2010-04-11 - Forth Commandment
The Ten Commandments, Part 22
Is the Sabboth Relevant to the Church?
Having come to the conclusion that the Sabbath is not given to the Church, but is only appropriate to the nation Israel, the obvious answer as to its relevancy to the Church is it isn't. Wait!! Once again, we must stop and ask: what are the principles that are behind not the Sabbath itself, but those which are spelled out in the Creation?
The idea is: God commands a day of rest, a day set aside from the normal work of our lives, that which is carried out in the other six. In fact, He demands no work be done by anyone. Instead, the day is to be considered Holy, that is, set apart. It should also be noted that in both the Old and New Testaments, the day of rest is identified as a day to honor the Lord, be it "the Sabbath of the Lord thy God" or "the Lord's Day."
Don't you think these issues are still relevant to us? As you can see, the idea a day needs to be set aside for us, just as it was for the Hebrew, is still extremely important. It is just as appropriate today, as it was then. The only point to be made clear is we do not keep the Sabbath, but the first day of the week, The Lord's Day. We don't keep the commandment out of fear of the law and death. We should keep it because it is a principle God has established out of creation, and given it to us for our benefit. The day isn't to be a burden, but a joy.
Is it a joy to set aside a day to honor the Lord? Does honor mean worship, or does it simply mean setting aside a day because this is the Lord's desire, and therefore the very taking of a day is honoring Him?
Remember, for the Jew it became the final test of obedience, and as I noted before, eventually there were around six hundred twelve (612) ways to violate the Sabbath.
"One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain. The Pharisees said to him, "Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?" He answered, "Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need? In the days of Abiathar the high priest, he entered the house of God and ate the consecrated bread, which is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions." Then he said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath" (Mark 2:23-28).
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