Thank you, P Rich. I fear much of the ignorance within professing Christianity and immorality within our culture has resulted from neglecting the Christian Sabbath. May we, out of a love for the Lord of the Sabbath, once again “call the Sabbath a delight.”
Albert Barnes said on Mark 2:27 (‘the Sabbath was made for man’):
“Where there is no Sabbath there is ignorance, vice, disorder, and crime. On that holy day the poor and the ignorant, as well as the learned, have undisturbed time to learn the requirements of religion, the nature of morals, the law of God, and the way of salvation. On that day man may offer his praises to the Great Giver of all good, and in the sanctuary seek the blessing of him whose favor is life. Where that day is observed in any manner as it should be, order prevails, morals are promoted, the poor are elevated in their condition, vice flies away, and the community puts on the appearance of neatness, industry, morality, and religion. The Sabbath was therefore pre-eminently intended for man’s welfare, and the best interests of mankind demand that it should be sacredly regarded as an appointment of merciful heaven intended for our best good, and, where improved aright, infallibly resulting in our temporal and eternal peace.”
inspiring synopsis on an indispensable subject for the spirit-filed believer!
How is the adherence to the sabbath still an adherence to Col 2:16-17 and Rom 14:5-6. To argue Col only refers to “lesser” sabbaths vs the 4th commandment is reaching indeed. It seems there is nothing magical about the number 10, as though God could not unfold its meaning in the light of Christs coming. If the NT says the sabbath was a type and shadow, and the keeping of it in its senses plenior is by trusting in Christ (Heb 4) then we are not antinomian who do not hold to a 24 hour day anymore, but believe trusting in Christ our Sabbath rest, is the prescribed NT method. Mk 2 and Matt 12 support Col 2 and Heb 4. His entrance into the fields to declare His Lordship over the Sabbath was right after He invited those yoke burdened sinners to take His yoke, for He promised to give them Shabbat. He is the Shabbat. We cannot by works attain Christs salvation -He rested after working the creation, and again as the ascended Lord from His working redemption as the second Adam, He sat down at the righthand of the Majesty on high on the throne of Grace reigning now. So while Heb 4 rebukes those before who didn’t enter the rest of the temporal land by faith. The faith that gave strength and courage for others to battle by faith to enter it, see Heb 11. Heb 4 goes on to say to the Hebrews the letter was written to, Jews who were being tempted to return to the types and shadows of the Old Covenant and forsake Christ, that there is no other sacrifice etc. There is also no other rest, as even if some rested in the land, there is still another rest for them-the rest from works righteousness in Christs work-which is already and not yet. If those Hebrews reject Christ and His rest, they will lose the not yet aspect too. SO he told them there remains a rest for the people of God, i.e. faith in Christ, because the land did not exhaust it but pointed to Christ and heaven, His dwelling place. For, he goes on to say, whoever has entered Gods rest has also rested from his works as God also rested from His. This is about telling the Hebrews the rest is in Christ, and as we know all we have now in Christ we experience in the already not yet. But the eschatological isn’t honored more by retaining the 24 hour day but by resting by faith in CHrist.The ultimate fulfillment in the eternal state of dwelling with Christ in fullness.
The arguments that are made for the sabbath, with the Old Testament ruling over the New, is very similar to the paedobaptists priority of Gen 17 over against clear baptismal texts in the NT. The arguments are strikingly similar. Consistency would be either to adopt both sabbatarianism and paedobaptism or neither, as both derive their hermeneutic from the same toolbox.
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