This article seemed to be intereting to me. I know what your are going to say before you say it. (Not another discussion on the Sabbath day.) But you before you make up your minds, you should read the article. I would really like this to be an open discussion. There could possibly be things in this article that you have never considered before. Regardless, please read the article, before commenting and discussing it. I would truly like to have a discussion on this topic , not just people stating their opinions in a scarcastic way. So, what say ye?
Again please read the ariticle before commenting, I would truly like an open and honest discussion on the topic!
I need to start by saying that the person, Jim Staley, who is arguing in favor of the Sabbath, comes out of Two House teachings, as well as One Law theology, which are both in error, or serious error. Jim's arguments are nothing really new. Jim used to be more moderate in his approach, but recently has become more radical. He carries forward his previous theology but is trying to establish his own new movement which he calls Christian roots as opposed to Hebrew roots. While he says this is the new movement of today, I haven't yet identified the difference between what he is teaching now, vs. the One Law, Two House Hebrew roots.
Like most in this movement, he goes back to God resting on the 7th day to justify keeping the Sabbath for Christians.
1. Yes, God rested on the 7th day, but we do not see any command in scripture at that time for people to rest on the 7th day before the one given to Israel.
2.The first time we see this command, it is directed to the children of Israel, leaving Egypt.
3. This command is in the Mosaic law with a severe penalty for violation, and is said to be given to the children of Israel as a sign to them.
4. It is not repeated in the New Covenant, and there is no indication anywhere in scripture that it was given to anyone who is a Gentile, who does not live in the land of Israel, or visiting the land of Israel, so it was not commanded to Gentiles outside of Israel prior to the time of Jesus and is not commanded during or after the time of Jesus.
The following verse is during Israel's exodus from Egypt and is the first time there are commands to anyone concerning the Sabbath.
Exodus 16:22 Now on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for each one. When all the leaders of the congregation came and told Moses, 23 then he said to them, “This is what the Lord meant: Tomorrow is a sabbath observance, a holy sabbath to the Lord. Bake what you will bake and boil what you will boil, and all that is left over put aside to be kept until morning.” 24 So they put it aside until morning, as Moses had ordered, and it did not become foul nor was there any worm in it. 25 Moses said, “Eat it today, for today is a sabbath to the Lord; today you will not find it in the field. 26 Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day, the sabbath, there will be [t]none.”
The following is one of the actual commands, to the children of Israel, but includes sojourners in the land of Israel, and no Gentile outside of Israel:
Exodus 20:10 but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you.
Often, those who promote the Sabbath, emphasize worship services as part of obeying the Sabbath law. Note that there is no mention of required worship services. This error is more of a modern cultural error. When the law was given, there were no synagogues. Those were both a much later invention and are not mentioned in the OT. Synagogues did not come into practice until the Babylonian captivity. Prior to that time, the only place of worship was the Temple, but for majority of the children of Israel, traveling from their home to the location of the Temple was way to far to be done weekly. So, there were no worship services. On the Sabbath, people stopped work for a day, stayed home and rested. Going to services is not being obedient to the Sabbath law. It is not being disobedient either.
For historical purposes, the synagogues were run by the Pharisees, and were places of teaching the people. They were open 7 days a week with 'services'/teaching, 7 days a week. Prayers were also said, but there is no requirement that people go to the synagogues to pray. Prayer in Judaism, occurs daily, and can be done at home, or where ever you want to. Today, in modern Judaism, synagogues are open 7 days a week, for services. Prayers can be done at home or anywhere. The Sabbath service tends to be bigger then the weekly service because people are off work, but it is not considered a requirement to go to Sabbath services. It is considered a good deed to go to any service, any day of the week, but in Judaism, it is not a sin to not attend daily or weekly 7th day services.
Penalty for working on the Sabbath.
Exodus 31:14 Therefore you are to observe the sabbath, for it is holy to you. Everyone who profanes it shall surely be put to death; for whoever does any work on it, that person shall be cut off from among his people.
15 For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day there is a sabbath of complete rest, holy to the Lord; whoever does any work on the sabbath day shall surely be put to death.
16 So the sons of Israel shall observe the sabbath, to celebrate the sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant.’
Additional requirement of the Sabbath, just for accuracy:
Ex. 35:3 You shall not kindle a fire in any of your dwellings on the sabbath day.”
The Sabbath is a sign between God and the children of Israel
Ex 31:17 "It is a sign between Me and the sons of Israel forever; for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, but on the seventh day He ceased from labor, and was refreshed."