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Sabbath defined by Scripture and early church
by Jean McNamara
There are only two places that are valid in which to determine how God wants us to celebrate the Sabbath-Scripture and the early church. To determine the definition of the early church for this quick discussion, please ask yourselves how much the world view has changed in this country in 50 years-remember in the 60's how TV showed married couples sleeping in twin beds? Even ten years ago, we had no homosexual marriage or acceptance of transgender.
My definition of the early church would be A.D. 100 back to the year Jesus began his ministry. What I see is that Jesus,as the Living Word-"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.." The Word was Jesus coming to earth to show us the proper interpretation of the law. The scribes and Pharisees did not complain that Jesus did carpentry work or Paul worked on tents on the Sabbath. Jesus did good,healing on the Sabbath, and the disciples plucked grain and rolled it in their hands to eat as they walked through the fields-surely no more work than pulling a pre-made dish out of the cupboard or pulling out the manna saved from the day before. Had Jesus wanted us to know the Sabbath was fulfilled in Himself, I believe the Bible would have shown us that.
The early church history you give is too far from Scripture time to accurately betray what Jesus did on earth. No other of the 10 commandments have changed,why just one? If we are to separate out a quote or two from Scripture that makes us think the Sabbath is over, as we know we must not do(rather we take Scripture as a whole), then place alongside the verse as stated by Jesus, "I have not come to do away with the law, no not one stroke of it, but rather to fulfill the law."
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