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The Sabbath day

by William Nesbitt
(Northern Ireland)

I understand that keeping the Sabbath is part of the Ten Commandments which is constitutionally the moral law. In the Old Testament the law consisted of three component parts . The Civil Law The Ceremonial Law and The Moral Law. The first two of these related to National Israel the same as we have in national sovereign states today. The Moral law, however is not only national but is international. It was also unbroken as the initial tablets were as they were placed in the ark of the covenant. If you believe in type theology which I do then the ark would represent Christ. In the light of this Christ is the only repository of an unbroken copy of the law as he fulfilled it all all ten commandments. If we deny the fourth commandment are we saying that Christ did not keep it that would be heresy. Also how does God carry out a final judgement on sinners it is by the moral law. Although Christians are not saved by the moral law they are saved by the imputed righteousness of our Lord Jesus Christ who fulfilled it entirely. Regarding the definition of the Sabbath there were several Sabbaths kept by the Nation of Israel. First there was the weekly Sabbath, then there was Passover which was a week of Sabbaths. Then there was the seven year Sabbath when the land was rested. The Sabbath, however, which I really want to concentrate was the fifty year Sabbath which was also known as The Year of Jubilee. In this year land that been lost to others because of hard times was restored to the original owners. Also at the year of Jubilee all slaves were set free. In looking at scripture the Lord Jesus Christ is our Jubilee. He is the one who sets us free. How do we know He has set us free. It is because HE rose again on the third day the day of Jubilee (redemption). If we celebrate the LORD's resurrection we are celebrating the Jubilee or the Sabbath of the fiftieth year, the year of glorious freedom. As well as all of the above evidence, I believe it is beneficial to give the body a complete day of rest from its activities. If work does not enable us to take a Sunday then another day should be set aside where we can have time to give protracted meditation to God and His Word. I agree with you that every day is holy to The LORD, however, one day set aside in seven to give detailed study to the Word must be very beneficial. In our forefathers generation this was better adhered to and the moral health of our nations was much better. You can email me on

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Jul 02, 2012
The Sabbath Command is eternal
by: Phineas

The Sabbath day is a memorial to creation and in the fourth commandment you see the seal of God.
His name-Lord
His Title-Creator
His territory- heaven and Earth

Only the 7th day was blessed and sanctified by God. No other day was, so no other day should be substituted for it.(Gen 2:3)

Jesus said he was Lord of the Sabbath and the Sabbath was made for man, not just the Jew (Mark 2:27-28)

The Sabbath command was written by God in stone(Ex 31:18) and placed in the ark with the other 9 commandments.(Ex 40:20

The law of Moses (Mosaic law) was written by Moses (Deut 31:9) and placed on the side of the ark.(Deut 31:26)

Jesus said the commandments were unchangeable (Matt 5:17-19)

Christians use the Bible as the great truth detector and not traditions of church fathers. (Acts 17:11)

The Bible has no record of God authorizing a change or elimination of any of the ten commandments, and Jesus never transferred his Lordship from the Sabbath to Sunday.

Both the marriage and the Sabbath were instituted at Creation of man and Satan has been attacking both ever since.

Any argument for breaking on annulling the Sabbath Command has to be equally applicable to the other nine commandments. Sin is the transgression of the Law (1 John 3:40). If there were no commandments there would be no sin, and without sin you would not need a Savior.

Jun 14, 2012
Work 6 Give 1 to GOD!
by: Steven Eubanks

One Day In seven. The reference is from the Creation in Genesis 2.
Gen 2:2 By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.
Note it is not referenced to a DAY OF A WEEK. Work 6 rest 1.
If a Pastor works on Sunday and it is His busiest day. I do not feel the Pastor can call it a day of rest to God. So He takes Monday as his day of rest to God.
There is no Calender reference here work 6 give one to God.
The Sabbath OF the Jews is part of their CEREMONIAL LAW. It dictated WHICH day they were to set aside. The Early Church Looked to a New Covenant and Held the Day the Lord Raised from the Grave as the Day of worship.

In the Church age we do not have LAWS we have New Testament Principles. The Principle is ONE DAY IN SEVEN, work 6 give one to GOD. There has NEVER BEEN A CALENDER DAY Included in Genesis 2. The Church in NOT bound to the CEREMONIAL LAW of the Old Testament.


Jun 13, 2012
Well ...
by: Paul Pavao (webmaster)

Your post is kind and chooses a middle road. I don't want to leave it there, though.

I have to object to distinguishing between the moral, civil, and ceremonial law. To me, that idea was invented by those who wanted to keep the Jewish Sabbath so that they could try and negate what the New Testament says about the Sabbath.

Even if those were legitimate categories, why isn't the Sabbath in the ceremonial law category? Resting one day a week is hardly a matter of morals.

I also object to distinguishing between types of Sabbaths. Yes, there were days of rest during the feasts in addition to the weekly Sabbath. However, those who distinguish those Sabbaths do so to dodge Colossians 2:16.

It doesn't work, though. When the Scriptures refer to feasts, new moons, and Sabbaths, it is referring to the yearly, monthly, and weekly special days and sacrifices. Thus, Colossians 2:16 says without a doubt that the weekly Sabbath was just a shadow of Christ.

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