The Law and Judgments of God

Introduction

Since the rebellion in the garden, all mankind have been born with a rebellious nature which is inclined to reject what is good and wise and choose what is evil and foolish.

"There is none righteous, no, not one; there is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God. They have all gone out of the way; they have together become unprofitable; there is none who does good, no not one." (Romans 3:10-12)

From the time of Adam to Noah, the law of God was not given, although through conscience men had an intuitive knowledge of good and evil. (Romand 5:12-13). Yet, the rebel nature in man was so strong that "the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart." (Gen. 6:5,6)

Left without divine law, mankind grew not better, but worse. So God decided to give laws, first to Noah, and later, more especially, to Moses.

What is the law of God?

The law of God (or more simply, the law) may be understood in different ways. In one understanding, it is the whole O.T., including the law of Moses, the prophets and the writings (including the Psalms and Proverbs). (John 10:34,35). It may be divided into the moral law of God (which doesn't change) and the ceremonial law to do with various regulations which God applied to the people of Israel concerning lifestyle and especially sacrificial laws (which are now fulfilled in Christ). At a more basic level, the law of God is those instructions which He gives which carry a punishment for disobedience.

The Ten Commandments

The ten commandments were given to the people of Israel through Moses on Mt. Sinai. All of them are repeated to us in various forms in the New Testament. They form part of the moral law of God which we must respect. These commands, in short form, are as follows.

1. I am the Lord your God. You shall have no other gods before me. (Ex. 20:2,3)

2. You shall not make a carved image or any likeness of anything to bow down to them or serve them. (Ex. 20:4,5)

3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain. (vs 7)

4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labour and do all your work, but the Seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. (vs 8,9)

5. Honour your father and mother. (vs 12)

6. You shall not murder. (vs 13)

7. You shall not commit adultery. (vs 14)

8. You shall not steal. (vs 15)

9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour. (vs 16)

10. You shall not covet anything that belongs to your neighbour. (vs 17)

What do these commands mean for us?

1. God must be the centre of our affections and love, admiration, trust, worship and service. No other person, no other thing, no other philosophy must take that place in our hearts and minds.

2. We must not represent God through any work of art and bow down to it. We must not bow down to or serve any idols. We must not worship a god of our own imagination or human tradition, but only the Lord God who is revealed through Scripture.

3. We must honour the name of God and not say things of God that are not true, using his name as a swear-word or as a justification for our wrong actions.

4. Despite what members of the Seventh Day Adventist church and some other groups may say, all this means is that we should cease from our own works and rest in God (See Hebrews 4:1-10). Whatever your situation, if you say you have no time for Christian meetings and for worshiping God, you are clearly a violator of the spirit of this commandment and you must repent. The fact is, if you overwork because of greed or insecurity about finances, saying that you have no time to attend church, you are an idolater and can expect God's judgment and curse. We must make time for church meetings if we are God's people.

For further information on the controversy regarding Sabbath Keeping, see Appendix A.

5. Respect your father and mother, don't talk against them. Help them financially if need be.

6. Murder, not capital punishment is condemned here. Murder, even in the heart, is a serious crime against humanity. Jesus taught us in the New Testament not even to be angry with our brothers, and certainly not to hate them. We should love our human enemies, but hate the devil and his evil enticements and works (Matt. 5:43-48; 1 John 3:15).

7. Do not have sexual involvement with anyone except your husband or wife, even in your imagination. It is a sin to divorce so you can marry someone else. Also, Jesus said, "You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not commit adultery'. But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart." (Matt. 5:27-28) One clear application of this is that we must keep our eyes away from pornography of any kind. You may not be able to avoid the first sight of it always, but you can avoid the second look.

8. Do not take anything that does not belong to you, or anything that belongs to another person legally. Furthermore, you should realise that all you have belongs to God, so don't take what is His and spend it on your selfish desires.

9. Don't lie or say what isn't true about someone else.

10. Don't love money or wish that you could take what belongs to someone else.

The Law of love

"But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does." (James 1:25)

"If you really fulfil the royal law according to the Scripture, 'You shall love your neighbour as yourself', you do well." (James 2:8)

This perfect royal law is in a word, "LOVE!" We must love God with all we have, and love everybody else as much as we love ourselves.

"You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it, 'You shall love your neighbour as yourself.'" (Mt. 22:37-39)

Not that we are to love only God, but we are to love also our brethren as Christ loved us (Jn 13.34,35), our neighbour (anybody that needs mercy Lk 10.27-37) and even our enemies, those who curse us, hate us, spitefully use us and persecute us (Mt.5:43,44).

Love is the fulfilment of the law. (Rom. 13:9,10). You cannot love your neighbour and steal from him, commit adultery with his wife or envy him for what he has. If you love, you will fulfil the moral law of God.

Why the law?

As we have seen, without law mankind became worse and worse until it was necessary that they be destroyed. After the flood, God told Noah and his sons that they may eat the flesh of animals without the blood, and that they will be punished for murder. Later, God gave the Mosaic law. Jesus kept this law, fulfilling all legal righteousness. He taught that love is the fulfillment of the law. What God really wants is obedience from the heart that leads to love. (1 Tim 1:5; 1 Peter 1:22). The New Testament puts the emphasis on the law of love, for it is God's goal to conform us to the love that is in Him.

God's laws are given for a number of reasons.

1. To restrain wickedness, by threatening judgment on those who break the law. (1 Tim 1:8-11)

2. To educate the conscience to have a true knowledge of right and wrong.

3. To convict men of sin and judgment (and therefore the need for a saviour) (Gal. 3:23; Rom. 7:7)

4. To protect mankind from the unrestrained evil of others and from their own foolish inclinations, in the hope that they may later be saved. (Gal. 3:23)

5. To be obeyed. God expected those to whom the law was given to obey them. This must be done by faith and by the grace of God, because our hearts still rebel and deceive us into sin if left to their own power. (Rom. 3:31) Christians ought to obey the moral law of God, even though we are not bound by the Mosaic covenant.

6. To shut the mouth of everyone who protests their innocence before God. (Rom 3:19)

7. To show sin for what it really is, but bringing it out into the open (Rom 7.13)

The law is good (Rom 7.12). It comes from the wisdom, understanding and even from the love of God, but there are some things it cannot do.

The law is not given to make us right with God. It cannot. (Rom. 3:28). No man except Jesus Christ can say to God, "You should accept me because I have kept your laws". (James 2:1)

The law in itself does not give us power to do what is right. (Rom. 8:3; Acts 15:10)

No one therefore can be made right before God through the law. Any attempt to do this will prove to be futile.

The Judgments of God on sin now

Most people in the world today are in trouble now, because, having broken God's laws and having worshiped idols (other things besides the true God), they are under the curse and the wrath of God. (Rom. 1:18; Jn 3:36) God still loves us all, but he hates our sin and in his righteous judgment he many times punishes it even to some extent in this life.

God says he visits the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate him. (Ex. 20:4). At times whole nations are cursed because of their idolatry and history of rejecting God's word.

Sin has its consequences, even in this life. It separates us from God and leads us to death – physical, spiritual and eternal. "The wages of sin is death…" Rom 6:23. Death spread to all men, because all sinned. Rom. 5:12. This is something that can be seen. We might try to ignore death or give it a pretty face through ritual, but it is an ugly, terrifying reality and a judgment on our sin.

Sin brings also a curse in this life. The curse includes poverty, sickness, demonic oppression, ignorance, war, disaster. (Deut. 28:15ff). The book of Proverbs lists many woes that will come to the rebel (the fool) in this life. They include:

A sad mother, no help from wealth, desires cast away, poverty, shame, violence, disgrace, failure, being discovered in your sin, strife, punishment, destruction, increased sin, going astray, death, your worst fears come true, are just some of the curses that come on the rebel, just looking at Proverbs chapter 10 alone! Deuternomy 28:15ff lists a whole series of curses that may come on lawbreakers. We see there that sickness is part of the curse.

So even if some sins seem to bring a reward or a pleasure for a season, their harvest is always corruption, bitterness and death. Multitudes are under a curse and life does not go well for them because they disregard God's principles and laws. But these curses are not the only consequence of sin and disobedience.

Eternal Judgment of Hell

Some teach that there is no hell, only the grave. And yet Jesus Christ taught more on hell than anyone.

"And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell." (Mt. 5:30)

Hell is a place of torments (Lk 16:23). Luke 16:19-31 describes Hades as a place of torment where the dead, awaiting God's final judgment are kept in prison and tormented.

There is also the final hell, the lake of fire, mentioned in Revelation 20:14 and 21:8. This lake of fire is the second death, which people and devils will be thrown into after the general resurrection from the dead and Great White Throne judgment of God. All who do not come to God and receive eternal life will eternally suffer this eternal death. Note the list of those who will go to hell. "But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death." (Revelation 21:8).

Paul taught on hell. "It is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you … in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power" (2 Thessalonians 1:6-9). "And they will be tormented day and night for ever and ever." (Revelation 20:10).

Those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ will be punished eternally in hell! If you go there, it was because you did evil, broke God's laws and then chose to reject the knowledge and application of salvation through Jesus Christ. This knowledge is available to you in the following lessons. Be sure to make it a matter of diligent enquiry and consideration.

To be saved, we must both know and obey Christ's gospel! There is an eternal punishment for sin. If we understand God's Word we cannot deny this awful doctrine.

Appendix A: Sabbath Keeping

It is a tradition observed even from the days of the early church to keep the first day of the week, Sunday, free from all kinds of business activity, so that we may undividedly give that time to the immediate worship of God in church meetings, for physical and emotional rest, and for building family relationships. This tradition was established as a celebration of Christ's resurrection from the dead on Sunday (John 20:1,19). Scriptures such as Acts 20:7 and 1 Cor. 16:9, as well as the writing of the so-called early church fathers confirm this fact.

Now this will not satisfy some, who are quick to condemn those who do not keep the Jewish Sabbath as being of the antichrist. Yet the New Testament or New Contract which supersedes the Old Testament or Old Contract in all points of difference, is clear in these Scriptures:

i. "So let no one judge you in food or drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ." (Colossians 2:16,17). There is no reason to suppose the sabbaths mentioned here are "special sabbaths" other than standard Jewish Sabbaths – Friday night to Saturday night. Christ has fulfilled this law for us in such a way that we are no longer bound to the written code regarding Sabbath keeping.

ii. "One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it." (Romans 14:5,6)

Whether we keep special regulations on a particular day – be it Saturday or Sunday – or not – in both cases as Christians we must be making that choice for the Lord and not for ourselves. We should not attack those who wish to observe the Jewish Sabbath, but neither should we be intimidated by their doctrine that we are of the devil if we don't observe it ourselves. The New Testament gives us freedom from such regulations, so that we may live for God every day, according to the leading of the Holy Spirit. In the New Covenant, every moment must be holy for the Lord. "Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may be married to another – to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God." (Romans 7:4)

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  1. lauren joy peterson says:

    I don’t Believe GOd punishes people, He loves us, he is not mad at us…. GOd wants a relationship with us…..

    we are no longer under the law, but under grace.

    Galatians 3: 1- 5
    You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. 2I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard? 3Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort? 4Have you suffered so much for nothing—if it really was for nothing? 5Does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you because you observe the law, or because you believe what you heard?

    • Redbuck40 says:

      Then you don’t believe what the scriptures state.

      God has no favourites.
      And opening his mouth, Peter said, Truly I see that God is not a respecter of faces, but in every nation the one fearing Him and working righteousness is acceptable to Him.
      (Act 10:34-35)

      Also in another place:
      For it is impossible for those once having been enlightened, and having tasted of the heavenly gift, and becoming sharers of the Holy Spirit, and tasting the good Word of God, and the works of power of a coming age, and having fallen away, it is impossible for them again to renew to repentance, crucifying again for themselves the Son of God, and putting Him to open shame. (For the earth drinking in the rain often coming upon it, and producing vegetation suitable for those for whom it is also worked, receives blessing from God;
      (Heb 6:4-7)

      And again:
      For if we are willfully sinning after receiving the full knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice concerning sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment and “zealous fire being about to consume the adversaries.” Isa. 26:11 If anyone did not regard the Law of Moses, that one dies without pities on “the word of two or three witnesses,” Deut. 17:6 how much worse punishment do you think will be thought worthy to receive, the one trampling the Son of God, and having counted common the blood of the covenant in which he was sanctified, and having insulted the Spirit of Grace?
      (Heb 10:26-29)

      And again:
      The one who overcomes, this one will be clothed in white clothing. And I will not blot out his name out of the Book of Life, but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.
      (Rev 3:5)

      Need I go on? There are over 70 passages in the NT alone that say you CAN lose your salvation. But maybe you are a idolator, and have made up a god who is love, love and only love, where as the scriptures, almost every page tells us that Father is RIGHTEOUS, and without RIGHTEOUSNESS no one will see him.

      • lookinforacity says:

        Hi Redbuck

        Regarding this statement of yours.

        “Need I go on? There are over 70 passages in the NT alone that say you CAN lose your salvation. But maybe you are a idolator, and have made up a god who is love, love and only love, where as the scriptures, almost every page tells us that Father is RIGHTEOUS, and without RIGHTEOUSNESS no one will see him.”

        Just what is it then that separates us from God, that we would lose our salvation?

        Be Bessed
        JIM

        • I will quote some Scripture:

          Heb 3:12  Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God;
          Heb 3:13  but exhort one another daily, while it is called "TODAY," lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
          Heb 3:14  For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end,
          Heb 3:15  while it is said: "TODAY, IF YOU WILL HEAR HIS VOICE, DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS AS IN THE REBELLION."

           

          Rom 11:20  Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear.
          Rom 11:21  For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either.
          Rom 11:22  Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off.
          Rom 11:23  And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.

           

          We need to believe in the Lord enough to come to Him, come to the cross when we fail to do the will of God and become aware of it. That is the minimum level of faith I believe God requires.

          Persisting in sin causes hardness of heart, unbelief and can lead to rejection of the Savior.

        • Redbuck40 says:

          Our will. Our desires to walk in sinfulness.

      • i do not agree that u can lose ur salvation if u truly received it, that is NOT biblical

        • Hi Roman, yes, it is Biblical, there are quite a few verses actually that say so, like:

          “He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.” Revelation 3:5

          put it together with this verse:
          And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life. Philippians 4:3

          It is clear from the verse in Philippians that those who were in the book of Life were saved people, truly saved, even workers for God. Then God speaks TO THE CHURCH in Revelation 3: 5 and says: IF you overcome, I WILL NOT BLOT OUT your name from the Book of Life. This means that you can be a true Christian and can be blot out of the book of life, if you don’t overcome (meaning if you start sinning and not following God any longer as you should).

          Also:

          “See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven,” Hebrews 12:25 – if you read the context it talks about falling from grace, which means that you have been in the grace before, or how else can you fall from it.

          But I think the book of Life example is clear enough.

    • I agree Lauren. We live in the age of Grace, that doesnt mean we can abuse this grace. Jesus said you will know a tree by its fruit. People with true salvation who have the holy spirit residing in them will not continue to sin. Jesus said if you love me, obey my commands. I agree with the person above who was saying how Paul said that faith is what saves us, not keeping the law. No one can keep the law aside from Jesus. It doesnt matter who changed the day of worship or when it happened. Clearly our Lord Jesus kept the law and worshipped on saturday. Also, it is clear the apostles worshipped on sunday from scripture. Paul clearly says it dont matter as long as the persons heart is in the right place and sets aside a day to observe for God. Jesus came for a reason which was to set us free from the law we couldnt keep. The Holy spirit was sent as our counselor to teach us right and wrong. Jesus also said love is the greatest commandment. Why are we arguing over man made laws and teachings when we all know the Bible teaches love and to go therefore and preach the gospel? I believe once Jesus died on the cross for us all the law was cancelled and the age of grace started. The veil was torn into, and now we can all go to God personally by way of our savior Jesus the Christ. God inspired Paul, and Peter, and James and John etc to write the new testament and had it been important to only worship on saturday then I believe they wouldve told us like God did in the old testament. How can we say its ok to not eat Kosher but we have to observe saturday as the sabbath? What about those not circumsized? Are they missing out too? Yes keeping the Sabbath is a law, a law that stands forever like the other 9 but not just on saturdays in our age of grace. Blessings to all

  2. rollventura says:

    Biblically , Sabbath Day is the 7th Day. God never changed the Sabbath from the 7th to the 1st day or any other day. God established the Sabbath from the beginning and clearly stated that this is His Sabbath not ours. God rested, blessed and sanctified His Sabbath and promised that whoever is delighted to observe it would also be blessed.

    How to observe it is something the Holy Spirit will show us. Sabbath was made for us and it is also right to do good on a Sabbath. Rest doesn’t necessarily mean the absence of activity.

    Sabbath is quality time with God and the opportunity to be at peace with God …and is not limited to 24 hours. Remember this is His Sabbath not ours. How humans observed it on different periods of time and different ways…from creation up to the present and got blessed is not something that the Holy Spirit will hide from us.

    This is the day that the Lord hath made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.

    Happy Sabbath in Christ Jesus.

  3. diane lezama says:

    mal 3:6 says i am the Lord thy God i cannot change.matt 24:35 says, heaven and hearth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.God gave 10 commandments and specifically ask you to remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy, a day he set aside, sanctified and made holy.that day must have been very special to God for him to ask of us to remember, for God knew that mankind would choose to forget that commandment and treat it with disdain. God did not inspire man to write the commandments, he wrote them himself, he was not taking any chances lest anything be changed.Ifirmly believe the 10 commandments are to be kept, they are the moral character of God. Sabbath does not only mean rest, it is a holy day set aside by God for us to worship him. (Saturday)He promises special blessings on the Sabbath.Isa : 58 13_14. If thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable, and shalt honour him, not doing thy own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words, then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord, and i will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with with the heritage of Jacob thy father, for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
    What God says, stays. Jesus loves you and so do i.

    • Redbuck40 says:

      By quoting Isaiah you have missed a vital point: “…feed thee with with the heritage of Jacob thy father…” This word is directed at the sons of Jacob, of Israel.

      There is alway a distinction between the sons of Israel (those who are commanded to obey the whole Law) and the sons of Avraham who are sons by faith, because if you are lead by The Spirit you are not under The Law.

      By the way … there are not 10 commandments … there are 613!

      “It worries me that you follow teachings about special days, months, seasons, and years. I fear that my work for you has been wasted.”

      “Some people might believe that one day is more important than another. And others might believe that every day is the same. Everyone should be sure about their beliefs in their own mind. Those who think one day is more important than other days are doing that for the Lord.”

      “The people were given the law under the system of priests from the tribe of Levi. But no one could be made spiritually perfect through that system of priests. So there was a need for another priest to come. I mean a priest like Melchizedek, not Aaron. And when a different kind of priest comes, then the law must be changed too.”

  4. Hi Michael,

    I really enjoyed reading your article accept the part were you saying that Sabbath the day of rest can be Sunday because it suits many Christians because Christ rose on the first day from the dead. Did you know that Saturday was the original and official day of rest across the world till year 321…when King Constantin changed into Sunday!

    Read and Check through history books and you will find the truth about the real Sabbath day which is changed by men, not by God!

    I would like to remind you that our Savior, Jesus Christ was also going to church on Saturday and not on Sunday because Saturday is the seventh day, which God blessed after finishing the creation of the heaven and the earth ….The seventh day Sabbath is the Birthday of our planet…our Birthday! … and as you know we can change things but…..we do not have a power and authority to transfer blessings from Saturday to Sunday which means if we want to receive blessings that are promised in relation to the Sabbath! We need to keep the Sabbath (Saturday) Holly ..it is so simple ..all we need is to accept God’s teaching over the teachings of men to receive the blessings from God Almighty!

    God Bless You my dear brother in Christ Jesus – our Savior! who died on the cross for you and me! Lets come closer to the cross where Love of God won over death….and Eternal life became again the reality for human beings on this earth! Hallelujah to our Heavenly father full of love and Mercy!

  5. I know some people hold this view, and some say that the Catholic church itself teaches this. I don’t care if the devil himself teaches it. Remember that the Catholic church teaches that it is really one and the same as the church of Peter and the apostles of the lamb, something I dispute. The question is: if they did change it, when did they change it? The Catholic church teaches that they have MAINTAINED and PRESERVED the oral traditions of the apostles and the early church, so I doubt they changed this one in the 4th century. That would not fit. People say it was done in the time of Constantine. I don’t believe this, because the Scriptures themselves give every indication that the believers celebrated the Lord’s resurrection weekly on the first day of the week, what we call Sunday. Acts 20:7 and 1 Cor. 16:9 refer to the first day of the week and that is the best evidence we have from the New Testament.

    If someone wants to set Saturday aside to worship God, let them do so, but once they start trying to push it on us all as a requirement for righteousness, they have misunderstood the true nature of Sabbath and have fallen into legalism.

    If something like this was so vital for salvation and righteousness as some people claim, then there is no way that Paul would have written what he did in Colossians 2:16,17

    “So let no one judge you in food or drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.” (Colossians 2:16,17).

    Frequently there are movements to spice up our Christianity by injecting some Jewish traditions and laws but these movements are dangerous today for the same reason that they were dangerous in the time of the apostle Paul, who wrote a lot about these things in his epistles, especially in the Book of Galatians.

    • Hi michael! I agree with you, We can see from the practice of the early Christians that They met on the first day of the week.

  6. some hold it that it was the catholic church that attually introduced the change from sartuday to sunday.what are your views about that.

    • Cleopa John says:

      It’s important to understand that, Sabbath is not a day, the Hebrew word means simply rest. Originally Sabbath was a day that people were required to rest from all of their work, to stay at home with their families and were not allowed even to walk a certain distance.

      However, some Sabbaths were designated as special Sabbaths and people were allowed to go to the temple for sacrifice offerings and a holy assembly. Making Sabbaths as days where people go to the ‘synagogues’ for worship is a later invention mainly post-exilic jewish custom. The notion of Sabbath teaches us some very important Biblical truths:
      1. It is important to rest where you have a day you cease from all what you have been doing throughout the week. This is divine.
      2. Resting should be used to remember and worship God who is the creator of the universe. Actually, Sabbath remembrance emphasizes God as the creator, and this is very important teaching modern people should get.
      3. The New Testament philosophy on Sabbath reflects on the meaning (i.e. rest) rather than arguments about a particular day. Christ is our true Sabbath (i.e. rest), and this is the teaching of the New Testament (Matt.11:27-29).
      4. However, for a Christian to have Sunday as a Sabbath, gives more meaning to him as on that day Christ raised from the dead the first fruit of those who are asleep.

      Thanks.

      • In the article, Michael stated:
        ” …It may be divided into the moral law of God (which doesn’t change)…”
        I’m agree with him that The Moral Law (the Law of God or The Ten Commandments) does not change, because God does not change (Malachi 3:6).
        But now, Cleopa John is saying that “Originally Sabbath was a day that people were required to rest from all their work…” In other words, you’re saying that the Sabbath is not any more like it originally was, but it is changed. So, does the Moral Law change?

        And my second point, about the word “originally”:

        Who was the originator of the Sabbath?

        Genesis 2:3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
        Exodus 31:18 And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.

        So “originally”, God himself was the author of The Moral Law, which includes the Sabbath. Who than changed the Sabbath so that is not anymore like it originally was? Is it God? Is God changing? (Mal 3:6, Heb 13:8). Is it somebody else?

          Blessings!
        • Timothy Luke says:

          Hi Abi, thank you for sharing your thoughts on this subject. I have covered this topic a bit more in a blog I wrote that may help answer your question. I grew up keeping a 7th day sabbath. The Lord did mighty works of healing and restoration of relationship through a church that did not “keep” the sabbath day rest – yet we had spiritual rest for the first time in our lives! Here is the blog I wrote that addresses some of your questions: New Testament Sabbath Keeping.

          God, who changes not, instituted animal sacrifices in the Garden of Eden. He also shows us in Isaiah at the end of the book that animal sacrifices will be restored in the millennium. Do you keep animal sacrifices today? No, you find their fulfillment in Jesus Christ. The same EXACT logic and understanding that you have to justify not killing animals is the same EXACT reason we do not keep a day, though we keep the spiritual importance it represents.

          Paul is clear on judging immorality in the church, yet when it comes to esteeming one day above another, he clearly tells us not to judge one another. An apostle who believes the keeping of the sabbath is fulfilled in the setting apart of a specific day, could not possibly command the church NOT to judge based on the setting aside of a certain day. I hope this helps understand our understanding of this topic. You are free to esteem the 7th day, as others are free to esteem the first or third day.

          Blessings to you!
          Tim

          • Wow it really interesting to be sharing the Gods Words with you all, can anyone share with or quote for me from the Bible where God Lord Jesus states the days of the week, being Monday to Sunday………

            Thank you

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