Lord of the Sabbath

Oneg Shabbat 2The church has changed their minds on sabbath. The post modern church’s argument is now that the sabbath has passed away because it is not mentioned in the New Testament. Prior to this the church’s position was that the Sabbath was moved to Sunday. There was a time when the church’s teaching on this was so universal that everything was closed on Sundays in all Christian nations. Many in our congregation are old enough to remember when everything was closed on Sundays except churches. These were called blue laws, and only a few gas stations were allowed to be open on Sundays.

Neither position is on solid ground. We have already posted that it was Constantine who changed the days or worship to Sunday. Not a church council or a pope, nor any religious figure at all, but a Roman Emperor made the change before his conversion. If one is convinced that he was right to do this, then by all means keep Sunday as the Sabbath.

The idea that Sabbath has passed away because it is not in the New Testament is blatantly false.

For the Son of man is lord of the sabbath.” Matt. 12:8 

. . . so the Son of man is lord even of the sabbath.” Mark 2:28

And he said to them, “The Son of man is lord of the sabbath.” Luke 6:5 

What Messiah is addressing here is, who exactly is in charge of what is and is not permissible to do on the Sabbath. His claim is that He is Lord, not the Sanhedrin, not the Pharisees, nor the Sadducees. He and He alone decides what it means to keep the Sabbath.

See! The LORD has given you the sabbath, therefore on the sixth day he gives you bread for two days; remain every man of you in his place, let no man go out of his place on the seventh day.” Ex. 16:29 

“Say to the people of Israel, When you come into the land which I give you, the land shall keep a sabbath to the LORD. Lev. 25:2 

“And the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD, to minister to him, to love the name of the LORD, and to be his servants, every one who keeps the sabbath, and does not profane it, and holds fast my covenant — Is. 56:6 

The Creator of Heaven and Earth gave us all a gift. Many apparently don’t want or understand this gift of a day of rest. This is not our problem! Someone can let us know how that works out for them.

The rejection of the Sabbath however comes from two sources; one is either too greedy to stop their business for one day a week or they are rebellious and the Lord is not really their Lord.

Is the Lord of the Sabbath our Lord, or not?

“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? Luke 6:46 

Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of perdition, 2 Th. 2:3

. . . do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the wilderness, Heb. 3:8

Woe to them! For they walk in the way of Cain, and abandon themselves for the sake of gain to Balaam’s error, and perish in Korah’s rebellion. Jude 1:11

Many live as if there were only nine commandments and one suggestion.

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