The Sabbath

The Sabbath

photograph taken on Raasay

Peter Johnston, who posted this on FB, comments regarding ‘The Sabbath’:  “Jesus seems to have seen it in the tradition of Deuteronomy’s understanding of the Sabbath link to the escape from bondage in Egypt. Thus Jesus frees people from their bondage (illness, sin, etc) on the Sabbath – it is the day for releasing bonds.”

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April 27, 2013 · 14:43

4 responses to “The Sabbath

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  2. Ewen Flint

    Sunday never has been and never will be the Sabbath. The Sabbath runs from sunset Friday to sunset Saturday, from the Hebrew word for seven. Sunday is the first day of the week, the Lord’s Day, the Day of Resurrection

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    • true, Ewen.

      However: Though the majority observance of Christian Sabbath is as Sunday rest, this development was gradual. In the 2nd century, the observance of a corporate day of worship on the first day (Sunday, or Saturday night) had become commonplace as attested in the patristic writings. For such worshipers the term “Lord’s Day” came to mean the first day or Sunday. From the 4th century onwards, Sunday worship has also taken on the observance of Sunday rest in some Christian traditions, such as the Puritans of the 16th and 17th centuries. Among these “first-day Sabbatarians”, Sunday worship and/or rest eventually became synonymous with a first-day Christian Sabbath.

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    • Westminster Confession of Faith Chapter 21, Of Religious Worship, and the Sabbath Day, sections 7-8 read:

      7. As it is the law of nature, that, in general, a due proportion of time be set apart for the worship of God; so, in his Word, by a positive, moral, and
      perpetual commandment binding all men in all ages, he hath particularly
      appointed one day in seven, for a Sabbath, to be kept holy unto him: which, from the beginning of the world to the resurrection of Christ, was the last day of the week; and, from the resurrection of Christ, was changed into the first day of the week, which, in Scripture, is called the Lord’s day, and is to be continued to the end of the world, as the Christian Sabbath.

      8. This Sabbath is then kept holy unto the Lord, when men, after a due preparing of their hearts, and ordering of their common affairs beforehand, do not only observe a holy rest, all the day, from their own works, words, and thoughts about their worldly employments and recreations, but also are taken up, the whole time, in the public and private exercises of his worship, and in the duties of necessity and mercy.

      Certainly the Reformers and Puritans saw Sunday as a Christian Sabbath, but it goes back to the first day of the week as the Lord’s Day in the NT – I think

      Constantine made Sunday a day of rest from work.

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