Seventh-Day Adventists/REMEMBER the Sabbath
Frank wrote at 2014-06-12 17:19:03
6 11 2014 - REMEMBER the Sabbath
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First we must ask to whom was the commandment to remember the Sabbath day given?
"Then God spoke all these words: 2 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery...Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work. 10 But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it" (Exodus 20:1-2, 8-11 NRSV).
It was to the Israelites who were brought out of Egyptian bondage that God gave the command to remember the Sabbath day. The Sabbath was to be imposed on all who were living in Israelite dominated towns (v. 10).
<<< The Law of Moses was given to the children of Israel, not to “Israelite dominated towns”. It's the law that was to govern the new nation and that included remembering the Sabbath day to keep it holy. But is that when the Sabbath commandment was first given? >>>
This obviously refers to Israelites not to Christians.
<<< The Israelites are "Old Covenant Christians". The Law of Moses with its ceremonial remedy for sin was the "tutor" that was to teach the children of Israel about Christ until He should make His atoning sacrifice. "Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster (tutor NKJV)to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. (Galatians 3:24 KJV) No one, either Old Covenant believers or New, are saved by keeping the law. >>>
Do Christian Sabbath keepers impose Sabbath keeping on others? Do Sunday keeping Christians impose their "Christian Sabbath" on unbelievers? (Note: Sunday is not the Sabbath. I do not support the idea of a Christian Sabbath.) No, these groups do not impose Sabbath keeping because the command to remember the Sabbath was given to the Israelites and only to the Israelites. It was the sign of God's covenant with them and only with them.
<<< SDA's believe civil governments should have no authority over matters of conscience concerning worship. Those are the first four commandments of the Decalogue written on one of the two tables of stone. The expert has made it clear in his answers that he believes that Paul was including the Sabbath of the 4th commandment as one of the days that one could “esteem” or not, according to conscience (Rom 14:5). He adds to scripture when he says the Sabbath was given to Israel “only”. >>>
"Therefore the Israelites shall keep the sabbath, observing the sabbath throughout their generations, as a perpetual covenant. It is a sign forever between me and the people of Israel that in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed" (Exodus 31:16-17 NRSV).
If the Sabbath commandment is for all to remember wouldn't SDAs and other Sabbath keepers be duty bound to impose Sabbath keeping on others as commanded in Exodus 20:10?
<<< SDA’s who have non SDA’s as guests on the Sabbath day respect their rights of liberty of conscience and do not impose Sabbath keeping on them. They would not, however, ask their guests to do work for them as that would be profaning the Sabbath as surely as if they did the work themselves. >>>
Since the Israelites had to obey all parts of the commandment on what basis do you say that today only part of the 4th commandment is still valid as a commandment and the other part is now a suggestion?
<<< As has just been demonstrated, the entire commandment is still valid for New Covenant Israel, a.k.a. the Christian Church. >>>
Concerning your emphasis on "remember", let's remember that God says to "remember" many things that we don't remember in the sense of observe or do. SDAs believe the Law of Moses to be all the ceremonial laws of the Old Covenant.
<<< The Law of Moses contained all the laws for the governance of the new nation, both moral and ceremonial. "And it came to pass, when Moses had made an end of writing the words of this law in a book, until they were finished, That Moses commanded the Levites, which bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, saying, Take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, that it may be there for a witness against thee."
(Deuteronomy 31:24-26 KJV)
When God brought the children of Israel out of Egyptian bondage, and imposed Sabbath keeping on them, they had not yet been given the law. That does not mean they had no law up until then. When some of the children of Israel went out on the Sabbath looking for manna, “. . . the LORD said unto Moses, How long refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws? (Exodus 16:28 KJV) >>>
"Remember the teaching of my servant Moses, the statutes and ordinances that I commanded him at Horeb for all Israel" (Malachi 4:4 NRSV).
Do you remember in the sense of observe or do all the ceremonial laws of Moses as God commanded on Mount Horeb aka Sinai?
<<< The Law of Moses, with its ceremonial remedy for sin, was made obsolete by Christ when he accomplished His atoning sacrifice and began His ministry as our High Priest and intercessor in the heavenly sanctuary. The Sabbath, having been made (instituted) before sin, (Ex 20:11, Gen 2:2, 3) cannot be one of those laws. >>>
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