2015-01-18 - The Fourth Commandment
Worship on the Sabbath
Nowhere in the New Testament are believers called to keep the Sabbath. For a short time, the early church did continue Sabbath worship. But this was because of the Jewish makeup of the church. The Jewish believers continued to go to the Synagogue, and so kept the traditional days.
As the church grew, and Gentiles came in, worship moved to the first day of the week, Sunday, in recognition of the Lord’s resurrection. Worship was then on the “Lord’s Day.” We must understand that the Sabbath was never changed from Saturday to Sunday. Instead, the day of worship was moved - from the day kept under Law to the day that represented salvation, Resurrection Day, Sunday.
For those who still demand Sabbath worship, ask if they call for death for those who fail to do so. There are still some outside of Judaism who follow the law, i.e. Seventh Day Baptists and Seventh Day Adventists. Some even argue that Sunday worship is the sign of Antichrist.
We can see, then, that God called for honoring the Sabbath as, first a fulfillment of the principle of a day of rest, as identified in vs. 11.
“For in six days, the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.”
During the, Sabbath none in the nation were to work, even those who were not citizens. Second, the Sabbath itself was to be unique to the nation of Israel. It was intended to show the relationship of the Hebrew people to their God, in a way that would be visible to those nations around them.
To be continued.
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