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Good Ol Sabbath

Wanted to post this in here. Answered this question for someone. It is concerning the Sabbath Day and how the Christian should or should not react to it.

QUESTION #1: Is it wrong to have a job that requires you to work on Sunday? Why was the Sabbath changed from Saturday to Sunday? What does God say about this?


Now I want to begin by asking you a question and answer it aloud if you like…


Christians should celebrate the Sabbath:
A. On Saturday
B. On Sunday
C. Every Day


This is sometimes a hotly debated topic.


It is usually for the NT Church broken down into several different questions…


  • Are Christians required to keep the OT Sabbath Observances?


  • Are Christians obligated to turn Sunday into the New Sabbath?


  • Are Christians supposed to leave the Sabbath and its observances behind b/c of the NT Covenant?
  • Is it even accurate to refer to any given day as God’s solely?


All these questions often come up and some of it is based on tradition and some not.


So what should the Christian do concerning the observances of a day for the Lord?


First let’s look at the obvious need to define this day…


                A.  OT Sabbath.


What was this day and what did God intend for it to do?


Leviticus 23:3 (NIV), There are six days when you may work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of rest, a day of sacred assembly. You are not to do any work; wherever you live, it is a Sabbath to the LORD.

In the OT Law the Sabbath had three purposes found in this scripture…


                1.  Cease Work


This day was set aside for a stopping from laboring.


  • They worked hard all week and God provided a time to rest from it.


But some important symbolism comes from this ceasing to work it will tie into the last purpose here in a moment.


                2. To Assemble for Worship.


  • This was the day God said you should come together and focus on me and worship me only on this day.


  • All week you do your own thing but this day is mine and this day you will come and give to me.


Again important symbolism is seen here.

                3.  Rest in the Lord’s Provision.


  • The Sabbath Day was a day in which the people rested in the Lord and His provision.


For us to understand that resting in His provision we must understand what provision.


Ill.: This is not hard to do if we understand that the Mosaic ceremonial Laws were instituted as symbolism of JC to come.


The Sabbath is no exception b/c it is a part of this Mosaic Ceremonial Law that was carried out as a Type and Shadow of what was to come.


So when God says…


  • Cease from Work: There is Ceremonial Symbolism there b/c it is a look at how the OT people labored and had a rough week but the Sabbath is coming. Rest for us in the Lord.


In the same way they were showing or enacting in those six days of work a time in which the Messiah would come and there would be rest in Him.


That yearning for real rest in life would be fulfilled in the coming of JC.


  • Assemble to Worship: Then God only asked for our spiritual focus once a week, but that focus once a week foreshadowed a day when our worship of God would not be one day but everyday.


That what they did once a week as far as personal worship would be an everyday act in JC.


  • Rest in the Lord’s Provision: The Sabbath is a Type and Shadow of the rest in the salvation of the Lord. They did it once a week resting in the promise of Salvation to come.


This rest in the provision was a shadow of a true rest that would be experienced when JC came and gave true rest.


Basically the rest JC offered was rest from spiritual futility.


Matthew 11:28 (NIV), Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.


  • JC here is saying I will give you Sabbath. The Sabbath you have been longing for since your forefathers received the Law.


  • The real rest found in me that is not limited or futile but never ending and easy to bear.


So simply the Sabbath of the OT was merely a shadow of the better and more glorious to come in JC.


And observing the Sabbath was done b/c JC had not yet come and God had provided a temporary symbolic day in which they could reflect on that future date.


                B. NT Sabbath


Is there a NT Sabbath? Should we be observing some form of Sabbath Day in that way?


NO. Scripture is clear that following the Sabbath in the strict sense is no longer needed b/c that need is passed.


Colossians 2:16-17 (NIV), Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.


Hebrews 10:1 (NIV), The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship.




So if the Sabbath and the OT observances were only types and shadows of the perfect to come what do we do then?

For me the response of the Christian is clear…


I’m not saying this to be snippy or mean b/c again there are traditions here we will talk about but here is how you might respond in light of what scripture says.


And that if we understand that the OT Sabbath was the inferior and the NT Salvation of Christ superior then we would have this sort of mindset.


                1. I Don’t Need It.


We don’t in the strict sense of the Sabbath need it.


The old order of things has passed away and the new has come…


  • I don’t need to spend one day a week focused on JC b/c by the HS he is with me always. Worship is always


  • I don’t need to rest in the promise of God’s provision b/c the provision is here. I have it everyday and in everyway.


  • I don’t need to Rest on one day from labor as symbolism of the longing for a day when JC will come. He’s here. He’s risen.


                2. I Don’t Want It.


Who would want to go back and reinstitute those old commands that were only a shadow of JC’s coming when we have the Savior here now.


We don’t want that. We instead celebrate what is come not what is meant only as a shadow of what was coming.


This is why Paul was so much against the OT burdens…


Galatians 5:1 (NIV), It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.




Ill.: Now I know you’ll want to jump up and say, “But it’s in the TC and God said in those to keep the Sabbath.”


Your right, but remember we said in the first sermon that we can only apply from the OT Covenant to this NT Covenant those things that have been reapplied in the NT by JC or an Apostle. The Sabbath Observance was not reapplied. I hope you understand why. Only 9 of 10 still remain.


But if you’re still stuck on that then might I suggest this…


·         Keep the TC as they are…One God, No Idols, No Vain…


·         But when you come to the 4th instead of Saying Remember the Sabbath b/c we not longer observe what is to come, simply say, “4th All should Repent and Trust in the Savior that came fulfilling the Sabbath.”




What about Sunday? New Sabbath? Lord’s Day?


No, b/c we are under a NT Covenant in which the Lord’s Day and our day with Him is everyday.


I will say there is a Lord’s Day in the sense that from the Start Sunday was the day Christians met.


They still worshiped together and met together. Which is very good and scriptural.


Understand they didn’t do this out of obligation but merely b/c there are very good reasons for Sunday being a traditional meeting day…


·         JC rose on the Third Day/Sunday. Good reason to me.


·         The Church was founded on Pentecost/Sunday. Another good reason.


·         Acts 20:7 says they gathered and met on the first day of the week.

So there are these scriptural examples and concepts of a meeting day.


But these are traditions and not demands. We simply cannot demand that someone meet on a certain day.


Those who meet on another day of the week have every right to do so.


Romans 14:5-8 (NIV), One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord. He who eats meat, eats to the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who abstains, does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. For none of us lives to himself alone and none of us dies to himself alone. If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.


Can someone work Sunday?


Yes you can b/c there are no longer restrictions of that sort.


Now the thing I would ask though is are you doing so and still able to be part of the regular meeting times?


·         Though the Bible doesn’t say, “you must meet on Sunday or keep the Sabbath,” it does say, “Do not forsake the assembling of the Saints.”


So if you’re missing week after week of services then something might be amiss there.


If you not fortunate enough to attend a church that has Saturday Night services or some other kind then you might have to make a choice.


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