1. Lindsay

    This is an excellent article! Thank you so much because it really clarified some confusing teaching I had picked up along the way. I appreciate your thorough approach to this (and all the subjects you tackle) and plan to study it out using your article as a guide. Your points about the disciples using the sabbath to evangelize, then breaking bread on the first day of the week, was especially good.

  2. You are referring to the section of the chart under “The Sabbath Under Law” that quotes Genesis 2:1-3. The point the author was trying to make in that section was comparing that God finished His work of creation in six days while Jesus finished His work of redemption in six hours. However, for clarity, we have added this to the chart: “God later transferred the significance of His day of rest to the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:11).”

  3. JDV

    The chart puts the creation period under the author’s “The Sabbath Under Law”, which risks being confusing and potentially misleading, especially given the timing of the giving of the law (cf. Galatians 3:17) as mentioned in the article.

  4. Craig Giddens

    The charge, commandments, statutes, and laws in Genesis 26 were those God had given Abraham up until that time. They certainly were not a reference to the Law given to Moses as that would be hundreds of years later. No one was commanded to observe the sabbath until the Law was given and that commandment was for Israel (Exodus 31:16). Paul tells us “One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind” (Romans 14:5). There is no particular day the church is commanded to meet and there is no particular day or date (i.e. Christmas, Easter, Lent, Passover…etc) the church is commanded to esteem above another. If you want to meet as a church or take a day of rest on Saturday then you have liberty to do so. If you start commanding people to observe a particular day then you are in sin.

  5. Arie Damminga

    In Gen. 26: 5 the LORD said to Isaac about his father: ‘Abraham obeyed Me and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes and My laws’ (NASB). It is therefore very likely that Abraham kept the day God had blessed and sanctified after the Creation i.e. the seventh day.

    In line with this can be seen the statement of Yeshua Messiah (Jesus Christ) that the Sabbath is made for man. He didn’t say the Sabbath is made for the Jews.

    The fact that the Sabbath commandment is not repeated in the New Testament is not a convincing argument in favor of the view that since the resurrection of Yeshua Messiah His followers don’t have to keep the Sabbath, because it is very possible, if not likely, that the Gentile believers in the first century took observing the Sabbath for granted.

    It is true that the first day of the week is nowhere in the NT referred to as the Sabbath. But it is also true that the Sunday is never mentioned in the Scriptures. It is worthy of note that the first day in the Bible began at sundown, or in other terms: sundown on Saterday. So when the believers in Troas came together on the first day to break bread (Acts 20: 7) and Paul then prolonged his message until midnight it is very likely that this was on Saterday night (and not on Sunday morning).

    It can not be asked of the Jewish followers of Yeshua Messiah to not observe the Sabbath; their ‘kinsmen according to the flesh’ might stumble at the latter. The question must even be asked – even now, 17 centuries after Emporor Constantine the Great proclaimed the Sunday as the day of rest – whether Christians might give offense (in the sense of 1: Cor. 10: 32) to the unbelieving Jews and the Jewish members of the Body of Messiah by not observing the Sabbath.

    Just some comments and a question (with all due respect to the author of the booklet).

  6. Eloise

    Wow! How eye-opening! Thank you SO much for posting this and explaining the difference, which never even occurred to me, between the Sabbath and the Lord’s Day! It makes so much sense and now I don’t have to feel guilty if I do a bit of laundry on a Sunday! lol! God bless you for such a wonderful article!

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