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