Summary: This is the the third of four sermons presented to congregations that have come out of a Saturday Sabbath background

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Sabbath Discussion - 3

• This series of four sermons was presented to congregations that have come out of a Saturday Sabbath background

• There is also a chart which accompanies these sermons and can be obtained by sending an email to

Review from last time

• Last time we looked at what constitutes a moral law

• Sabbatarians insist all of the ten commandments are moral laws and therefore are valid for all time

• New Covenant proponents on the other hand say the Sabbath is a ceremonial law, not a moral law

• So the issue revolves primarily around the classification of the fourth commandment as a moral or a ceremonial law

So the question comes back to, “What constitutes a moral law?”

The first thing we can say about a moral law is this: It is a law that transcends time and place, is applicable in any circumstance, in any culture, is not restricted by time and space – it is God’s Law if you like – infinite

• Let’s take pride for instance; it was wrong when Satan rebelled in heaven, it was wrong in Eden, it was wrong in ancient Israel, it is wrong in NC, it will be wrong in the New Heavens and New earth

• A moral law transcends time and place it has always existed and always will

• Anything else is artificial, ceremonial

• This presents a problem for Sabbatarians because unlike “pride”, the Sabbath command is only applicable in time and space.

• It impossible to keep the Sabbath in heaven! Why? No time or space, no day nor night,

A second problem Sabbatarians have in labeling the Sabbath “moral” is consistency

• A crime is a crime is a crime any day of the week

• The crime of stealing or murder is not restricted to one day a week. Murder is wrong at any time, any place

• Disobeying the Sabbath however is only wrong on one day, so it cannot be classified as a moral law

• If you want another example, think about the forbidden fruit in Eden

• There was nothing special about the tree or the fruit in the Garden. But God made it a command. God simply chose those items to use as an artificial constraint to create an environment for choice

• The tree nor the fruit were moral nor immoral of themselves

• Only thinking beings created in the image of God can be moral or immoral

• Now do you and I eat fruit today? Yes, because we understand the constraint only applied to Adam and Eve

• So we see God establishes artificial means to create an environment of choice to demonstrate “obedience”

• He did exactly the same thing with the Sabbath commandment

• It was their test commandment just like the fruit was to Adam and Eve and Communion is to us in the NC

• And that is why we teach Sunday as a day is equally unimportant in God’s eyes – its just a day like any other

The third thing we can say about moral laws is that they are relationship based and this is by far the most important aspect of the discussion

• The major difference between the Law of Moses and the Law of Christ is that Christ law address heart issues – lust, hatred, “pray for your enemies”, “do good to those who despitefully use you” etc

• The Law of Moses on the other hand primarily addressed “behaviors”

• We won’t make a very good Christian if all you do is live up to the 10 commandments

• we were called to be “Christians” not “Mosians”

• It is also why God said, we need a “new heart”

• Its no use adding another law especially if its more demanding if we still have the same old evil heart

• So what did God do? As part of the NC, He gave us a new heart to go with the new Law

• Here is a monumental change in God’s dealing with man. God says He will change our very nature, and by extension the very way we think and act

• The new covenant is the spiritual bond between God and the individual linked by the same heart, the same Spirit, the same nature, the same love

• In Eden when man enjoyed “rest”, there were no rituals, ceremonies, religion, it was a loving intimate relationship

• This is the same “rest’ you and I enjoy today, no rituals, no ceremonies no religion, direct access to the Father

• A relationship based on love, driven by love, and lived in love

Let’s start today by discussing the Sabbath in the New Testament

• Did Jesus keep the Sabbath and Holy Days? Yes. Why?

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