Do You Know Why You Honor the Sabbath (if You do) and When? (Part II)

The Holy Sabbath

I returned to find many HubPages relating to this topic, both in past articles and some newer ones that have been written as well. The more recent ones have stemmed from Brother Dave's Question: What day do you consider to be your "Sabbath" ?

This is a subject that has been discussed and debated over the centuries by theologians and religious authorities alike. Even the members of the clergy that I have just recently spoken to about this subject will give you a variety or responses depending on their background of beliefs and their own individual interpretations of scripture.

I have found that many of the HubPages here on this subject are well researched and have been written with a true heart for the Lord, which in itself is glorious to see people actively spending valued time delving so thoroughly into scripture. Therefore, I decided it would be useful to list some of the articles below that I found to be most interesting about the subject of the Holy Sabbath overall, before I listed my summary at the bottom of the page:

A Final Note regarding the Holy Sabbath

There is obviously enough scripture to debate this topic for either viewpoint and that is why we are still discussing it now, a few thousand years later. :)

I tend to agree with the understanding that Jesus Christ is the "Lord of the Sabbath" (Mark 2:27-28; Luke 6:5) and therefore everyday is the Sabbath through Him. Why not treat our lives as if we are already living in the coming Kingdom of the Lord ("God with Us") and celebrate every day as the Holy Sabbath in honoring and glorifying God (not to forget also taking that day of rest each week).

I think however, the MAIN problem is not what day we all observe in honoring the Sabbath, because statistically this is still the MOST FORGOTTEN Commandment of them all for some reason (amongst Christians).

Why is it then that Christians are simply not attending their place of worship on a regular basis or observing the Sabbath at all?

And secondly, I heard another Pastor this last weekend make an interesting observation. Scripture states that everyone is going to stand before the Lord at the White Throne of Judgment (both saved and unsaved). He went on to remark that: "For those of us who are saved, since Christ's blood sacrifice has already atoned for our sins and our names are now recorded in the Book of Life, then what could it be that we would receive judgment for?" The answer is: "Whereas the souls of the lost will be judged according to their sins, those that are saved would receive a different kind of judgment; being more like a review over the amount of positive things that they have done in the course of their lives on behalf of Christ."

So I guess by that statement and the other point I am wanting to make is: Although as interesting and important as fully understanding scripture is... I hope we are likewise putting just as much effort (if not more) into actually DOING for Christ as we are in debating the finer points about the interpretation of what scriptural says. I pray that we all do not forget the importance of the "Great Commission" as we really need to emphasize the salvation of lost souls and witnessing to the rest of the people that ARE NOT observing the Lord's Sabbath at all to begin with (regardless of what day it is to be observed)! -AMEN

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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA

The Bible says we are not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together (Heb 10:25), and also states where two or three are gathered together in My name, there I am in the midst of them (Mat 18:20). There is no set day, based upon the following passage and Rom 14:5.

Heb 4:4-10 makes it pretty clear what the Sabbath rest is all about:

4 For He has said somewhere concerning the seventh day: “AND GOD RESTED ON THE SEVENTH DAY FROM ALL HIS WORKS”; 5 and again in this passage, “THEY SHALL NOT ENTER MY REST.” 6 Therefore, since it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly had good news preached to them failed to enter because of disobedience,

7 He again fixes a certain day, “Today,” saying through David after so long a time just as has been said before,

“TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE,

DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS.”

8 For if Joshua had given them rest, He would not have spoken of another day after that. 9 So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. 10 For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His."

For this reason Jesus is called the "Lord of the Sabbath" (Mat 12:8; Mar 2:28, etc.), and as one of my commenters pointed out, Jesus never mentioned the keeping of the Sabbath in all the gospels, though He quoted many of the Ten Commandments all throughout.

Blessings in the name of the Lord ~ JD


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christ4ever 6 years ago from a life in sin saved by the Lord's grace - we are blessed with the ministry in Florida & Georgia Author

Hello Miss JD and thanks for your eloquent comment!

When I returned, I had thoroughly enjoyed reading yours and Dave's latest articles on this topic and have seen a lot of good discussions going on as a result of all this.

I listed a lot of the Hub articles I found above for a "larger perspective", but of course I still have my favorites. :)

Well put and well said... keep it up!

May His peace (and rest) always be with us all...

Rev.Ted


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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA

Yes, this hub is useful to the reader to see just how many perspectives there are out there and what a great division is caused by 'carnal' understanding, rather than spiritual understanding.

One of the passages in the Bible that was most revealing and encouraging to me (and hopefully everyone) is found in Psalm 98:9, which states, “He will judge the world”. The word ‘judge’ is ‘shaphat’ (avenge). The word ‘world’ is ‘tevel’ (confusion). AH! To set the confusion STRAIGHT, for He is not the Author of confusion, but of peace ~ Hallelujah! (1 Cor 14:33; Luke 3:5)


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christ4ever 6 years ago from a life in sin saved by the Lord's grace - we are blessed with the ministry in Florida & Georgia Author

LOL--You made me get my interlinear copy out... I love it!

I pray that the Holy Spirit may continue to give you great words of wisdom because you have a true gift in that one.-AMEN


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Faithful Daughter 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

"I hope we are likewise putting just as much effort (if not more) into actually DOING for Christ as we are in debating the finer points about the interpretation of what scriptural says. I pray that we all do not forget the importance of the "Great Commission" as we really need to emphasize the salvation of lost souls and witnessing to the rest of the people that ARE NOT observing the Lord's Sabbath at all to begin with (regardless of what day it is to be observed)!"

AMEN to that christ4ever!! I feel we are loosing focus on what's important here and you hit home in your statement above.

The "legalism" behind the Sabbath day was nailed at the cross when Jesus was crucified. We can now celebrate the Holy Sabbath everyday just as you said.

Great hub!


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christ4ever 6 years ago from a life in sin saved by the Lord's grace - we are blessed with the ministry in Florida & Georgia Author

Thank you again "Faithful Daughter" for you words of encouragement. At the end of the day, it is still ALL about Him! -AMEN

May the Lord's peace always be with you.

Rev.Ted

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