The Sabbath ~ Past, Present, and Future

Exodus 31:12 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 13 "Speak also to the children of Israel, saying: ‘Surely My Sabbaths you shall keep, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the Lord who sanctifies you. 14 You shall keep the Sabbath, therefore, for it is holy to you. Everyone who profanes it shall surely be put to death; for whoever does any work on it, that person shall be cut off from among his people. 15 Work shall be done for six days, but the seventh is the Sabbath of rest, holy to the Lord. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death. 16 Therefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant. 17 It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever; for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.‘ " 18 And when He had made an end of speaking with him on Mount Sinai, He gave Moses two tablets of the Testimony, tablets of stone, written with the finger of God.

I have been wanting to blog on the Sabbath for sometime. When I was writing the series on the salvation of the Gentiles, a polite poster commented how I had the issue of the law wrong, that the Israelite law applies uniformly to all Gentiles who become Christians. Isaiah 56 was quoted to show that Gentiles must keep the Sabbath alongside of Israel. Also of late, I have been debating with a Seventh Day Adventist, mainly on the issue of Historicism versus Futurism, but the Sabbath is certainly a topic in the mix. Seventh Day Adventists will tell you that if you worship on Sunday, you have taken the mark of the beast. Also, I have been trying to understand Reformed Theology better, even though I know I disagree with a couple of things, notably A-Millennialism. But the issue here is the replacement theology of Sunday worship replacing the Sabbath. Dr. Waldron had a few posts on this a while back at Illumination. I don’t mean to sound like I have all the answers here on my little blog, but I reject all of these ideas. This min-series is being birthed out of a study on the law, but will include so much more.

Have fun and stay busy – Luke 19:13

-The Orange Mailman

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2 Responses to The Sabbath ~ Past, Present, and Future

  1. Paul Brennan says:

    The problem with Adventists is that they are forced to go “beyond what is written” (1 Cor 4:6) and add to scripture (Prov 30:6), which is always a bad idea. If you challenge an Adventist to prove their doctrine from scripture without adding anything to it, they simply cannot. It is one thing to quote scripture and let it speak for itself, and another to extrapolate ideas out of the Bible and then claim that such ideas are “scriptural”.

    For example, Colosians 2:16,17 tells us that the sabbath is merely a shadow of a reality in Christ. Adventists try to circumvent this by arguing that this verse is referring to the “ceremonial” sabbaths. Not only to they add the Word “ceremonial” to the text, which doesn’t appear anywhere, they also have to add to scripture the idea that the weekly sabbath isn’t ceremonial. It simply isn’t there.

    Also, the “reality in Christ” is actually given in scripture. Hebrews 3:7-19 and Hebrews 4 shows us that the “rest” was actually something a believer “enters” rather than something repeated week after week. It speaks about how faith was the key to enter the promise of rest (exemplified by entering the “promised” land, as opposed to wandering around in the desert). The Jews rebelled and did not enter the sabbath rest. That is why Paul says that the offer to enter “remains” for those who believe.

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