted the belief in doing masses as it was done in the 4th century Catholic Church. Even till today Catholic Church still carries out their Eucharist in every Sunday worship service. The Eucharist is the worship service. If there is no Eucharist it is not a worship service. Worship was never about singing and dancing. It is a ritual, it is a sacrifice. How can you remove Eucharist, and then claim you are doing worship service? We really don’t know what we are doing.

One thing about history is that over time things twist and change, and we lose the meaning of certain things yet we continue to do it as a tradition even though it no longer makes sense. Sometimes we invent new meaning in order to cause an archaic practice to make sense.

Am I saying we should return to doing Eucharist. Of course no, the idea is pagan. There is no other sacrifice needed. Jesus’ sacrifice is once and for all. What I am saying is that our meetings shouldn’t be a worship service, rather it should be a governmental assembly (more on that later). The main purpose of Christianity is not to worship God. Yes, other religions (man’s religion) are about worshiping their gods. But when you come to Christianity you have not come into the worship of another god, rather you have come into the manifestation of God and his Kingdom.

The main reason God created man is not so we could worship him — God already has angels specifically designed to do that. The purpose of Christianity is to restore man back to the original intention that God had for him, and that is to reign, rule, govern and have dominion (Gen 1:28). And of course, to maintain an intimate relationship with God, just as we see with Adam and God in the garden of Eden.

Let me quickly highlight the points I am trying to make in this series so that we don’t get confused.

1. Thesis religion is all about the worship of their god.

2. This worship is usually sacrifices and rituals.

3. The first century Christians didn’t see themselves as a religion as such they were not bothered about doing worship services (carrying sacrifices and rituals). Rather they saw themselves as a community of God’s kingdom, and as such they focus mainly on community issues.

4. The 4th century Christians included a lot of pagans who wanted to do religion (the worship of a god). These pagans turned the Christian meeting into a worship ( blood sacrifices and rituals) by claiming to turn wine into the actual blood of Jesus and offering it unto God.

5. As such Christianity moved from the practice of a kingdom to the practice of a religion.

Now you get the point I am trying to make?

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Re: Is Today's Christian Worship Service Biblical? Let's Trace Its Origin by Hiswordxray(m): 2:58pm On Feb 21
Hmmm...
Re: Is Today's Christian Worship Service Biblical? Let's Trace Its Origin by Hiswordxray(m): 7:09am On Mar 28
Hiswordxray:
Hmmm...
Let search out truth
Re: Is Today's Christian Worship Service Biblical? Let's Trace Its Origin by Divine202: 7:26am On Mar 28
Op your question should rather be, will people go to Hell because they worshipped on Sunday?

This is why I don't read every book
Re: Is Today's Christian Worship Service Biblical? Let's Trace Its Origin by Hiswordxray(m): 8:23am On Mar 28
Divine202:
Op your question should rather be, will people go to Hell because they worshipped on Sunday?

This is why I don't read every book
Hmmm, do you think people would go to hell for worshipping on Sunday?
Re: Is Today's Christian Worship Service Biblical? Let's Trace Its Origin by Hiswordxray(m): 12:02pm On Mar 28
Happy Sunday beloved of God
Re: Is Today's Christian Worship Service Biblical? Let's Trace Its Origin by Hiswordxray(m): 2:50pm On Mar 28
Hiswordxray:

Hmmm, do you think people would go to hell for worshipping on Sunday?
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Re: Is Today's Christian Worship Service Biblical? Let's Trace Its Origin by Hiswordxray(m): 9:29am On Apr 25
Very insightful
Re: Is Today's Christian Worship Service Biblical? Let's Trace Its Origin by Hiswordxray(m): 11:02am On May 02
Happy Sunday beloved of God
Re: Is Today's Christian Worship Service Biblical? Let's Trace Its Origin by Hiswordxray(m): 12:25pm On May 09
Hiswordxray:
Happy Sunday beloved of God
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Happy Sunday beloved of God
Re: Is Today's Christian Worship Service Biblical? Let's Trace Its Origin by Hiswordxray(m): 6:43am On May 16
Hiswordxray:
Happy Sunday beloved of God
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Re: Is Today's Christian Worship Service Biblical? Let's Trace Its Origin by Hiswordxray(m): 9:51am On May 23
Happy Sunday beloved of God
Re: Is Today's Christian Worship Service Biblical? Let's Trace Its Origin by Hiswordxray(m): 11:05am On May 30
Hiswordxray:
Happy Sunday beloved of God
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Re: Is Today's Christian Worship Service Biblical? Let's Trace Its Origin by Hiswordxray(m): 8:00am On Jun 06
Happy Sunday beloved of God
Re: Is Today's Christian Worship Service Biblical? Let's Trace Its Origin by AntiChristian: 8:44am On Jun 06
So Jesus didn't even start the Churches not Saturday/Sunday congregation.

Chai! Just do as you like!
Re: Is Today's Christian Worship Service Biblical? Let's Trace Its Origin by advocatejare(m): 9:48am On Jun 06
AntiChristian:
So Jesus didn't even start the Churches not Saturday/Sunday congregation.

Chai! Just do as you like!
If Muhammad was a true prophet he would have known better but as a false prophet that he was he claimed that it was Allah that ordained sunday worship for Christians or what did Muhammad say? Oh he said Allah is the same as Satan who led people astray

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Re: Is Today's Christian Worship Service Biblical? Let's Trace Its Origin by HedwigesMaduro(m): 10:38am On Jun 06
I've always tried to pass this same message across, but it is hard for people who have been brought up with a tradition to unlearn that tradition and do the right thing. May God help us in Jesus Name.

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Re: Is Today's Christian Worship Service Biblical? Let's Trace Its Origin by Hiswordxray(m): 2:17pm On Jun 06
HedwigesMaduro:
I've always tried to pass this same message across, but it is hard for people who have been brought up with a tradition to unlearn that tradition and do the right thing. May God help us in Jesus Name.
The message will spread to places they can't ignore. They will be forced to face the truth or give way
Re: Is Today's Christian Worship Service Biblical? Let's Trace Its Origin by AntiChristian: 8:52am On Jun 08
advocatejare:

If Muhammad was a true prophet he would have known better but as a false prophet that he was he claimed that it was Allah that ordained sunday worship for Christians or what did Muhammad say? Oh he said Allah is the same as Satan who led people astray

So which day did your Bible God rested? 7th day! So When is your 7th day as proven from the Bible?

A. Saturday

B. Sunday

C. Google it

D. Change topic.
Re: Is Today's Christian Worship Service Biblical? Let's Trace Its Origin by advocatejare(m): 12:59pm On Jun 08
AntiChristian:


So which day did your Bible God rested? 7th day! So When is your 7th day as proven from the Bible?

A. Saturday

B. Sunday

C. Google it

D. Change topic.

Why did your Allah punish and curse the Sabbath breakers?

What is sabbath?

What is its significance?


Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala said:

يٰٓأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْكِتٰبَ ءَامِنُوا بِمَا نَزَّلْنَا مُصَدِّقًا لِّمَا مَعَكُمْ مِّنْ قَبْلِ أَنْ نَّطْمِسَ وُجُوهًا فَنَرُدَّهَا عَلٰىٓ أَدْبَارِهَآ أَوْ نَلْعَنَهُمْ كَمَا لَعَنَّآ أَصْحٰبَ السَّبْتِ  ۚ وَكَانَ أَمْرُ اللَّهِ مَفْعُولًا
"O you who were given the Scripture, believe in what We have sent down [to Muhammad], confirming that which is with you, before We obliterate faces and turn them toward their backs or curse them as We cursed the sabbath-breakers. And ever is the decree of Allah accomplished."
(QS. An-Nisaa 4: Verse 47)

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Re: Is Today's Christian Worship Service Biblical? Let's Trace Its Origin by advocatejare(m): 2:48pm On Jun 24
advocatejare:


Why did your Allah punish and curse the Sabbath breakers?

What is sabbath?

What is its significance?


Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala said:

يٰٓأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْكِتٰبَ ءَامِنُوا بِمَا نَزَّلْنَا مُصَدِّقًا لِّمَا مَعَكُمْ مِّنْ قَبْلِ أَنْ نَّطْمِسَ وُجُوهًا فَنَرُدَّهَا عَلٰىٓ أَدْبَارِهَآ أَوْ نَلْعَنَهُمْ كَمَا لَعَنَّآ أَصْحٰبَ السَّبْتِ  ۚ وَكَانَ أَمْرُ اللَّهِ مَفْعُولًا
"O you who were given the Scripture, believe in what We have sent down [to Muhammad], confirming that which is with you, before We obliterate faces and turn them toward their backs or curse them as We cursed the sabbath-breakers. And ever is the decree of Allah accomplished."
(QS. An-Nisaa 4: Verse 47)

Antichristian I'm still awaiting your answer o
Re: Is Today's Christian Worship Service Biblical? Let's Trace Its Origin by AntiChristian: 8:50am On Jun 25
advocatejare:


Why did your Allah punish and curse the Sabbath breakers?

What is sabbath?

What is its significance?


Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala said:

يٰٓأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْكِتٰبَ ءَامِنُوا بِمَا نَزَّلْنَا مُصَدِّقًا لِّمَا مَعَكُمْ مِّنْ قَبْلِ أَنْ نَّطْمِسَ وُجُوهًا فَنَرُدَّهَا عَلٰىٓ أَدْبَارِهَآ أَوْ نَلْعَنَهُمْ كَمَا لَعَنَّآ أَصْحٰبَ السَّبْتِ  ۚ وَكَانَ أَمْرُ اللَّهِ مَفْعُولًا
"O you who were given the Scripture, believe in what We have sent down [to Muhammad], confirming that which is with you, before We obliterate faces and turn them toward their backs or curse them as We cursed the sabbath-breakers. And ever is the decree of Allah accomplished."
(QS. An-Nisaa 4: Verse 47)


I asked a question which you refused to answer before asking another question! How sensible is that?
Re: Is Today's Christian Worship Service Biblical? Let's Trace Its Origin by advocatejare(m): 5:48pm On Jun 27
AntiChristian:


I asked a question which you refused to answer before asking another question! How sensible is that?
The answer to your question is Saturday, Sabbath is Saturday.

Now it's your turn to answer mine.


Why did your Allah curse the Sabbath breakers?

What is sabbath?

What is its significance?


Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala said:

يٰٓأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْكِتٰبَ ءَامِنُوا بِمَا نَزَّلْنَا مُصَدِّقًا لِّمَا مَعَكُمْ مِّنْ قَبْلِ أَنْ نَّطْمِسَ وُجُوهًا فَنَرُدَّهَا عَلٰىٓ أَدْبَارِهَآ أَوْ نَلْعَنَهُمْ كَمَا لَعَنَّآ أَصْحٰبَ السَّبْتِ  ۚ وَكَانَ أَمْرُ اللَّهِ مَفْعُولًا
"O you who were given the Scripture, believe in what We have sent down [to Muhammad], confirming that which is with you, before We obliterate faces and turn them toward their backs or curse them as We cursed the sabbath-breakers. And ever is the decree of Allah accomplished."
(QS. An-Nisaa 4: Verse 47)

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Re: Is Today's Christian Worship Service Biblical? Let's Trace Its Origin by AntiChristian: 12:40pm On Jul 03
advocatejare:

The answer to your question is Saturday, Sabbath is Saturday.

Now it's your turn to answer mine.

Why did your Allah curse the Sabbath breakers?

What is sabbath?

What is its significance?


Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala said:

يٰٓأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْكِتٰبَ ءَامِنُوا بِمَا نَزَّلْنَا مُصَدِّقًا لِّمَا مَعَكُمْ مِّنْ قَبْلِ أَنْ نَّطْمِسَ وُجُوهًا فَنَرُدَّهَا عَلٰىٓ أَدْبَارِهَآ أَوْ نَلْعَنَهُمْ كَمَا لَعَنَّآ أَصْحٰبَ السَّبْتِ  ۚ وَكَانَ أَمْرُ اللَّهِ مَفْعُولًا
"O you who were given the Scripture, believe in what We have sent down [to Muhammad], confirming that which is with you, before We obliterate faces and turn them toward their backs or curse them as We cursed the sabbath-breakers. And ever is the decree of Allah accomplished."
(QS. An-Nisaa 4: Verse 47)

I don't understand what you mean by it's significance. Sabath is Saturday and in Arabic "Sabt".

As for the Sabatth breakers. They are a community of the Children of Israel who disobeyed Allah by fishing on Saturday while Allah had forbidden such as a trial for them.

Allah the Almighty says: {And ask them (O Muhammad (Peace be upon him)) about the town that was by the sea; when they transgressed in the matter of the Sabbath (i.e. Saturday): when their fish came to them openly on the Sabbath day, and did not come to them on the day they had no Sabbath. Thus We made a trial of them, for they used to rebel against Allah's Command (disobey Allah). And when a community among them said: "Why do you preach to a people whom Allah is about to destroy or to punish with q severe torment?" (The preachers) said: "in order to be free from guilt before your Lord (Allah), and perhaps they may fear Allah." So when they forgot the remindings that had been given to them, We rescued those who forbade evil, but We seized those who did wrong with a severe torment because they used to rebel against Allah's Command (disobey Allah). So when they exceeded the limits of what they were prohibited, We said to them: “Be you monkeys, despied and rejected}. (Al-Arat, 163-166)

And, {And indeed you knew those amongst you who transgressed in the matter of the Sabbath (i.e. Saturday). We said to them: "Be you monkeys, despised and rejected." So We made this punishment an example to their own and to succeeding generations and a lesson to those who are Al-Muttaqun (the pious)}. (Al-Baqarah, 65, 66)

And, {Or curse them as We cursed the Sabbath breakers}. (An-Nisa', 47)

Abdullah Ibn Abbas, Mujahid, Ikrimah, Qatadah, As-Sadiy and others said: they were the people of Aylah. Ibn Abbas (May Allah be pleased with him) added: it was located between Median and At- Tur. They said: the people of Aylah were adhering attentively to the teachings of the Torah and the prohibition of the Sabbath at that time (the prohibition of fishing on Saturdays). Amazingly, the fish used to expose itself openly on Saturdays and disappear on the other days of the week, {when their fish came to them openly on the Sabbath day, and did not come to them on the day they had no Sabbath}. Almighty Allah says {Thus We made a trial of them}, i.e. We test them through sending great numbers of fish on the Sabbath. {for they used to rebel against Allah's Command (disobey Allah)}, i.e. because of their disobedience and rebellion. When they saw this, they made a trick to catch the fish on the Sabbath. They fixed their fishing nets and ropes and excavated streams allowing the sea water to run through and the fish to get in but never go back to the sea. They made all this on Friday, in preparation for the coming of the fish on Saturday. And thus, the fish came on the supposedly-peaceful day (knowing not what has been prepared against them). They were caught in the nets, ropes and artificial streams. When the Saturday came to an end, the people of Aylah were present to take their fat catch. Consequently, Allah the Almighty was angry with them and He cursed them because of their trickery and deception. When this was done by a group thereof, the rest who did not participate in their sinful acting were divided into two sects: a sect that rejected their acting and trickery against the Law and Command of Allah the Almighty at that time. The second sect did not reject or forbid them, rather they disapproved of the reaction of the sect that forbade the sinful ones saying: {Why do you preach to a people whom Allah is about to destroy or to punish with a severe torment?}, i.e. what is the gain in preaching to a people whom will inevitably be punished by Allah the Almighty? But, the second sect (the preachers) replied saying: {In order to be free from guilt before your Lord (Allah)}, i.e. as we are commanded by Him to enjoin what is good and forbid what is evil; thus, we observe this for our fear of His Torment. {And perhaps they may fear Allah}, i.e. perhaps those who made these sins may repent to Allah and regret what they have done and thus be saved from the punishment of Allah and that He forgives them all.

Allah the Almighty says: {So when they forgot the remindings that had been given to them}, i.e. were heedless towards the godly preachers, {We rescued those who forbade evil}, i.e. the preaching sect, but {We seized those who did wrong}, i.e. doers of the sinful deed, {with a severe torment}, i.e. a painful punishment, {because they used to rebel against Allah's Command (disobey Allah)}. Then, Allah explained the torment that befell them saying, {So when they exceeded the limits of what they were prohibited, We said to them: "Be you monkeys, despised and rejected}.

Here, the point is that Allah the Almighty informed us that He destroyed the wrong-doers, saved the preaching believers and left the believers who did not practice enjoining the good and forbidding the evil. Scholars disputed regarding the third group. Some said they were granted salvation. And others said that they were destroyed with the wrong-doers. But, the first view is the accepted one by the well-versed scholars, including Ibn Abbas head of the interpreters who referred to this opinion on a debate with his master lkrimah who upon the victory of Ibn Abbas - granted him a valuable garment as a reward.

It should be noted here that the third group were not mentioned with those given salvation even though they despised the sinful deed, with their hearts, because they should have compelled their organs (hand or tongue) to act thereupon and declare their rejection of the wrong-doers' act. So, they were saved with the preachers because they themselves did not commit the sinful deed, rather they rejected it with their hearts.
Re: Is Today's Christian Worship Service Biblical? Let's Trace Its Origin by advocatejare(m): 5:28pm On Jul 03
AntiChristian:


I don't understand what you mean by it's significance. Sabath is Saturday and in Arabic "Sabt".

As for the Sabatth breakers. They are a community of the Children of Israel who disobeyed Allah by fishing on Saturday while Allah had forbidden such as a trial for them.

Allah the Almighty says: {And ask them (O Muhammad (Peace be upon him)) about the town that was by the sea; when they transgressed in the matter of the Sabbath (i.e. Saturday): when their fish came to them openly on the Sabbath day, and did not come to them on the day they had no Sabbath. Thus We made a trial of them, for they used to rebel against Allah's Command (disobey Allah). And when a community among them said: "Why do you preach to a people whom Allah is about to destroy or to punish with q severe torment?" (The preachers) said: "in order to be free from guilt before your Lord (Allah), and perhaps they may fear Allah." So when they forgot the remindings that had been given to them, We rescued those who forbade evil, but We seized those who did wrong with a severe torment because they used to rebel against Allah's Command (disobey Allah). So when they exceeded the limits of what they were prohibited, We said to them: “Be you monkeys, despied and rejected}. (Al-Arat, 163-166)

And, {And indeed you knew those amongst you who transgressed in the matter of the Sabbath (i.e. Saturday). We said to them: "Be you monkeys, despised and rejected." So We made this punishment an example to their own and to succeeding generations and a lesson to those who are Al-Muttaqun (the pious)}. (Al-Baqarah, 65, 66)

And, {Or curse them as We cursed the Sabbath breakers}. (An-Nisa', 47)

Abdullah Ibn Abbas, Mujahid, Ikrimah, Qatadah, As-Sadiy and others said: they were the people of Aylah. Ibn Abbas (May Allah be pleased with him) added: it was located between Median and At- Tur. They said: the people of Aylah were adhering attentively to the teachings of the Torah and the prohibition of the Sabbath at that time (the prohibition of fishing on Saturdays). Amazingly, the fish used to expose itself openly on Saturdays and disappear on the other days of the week, {when their fish came to them openly on the Sabbath day, and did not come to them on the day they had no Sabbath}. Almighty Allah says {Thus We made a trial of them}, i.e. We test them through sending great numbers of fish on the Sabbath. {for they used to rebel against Allah's Command (disobey Allah)}, i.e. because of their disobedience and rebellion. When they saw this, they made a trick to catch the fish on the Sabbath. They fixed their fishing nets and ropes and excavated streams allowing the sea water to run through and the fish to get in but never go back to the sea. They made all this on Friday, in preparation for the coming of the fish on Saturday. And thus, the fish came on the supposedly-peaceful day (knowing not what has been prepared against them). They were caught in the nets, ropes and artificial streams. When the Saturday came to an end, the people of Aylah were present to take their fat catch. Consequently, Allah the Almighty was angry with them and He cursed them because of their trickery and deception. When this was done by a group thereof, the rest who did not participate in their sinful acting were divided into two sects: a sect that rejected their acting and trickery against the Law and Command of Allah the Almighty at that time. The second sect did not reject or forbid them, rather they disapproved of the reaction of the sect that forbade the sinful ones saying: {Why do you preach to a people whom Allah is about to destroy or to punish with a severe torment?}, i.e. what is the gain in preaching to a people whom will inevitably be punished by Allah the Almighty? But, the second sect (the preachers) replied saying: {In order to be free from guilt before your Lord (Allah)}, i.e. as we are commanded by Him to enjoin what is good and forbid what is evil; thus, we observe this for our fear of His Torment. {And perhaps they may fear Allah}, i.e. perhaps those who made these sins may repent to Allah and regret what they have done and thus be saved from the punishment of Allah and that He forgives them all.

Allah the Almighty says: {So when they forgot the remindings that had been given to them}, i.e. were heedless towards the godly preachers, {We rescued those who forbade evil}, i.e. the preaching sect, but {We seized those who did wrong}, i.e. doers of the sinful deed, {with a severe torment}, i.e. a painful punishment, {because they used to rebel against Allah's Command (disobey Allah)}. Then, Allah explained the torment that befell them saying, {So when they exceeded the limits of what they were prohibited, We said to them: "Be you monkeys, despised and rejected}.

Here, the point is that Allah the Almighty informed us that He destroyed the wrong-doers, saved the preaching believers and left the believers who did not practice enjoining the good and forbidding the evil. Scholars disputed regarding the third group. Some said they were granted salvation. And others said that they were destroyed with the wrong-doers. But, the first view is the accepted one by the well-versed scholars, including Ibn Abbas head of the interpreters who referred to this opinion on a debate with his master lkrimah who upon the victory of Ibn Abbas - granted him a valuable garment as a reward.

It should be noted here that the third group were not mentioned with those given salvation even though they despised the sinful deed, with their hearts, because they should have compelled their organs (hand or tongue) to act thereupon and declare their rejection of the wrong-doers' act. So, they were saved with the preachers because they themselves did not commit the sinful deed, rather they rejected it with their hearts.
This tales by the moonlight about the children of Israel commanded not to fish on Saturdays is found in which part of the Torah please? Please give me references

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