God told Adam to tend the Garden and it is
only logical that He blessed that day for Adam to rest every 7days per Exo
20:11. God set it apart and put a
special blessing on that day (not every day).
If this is before the fall, how much more after (Gen. 2:2). Adam and Eve were not Jews.
God kept it, He is in Christians therefore we
are to keep it (Gen. 2:2).
Jesus my Lord kept it and called out that He
is the Lord of the Sabbath. He can only
be Lord of something that exists. If He removed
it then He is not Lord of it (Matt. 12:8). Think about it.
Jesus didn’t remove the Sabbath, He kept it,
He affirmed it by saying we are to do good on the Sabbath (Mark 1:21; 3:4; Matt 12:12; Luke
said that the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. Notice Jesus didn’t say the Sabbath was for
the Jews but said it was for man. We want
all of God’s benefits (Gen 2:2; Is. 56:2, 6-7; 58:13-14; Mark 2:27-28; Matt.
4:4). Yes in Christ we are blessed but we appropriate the blessings by the
things we do. It is called
obedience. If someone didn’t need the
benefits it was Jesus and His disciples, yet they all kept it as well as the
women who were with Jesus (Luk 23:56).
It is quite simple to me – If we were walking with Jesus in Jerusalem, we
would imitate Christ and would have kept it.
That’s why we are baptized as an adult and ignore infant baptism (Matt.
12:12; Mar 1:21; Luk 4:16; John 7:22-23; Mat 28:1; Mar 16:1; Luk 23:56).
Jesus didn’t get rid of the commandments but
empowered us to keep them – He is with us (Matt. 5:17-22). Rom. 3:31 – Paul upholds the law “Do we then make void the law through
faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law.” It is faith in
Him, and His faith residing in Christians that empowers them to keep the law
automatically – do good works (Eph. 2:10).
The Sabbath was before Sinai (Gen. 2:2), God
taught them to observe the Sabbath (because they forgot about it) when
collecting manna (Ex.
16:28-30). Then again God
re-iterated it at mount Sinai, then wrote it down and placed it in the 4th
position (Exo 20:8-11; Isa 56:2, 6-7; 58:13-14). The miracles of the manna that God did, prove that the
Sabbath is of primary importance to Him.
Few people realize that the Sabbath is a gift
from God. God knows what we need and we appreciate Him helping us. The Lord said that He gave them the Sabbath. “For
this is the love of God,
that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.” (1 John
5:3). If it is burdensome to keep his
commandments then my heart is not right before God.
be kept in the millennium when Christ reigns, proving He hasn't changed it (Is.
scriptures like Rom 14:5-6; Col.
2:14-16; Heb. 4; Gal. 4:8-10 are grossly misinterpreted. Either they are doing what is right in their
own eyes like it has been happening from the beginning or they don’t understand
the difference between the law of commandments, ordinances, Old Testament, New
Testament, the Sabbaths and the Sabbath, not using the scripture prior to
Matthew to interpret scripture in NT (2 Tim. 3:16). Simply Rom. 14:5-6 (nothing about the Sabbath but
doubtful things like fasting days, own special days etc.); Col. 2:14-16 & Gal. 4:8-10 (nothing to
do with the Sabbath (7th day) but Sabbaths involved in Festivals);
Heb. 4 (not replacing the Sabbath but talking about their unbelief in what God
said about His Son, just like they didn’t go into the promised land, nor obeyed
in keeping the Sabbath. If anything it
is for keeping the Sabbath). If there
are heaps of scriptures saying one thing and one or two verses saying something
totally different could it be that it isn’t the one or two verses that are the
problem but the understanding.
Paul embraced the Sabbath
by teaching the new Gentile converts that came to the Synagogue on the Sabbath
(Act 13: 14-15, 42-44; 17:2-3; 18:1-4). Sometimes as long as 18months (Acts
18:11). He attended a prayer meeting on
the Sabbath day, when no synagogue was available (Acts 16:13).
And Jesus came and spoke
unto them, saying, ‘All authority in heaven and in earth has been given to
Me. Therefore, go and make disciples in all nations, baptizing them into
the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. TEACHING THEM
TO OBSERVE ALL THINGS THAT I HAVE COMMANDED YOU: and lo, I am with you
always, even until the completion of the age” (Mat. 28:18-20). Jesus is also the Word of God (John 1:1).
Like He said, “Sabbath made for man (not Jews)” It is to benefit us and do GOOD
on the Sabbath. Who teaches against the Sabbath is going against Jesus Himself.
It reminds me of Saul’s refusal to do what God said so
Samuel said: "Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and
sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is
better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams. For rebellion
is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and
idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, He also has
rejected you from being king." Then Saul said to Samuel, "I have
sinned, for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD and your words,
because I feared the people and obeyed their voice. Now therefore, please
pardon my sin, and return with me, that I may worship the LORD." But
Samuel said to Saul, "I will not return with you, for you have rejected
the word of the LORD, and the LORD has rejected you from being king over
Israel." (1Sa 15:22-26).