The Second and Fourth commandments were the longest of the Ten. Of all the commandments it was these two that the Children of Israel broke the most often and was chastised repeatedly! These were serious offenses to Jehovah! The prophets repeatedly warned Judah and Israel as to the consequences through out the Old Testament.
The Fourth Commandment
20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
20:9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
20:10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
20:11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
This is what God said in Ezekiel 22 about Profaning His Sabbaths
v8 Thou hast despised mine holy things, and hast profaned my sabbaths. v26 Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.
This is just one profound reference through out the Old Testament. Had God intended for this memorial of His Creation be predominant in the New Testament, He would have at least mentioned it ONE TIME! Actually, He would have repeated the mandate to keep the sabbath and would have added warnings for breaking it!
No! It is a New Day in the New Testament!
While the Sabbath Day is still Saturday, the 7th day of the week! We who have experienced the Sabbath Rest in the person of Christ at our Salvation now assemble on the First Day of the week. This is by example of the early church in Acts 20:20 and command in 1 Corinthians 16.And t Our rest is not on the 7th Day of each week but in Christ daily, as taught in Acts 3 and Hebrews 4. The First Day of the week is only a day of celebration of Christ’s Resurrection. There is no Sabbath
Rest on Saturday or Sunday! It is not a Day it is a Saviour.
Acts 3:19 A Key verse teaching thatv.19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; v.20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: v.21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.
Sabbath day activity in the Book of Acts was to preach the Gospel to the Jew First . . . Gentiles attended the Synagogue to hear the Gospel as well!
In the 7 Epistles to the Local Churches there is NO mention of Sabbath Day attendance. Christians can meet daily, and from house to house.
It is not the Day, It is HIM, Jesus! In the New Testament there is no emphasis to memorialize the Creation, But there is for Salvation!
This is why we find no Sabbath Breaking scriptures in the New Testament. It is not the Day – It is Christ, daily!
Colossians 2:16 “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: ”
The Sabbath Day is not apart of the Gospel! It is not a New Testament Commandment! It is not a New Testament Promise! And there is no statement of the number ”Ten Commandments” in the New Testament.
The list of sins in the New Testament goes beyond the Ten
- Read Matthew 5-7,
- Matthew 19,
- Romans 1,
- 1Corinthians 6,
- Galatians 5.
All of these New Testament teachings leave out Sabbath Day observance. It is not the 7th Day; It is Christ – Every Day!
About Dr. HL Champion
Dr. H.L. Champion has pastored churches in Texas, Iowa, Missouri, Virginia, and in Tennessee. He has also served as Youth minister and Staff Evangelist in the earlier years of his ministry. Both he and Pat attended Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Pat attended Liberty University and Bro Champion attended Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary there. Brother Champion received his Masters and Doctors degrees from Bethel Bible College and Seminary in Greensboro, N.C. Dr. Champion loves to witness everywhere he goes. One of his favorite experiences other than winning a soul to Christ is to find someone who has never heard of John 3:16. He says, " It is a very great privilege to share the Gospel with some one for the very first time in their life." Here is another quote of his; "To plant the Gospel in the heart of a lost soul for his very first time is to truly experience, "For God so loved the world. . .'" As the owner and Chief Editor of Baptist.org, Brother Champion provides a platform for Baptist ministers and Christians all over the world to present their Gospel message. He and Pat are a part of a Mission Start in Nashville, TN. Contact him at [email protected] - 615-944-0348