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Why do people not keep the Sabbath Day?


q.gif (1639 bytes)    Why does the world hate keeping God's sabbath and His ten commandments? And if it's done away with why does the Bible not say so?



a.gif (1659 bytes)    I cannot answer why anyone would hate Saturday. Saturday is the seventh day of the week, the Sabbath. As far as a commandment to worship on Saturday, the Sabbath day, the Bible has clearly stated that we are no longer under that command. Colossians 2:14 says, "BLOTTING OUT THE HANDWRITING OF ORDINANCES THAT WAS AGAINST US, which was contrary to us, and TOOK IT OUT OF THE WAY, NAILING IT TO HIS CROSS." What ordinances does this include? Certain ones, or the whole Bible? Read on it that passage to find the answer.

    Colossians 2:15-17 says, "And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it. 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: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ." This clearly shows that the meat restrictions and all of the rites of the Tabernacle worship — along with the holy days and Sabbath days, ended at the cross. Jesus fulfilled them when He died for our sins.

    We are still commanded to assemble together and worship the Lord, but it does not have to be on the Sabbath day. Hebrews 10:25 says, "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching."

    The problem with the Sabbath ordinance that made it contrary to man was that man did not use it as a free day from work to serve and worship the Lord. Man turned it into a day in which man had to meet a multitude of requirements. Thus, man became a servant unto a day, rather than a day serving man and making him free from other obligations so he could worship the Lord. Mark 2:23-27 says, "And it came to pass, that he went through the corn fields on the sabbath day; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn. And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold, why do they on the sabbath day that which is not lawful? And he said unto them, Have ye never read what David did, when he had need, and was an hungred, he, and they that were with him? How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the showbread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with him? And he said unto them, THE SABBATH WAS MADE FOR MAN, AND NOT MAN FOR THE SABBATH."

    The early church began to meet on Sunday, the first day of the week. I Corinthians 16:1,2 says, "Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. UPON THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come." Acts 20:7 says, "And UPON THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight." But some people go to the same extreme with Sunday, making it a day that man has to serve, instead of a day which frees him up to serve the Lord.

    In our family, we try and do all of our business on other days of the week, other than Sunday, for the simple reason that if we are buying something in a store on Sunday, then someone had to miss church because they were working. We try not to eat out on Sundays for the same reason. If we rush from church to the restaurant, then someone had to miss church to be there preparing the food that we would go there to buy. It is hard to invite people to church, when they are missing church because they are there to feed us. I would rather go home and eat a cold sandwich, than to be an excuse for someone to miss church. We try to make it clear that the day, Sunday, is not our master, but rather a free day to put aside our other work and go to worship the Lord.

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