The Seventh Day – blessed at creation, counted by Noah, made a Sabbath by Moses, corrupted by the Traditions, liberated by Christ and avoided by Paul.
This page lists the articles that are available on the Sabbath:
THE OLD TESTAMENT SABBATH
What does the Old Testament teach about the Sabbath?
Blessed And Sanctified At Creation – The specialness of the seventh day is part of what God created and permanently engrained into human existence.
Evolution –The view that God created man over millions of years by guiding evolution makes the Bible’s core message null and void.
From Creation To Moses – Evidence exists for a seven day cycle before Moses, but not that the seventh day was a day of physical rest.
The Sabbath in The Law of Moses – The Sabbath was a Symbol of Liberation, a Day of Rest, a help to Israel remember the Lord and a Test of Obedience. It was not a day for church meetings or a day to seek the Lord.
JEWISH SABBATH TRADITIONS
The Jewish Traditions are extremely detailed laws that the Jews added to the Old Testament. It was intended to help them keep God’s Law, but by representing God as a tyrant, it eventually separated them from God.
THE LAW OF CHRIST
The Law of Christ (1Cor. 9:21; Gal. 6:2) – Christ replaced the Law of Moses with a higher law – the Law of Christ. This is the law that existed “from the beginning” and reveals the Father’s heart.
CHRIST SABBATH INCIDENTS
First Two Sabbath Healing Miracles (Luke 4; Mark 1) – Early in His ministry Christ publicly contravened the traditions by healing a man on the Sabbath. This prepared the ground for the later confrontations.
The Man With The Withered Hand (Matthew 12:9-14 and Mark 3:1-6) – Jesus healed the man, saying, “it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath”. The Pharisees went out and immediately began to conspire as to how they might destroy Him.
The Crippled Woman (Luke 13:10-17) – The Pharisees became angry because Jesus healed the woman. Jesus then asked, “should she not have been released from this bond on the Sabbath day?”
When His Disciples Picked Grain (Matthew 12:1-8, Mark 2:23-28 and Luke 6:1-5) – His disciples were accused of breaking the Sabbath. He defended them by saying “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath”, and claimed to be “Lord of the Sabbath”.
The Invalid At Bethesda (John 5) – He justified the healing by saying: “My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working … the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing” (5:19).
The Man That Was Born Blind (John 9) – The miracle healings supported His astounding claims, condemned the Pharisees and explained the Sabbath as a day for the “good works from the Father”.
CHRIST AND THE SABBATH
A number of articles have been written and are published on this website that each deals with a specific Sabbath incident from the gospels. The current series of articles is a topical overview of the main principles.
Why Christ Deliberately Contravened The Sabbath – The Jews defined healing as work that is disallowed on the Sabbath. Still Jesus deliberately healed on the Sabbath. The message therefore is important.
The Real Reason They Killed Jesus – He contravened the Jewish traditions, and therefore was a threat to the authority of the religious rulers.
Opportunity To Teach – The miracles gave credence to His astounding claims, such as that the Father is in Him, and He in the Father, and created the opportunity to teach.
What Did Jesus Teach About The Sabbath? – What did Jesus teach may and must be done on the Sabbath?
Jesus Taught A Different Sabbath. – Moses made rest the goal. Christ shifted the focus to the purpose, namely to free people from Satan’s bonds. Rest is for this purpose, and remains.
Is the Sabbath commandment repeated in the New Testament? What are the implications?
THE SABBATH IN PAUL’S LETTERS
Romans 14:5-6 One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind. (NASB)
The intention is to populate this page more fully over the next months.