For my own sake, and for the sake of others who are willing to listen, I would like to go over the areas of the Sabbath which show that it is a perpetual commandment, for believers of all ages using Timothy D.’s presentation of the topic. I already know that this will not convince the anti-sabbaterians that are among the blogospher. Hopefully it will help those who do accept the doctrine found in Scripture. The purpose is building up the body of Christ, and not for tearing it down. In view of that, if you reject the keeping of the doctrine for Christians today, then I wish you would keep your comments to yourself. If you have questions, I welcome them.
First of all, Timothy D. writes: 1. The Sabbath was Instituted before the Fall. I believe that one of the reasons that there is still a weekly Sabbath is that it was instituted at Creation before the Fall and was not part of the ceremonies introduced in the Mosaic economy; neither was it connected to the sacrifices and other bloody ceremonies introduced between the Fall and Moses. How would something instituted as unconnected to Christ’s death be abrogated by that death?
He gets this from the following verses: Genesis 2:1-3 Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.
This shows us that the Sabbath day was established before sin entered into the world, and therefore, when God gives us this commandment to keep it holy, we do so based upon the fact that it is a reflection of God’s creative work. God, Himself, also rested on that day from His work of creation. This alone should be enough reason to continue observing the Sabbath, but I know those who oppose any level of obedience will reject it outright. After all, many will say that the only Law that we should ever follow is: Love God and Love neighbor. Where they fail is tyring to extrapolate any real meaning to those two commands. They think that by merely stating that and leaving it open to their own interpretation, that they are truly loving God and their neighbors.
When one gives the Greatest Commandment as a rule for living, they must realize that the Greatest Commandment is a summary of the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments show us how it is that we are to love God with all our heart, soul, strength and mind, as well as how it is that we love our neighbors as ourselves.
The kicker is that God seems to think it important that we keep the Sabbath/LORD’s day, because He has not abrogated that command. He cannot. For doing so would go against His very nature and character. Since the Law is bound to His nature, we must never think that it changes. The Law doesn’t change because He doesn’t change. The righteous requirements of the Law are still necessary for life. Fortunately, Christ meets those righteous requirements for those who trust in Him. Yet, this does not remove the necessity of keeping the Law, hence, the Fourth Commandment.