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The Sabbath

18 Oct

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in his word:

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. (Galatians 4:4-7)

Today, on a Q&A Site, I saw a question that I thought was very interesting. And it applies to the current verse we’re on today with Galatians, so I thought I’d share it with you (the first section is the question, followed by my in-part answer):

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Ever since Satan was banished from heaven he has been getting people to break God’s commandments. Even in the Old Testament he got people to break the Sabbath and worship idols and commit adultery. Nothing has changed. Today millions of Christians say it’s okay to break God’s holy Sabbath day.

Heaven and earth would have to pass for God’s law to be altered (Luke 16:17). Have you ever heard the saying, “It is written in stone.” People cannot even change the law of the government. Only the government can change the law. On what authority can people change the law of the Almighty God of the universe who wrote his law in stone?

God bless Jesus Christ for taking away the curse of breaking God’s law. But does that mean he gave us a licence to break it?

Did Jesus ever teach his followers to replace the Sabbath day with Sunday? Does the Bible ever call Jesus the Lord of Sunday? When Jesus rose from the dead did he ever tell his disciples to forget about the Sabbath commandment and keep Sunday in remembrance of his resurrection?

After the resurrection the disciples met on varies days. They often met on Sundays and broke bread, they also met on Thursday, and one time they worshipped together seven days a week. But the Sabbath day was the day that the Jews and Gentiles kept as their holy day. They did meet on other days, but they never replaced the Sabbath.

“So when the Jews went out of the synagogue, the Gentiles begged that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath.” (Acts 13:42)

“On the next Sabbath almost the whole city came together to hear the word of God.” (Acts 13:44)

“And on the Sabbath day we went out of the city to the riverside, where prayer was customarily made…” (Acts 16:13)

The book of Acts was written by Luke who was a Gentile. Luke never taught that the Sabbath had been done away. Why would the Gentiles beg Paul to preach to them on the Sabbath day if Sunday was the new Lord’s day?

And why would God need to change his commandments? The Sabbath was blessed at creation. But we know the Sabbath was never changed because Jesus said that heaven and earth would have to pass (Luke 16:17).

And for those Christians who make Sunday their holy day, do they keep ALL of Sunday holy, or just a few hours at church. The reason the Sabbath is so important is because it involves time with God. The more time we spend with God, the stronger our relationship will be. Life can be so stressful that we often don’t have much time for God. The Sabbath is holy time with God. It is a commandment. What right do we have to change it to another day?

It is never called the Sabbath of the Jews, it is called the Sabbath of the LORD. It is the LORD’s day. It is called the holy Sabbath. Why would Jesus abolish something that is holy? The Sabbath is a delight, but Christians try to say that Sabbath keeping is a burden.

According to Colossians 2:14-16 the ordinances of Moses i.e the feast days, new moons, yearly sabbaths etc were nailed to the cross. But God’s law–the 10 commandments–are forever (Psalm 111:7-8).

I believe that their will be a revival before the Lord returns and God’s people will come back to true worship and turn away from all these man made traditions.

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You: Ever since Satan was banished from heaven he has been getting people to break God’s commandments.

Me: Very true.

You: Even in the Old Testament he got people to break the Sabbath and worship idols and commit adultery. Nothing has changed. Today millions of Christians say it’s okay to break God’s holy Sabbath day.

Me: The law, including the Sabbath, died along with Jesus Christ:

Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?
(Galatians 3:2-3)

The Galatians were being deceived into believing that works of the law would save them, ‘works of the law’ includes obeying the Sabbath.

You: Heaven and earth would have to pass for God’s law to be altered (Luke 16:17). Have you ever heard the saying, “It is written in stone.” People cannot even change the law of the government. Only the government can change the law. On what authority can people change the law of the Almighty God of the universe who wrote his law in stone?

Me: YES AND AMEN! God is the only one who can change his own law, and he did so, on the cross. When his only son died and rose again to free us.

You: God bless Jesus Christ for taking away the curse of breaking God’s law. But does that mean he gave us a licence to break it?

Me: I’m sorry, I haven’t come across a passage that says he only took away the curse of the law? However, I have seen this:

having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. (Colossians 2:14)

You: Did Jesus ever teach his followers to replace the Sabbath day with Sunday? Does the Bible ever call Jesus the Lord of Sunday? When Jesus rose from the dead did he ever tell his disciples to forget about the Sabbath commandment and keep Sunday in remembrance of his resurrection?

Me: Jesus is indeed the Lord of the Sabbath. We no longer have a physical day called ‘The Sabbath’ instead, we now have Jesus Christ, wherein our eternal Sabbath rest lies.

You: After the resurrection the disciples met on varies days. They often met on Sundays and broke bread, they also met on Thursday, and one time they worshipped together seven days a week. But the Sabbath day was the day that the Jews and Gentiles kept as their holy day. They did meet on other days, but they never replaced the Sabbath.

“So when the Jews went out of the synagogue, the Gentiles begged that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath.” (Acts 13:42)

“On the next Sabbath almost the whole city came together to hear the word of God.” (Acts 13:44)

“And on the Sabbath day we went out of the city to the riverside, where prayer was customarily made…” (Acts 16:13)

Me: If you could expound on this a little more (include some verses), I would appreciate it. I can’t seem find the passage in the Bible which says the Apostles continued keeping the Sabbath. – As for the verses that you quoted, they all very true. Remember, the Jew’s, as a rule of thumb all met on the Sabbath in the Synagogue. Back then, it was simply custom to teach/hear sermons on the Sabbath.

I apologize that I can’t answer everything you said, I’m currently working on something else. But thank you very much for asking this question.

Source: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AjBf7lnwvte7EdscpKFUmzLty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20111018065356AAwhW3W

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

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Posted by on October 18, 2011 in Answering Questions

 

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4 responses to “The Sabbath

  1. James Meyer

    October 18, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    I’m confused about whether or not you believe that Sabbath = Saturday

     
    • Joshua Cleveland

      October 18, 2011 at 7:04 PM

      Formerly the Sabbath was on Saturday. Today, however, Jesus is our Sabbath.

      — Joshua

       
      • James Meyer

        December 21, 2011 at 3:46 AM

        Sorry, that doesn’t even make sense. Sabbath is a day set aside to be holy. Jesus is a person/Deity. How can Jesus be a Sabbath? How can we rest on Jesus once a week? How can we keep Jesus holy (4th commandment)? The statement just doesn’t make sense.

         
      • Joshua Cleveland

        December 21, 2011 at 2:31 PM

        Hello James, I’m very sorry if I’ve presented the facts in a confusing manner. Let me try to explain if you would. I believe the thing your referring to which I said is this:

        “Jesus is indeed the Lord of the Sabbath. We no longer have a physical day called ‘The Sabbath’ instead, we now have Jesus Christ, wherein our eternal Sabbath rest lies.”

        Sabbath was, in the Old Testament, a day set aside as Holy, yes that’s very true. However, the Bible tells us that now this is no longer so:

        14 having canceled out (A)the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and (B)He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 When He had [a](C)disarmed the (D)rulers and authorities, He (E)made a public display of them, having (F)triumphed over them through [b]Him.

        16 Therefore no one is to [c](G)act as your judge in regard to (H)food or (I)drink or in respect to a (J)festival or a (K)new moon or a (L)Sabbath [d]day— 17 things which are (M)a mere shadow of what is to come; but the [e]substance [f]belongs to Christ.

        (Colossians 2:14-17)

        Jesus isn’t a Sabbath. Rather, He is our Sabbath rest. The difference being that one is a day, while the other is a person. We find our rest in Jesus, who defeated our enemies (thus giving us that rest) on the cross.

        We cannot, as I believe you implied, keep Jesus holy. In fact, the idea of even trying to that is completely absurd. I have no argument with you on that point. However, thank God, we don’t need to. In the New Testament things are different, rather than keeping the Sabbath holy, Jesus keeps us holy. He is the Lord of the Sabbath; not the Sabbath. The difference between the two being that one is the fulfillment of the other. In the Old Testament they were given a list of rules to follow. In fact, the Jews found hundreds (I know for sure they found at least 256) additional rules to the ten commandments. But now those rules have been done away with (I’ll show you that passage in a moment), to be replaced by Christ.

        But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code. (Romans 7:6)

        And how, pray tell, do we die to what once bound us? In Jesus Christ. As, in fact, Paul had just said in the previous chapter:

        1 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. (Romans 6:1-4)

        We no longer live under the Old Testament law. To say anything else would mean that we weren’t save by grace alone, but instead, we ourselves did something to receive salvation; as if it were owed us:

        8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

        I apologize for not having explained all this in the actual post, I should have taken the time to clarify and support what I was saying with scripture. Thank you for helping to teach me this :).

        — Joshua

         

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