What do we do with those Old Testament laws today?

Posted: December 20, 2007 in Theology and Doctrine
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That is the question that confuses many Christians today. How DO we know which ones we should obey? Should Christians eat pork? Do we have to keep the Sabbath?

Well there are three methods in dealing with Old Testament laws which basically land you in the same place

Method 1

Obey all Old Testament laws unless they are are repealed in the New Testament

Method 2

Disregard all Old Testament laws and just obey the New Testament laws

Method 3

Split the laws into three columns; ceremonial, civil and moral law

1. The ceremonial law – These were but a shadow of what was fulfilled and done away with in Jesus Christ. Read Hebrews 10:1-18 and Colossians 2:16-17.
2. The civil law – This is basically the local laws of that time and we do not necessarily have to obey those laws as they were for a specific people at a specific time. Maybe our equivalent to things like local taxes, traffic lights, which side you drive on the road etc
3. The moral law – This is basically the ten commandments (Exodus 20:1-17) which are all reiterated in the New Testament (apart from keeping the sabbath)

I personally tend to go by Method 3. I do not believe that New Testament believers have to keep the Sabbath in the same way that the Jews did in the Old Testament. I believe that our Sabbath is that we rest from OUR works and rest in Jesus Christ (Hebrews 4:9-10). For more detailed explanation as to why I do not believe the sabbath is binding on us today, click HERE.

One point to remember is that the Old Testament is generally for our understanding (even though we can learn certain principles from it) and the New Testament is generally for our application.

All of the bible is FOR us but not all of it is TO us

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Comments
  1. HQ19:7 says:

    Revisionist method 3 is terrible I think. “To each his own devices” is a recipe for disaster. How about following what Jesus himself did in his life? If we did that, we’d be much better off. I think that trivialising the law that Jesus himself said he came to perfect and not do away with is gross error. Jesus answered this question and more learned people can fill us in. I only know he made reference to the example of Divorce in effect repealing the leniancy that the old law gave to teh subject and placing a more strict injunction in place regarding divorce (I consider that He may have made referenec to it as akin with murder).

  2. Alan Higgins says:

    I never said to each to his own devices. I said all three methods basically take you to the same place. The law has its purpose but we do not have to obey all of the old testament laws today. Otherwise, every Christian who trims his beard has sinned in doing so (Leviticus 19:27).

  3. HQ19:7 says:

    My apologies, and may God forgive me. Jesus equated divorce or “abandoning one’s spouse” with adultery, which is equal to murder. How should we interpret James 2:10 “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all”? Just curious to read any comments on this. Thanks for this interesting post by the way. May our Father bless you.

  4. Alan Higgins says:

    No problem HQ19:7. I’m at work at the moment so I will try and answer it later properly.

    Stay blessed

    Alan

  5. Alan Higgins says:

    I looked at the scripture and it seems to mean just what it says. Because God is so holy beyond our imagination, if we break one of his laws, to Him it is as if we have broken them all. However, if anyone else has some more insight into the meaning, please share as no-one is beyond learning

  6. HQ19:7 says:

    When Jesus refers to the Law, I do not interpret it the way the revisionists do. I know that when the early Christians encountered the pagan European inhabitants, they often had to water down their practices. We still see it today as you show in the videos of “modern Christians” like Billy Graham changing what many have accepted for generations in a virtually will nilly fashion so as to appease a new world order. I may be guilty of this myself at times, being skeptical of everyone and going for my own interpretation in the end, but motives are more accessible to any who would ask me than say, Billy Graham’s motives.

    As an example, when Jesus says that what comes out of us is more important than what we eat, is He saying we may eat anything or is he speaking about how the pharisees etc, are doing no good for their salvation by merely observing the Law? I consider that Jesus meant what he said when he said He came not to tear out the Law but to perfect or complete it (forgive me but I do not know the verses, only the basic import as I understand them at this time). So, we shoud observe all the laws AND pay attention to what comes out of our mouths. I do not eat pork because it helps me to remember that God is Almighty and He has left me His guidance to help me to remember Him more often and to follow His directions in simple obedience, not to question His wisdom for stating the Law in the first place. I try to set myself apart from the false nature of much of the world.

    May God bless you all.

  7. Alan Higgins says:

    The bible makes it clear what the purpose of the law is. It is a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ. (Gal 3:24). It brings the whole world guilty before God and in need of a saviour (Romans 3:19). The whole book of Galatians is about the Paul rebuking them for trying to go back to the law as a means for their salvation. Like I said if you are going to obey the whole law, I hope you rebuking all men who trim their beards and I hope you are continuing to slaughter animals for an offering. If not, why not?

  8. Alan,

    I agree with you actually which is why I think you’ll enjoy my current post which deals with the Sabbath:

    http://thywordistruth.wordpress.com/2007/12/26/sabbath-rest-vs-sabbath-day-is-there-a-distinction/

    Lord bless,

    Jim

  9. Bill R. says:

    Shalom,

    Proper torah observance is not about gaining salvation(which is through the atoning work of our Master Yahshua the Messiah of Yahweh our Creator), it is about loving obedience to our Master and our heavenly Father demonstrated by “works” of righteousness. Our Father makes it clear that He gave His torah (teaching and instructions) to set apart His covenant people from people who are not in covenant with Him (Lev.19:2), and that His sabbaths are the ONLY sign (mark) given in scripture that sets His covenant people apart… the only sign of His everlasting covenant (Ex.31:13) which is that now His torah is being put into our inmost being and written on our hearts (Jer.31:33)… this being accomplished through the renewing of the mind (repentance)(Rom.12:2) which is appropriated through our Master the mediator of the new (renewed) covenant (Heb.8:6).

    Sin is disobedience to the law (torah)(1Jn:3:4). Our Master was prophesied to magnify the torah (Isa.42:21) which he does in Matt. 5, 6 and 7. There he makes it clear that he came not to abolish the torah but to make it full (replete), that not one jot or tittle would be done away with until heaven and earth pass away. In the new/renewed covenant the torah concerning the priesthood has been changed/amended – not done away with. There is still a priesthood – not a Levitical one but one of the order of Melchizedek (Ps.110:4,Heb.6:20). That is essentially the only amendment to the covenant. A thorough study of Acts as to how the apostles continued in their walks of torah observant faith confirms that they are not the ones who “changed the times and the seasons” (Dan.2:21), but those changes are what has come down to us today through the “wine of the harlot” – the commandments of men that make the commandments of our Father of none effect.

    Blessings,
    Bill

  10. Yos says:

    What are your thoughts on this outlook on the Sabbath? From what I’ve read,an interesting case is made for it that may well counter John MacArthur’s take on it.

    http://www.amazingfacts.org/Resources/Download/PBLib/BK-FDS.pdf

  11. Alan Higgins says:

    Yos. it is quite a lengthy article so I would have to read it when I get more time. Thanks

  12. Yos says:

    No problem. Here’s one more to balance things out:

    http://www.tektonics.org/af/ebe19.html

    It’s a much quicker read and should counter my previous suggestion.

  13. michael m says:

    ‘ Saturday, Sunday and the Sabbath ‘ may point those interested to know today the situation regarding those days . Its by Charles Ozanne and can be enquired upon at OBT.ORG.UK . Check it out ?.

  14. Donald Jay says:

    some says it is forbidden to eat the meat of a pork for it was dirty,that’s the law from old testament but as far as i remembered and as what my Pastor said, when Jesus comes, it was all cleansed..so eating pork is not forbidden..

    JAY FROM PHILLIPINES

  15. danielle says:

    yes we have to keep the sabbath matthew 5:17-19 do not think that i have come to abolish the law or the prophets; i have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth until heaven and earth disappear not the smallest letter not the least stroke of a pen will by any means disappear from the law until everything is accomplished. Then in Hewbrews 4:1 says therefore since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be fallen short

    • Alan Higgins says:

      So do you keep ALL the laws of the old testament? And you mentioned Hebrews 4. I did explain that. Please look at the context

  16. Truth says:

    I believe that many Christians have a wrong understanding of the OT in the first place. We need to understand that the OT is the foundation for NT a continual revelation of Jesus Christ. As with anything we read/ study we must study the Bible in it’s correct context and rather than just running with something understand who it was written to and why what was taking place at the time etc the culture what was the writer’s intention when he wrote the passage, what it meant for the people at the time and what it means for us today. The sabbath keeping is no longer necessary in the OT context but their are lessons to learn such as there is a time to take physical rest as well as spiritual but to rest we must engage in work etc. Many of the hundreds of laws were specifically to the Israelites to demonstrate their uniqueness to surrounding nations and for them to understand their special relationship with God. There is not one place in the New Testament that requires the church to keep the Sabbath AFTER the CROSS when the new covenant of grace was introduced.

    Most of those who make an issue of the Sabbath day do not keep the SABBATH laws according to the Bible, they change it. Look at Leviticus 23:32, where the Sabbath is to be kept from SUNSET to SUNSET, or Jeremiah 17:21, do no work: and they are to stay in one place (Neh.10:31; 13:15-22; 28:9-1; Exod. 16:29), stay at home. If traveling, no long walks either, and they are to carry no loads. Jer .17:21-22 no gardening. In other words the Sabbath means to rest not worship.

    Furthermore in the Sabbath law requirement according to the Bible is to work 6 days a week, not 5. Do you work for 6 days? Exod. 35:2: “Work shall be done for six days, but the seventh day shall be a holy day for you, a Sabbath of rest to the LORD. Whoever does any work on it shall be put to death.” Exod. 31:15 “Everyone who profanes it shall surely be put to death; for whoever does any work on it, that person shall be cut off from among his people. ‘Work shall be done for six days, but the seventh is the Sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death” (also Num. 15:32-36).

  17. Truth says:

    In Matthew’s record of what is commonly called the Sermon on the Mount, these words of Jesus are recorded: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished” (Matthew 5:17-18).

    It is frequently argued that if Jesus did not “abolish” the law, then it must still be binding. Accordingly, such components as the Sabbath-day requirement must be operative still, along with perhaps numerous other elements of the Mosaic Law. This assumption is grounded in a misunderstanding of the words and intent of this passage. Christ did not suggest here that the binding nature of the law of Moses would remain forever in effect. Such a view would contradict everything we learn from the balance of the New Testament (Romans 10:4; Galatians 3:23-25; Ephesians 2:15).

    Of special significance in this study is the word rendered “abolish.” It translates the Greek term kataluo, literally meaning “to loosen down.” The word is found seventeen times in the New Testament. It is used, for example, of the destruction of the Jewish temple by the Romans (Matthew 26:61; 27:40; Acts 6:14), and of the dissolving of the human body at death (2 Corinthians 5:1). The term can carry the extended meaning of “to overthrow,” i.e., “to render vain, deprive of success.” In classical Greek, it was used in connection with institutions, laws, etc., to convey the idea of “to invalidate.”

    It is especially important to note how the word is used in Matthew 5:17. In this context, “abolish” is set in opposition to “fulfill.” Christ came “…not to abolish, but to fulfill.” Jesus did not come to this earth for the purpose of acting as an opponent of the law. His goal was not to prevent its fulfillment. Rather, He revered it, loved it, obeyed it, and brought it to fruition. He fulfilled the law’s prophetic utterances regarding Himself (Luke 24:44). Christ fulfilled the demands of the Mosaic law, which called for perfect obedience under threat of a “curse” (see Galatians 3:10, 13). In this sense, the law’s divine design will ever have an abiding effect. It will always accomplish the purpose for which it was given.

    If, however, the law of Moses bears the same relationship to men today, in terms of its binding status, then it was not fulfilled, and Jesus failed at what He came to do. On the other hand, if the Lord did accomplish His goal, then the law was fulfilled, and it is not a binding legal institution today. Further, if the law of Moses was not fulfilled by Christ—and thus remains as a binding legal system for today—then it is not just partially binding. Rather, it is a totally compelling system. Jesus plainly said that not one “jot or tittle” (representative of the smallest markings of the Hebrew script) would pass away until all was fulfilled. Consequently, nothing of the law was to fail until it had completely accomplished its purpose. Jesus fulfilled the law. Jesus fulfilled all of the law. We cannot say that Jesus fulfilled the sacrificial system, but did not fulfill the other aspects of the law. Jesus either fulfilled all of the law, or none of it. What Jesus’ death means for the sacrificial system, it also means for the other aspects of the law.

    Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/Printer/abolish-fulfill-law-PF.html#ixzz2VGgtpee8

  18. Channchi says:

    Dear Alan,

    Your testimony is inspiring and I really appreciate your ministry and your zeal for the Truth. With regard to this of the Sabbath, I really like how you distinguish the ceremonial law, the civil law, and the moral law of the Old Testament. I totally agree with you that the moral law is the 10 commandments but I do not see how the scriptures that was given in the article that you linked supports your perspective.

    The author of the article that you referenced did not seem to have a distinction between ceremonial law, civil law, and moral law as you mentioned. Scripture is very clear that God’s moral law is the 10 commandments. God’s laws are the foundation of His government of peace and love and a reflection of His eternal character. It is also the standard for what sin is. On what basis and authority do you judge then, which of the 10 commandments is moral? If man is to be the judge of what is moral, is that not putting man in place of God? Can man change God’s character? If the standard for what sin is could be changed at the will of man, why did Jesus has to die? We could all just declare ourselves sinless.

    The 10 commandments is the only part of the Bible that God Himself came down from Heaven and spoke to Moses with His own mouth. And as if that is not enough, He wrote it with His own finger on tablets of stone. When something is written in stone, it cannot be changed. And these are the very commandments that the new covenant promised to be written in our hearts. Notice in Hebrew 10:16 says “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them.” Allowing God to fulfill this promise in our life is the fruit of the salvational experience with Jesus.

    I admire your commitment to follow the teachings of scripture and not the traditions of man and I commend you for standing up for many controversial issues even though it might not be politically correct. My prayer is that you carefully consider the scriptural evidences below in response to the article you cited for explanation of why you do not think this part of God’s law is binding to Christians today. (forgive me for the length, since I could not comment on the site that you linked, I am copying the article down so that it can be addressed point-by-point). This issue of worship is a salvational issue, I pray that the Holy Spirit will lead you and the reader of your blog unto all Truths.

    “It is believed that the Old Testament regulations governing Sabbath observances are ceremonial, not moral, aspects of the law. As such, they are no longer in force, but have passed away along with the sacrificial system, the Levitical priesthood, and all other aspects of Moses’ law that prefigured Christ.“ – by John MacArthur

    I do believe that the Seventh Sabbath observance in the 10 commandments is not moral in nature, just as not eating the fruit of the tree of good and evil or getting into Noah’s ark were not moral in nature. It has to do with trusting God’s word and obeying His commandments. The just shall live by faith (Romans 1:16-17). Faith is the evidence that we believe in God’s word, those who have been justified by Christ is called to live by Every word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:3-4).
    The first four commandments of the 10 has to do with what a loving relationship with God looks like. It make sense that we should not have no other god, worship idol, or take God’s name in vain, but one cannot keep any of the first three commandments if you do not keep the fourth. (how can one disobeyed God’s explicit command to keep Holy the day He sanctified claim to have no other god? To not worship an idol? and to not take His name in vain?)

    1. “In Colossians 2:16-17, Paul explicitly refers to the Sabbath as a shadow of Christ, which is no longer binding since the substance (Christ) has come. It is quite clear in those verses that the weekly Sabbath is in view. The phrase “a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day” refers to the annual, monthly, and weekly holy days of the Jewish calendar (cf. 1 Chronicles 23:31; 2 Chronicles 2:4, 31:3; Ezekiel 45:17; Hosea 2:11). If Paul were referring to special ceremonial dates of rest in that passage, why would he have used the word “Sabbath?” He had already mentioned the ceremonial dates when he spoke of festivals and new moons.” – by John MacArthur

    Colossians 2:16-17 reads: “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; And shaving spoiled principalities and powers, she made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
    Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holiday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.”

    Didn’t God Himself kept the Sabbath in Eden before the fall of man and commanded man to do the same. If Sabbath keeping is a handwriting of ordinances which is against us and it is a shadow of Christ, does that mean that even before sin in the world, back in Eden, before the fall of man, God puts Himself and all of creation under a bondage of handwriting of ordinances that is against Himself that points to a promised Messiah to save God from sin by commanding that the Sabbath should be kept Holy?

    This passage refers only to the sabbaths which were “a shadow of things to come” and not to the seventh-day Sabbath. There were seven yearly holy days, or holidays, in ancient Israel which were also called sabbaths. These were in addition to, or “beside the sabbaths of the Lord” (Leviticus 23:38), or seventh-day Sabbath. These all foreshadowed, or pointed to, the cross and ended at the cross.

    God’s seventh-day Sabbath was made before sin entered, and therefore could foreshadow nothing about deliverance from sin. That’s why Colossians chapter 2 differentiates and specifically mentions the sabbaths that were “a shadow.” These seven yearly sabbaths which were abolished are listed in Leviticus chapter 23.

    2. “The Sabbath was the sign to Israel of the Mosaic Covenant (Exodus 31:16-17; Ezekiel 20:12; Nehemiah 9:14). Since we are now under the New Covenant (Hebrews 8), we are no longer required to observe the sign of the Mosaic Covenant.” – by John MacArthur

    In Exodus 20:8, 11, the Sabbath commandment reads:
    “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.” “For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.”

    In Ezekiel 20:12 God gave another reason for the Sabbath:
    “Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord that sanctify them.”

    God gave the Sabbath as a twofold sign: (1) It is a sign that He created the world in six literal 24-hour days, and (2) it is also a sign of God’s mighty power to redeem and sanctify men. Surely every Christian will love the Sabbath as God’s precious sign of Creation and redemption (Exodus 31:13, 17; Ezekiel 20:12, 20). It is a great insult to God for people to trample upon His Sabbath. In Isaiah 58:13, 14, God says all who would be blessed must first get their feet off His Sabbath.

    In Revelation 14:6-7 God sends His messenger to all the world to proclaim an end time message to call His people back to true worship “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, and sea and springs of water.” This command is a reference to the 4th commandment in Exodus 20:11 “For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.” Which is a reference to Genesis 2:2-3 “And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.” That is why the 4th Commandment begins with “Remember…”

    In the garden of Eden, before the existence of sin, there was no Mosaic covenant but we see the establishment of the Seventh Day Sabbath.

    3. “The New Testament never commands Christians to observe the Sabbath.” – by John MacArthur

    The New Testament never commands Christians to NOT observe Sabbath but that Christ is our perfect example and in order for Christian to not take the Lord’s name in vain, they must live (by God’s grace) as Christ lived.

    Let us examine the following 15 stories of the Sabbath in the New Testament (not exhaustive but just to make a point):
    Matthew 12:1-12: v. 8 says “For the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.” We see that in this story Jesus is rebuking the Pharisees in the WAY that they kept the Sabbath not for the FACT that they kept the Sabbath. The Pharisees accused the Lord of the Sabbath for breaking the Sabbath and Jesus gave them a Bible study and a wake up call to keep the Sabbath properly.
    Mark 2:23-3:4 — same as Mathew 12, the Sabbath was meant to be a blessing, not a burden. It was meant to remind us (man) that God is our creator and our savior but these Pharisees made it a burden for people and think to themselves that by keeping the Sabbath Holy, their salvation is sure. Sabbath is to be a memorial of our salvation through Christ, and it was never meant to be our way to salvation.
    Luke 6:1-9 — again, the same story of Jesus being the Lord of the Sabbath
    Mark 1:21 — Jesus went to the synagogue and taught on the Sabbath
    Mark 6:2; — again Jesus is teaching in the synagogue on the Sabbath
    Luke 4:16 — “as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day and stood up to read.”
    Luke 4:31 — “Then He went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and was teaching them on the Sabbaths”
    Luke 13:10-16 — “Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath…”
    Luke 14:1-5 — Jesus healing on the Sabbath, the Pharisees has a very different idea of what a Sabbath day should be like than Jesus. Jesus never once renounce the Sabbath day but to show His people what the Sabbath day is all about. He did not come to destroy the law but to fulfill it.
    John 5:9-18 — This story really shows the contrast between God’s understanding and meaning of the Sabbath and man’s understanding. The man that was healed by Jesus has to decide if he is to keep Jesus’ command to “take up your bed and walk” or to obey man’s law “It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed.” And in verse 18, we can see that the Jews “sought all the more to kill Him.” Why? Because He did not keep the the Sabbath according to their human made laws but according to God’s commands and because He claimed to be the Son of God. Not because He RENOUNCED the Sabbath. In their attempt to keep the Lord’s Sabbath Holy the Jews of the day crucified the Lord of the Sabbath. Today we see many Christians who swings to the other extreme and crucified the Lord’s Holy Sabbath day in direct disobedience of the Lord of the Sabbath.
    Luke 23:56 — Jesus finished His work of redemption and salvation of mankind on the sixth day of the week and rested on the Seventh day. The women prepared spices and ointments to anoint His body, then “rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.” Only “when the sabbath was past” (Mark 16:1) did the women come “the first day of the week” (Mark 16:2) to continue their sad work. They found “Jesus was risen early the first day of the week” (verse 9), commonly called Easter Sunday. Please note that the Sabbath “according to the commandment” was the day preceding Easter Sunday, which we now call Saturday.
    Acts 13:14-44 — Paul and his party went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day and read the Law and the Prophets then Paul stood up and preached.
    Acts 16:13 — Paul and his companion keeping the Sabbath according to their custom
    Acts 17:2 — Paul went to the synagogues on Sabbaths as his custom was.
    Acts 18:4 — Paul preaching every Sabbath

    Luke wrote the Book of Luke and Acts, he says that in the book of Luke he wrote about “all” of Jesus’ teachings (Acts 1:1-3). But he never wrote about Sunday-keeping or a change of the Sabbath.

    If there was a point of jealous regard for law among the Jews, it was the Sabbath. Jesus was routinely accused of breaking the Sabbath. (And he responded to those charges by teaching that it is lawful to “do well” on the Sabbath. See Matthew 12:1-12.) And Jesus defended his relation to the wall by saying “think not that I am come to destroy the law, but to keep it. For truly I say to you that till heaven and earth pass away” not one particle of the law would pass away. Matthew 5:17-18.

    But the Jews that opposed the Christians and Paul through-out the book of Acts, though they repeatedly brought up the question of circumcision, never did there address the issue of Sabbath. This is significant evidence of a secondary type that Sabbath was kept by the Gentile believers. And when Gentiles read the gospel of John they encountered “Sabbath” with no word of explanation. (John 5:9, 10, 16, 18; 7:22-23; 9:14, 16; 19:31). But the feasts and festivals were introduced as being particularly Jewish. (See John 7:2). The Passover itself was introduced this way three times before it was included as a familiar part of the narrative. The latter of these three also alludes to the purification rituals connected with Passover.

    Joh 2:13 And the Jews’ passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem,
    Joh 6:4 And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh.
    Joh 11:55 And the Jews’ passover was nigh at hand: and many went out of the country up to Jerusalem before the passover, to purify themselves.

    4. “In our only glimpse of an early church worship service in the New Testament, the church met on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7).” – by John MacArthur

    According to the Bible, each day begins at sundown and ends at the next sundown (Genesis 1:5, 8, 13, 19, 23, 31 Leviticus 23:32) and the dark part of the day comes first. So Sabbath begins Friday night at sundown and ends Saturday night at sundown. This meeting of Acts 20 was held on the dark part of Sunday, or on what we now call Saturday night. The New English Bible begins Acts 20:7 like this: “On the Saturday night in our assembly …”

    It was a Saturday-night meeting, and it lasted until midnight. Paul was on a farewell tour and knew he would not see these people again before his death (verse 25). No wonder he preached so long! (No regular weekly service would have lasted all night.) Paul was “ready to depart on the morrow.” The “breaking of bread” has no “holy day” significance whatever, because they broke bread daily (Acts 2:46). There is not the slightest indication in this Scripture passage that the first day is holy, nor that these early Christians considered it so. Nor is there the remotest evidence that the Sabbath had been changed. Incidentally, this meeting is probably mentioned in the Scripture only because of the miracle of raising Eutychus back to life after he fell to his death from a third-floor window. In Ezekiel 46:1, God refers to Sunday as one of the six “working days.”

    5. “Nowhere in the Old Testament are the Gentile nations commanded to observe the Sabbath or condemned for failing to do so. That is certainly strange if Sabbath observance were meant to be an eternal moral principle.” – by John MacArthur

    “For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the Lord, so shall your seed and your name remain. And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord.” Isaiah 66:22, 23.

    Man must live by every word that proceeds from the Mouth of God. Throughout the Bible, God’s people has always been commandment keeping people.

    6. “There is no evidence in the Bible of anyone keeping the Sabbath before the time of Moses, nor are there any commands in the Bible to keep the Sabbath before the giving of the law at Mt. Sinai.” – by John MacArthur

    The command in the Bible to keep the Seventh day Sabbath is in Genesis 2:3. In Exodus 16 we see God including a lesson on Sabbath in the children of Israel’s re-education program. And Exodus 20:8 starts with “remember the Sabbath day…” implying that it is something that was known before but some may have forgotten.

    7. “When the Apostles met at the Jerusalem council (Acts 15), they did not impose Sabbath keeping on the Gentile believers.” – by John MacArthur

    They also did not teach them not to lie, cheat, or steal in this chapter but that does not mean that these other commandments are not binding. The dispute in this chapter is over circumcision. Again, the fact that Sabbath is not a point of dispute between the Jews and Gentile Christians is more of an evidence that the Sabbath commandment was kept by all believers.

    8. “The apostle Paul warned the Gentiles about many different sins in his epistles, but breaking the Sabbath was never one of them.” – by John MacArthur

    Breaking the Sabbath was not an issue for the early church thus requiring no correction. It was not until early fourth century during the time of Constantine when he issued a decree making Sunday (first day of the week) a public festival throughout the Roman Empire. The day of the sun was reverenced by his pagan subjects, and was honored by Christians; it was the emperor’s policy to unite the conflicting interests of heathenism and Christianity. He was urged to do this by the bishops of the church, who, inspired by ambition, and thirst for power, perceived that if the same day was observed by both Christians and the heathen, it would promote the nominal acceptance of Christianity by pagans, and thus advance the power and glory of the church. But while Christians were gradually led to regard Sunday as possessing a degree of sacredness, they still held the true Sabbath as the holy of the Lord, and observed it in obedience to the fourth commandment.

    But God did warn and is warning His people against this Apostasy. “And he shall think to change the times and the law.” Daniel 7:25, RSV.* “Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.” “In vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” Matthew 15:6, 9. “Her priests have violated my law.” “And her prophets have daubed them with untempered mortar, … saying, Thus saith the Lord God, when the Lord hath not spoken.” Ezekiel 22:26, 28. And in Revelation 14, He is calling all those who would heed the word of Truth to return to sabbath keeping.

    9. “In Galatians 4:10-11, Paul rebukes the Galatians for thinking God expected them to observe special days (including the Sabbath).” – by John MacArthur

    My NKJV Bible reads Galatians 4:8-11 reads “But then, indeed, when you did not know God, you served those which by nature are not gods. But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage? You observe days and months and seasons and years. I am afraid for you, lest I have labored for you in vain.”

    Paul is saying that when the Galatians did not know God, they worship things that are not gods, of which observing days and months and seasons and years was the bondage that they were under. This cannot be in reference to the keeping of the Seventh day sabbath because in order for these believers to be “known by God” they must be commandment keeping people. For in Luke 13:27, worker of inequity will not be known by God. “Sin is the transgression of the law.” 1 John 3:4. “The wages of sin is death.” Romans 6:23. “Whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” James 2:10. “Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps.” 1 Peter 2:21. “He became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him.” Hebrews 5:9.

    10. “In Romans 14:5, Paul forbids those who observe the Sabbath (these were no doubt Jewish believers) to condemn those who do not (Gentile believers).” – by John MacArthur

    Background info regarding the churches in Galatia, Colossi, Ephesus, and Rome:

    In Galatians 2 the apostle Peter had been influenced by such persons “from Jerusalem” to feign a fear of becoming unclean by eating with Gentiles. Gal. 2:12.

    And, in fact, the entire church of Galatia had been confused by this same class. They had accepted another gospel that relied on a covenant of works and was represented by “Jerusalem which now is.” Galatians 3:1-3; 4:25.

    The men of the Colossian church had similar trouble. The law of Moses included various washings and ceremonies of respect for “holy” days. Men were judging non-conformists. Col. 2:14-16.

    The Ephesian church had similar trouble. Paul reminded them that the gospel had broken down the middle wall between them, as Gentiles, and the Jews of Jerusalem. And how did it break down the wall? By taking away the “law of commandments contained in ordinances.” Eph 2:15.

    What do we know about these troublers of the churches? For one thing, they argued with Paul and Barnabas. For another, they traveled from the heart of Israel to reach the areas with gentile churches.

    “And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved. When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question.” Act 15:1-2.

    The audience of Romans included them that “know the law” (Ro 7:1). When we find that immediately after the introduction Paul addresses the religious sin problems of those who claim to be circumcised Jews and who boast in the law (2:12-3:4), we understand that the plague doctrine mentioned in almost all of Paul’s epistles had made it to Rome also.

    The Confusing Part
    The Christians who advocated keeping the Mosaic law had one confusing fact at their disposal. It seemed that Jesus had authorized Christians to keep Passover. When Jesus last kept it he had bidden his disciples to commemorate the event.

    But how would a Christian keep Passover? The original directions involved the eating of bitter herbs and a sacrificed lamb and unleavened bread. Exodus 12:8. And if a man was not “clean” he could not partake until a later date when he would be clean. Numbers 9:7-11. It was a highly esteemed day by keepers of the feast.

    And it was not at all esteemed by those who understood Paul’s message that the rites and rituals under Moses had been replaced by a different class of rituals (baptism and the Lord’s Supper) under the gospel.

    This issue was big in Rome. It was the date of Passover, in fact, that divided the church in Rome from that in Constantinople hundreds of years later.

    Romans 14
    So when persons who understand this Bible history and background come to Romans 14 the chapter does not seem so difficult to understand.

    There is only one Bible topic that combines the elements of Romans 14.

    1. A topic that was doubtful and a source of arguable in the churches like Rome

    2. A topic that involved the question of eating “herbs”

    3. A topic that involved the honoring/not honoring of a certain “day.”

    4. A topic that involved the esteeming of things/persons as clean/unclean.

    And that topic is that of the keeping of Passover, and by extrapolation, keeping the other feasts.

    In the early chapters the book of Romans clearly addressed the question of the 10 Commandments and concluded that they are enforced by faith (Romans 3:31), that commandment keepers will be justified in the judgment (Rom 2:12-16), that we are obligated to keep the 10 Commandments (Romans 13) and that it is by knowing this spiritual and holy law that we can know what “sin” is (Roman 7:7, 12, 14).

    In short, Paul taught in Romans, as in Galatians and Colossians and Ephesians and as the apostles did in Acts 15, that while we are to obey God’s commandments, we are no longer to follow the symbolic ceremonies. Understood this way, Romans fits in with the rest of the New Testament.

    To urge Romans 4:5 as a reason for being careless in diet and heedless of the Commandment that begins “remember” would be pitting Paul against himself. Even if that were inadvertent, it would be unfortunate. The blessing that comes with obedience to God’s Law is countered by the warning that men’s doctrines, and praise from disobedient persons, can make worship vain.

    “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” Matthew 15:8-9.

    “The early church fathers, from Ignatius to Augustine, taught that the Old Testament Sabbath had been abolished and that the first day of the week (Sunday) was the day when Christians should meet for worship (contrary to the claim of many seventh-day Sabbatarians who claim that Sunday worship was not instituted until the fourth century).” – by John MacArthur

    Sunday worship was not instituted until the fourth century but by then many of the Christians have already begun reverencing the first day. The key in this point is that “early church fathers” are the ones pushing this idea, aka, doctrine of man. No where in scripture can a definitive abolishment of Seventh day sabbath be found.

    12. “Sunday has not replaced Saturday as the Sabbath. Rather the Lord’s Day is a time when believers gather to commemorate His resurrection, which occurred on the first day of the week. Every day to the believer is one of Sabbath rest, since we have ceased from our spiritual labor and are resting in the salvation of the Lord (Hebrews 4:9-11).” – by John MacArthur

    The Bible speaks of the “Lord’s day” in Revelation 1:10, so the Lord does have a special day. But no verse of Scripture refers to Sunday as the Lord’s day. Rather, the Bible plainly identifies Sabbath as the Lord’s day. The only day ever blessed by the Lord or claimed by Him as His holy day is the seventh-day Sabbath.

    Sunday should not be kept to commemorate Christ’s resurrection no more than you would keep Friday in honor of the crucifixion. Christ gave the ordinance of baptism in honor of His death, burial, and resurrection. The Bible never suggests Sunday-keeping in honor of the resurrection (or for any other reason, for that matter). We honor Christ by obeying Him (John 14:15)–not by substituting man-made requirements in place of His.

    “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.” Romans 6:3-6.

    The “any-day-in-seven” idea cannot be supported in Scripture. Nowhere in the Bible are God’s people given the option of deciding which day to keep Holy. God blessed a particular day as a memorial of an event which occurred on that day in creation week. We cannot keep holy a day which God has not made holy. We cannot receive blessing from a day which God has not blessed. The only place you’ll ever find any significance attached to Sunday is in the traditions of men. Exodus chapter 16 records an experience which God gave His people to determine “whether they will walk in my law, or no” (verse 4). For forty years the schedule of the fall of the manna distinguished the Sabbath from all other days. But some people tried to treat the Sabbath just like any other day. And some tried to treat other days like the Sabbath. Then the Lord said, “How long refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws?” (verse 28). Certainly the obligation of the fourth commandment cannot be fulfilled by worshiping on a day contrary to that which the commandment specifies.

    This is the true origin of Sunday worship (taken from http://realtruth.org/articles/070831-005-wasw.html):

    Catholic publications, popes, cardinals, bishops, theologians, historians, professors, and the Vatican itself, have candidly admitted there is no biblical basis—whatsoever!—for Sunday observance. This article includes many quotations from them. You will be astonished at the extraordinary candor with which Catholic leaders address this subject.

    It is critically important to take the time to read what those who keep Sunday say about their authority—or lack of authority—for doing this. Using their own words, we must first establish why 1.2 billion Roman Catholics believe they are no longer obligated to observe the seventh-day Sabbath. They tell the whole world openly!

    The Bible plainly states that Christ is the Head of the Church (Eph. 1:22-23; Col. 1:18). Rome, supposing that Christ, in effect, delegated away His authority over the Church to Peter—who they proclaim was the first pope—speaks plainly of how they have used this “authority.” Just as God’s statements about the Sabbath were shocking to me, so should the following statements be shocking to you! (Many are included for emphasis.)

    “For example, nowhere in the Bible do we find that Christ or the Apostles ordered that the Sabbath be changed from Saturday to Sunday. We have the commandment of God given to Moses to keep holy the Sabbath day, that is the 7th day of the week, Saturday. Today most Christians keep Sunday because it has been revealed to us by the [Roman Catholic] church outside the Bible” (Catholic Virginian, “To Tell You the Truth,” p. 9, Oct. 3, 1947).

    “From this same Catholic Church you have accepted your Sunday, and that Sunday, as the Lord’s day, she has handed down as a tradition; and the entire Protestant world has accepted it as tradition, for you have not an iota of Scripture to establish it. Therefore that which you have accepted as your rule of faith, in­adequate as it of course is, as well as your Sunday, you have accepted on the authority of the Roman Catholic Church” (D.B. Ray, The Papal Controversy, p. 179, 1892).

    “I have repeatedly offered $1,000 to anyone who can prove to me from the Bible alone that I am bound to keep Sunday holy. There is no such law in the Bible. It is a law of the holy Catholic Church alone. The Bible says, ‘Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.’ The Catholic Church says: ‘No. By my divine power I abolish the Sabbath day and command you to keep holy the first day of the week.’ And lo! the entire civilized world bows down in a reverent obedience to the command of the holy Catholic Church” (Bishop T. Enright, C.S.S.R., in a lecture at Hartford, Kan­sas, Feb. 18, 1884).

    “There is but one church on the face of the earth which has the power, or claims power, to make laws binding on the con­science, binding before God, binding under penalty of hell-fire. For instance, the institution of Sunday. What right has any other church to keep this day? You answer by virtue of the third commandment [the Papacy renamed the fourth commandment, calling it the third], which says, ‘Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath day.’ But Sunday is not the Sabbath. Any school­boy knows that Sunday is the first day of the week. I have re­peatedly offered one thousand dollars to anyone who will prove by the Bible alone that Sunday is the day we are bound to keep, and no one has called for the money. It was the holy Catholic Church that changed the day of rest from Saturday, the seventh day, to Sunday, the first day of the week” (T. Enright, C.S.S.R., in a lecture delivered in 1893).

    “The Catholic Church…by virtue of her divine mission, changed the day from Saturday to Sunday” (The Catholic Mirror, official publication of James Cardinal Gibbons, Sept. 23, 1893).

    “Is Saturday the seventh day according to the Bible and the Ten Commandments? I answer yes. Is Sunday the first day of the week and did the Church change the seventh day—Saturday—for Sunday, the first day? I answer yes. Did Christ change the day? I answer no!” (James Cardinal Gibbons, Archbishop of Baltimore (1877-1921), signed letter).

    “Reason and sense demand the acceptance of one or the other of these alternatives: either…the keeping holy of Saturday or Catholicity and the keeping holy of Sunday. Com­promise is impossible” (James Cardinal Gibbons, The Catholic Mirror, Dec. 23, 1893).

    “The Bible everywhere enforces the sanctification of Saturday the seventh day of the week…You Protestants have to admit the authority of the Roman Catholic Church that is branded on you when you observe Sunday because you have no other authority for Sunday but that of the Roman Catholic Church” (James Cardinal Gibbons).

    “Some theologians have held that God likewise directly determined the Sunday as the day of worship in the New Law, that He Himself has explicitly substituted the Sunday for the Sabbath. But this theory is now entirely abandoned. It is now commonly held that God simply gave His Church the power to set aside whatever day or days she would deem suitable as Holy Days. The Church chose Sunday, the first day of the week, and in the course of time added other days as holy days” (John Laux, A Course in Religion for Catholic High Schools and Academies, vol. 1, p. 51, 1936).

    “Nowhere in the Bible is it stated that worship should be changed from Saturday to Sunday…Now the Church…instituted, by God’s authority, Sunday as the day of worship. This same Church, by the same divine authority, taught the doctrine of Purgatory long before the Bible was made. We have, therefore, the same authority for Purgatory as we have for Sunday” (Martin J. Scott, Things Catholics Are Asked About, p. 136, 1927).

    “Regarding the change from the observance of the Jewish Sabbath to the Christian Sunday, I wish to draw your attention to the facts:

    That Protestants, who accept the Bible as the only rule of faith and religion, should by all means go back to the observance of the Sabbath. The fact that they do not, but on the contrary observe the Sunday, stultifies them in the eyes of every thinking man.

    We Catholics do not accept the Bible as the only rule of faith. Besides the Bible we have the living Church, the authority of the Church, as a rule to guide us. We say, this Church, instituted by Christ to teach and guide man through life, has the right to change the ceremonial laws of the Old Testament and hence, we accept her change of the Sabbath to Sunday. We frankly say, yes, the Church made this change, made this law, as she made many other laws, for instance, the Friday abstinence, the unmarried priesthood, the laws concerning mixed marriages, the regulation of Catholic marriages and a thousand other laws.

    “It is always somewhat laughable, to see the Protestant churches, in pulpit and legislation, demand the observance of Sunday, of which there is nothing in their Bible” (Peter R. Kraemer, Catholic Church Extension Society, 1975).

    So my dear brothers and sisters, who are you to follow? The teachings and traditions of man or the Word of God? There are no doubt many sincere, God loving Christians and Catholics that are worshiping on Sunday. “Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent” Act 17:30. Jesus declares “I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.” “And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice, and there will be one flock and one shepherd” John 10: 14, 16. Are you willing to follow the Lamb wherever He leads? Are you willing to forsake the teachings and traditions of man to follow Jesus?

  19. Channchi says:

    Also, can you please give any scriptural evidence for “All of the bible is FOR us but not all of it is TO us”?

    My understanding is that:
    -“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Tim 3:16-17.
    -And that scripture cannot be broken (John 10:35).
    -God is not a respector of persons (Acts 10:34, 1 Peter 1:17)
    -The Lord changes not (Malachi 3:6)

    How then exactly is the distinction between For and To made? And by who’s authority are we making the distinction? According to scripture God does not show favoritism and therefore He can’t possibly say one thing is sin to one person and that it is not sin to another because that would make Him a liar and unfair, Right?

    • Alan Higgins says:

      Channchi , a classic example would be Leviticus 19:27 where it basically forbids trimming the beard. This would be an example of a scripture that is not TO us because we are not forbidden to go to the barbers today. However this is FOR our learning so that we can understand how God dealt with the children of Israel. Everything must be taken in context especially when it comes to the old and new covenants. I hope that clarifies things.

      • Channchi says:

        I agree with you that we should not take scripture out of context. However, the biblical principle is that “For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little” Isaiah 28:10. Not to break up the Bible to a buffet where we can pick and choose which verse we want to apply to us.

        The context of Leviticus 19:27 was that the Jews took great pride in their beards, considering them the insigne of manhood and dignity. It has been suggested that a “marred” beard marked its wearer the devotee of a heathen god. That part of the beard thus cut off may have been offered to the gods. God forbade His people to follow this heathen custom. In its context (vs. 26–28) this restriction could have meaning only as a safeguard against heathen religious customs.

        The reason behind the Mosaic law of Leviticus 19:27 is to be a safeguard for the first 4 commandments of God’s law. It has to do with “Abstain from all appearance of evil” of heathen worship (1 Thes 5:22).

        I do agree that we are no longer forbidden to go to the barber shop, but we are still forbidden to break any of the 10 commandments. The distinction must be made between the Mosaic law (civil and ceremonial) and God’s law for all of man kind. To apply the fact that we are not under the Mosaic law (Leviticus 19:27) to God’s law is to take scripture out of context.

        Your opinion that “All of the bible is FOR us but not all of it is TO us” have several dangers:
        1. If you follow this logic, technically someone can argue that none of the Bible was written TO us because your name and my name is not mentioned here. I believe that is the reason why most Christians don’t read their Bible. This is NOT Biblical.
        2. The Bible is clear that All of scriptures are written by inspiration of God and that God is not respecter of persons. (see my verses above). Note that whenever the NT refers to scripture, it actually refers to the OT because the NT did not come together until many years after. According to 2 Tim 3:16-17, we should be able to find support for what we believe (doctorine) in the OT. And according to John 10:35, our understanding of the NT’s teachings should not be drastically different from the OT because scripture cannot be broken.
        3. The issue with thinking to ourselves that you or me can sit in the judgement seat and that we have the right to determine that any of God’s laws is void to us is dangerous because the Bible defines the man of sin to be someone “who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worship, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God” (2Thes 2:4).

        The change of God’s worship requirement is the work of the Anti-Christ, the little horn power of Daniel 7. The Bible told us that “He shall speak pompous words against the Most High. He shall persecute the saints of the Most High, and shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand for a time and times and half a time” (Daniel 7:25). The only law that has to do with time is the 4th commandment and if you study the quotes I shared above, the little horn power = Beast of Revelation is claiming that Sunday worship is his mark.

        http://www.the-bible-antichrist.com/what-did-reformers-believe.html

        Certainly if Jesus had instituted a new day of worship, the Bible would say something about it! If
        Sunday was to be given special recognition, we should be able to find some mention of it in Scripture.

        The word “Sunday” is not in the Bible. There it is called, “the first day of the week.” So let’s examine all the New Testament references to “the first day of the week.” There are only eight of them…
        1. Matthew 28:1 – This text simply says that it was on the first day of the week that the women went to the sepulcher. It says nothing about Sunday sacredness. It shows that Sabbath is the day before
        Sunday.

        2. Mark 16:2 – This text is basically the same. No mention of Sunday sacredness.

        3. Mark 16:9 – Here we are told that Jesus arose on the first day of the week, but nothing is said about it becoming the special day of worship.

        4. Luke 24:1 – Same basic information.

        5. John 20:1 – Here we read of Mary Magdalene’s first visit to the tomb “when it was yet dark.” But
        nothing is said about a change in the fourth commandment.

        6. John 20:19 – Later that same day as Jesus appeared to the disciples. Why had they assembled
        together? The Bible says that it was “for fear of the Jews.” Nothing is said about any special
        sacredness attached to the day. The Bible does not support Sunday-keeping in honor of Christ’s
        resurrection. The only Biblically recognized institution in honor of the resurrection is baptism (See
        Romans 6). No other memorial of that event is anywhere authorized in Scripture.

        7. Acts 20:7 – A group of believers had come together “to break bread,” which, according to Acts
        2:46, early Christians did “daily”. While they were gathered, “Paul preached unto them, ready to
        depart on the morrow.” This is the only recorded instance of a formal religious service ever held
        on the first day of the week. No one would suggest that the conducting of a single service on that
        day would constitute sufficient support for the Sunday-keeping argument. Especially since in
        Corinth alone there is record of religious services being held “every Sabbath” for “a year and six
        months” (Acts 18:4, 11). A closer look at our passage in Acts 20:7 reveals that even here nothing is
        said about a Sunday morning meeting. It was on the first day of the week, but it was during the
        dark part of that day (read the whole context). The Bible reckons days from sunset to sunset, not
        from midnight to midnight, as is done today (Genesis 1:5, 8, Leviticus 23:32, Mark 1:32). This
        meeting was held on Saturday night! According to the Biblical account, the reason for the meeting
        was that Paul was “ready to depart” the next morning. He later told the Ephesians, “I know that
        ye all . . . shall see my face no more” (verse 25). Considering the occasion, we realize the weakness
        of any attempt to use this passage as a case for the abolition of God’s express commandment,
        “The seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God.” Exodus 20:10. At dawn on Sunday
        morning Paul set out on an 18-mile journey on foot to Assos, obviously displaying no respect for
        the day.

        8. 1 Corinthians 16:2 – This text says nothing about a religious service or gathering of any kind. It
        certainly says nothing about the veneration of Sunday as a holy day. According to this text, the
        first day of the week is the day to take care of personal financial matters. At the beginning of each
        week the Christian is to “lay by him in store” his contribution, systematically planning his giving
        and setting it aside. Figuring out one’s offerings involves a calculation of earnings. If God had
        transferred the solemnity of the Sabbath to the first day of the week, Paul would not have
        recommended such activity to be done on that day.

        Alan, I admire your dedication to searching for Truth and your courage to stand for what is right. I hope that you would not shy away from looking at this truth objectively, leaving behind all that you have been taught and look only at God’s word. If you can find anywhere in scripture that Saturday sacredness has been transferred to Sunday or any other day please share it with me.

        Blessings,

        Channchi

        • Alan Higgins says:

          Channchi, i think we are on the same page because you have basically stated what I am saying when you have said that the specific beard law was TO the Jews to obey. I think you are misunderstanding what I am saying. What I am NOT saying is we should pick and choose what scriptures to read and learn from. As you have rightly stated, ALL scripture is God breathed, but not all scripture, e.g all the Levitical law, was written for us to obey, because it was written TO the Jews at a certain time period for a specific purpose. Can we learn principles. Of course. As you have suggested, we should not worship idols. I hope that clarifies things

  20. Channchi says:

    Brother Alan,

    I am on the same page with you on Leviticus 19 but the reason why I went on in length was because you applied that principle in reference to God’s 10 commandments in your original post, which is NOT Biblical.

    If you think worship idol (or any of the other 9 commandments) is a sin then breaking the Seventh Day Sabbath is also a sin. If you agree with that then we are on the same page and Praise the Lord! If you don’t agree then you are either not reading all that I have written or you are picking and choosing the scriptures that you want to matter and applying Levitical Law out of context and putting man above God’s laws.

    I have addressed every scripture that is taken out of context in attempt to say that God’s laws no longer applies to us. I have given evidence of how Sunday (or first day) worship is not Biblical, and I have given the historical information on where that practice came about.

    I am happy to provide more information on the difference between God’s laws and Moses’ laws the beast power, and whatever else you would like to know about to find answer any remaining questions you may have. My prayer is that you would not stop your search for truth in this matter.

    “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee.” Hosea 4:6.

    The Bible teaches that we are responsible to God for all the light (knowledge of right) we have and all we can have! Many people who refuse or neglect to study, seek, learn, and listen will be destroyed by God because they have “rejected knowledge.” To play ostrich in these exceedingly crucial matters is fatal. It is our responsibility to hunt diligently for truth.

    “If ye continue in my word, … ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31, 32.

    “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:21-23.

    “I charge you therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the living and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be diligent in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they draw to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto myths. But you watch in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fully carry out your ministry.” 2 Tim 4:1-5.

    I probably will never meet you in this life time but as your Christian sister, I pray that you come into a knowledge of the truth and do the will of Our Lord as found in His Word. God’s true people worship Truth (not traditions, teachings, and commandments of men), wherever He leads us. Even if it turns our lives upside down, we are called to carry our crosses and follow the Truth. He is the Truth, the Way, and the Life.

    In His Love,
    Channchi

    • Alan Higgins says:

      Romans 14:5 says “One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.” If you want to observe the sabbath, that is totally up to you. I will not try to convince otherwise. In the same matter, I personally see all days are the same I do not put one day above another. That is my personal conviction. I think that we can agree to disagree on this as this alone will not keep either of us from heaven. Our salvation is based on Christ’s work on the cross alone. The law takes us to the cross and no further. It’s helps us to see our need for a saviour because we are unable to keep the law perfectly

      • Channchi says:

        Brother Alan,

        To take Romans 14:5 and apply that to the Sabbath Commandment is taking Paul out of context.

        If you read a few verses above and a few verses below verse 5 you will see the context is about ceremonial feast and fast days (esteeming a day over the other has to do with eating or not eating). Those believers whose faith enables them immediately to leave behind all ceremonial holidays should not despise others whose faith is less strong, nor vice versa.

        Nowhere in the vicinity of this verse is there reference to the 4th Commandment. If Paul was to do away with the 4th Commandment, it would take a lot more than a little counsel to the church of Rome. He would have been found guilty of blasphemy by the Jewish people that sought to find fault to persecute him. If you were to do away with God’s fourth commandment with this verse you will be found guilty of blaspheme of the Holy Spirit in the court of God.

        “In the same matter, I personally see all days are the same I do not put one day above another. That is my personal conviction.” – Brother Alan

        If your conviction is that the 4th Commandment is not God’s laws, that it is not binding, or that it has been nailed to the cross. I beseech you to search the scriptures diligently because that is not a conviction from God because that is contrary to the teachings of the scriptures. If you refuse to search for truth then you will be held accountable for the truth that you have neglected. “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee.” Hosea 4:6. “Seek, and ye shall find.” Matthew 7:7.

        “Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:19).

        “The law takes us to the cross and no further. It’s helps us to see our need for a saviour because we are unable to keep the law perfectly” – Brother Alan

        I agree that God’s law takes us to the cross because when we measure ourselves up against the law and found that we have missed the mark, it convicts us that we have sinned and that conviction will drive us to the cross.

        If you understand that it is the 4th Commandment is God’s laws, the standard for sin, and you decides it doesn’t matter, then you are iniquity because you are willfully disobeying God’s word and unless you repent, your soul maybe one of the Lord, Lord, in Matthew 7:21-23.

        Our salvation is based on Christ’s work on the cross alone. We cannot save ourselves, our souls are saved by Christ. But just because Christ died for all of man kind that doesn’t mean that everyone will be saved.

        “I think that we can agree to disagree on this as this alone will not keep either of us from heaven.” – Brother Alan

        I wish I can agree with you that this doesn’t matter, we are not talking about what is the best flavor of ice cream here. I can’t tell you if this will be the only thing that keeps us from heaven if either one of us don’t see each other in the cloud of glory at His Second coming but this IS a salvational issue.

        Let me explain:
        Here is how salvation works:

        We all have sinned (Romans 3:23)
        The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23)
        Christ died for our sins (Hebrews 2:9)
        I accept the death of Christ on my behalf (Romans 3:24)
        I am convicted to my sin by the law of God (Romans 3:20)
        I confess my sin (1 John 1:9)
        I claim the forgiveness from God by faith
        I repent from my sin
        I get baptized, symbolizing that I lay down my sinful self to take up the newness of life in Christ. (Romans 6:3)
        I live by faith, on every word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Romans 6:4, Hebrews 10:38, Mathew 4:4)

        All these is done by the grace and power of God (Romans 1:16)

        I don’t think you would disagree with any of these points. But here is the thing, after I have given my life to Christ and got baptized, that doesn’t mean I can stop living according to His word. God never took the freedom of choice from me, I can choose to live according to my own will at anytime and go back into sin and a state of being lost.

        “For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgement, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries” (Hebrews 10:26-27).

        The Bible teaches that the just shall live by faith. Faith is the evidence that we believe in God’s Word by acting based on His Words. If we choose to go back into our own selfish and sinful ways, we are drawing ourselves back to perdition (Hebrews 10:38-11:1, Mathew 4:4).

        If we are to live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God, here is what the word says:

        By the law is the knowledge of sin:
        “Therefore, by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin” (Romans 3:20).

        Because sin is disobedience to the law:
        “Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness” (1John 3:4).

        If there is no law, there would be no sin and no knowledge of sin:
        “For until the law sin was in the world but sin is not imputed when there is no law” (Romans 5:13).

        The grace of God doesn’t just forgive us of our past sin but also give us the power to sin no more:
        “Moreover, the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abound, grace abounded much more, so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. What shall we say then? Shall we continue to sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we die to sin live any longer in it?” (Romans 5:20-6:2)

        God’s laws cannot be done away with:
        “Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly Not! On the contrary, we establish the law” (Romans 3:31).

        The grace of God frees us from sin, which is disobedience to God’s laws, and gives us the power to be obedient to His commandments:
        “If ye continue in my word, … ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” “Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.” John 8:31, 32, 34.
        “But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.” Romans 6:17, 18.
        “So shall I keep thy law continually for ever and ever. And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.” Psalms 119:44, 45.

        The citizens who obey the law have freedom. The disobedient are caught and lose their freedom. Freedom without obedience is like the false freedom of the drifting balloon or the driverless car. It leads to confusion and anarchy. True Christian freedom means freedom from disobedience. Disobedience always hurts a person and leads into the cruel slavery of the devil.

        Of course we can’t keep God’s commandment just because we want to be saved but because we love Jesus and want to spend eternity with Him. But the requirement is that we must do the Will of the Father in Heaven, not our own will. Even if we know that we need to keep the Sabbath Holy, only by His Grace can we actually do it.

        Salvation is only for those that obey God (Matthew 7:21, 19:17, Hebrew 5:9, Deuteronomy 6:24).

        God is not a respecter of persons, He can’t play favorite and let you change his standard for sin when He didn’t even spare angels that sinned (we were made a little lower than the angels):
        “God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment.” 2 Peter 2:4.

        This is not my opinion over your opinion, our opinions don’t matter.
        “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9).
        “For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.” Matthew 13:15

        The standard for sin is not Moses’s laws, it is God’s commandment that He wrote with His own fingers and spoke with His own mouth. The reason why we should keep these commandments is not because we are Jews but because “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage” Exodus 20:2.

        Have God brought you out of your land of Egypt? Has He brought you out of your house of bondage? Is he your Lord and your God? If so, then all 10 of His commandments is written TO you.

        Those who refuse to obey God will end up believing a lie (2 Thessalonians 2:11, 12) and thus think they are saved when instead they are lost.

        “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:14.

        ” But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.” Proverbs 8:36.

        “And the Lord commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the Lord our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive.” Deuteronomy 6:24.

        Belief, sincerity and zeal isn’t enough. The devil and his angels believed Jesus is Lord, but they refused to keep His laws. The apostle Paul was sincere and zealous when he persecuted the Christians before his conversion, but he was also wrong (Acts 22:3, 4; 26:9-11).

        Brother Alan, I know you are a lover of Jesus, but can true love to God cannot exist without obedience? I don’t think so, nor can we truly obey God without love.
        “Jesus answered … If a man love me, he will keep my words. … He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings.” John 14:23,24.
        “This is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” 1 John 5:3.

        The Commandments of the Lord cannot be kept as a way to be saved, salvation is by grace through faith. We should obey God’s command (by His grace) because we are saved. Also, God’s commandments are a standard that will be used to measure if we have truly lived according to the Word of God or do we continue to live in sin according to our own flesh. If you reject the grace of God by choosing to remain in darkness when light comes to you, Calvary cannot save you. But as long as there is breath in your lungs, you can repent and the grace of God is available to make you victorious, not only forgive you for your sins but also give you the power to not live in disobedience any longer.

        Dose this means that everyone who do not keep the Seventh Day Sabbath holy is lost for eternity? No, “Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained” (Acts 17:30-31).

        Salvation is on a personal basis, you will be judged based on the light you have received and could have received if you search the scriptures, as scripture instructed, not just the ones you have accepted.

        We are now living in a time when God is sending His messengers out to proclaim “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come, and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water” (Revelation 14:7). This message is a reference to the 4th Commandment.

        “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it” (Exodus 20:8-11).

        You have been shared the truth and now you are accountable to search the scriptures and prove all things. If you find that what I shared with you is not consistent with the entire scripture (old and new testament), then I would have sinned (for teaching contrary to the scriptures and blaspheme the Holy Spirit) and I will be lost but my blood will also be on your hands if you know the truth and did not warn me.

        If you search the scriptures and found that all that I have said is consistent with the teachings of the Word and repent, praise the Lord and the whole of heaven will rejoice with us.

        If you refuse to search the scriptures and hold on to your personal convictions that is contrary to the Holy scriptures, then you will be lost for the rejection of truth but your blood will be upon your own head, I am clean because I have proclaimed to you what is true. (Ezekiel 33:1-11)

        There is no middle ground we can stand on when Jesus comes back, there is only those who keep Commandments of God and those who do not. “Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.” (Revelation 22:14).

        “If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on My holy day, And call the Sabbath a delight, the holy day of the Lord honorable, and shall honor Him, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words, then you shall delight yourself in the Lord, and I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth, and feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father. The mouth of the Lord has spoken.” (Isaiah 58:13-14)

        You have introduced this site with a statement: “I had to go back to basics about biblical interpretation and had to deprogram my mind from the mentality I once had. When I did this and studied the word for myself like the Bereans (Acts 17:11), I found out that a lot of what I was taught was NOT biblical and was NOT real Christianity.” I beseech you to please do this again and to keep doing it till Jesus comes.

        If you study scripture, prophecy and history, you will see that Sunday worship and the doing away of the Sabbath is another one of those things you have been taught that was NOT biblical. I know, most of Christianity doesn’t think so, but most Jews didn’t think Jesus is the Christ either, majority opinion does not justify sin. The Bereans actually only had the old testament scriptures to check what they have been taught to see if it was according to the truth, if you truly take all that you believe to be real Christianity and use only the OT to test your belief then you would have been truly studying like a Berean.

        Jesus is coming back soon. My brother, you identified yourself as a real Christian, live up to your identity and really follow Christ. Christ never broke a Sabbath, why would you? The apostles never broke the Sabbath and none of the follower of Christ in the early church ever neglected the Sabbath. If you think Paul teaches that Sabbath doesn’t need to be kept, that would make him a hypocrite because he himself never broke a Sabbath (if you find that anywhere in scripture please let me know).

        Where is this Sunday worship practice come from? “Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7).

        You can learn about how most of Christianity falsely worship on Sunday here: http://www.solarmovie.is/link/play/4053174/

        You said you don’t esteem one day over the other and yet you worship on the day of the Sun god (Sunday), that is an abomination in God’s eyes (Ezekiel 8:14-16).

        If you study prophecy (correctly), then you will understand why it matters that we go back to true worship:

        I know this is a long response to a short statement from you. Brother Alan, if you have not claimed to be a real Christian and to hold only beliefs that is based in scripture and if this site is not visited by all who truly desire to seek God and His will, I would not take the time to correct and exhort you and those who read your blog.

        Just as how the Jews were blind that Jesus was the Messiah because their heart desire an entirely different kind of savior. You and everyone who read this blog cannot know the truth of God so as long as you have it determined in your heart that you are not willing to do the will of our Heavenly Father. “My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me. If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on my own authority” (John 7:16-17).

        My prayer again is that you would search the scripture like a Berean. You have challenged many Christians on many false teachings, here I am prayerfully and humbly challenging you on your own challenge: search the scriptures.

        If you are willing to be honest, the only way you can be certain that you have a solid Biblical belief that Sabbath keeping does not matter and continue to worship on Sunday is if you can give me a point by point rebuttal from scripture for all the points that I have made in support of Sabbath keeping from the beginning. If you can’t do that then the only other option you have is to accept it as truth, to hold on to your conviction otherwise can cause you your salvation.

        I honestly do hope and pray that you will choose to follow the Light and the Truth, not the teachings and commandments of men.

        In His Love,
        Channchi

        • Alan Higgins says:

          Ok I am going to leave this debate here as we clearly disagree and I cannot see it going anywhere Thankyou for your contribution and your input.

  21. Channchi says:

    That is heart breaking. I didn’t come to this site looking for a debate, I was hoping to find Real Christianity. I am just a messenger but you are accountable to God. Salvation is by grace through faith but we will be judged by our deeds, not profession.

    “To the law and to the testimony! if they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them” Isaiah 8:20. This is why the Bereans searched the scriptures (OT).

    The challenge still stands to any audience of this blog, whatever you believe about the Sabbath (or any other doctrine for that matter), test it from the OT, like a true Bereans. If God intended to do away with the Sabbath after Christ died on the cross, He would have told His prophets in the OT just as how He told his prophets of everything else that Christ was to do for all of man kind.

    Brother Alan, I do not want a debate, I was praying that you would consider God’s words in its entirety and only God’s words. If you are right and I am wrong, I lose nothing for keeping the Sabbath holy. But if I am right and you are wrong, you will be held accountable to God for why you refuse to do the will of your Father in Heaven as revealed in His Words. Remember, not everyone that says Lord Lord will enter into the Kingdom of God.

    “But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who “will render to each according to his deeds”: eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality, but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness-indignation and wrath….for there is no partiality with God.” Romans 2:5-11

    May the Holy Spirit be your guide,
    Channchi

    • Alan Higgins says:

      Channchi, do you (or should you) keep or try to keep ALL the laws of the old covenant?

      • Channchi says:

        Thank you Brother Alan for the question. I’d like to start with an apology, I had assumed that you and I have an understanding of the difference between God’s laws and the law of Moses and it was my fault to draw that assumption from your original post. Please forgive me. I also apologize for the long delay, I have a ministry that has been getting very busy and I wanted to make sure I present this study in its entirety so it took some time for me to put it together.

        My short answer to your question is no, but the 10 Commandment is not part of the old covenant that was abolished so I keep all 10 Commandments. But we are not here for my personal opinion so let’s look at what the Bible teaches. Forgive me also for the CAPS, I am just trying to have formatting to organize this study. I don’t like giving one or two verses to support my belief, the Bible says precepts upon precepts, line upon line, here a little there a little so that is what I am going to attempt to do but I will try to be organized so you (and others) can follow:

        OUTLINE:
        I. Is there such a thing as God’s Laws and the Law of Moses?
        II. Are these things the same?
        III. What are they?
        IV. Who wrote them?
        V. Where were they kept? And why does it matter?
        VI. What does this mean in regards to the Old and the New Covenant?

        I. IS THERE SUCH A THING AS GOD’S LAW AND THE LAW OF MOSES?

        A. “Now when the days of her purification according to the Law of Moses were completed, they brought Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord” (Luke 2:22).
        –There is something called the Law of Moses

        B. “Therefore, as the fire devours the stubble, and the flame consumes the chaff, so their root will be as rottenness, and their blossom will ascend like dust; because they have rejected the law of the Lord of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel” Isaiah 5:24
        – There is something called the law of the lord

        II. ARE THESE THE SAME THING? (meant to be an overview, more distinctions will be made as the other questions are answered)

        A. “Having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace” Ephesians 2:15
        – If you study the context of this verse, it is clear that at the cross, Christ abolished “law of commandments contained in ordinances” which Paul here describes as “the enmity”

        B. “If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself,’ you do well; but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. For he who said, ‘Do not commit adultery,’ also said ‘Do not murder.’ Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty” James 2:8-12
        – According to James, scripture also talks of a Royal Law of Love. This law is the law that is a standard for sin “if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors.” This law cannot be the same law that was abolished at the cross because it is described here as the “law of liberty” and it is the standard for sin. Since sin is the transgression of the law, and sin remains today, there must be a law that remains to define what sin is.
        – James went on to describe what this royal law is= love your neighbor as yourself. “Do not killed, do not commit adultery” taken from the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17). The whole law refers to all the Ten commandments, for He who said do not commit adultery and do not murder also said 8 other laws in the same place, in the same manner, at the same time, in the same condition.

        C. This is not just a James’ only understanding, Paul also wrote of this royal law of love: “Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ ‘You shall not covet,’ and if there is any other commandments, are all summed up in this saying, namely, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” Romans 13:8-10
        – love your neighbor as yourself is a summary of the second half (6) of the 10 commandments

        D. In case you are wondering what happened to the first four of the Ten Commandments, Jesus also taught something about this royal law of love: “And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, ‘Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?’ He said to him, ‘What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?’ So he answered and said “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.’ And He said to him, ‘You have answered rightly, do this and you will live.’” (Luke 10:25-28).
        – All the 10 commandments are summarized into love God with everything, and love your neighbor as yourself.
        – Doesn’t it make sense that God’s laws (Ten Commandments) can be summarized into Love God, and Love your neighbor? Because God Himself is love (1 John 4:8).
        – God is also the King, if it is reasonable to expect an earthly king to have a law that governs his kingdom and it would make sense for the law of the land to reflect the character of the law maker, how much more so with God and His Laws? (we’ll look at that more later)

        III. IF THE LAW OF GOD IS THE ROYAL LAW OF LOVE, WHAT IS THE LAW OF MOSES?
        A. “Now when they brought out the money that was brought into the house of the Lord, Hilkiah the priest found the Book of the Law of the Lord given by Moses” 2 Chronicle 34:14
        – There is a Book of the Law of the Lord given (written) by Moses that was discovered (along with money and other offerings) by the priest in Israel.

        B. “And he read in their hearing all the words of the Book of the Covenant which had been found in the house of the Lord” 2 Chronicle 34:30
        – Here, the Book of the Laws given/written by Moses (aka Law of Moses) = the Book of the Covenant

        C. “Then they removed the burnt offerings that they might give them to the divisions of the fathers’ houses of the lay people, to offer to the Lord, as it is written in the Book of Moses” 2 Chronicles 35:12
        – Here, the Book of the Law given/written by Moses has to do with offerings (describing burnt offering), is also refers to as the Book of Moses

        D. “Also they roasted the Passover offerings with fire according to the ordinances, but the other holy offerings they boiled in pots, in caldrons, and in pans, and divided them quickly among all the lay people” 2 Chronicles 35:13
        – Here we see ordinances linked to the Law of Moses

        LAW OF GOD: The Law of God is a reflection of God’s character
        a. God is Perfect: “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul” Psalm 19:7. “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”

        b. God is Holy: “Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good” (Romans 7:12).

        c. God is Spirit: “For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin” (Romans 7:14).

        d. God is Love: “Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law” (Romans 13:7). “Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith” (1 Timothy 1:5).

        e. God is Light: “For the commandment is a lamp, and the law a light; reproofs of instruction are the way of life” (Proverbs 6:23).

        f. God is True: “Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and your law is truth” (Psalm 119:142). “You are near, O Lord, and all Your commandments are truth” (Psalm 119:151). “You came down also on Mount Sinai, and spoke with them from heaven, and gave them just ordinances and true laws, good statues and commandments” (Nehemiah 9:13).

        g. God is Righteous: “that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit” (Romans 8:4).

        h. God is Righteousness: “My tongue shall speak of Your word, for all Your commandments are righteousness” (Psalm 119:172)

        i. God is Just: “Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good” (Romans 7:12).

        j. God is Pure: “The statues of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes” (Psalm 19:8).

        k. God is Good: “Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good” (Romans 7:12). “But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully” (1 Tim 1:8).

        l. God is Faithful: “All your commandments are faithful” (Psalm 119:86).

        m. God is Wisdom: “You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies” (Psalm 119:98). “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever” (Psalm 111:10).

        n. God is the God of Peace: “Great peace have those who love Your Law, and nothing causes them to stumble.” (Psalm 119:165).

        o. God is Unchanging: “For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled” (Matthew 5:18).

        IV. WHO WROTE THEM?
        LAW OF GOD
        – When Moses reviewed the Ten Commandments with the people, he said, “These words the Lord spoke to all your assembly, in the mountain from the midst of the fire, the cloud, and the thick darkness, with a loud voice; and He added no more. And He wrote them on two tablets of stone and gave them to me (Deut 5:22).
        – This is the only account in the Old Testament where God Himself came down from heaven to speak to His people. “And God spoke all these words, saying” Exodus 20:1
        – God first spoke the 10 Commandment to everyone in the assembly, but because the people were afraid, they asked Moses to speak to God alone “Now all the people witnessed the thundering, the lightning flashes, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood afar off. Then they said to Moses, ‘You speak with us, and we will hear, but let not God speak with us, les we die’” (Exodus 20:18-19).
        – After God Himself spoke it, He wrote it Himself, in stone. It is the only part in the entire Bible that was not written by man “He gave Moses two tablets of the Testimony, tablets of stone, written with the finger of God” (Exodus 31:18). “Now the tablets were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God engraved on the tablets” (Exodus 32:15-16).
        – When Moses came down the mountain after spending 40 days and 40 nights with the Lord, tablets in hand, the people where worshiping a golden calf that they had built, in anger Moses dropped the tablets and broke it. Even after this God did not allow any man to write His laws, this is how Moses accounts for the second pair of the tablets:
        – “’At that time the Lord said to me, ‘Hew for yourself two tablets of stone like the first, and come up to Me on the mountain and make yourself an ark of wood. And I will write on the tablets the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke; and you shall put them in the ark.’ So I made an ark of acacia wood, hewed two tablets of stone like the first, and went up the mountain, having the two tablets in my hand. And He wrote on the tablets according to the first writings, the Ten Commandments, which the Lord had spoken to you in the mountain from the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly; and the Lord gave them to me. Then I turned and came down from the mountain, and put the tablets in the ark which I had made; and there they are, just as the Lord commanded me.’” (Deut 10:1-5).

        LAW OF MOSES
        – The Old Covenant was God’s agreement with Israel as the people whom He will use to rescue the world from sin. Moses wrote the terms of this covenant in the Book of the Covenant, which we saw earlier in 2 Chronicles 34, it is also called the Book of the Law of God given by Moses. Here is the time-line of the Mount Sinai events:
        1. God speaks the Ten Commandments to all the assembly (Exodus 20:1-17).
        2. The people asked Moses to be their go-between with God (Exodus 20:18-19).
        3. God speaks to Moses the words of the special covenant with Israel (Exodus 20:22-23:33)
        4. Moses repeats the covenant and its judgment to the people (Exodus 24:3).
        5. Moses writes the Book of the Covenant, builds an altar, and confirms the covenant with sacrificial blood (Exodus 24:4-8).
        6. Moses goes up the mountain for forty days and forty nights (Exodus 24:12-18).
        7. God writes the Ten Commandments in stone and gives the to Moses (Exodus 31:18)
        8. Moses breaks the two tablets (Exodus 32:19)
        9. God writes the second set of tablets with His own finger and gives them to Moses again (Exodus 34:1)

        LAW OF GOD VS. LAW OF MOSES:
        – God spoke the Ten Commandments to the whole assembly and wrote it in stone Himself.
        – God gave special civil laws and ceremonial ordinances for Israel to follow to Moses as the mediator. Moses recited these special contractual terms to the people, the people agreed to the terms spoken by Moses. Moses wrote all the words regarding this contract in the “Book of Covenant” (handwriting or ordinances), reads it again to the people, seal the deal with sacrificial blood.
        – Why was it a witness against the people of Israel? This Book of Law of covenant contained blessings and curses, and to the stiff necked and rebellious people of Israel, the curses seemed more often experienced. (Deut 29:20-21, Deut 28, Ex 34:10)
        – The blessings and curses were meant to lead Israel in the way of God, that they would keep His Commandments (Isaiah 48:17-18, Ez 33:11, Jer 2:17,19)

        V. WHERE WERE THEY KEPT?
        LAW OF GOD:
        – “He took the Testimony and put it INTO the ark, inserted the poles through the rings of the ark, and put the mercy seat on top of the ark. And he brought the ark into the tabernacle, hung the veil of the covering, and partitioned off the ark of the Testimony, as the Lord had commanded Moses” (Exodus 40:20-21).
        – The Ten Commandments are written in stone, by God, after He Himself spoke it to all the people, then placed in the Ark of the Covenant, which is then placed in the Most Holy place of the Sanctuary.

        LAW OF MOSES:
        – “So it was, when Moses had completed writing the words of this law in a book, when they were finished, that Moses commanded he Levites, who bore the ark of the covenant of the Lord, saying ‘take this Book of the Law, and put it BESIDE the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, that it may be there as a witness against you” Deuteronomy 31:24-26
        – Moses wrote a book of the law, the book of moses’ law was put on the side of the ark, is a witness against you (vs. law of liberty)

        LAW OF GOD VS. LAW OF MOSES:
        – The Law of God was to be placed in a foundational and permanent place in His Sanctuary, inside the Ark of the Covenant in the Most Holy Place, at the foundation of His throne of mercy.
        – Moses instructed the priest to put the book in a temporary place (it got lost for a few years as we saw by the story in 2 Chronicles 34), BESIDE of the ark, and it stood as a witness against the people (Deut 31:24-26).

        V. WHY DOES IT MATTER WHERE IT WAS PLACED IN THE SANCTUARY:
        The reason why the location of where God’s Ten Commandment and the Law of Moses are placed in the Sanctuary is extremely significant is because the Sanctuary portrays God’s plan of salvation.
        – “Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary” (Psalms 77:13)
        – “And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them” (Exodus 25:8) Sin separates us from God (Isaiah 59:2) but through the Sanctuary, a way is made possible for God to dwell among us again.

        “According to all that I show you, that is, the pattern of the tabernacle and the patter of all its furnishing, just so you shall make it” (Exodus 25:9).
        – The sanctuary that Moses was to build is a replica, it is pattern after something that God showed him. What was the original?
        – “Now this is the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, a Minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle which the Lord erected, and not man” (Hebrew 8:1-2). Here we see that there is a throne room in heaven, a sanctuary, and the true tabernacle that God had erected, not man (Moses).
        – “For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices. Therefore it is necessary that this One also have something to offer. For if He were on earth, He would not be a priest, since there are priests who offer the gifts according to the law (Moses’ law); who serve the copy and shadow of the heavenly things, as Moses was divinely instructed when he was about to make the tabernacle. For He said, ‘see that you make all things according to the pattern shown you on the mountain’ (Exodus 25:40)” (Hebrew 8:3-5). Here Paul is saying that Jesus now is serving as our High Priest in heaven (if you read the context), according to the order of Melchizedek because to be a priest on earth Jesus would have to be a Levite (according to the law of Moses) but the whole sanctuary system was built after the pattern of the heavenly sanctuary and serves as a copy and a shadow of Christ and His work to redeem man kind.
        What was this pattern? What’s the big deal about where the 10 Commandments are placed?
        – This is really a whole other study of itself but let me just give the main points and you can read through Exodus 25-30, 37-40 (Just a side note, God doesn’t waste real estate, there is a reason why the construction and detail of the Sanctuary is so significant and take up so many chapters, it is a fascinating study, if you get a chance try to see if you can see Jesus in these types and symbols, everything points to Jesus).
        – There is an Outer Court where the altar of sacrifice and a lever is placed (representing the cross, the sacrifice of the Lamb of God, and baptism).
        – There are two rooms in a tent within the sanctuary; the first room/compartment is called the Holy Place. Within the Holy Place there are three articles of furniture, the Table of Showbread (represent Jesus and also the Word of God: Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God, Jesus is the bread of life), the Altar of Incense (representing prayer, Revelation 8:3,4, Hebrews 7:24-26), and the seven-branch candlestick (representing Christ as the light of the world and also the witness of God’s people, we are the light of the world, powered by the Holy Spirit represented by the oil that light the lamp).
        – Beyond the veil in the tent (pass the Holy Place) is the Most Holy Place. It is here that God’s presence appeared in a cloud upon the mercy seat (Leviticus 16:2). Beneath the mercy seat was the Ark of the Covenant, God’s footstool, which contained the Testimony of the law of God, aka the Ten Commandments (Exodus 25:21). This symbolized that God’s throne was founded upon His law and that mercy was extended to thousands of them that love Him and keep His Commandment (Deuteronomy 5:10). Man was to learn that in order to maintain a connection with God, he must obey His commandments (because sin separates us from God and sin is the breaking of God’s laws, Isaiah 59:2 and 1 John 3:4). Anyone who seek to enter through the gate into the city of God must do His Commandments (Revelation 22:14). This is why Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my Commandments” (John 14:15).
        – The Ark also represents God’s throne of authority, God instructed Moses to place His Ten Commandment Law in a permanent place, inside the ark. From His Ark-seat of judgment, God founded His reign on the rule of His Ten Commandments-the script of His righteous Character. “The Lord is well pleased for His righteousness’ sake; He will exalt the law and make it honorable” (Isaiah 42:21). Jesus exalted the Law of God by keeping every single one of them by relying on the power of the Holy Spirit, and He is our example.

        LAW OF GOD VS. LAW OF MOSES SUMMARY:
        A. The Ten Commandment Law of God:
        a. Is called “The law of the Lord” (Isaiah 5:24)
        b. Written by God on stone (Exodus 31:18, 32:16)
        c. Placed inside the Ark (Exodus 40:20)
        d. Points out sin (Romans 7:7, 3:20)
        e. Is not grievous (1 John 5:3)
        f. Is called “The Royal Law” (James 2:8)
        g. Judges all men (James 2:10-12)
        h. Is Spiritual (Romans 7:14)
        i. Brings blessings and peace (Proverb 29:18, Psalms 119:165)
        j. Is Perfect (Psalms 19:7)
        k. Is Eternal (Matthew 5:17-19)

        B. The Law of Moses:
        a. Is called “The law of Moses” (Luke 2:22, 1 Corinthians 9:9)
        b. Written by Moses in a Book (Deuteronomy 31:24, 2 Chronicles 35:12)
        c. Place by the side of the Ark (Deuteronomy 31:26)
        d. Moses’ law added because of sin (Galatians 3:19)
        e. Moses’s law was contrary to us (Colossians 2:14)
        f. Was called “Law contained in the ordinances” (Ephesians 2:15)
        g. Moses’ law judges no man (Colossians 2:14-16)
        h. Was Carnal (Hebrews 7:16)
        i. Contained curses (Deut 29:20-21, Galatians 3:10)
        j. Made nothing perfect (Hebrews 7:19)
        k. Was temporary (Colossians 2:14, Hebrews 8:13)

        VI. WHAT WAS THE OLD COVENANT EXACTLY? WAS IT SALVATION BY KEEPING THE LAWS OF MOSES?

        – Salvation can never be obtained any other way than by grace through faith in Christ.
        o As we saw earlier, the entire sacrificial system (and if you continue to study, all the ceremonial requirements) points around Christ and His mission.
        o That is why Paul says in Galattians 2:21 centuries later that if righteousness could have been obtained through the law, Christ would have died in vain.
        – However, that doesn’t mean that the Jewish nation didn’t think otherwise. They began to apply the Book of the Law as a mean to obtain righteousness, they distorted God’s plan of salvation so much so that they didn’t even recognize Christ when He came. But true followers of God in the Old Testament understood that righteousness is by faith, salvation is by grace through faith:
        o “…the Lord our Righteousness” (Jer 23:6)
        o “Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord, till He comes and rains righteousness on you” (Hos 10:12)
        o “For we have all become like one who is unclean…and all our righteousness is like filthy rags” (Is 64:6)
        o “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, My soul shall be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness…” (Is 61:10)
        o Study Psalm 51, the process of salvation according to David is exactly the same as the ones taught by Jesus and His disciples. It is based on grace through faith…”Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me…and do not take your Holy Spirit from me.” (Psalm 51:10-11)

        – Under the Old Covenant, each time a lamb was slain for the sacrifice of sin, the sinner looked forward in faith, knowing the lamb’s blood was symbolic of the atoning blood of the coming Messiah. When John declared “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29), every Jew should have understood that John is referring to Jesus as the Messiah.

        – Now, under the New Covenant, we look back in faith to the same atoning blood of the Lamb of God who was slain from the foundation of the world (Rev 13:8).

        – The Law of Moses described ceremonies and practices given to Israel that pointed forward to Jesus as the true Lamb of God. Thus it is sometimes refers to as the Ceremonial Law.
        o “It was symbolic for the present time in which both gifts and sacrafices are offered which cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience—concerned only with foods and drinks, and various washings, and fleshly ordinances imposed until the time of reformation” (Heb 9:9-10). In other words, the Law of Moses were lesson book to prepare God’s people for when Christ would come.

        The Ten Commandments were included in the book of Moses, it is a central part of the Book of Moses because it was, and still is, the standard for sin. But the Ten Commandment is also distinct from the Law of Moses, one is the royal law of liberty while the other is the handwriting of ordinances that stands as a witness against God’s people. One defines what sin is, the other is instruction of what to do when you know you have sinned. The standard for sin never changed because if that could be changed, Jesus wouldn’t have to die on the cross. But Jesus dying on the cross makes it unnecessary for us to perform the outward sacrifices because they were all pointing to the cross. But the inward process of godly sorrow, confession and repentance from the heart remain to be the steps toward Jesus. Psalm 51 really shows this clearly that the path to salvation has always been the same throughout the Old and the New Testaments. God is not a respecter of persons.

        Just as how the Ten Commandment was an essential and central part of the Old Covenant, the Ten Commandment is also a central and essential part of the New Covenant because it remains as a standard for sin. This is the New Covenant: “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.” (Ezekiel 36:26-27).

        If you are interested in learning more about the biblical difference between the Old and the New Covenant, I highly recommend you take a read this: http://www.amazingfacts.org/media-library/book/e/88/t/why-the-old-covenant-failed.aspx

        Again, just to reiterate, we don’t keep the 10 Commandments in order to be saved. But because we are saved, and we are being saved day by day, we are to yield our will to God and obey His Laws. He will write them in our hearts if we surrender our will to Him. God’s Holy law is the standard for sin. “What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slave to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that from of doctrine to which you were delivered. And having set free from sin, you become slaves to righteousness” (Romans 6:15-18).

        When Paul says we are not under law but under grace, he’s referring to all laws in generally, none of it can save anyone but by grace and grace alone are we saved. But if we keep sinning (breaking God’s laws), we are not obedient to God’s righteousness and it shows that we are still choosing to be slaves to our sin still and have not truly decided with our hearts to be obedient children of God, we are essentially rejecting the saving grace of God (by living according to the flesh and not the Spirit of God). The law of God is to be like a mirror, as we behold the Law, the Character of Christ will be revealed and we would see our weaknesses and how sinful we are as sinners and this will lead us to the Savior. The law has never meant to save anyone but to point everyone to Christ. But we should desire to have the character of of Jesus be in us, and His laws are the expressions of His character, so we should also desire to have all 10 of them in our hearts and to be willing to obey them, dying to our fleshly desires. The 10 Commandments are 10 promises that God give to all of us as He is the God that will deliver us from our bondage of sin, He will make us one with Him again by writing these laws in our hearts. But we have to want it and be willing to sacrifice all to have all 10 of them.

        That is why God will judge everyone based on what they do with the light they have, not what they profess. “Not everyone who says to me ‘Lord, Lord’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to me in that day ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name? And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you, depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” (Matthew 7:21-23).

        There will be many that is going to be in the Lord, Lord group, and I pray that you (and others who read this blog) will not be among them. If you love Jesus, keep His Commandments.

        Going back to the original issue of the Sabbath, it matters which day you keep holy or if you keep a day holy at all because, just like in the garden of Eden, it matter which trees Adam and Eve ate from. Because it is God’s law and if we love Him, we are to show our love by obeying His Commands, not the whispers of Satan through commandment of men.

        Jesus is asking you today, “Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition?” Matthew 15:9

        If you are still not clear on how worship of any other day than the 7th day Sabbath is a tradition of men or that the doctrine that it doesn’t matter which day you keep holy or that you don’t need to keep any day holy are “commandments of men”, we can continue to study that.

        But if you hear the voice of the Lord speaking through His Words, I pray that you don’t harden your heart. Confess your sins and repent, He is faithful and just to forgive you of all your sins and cleanse you from all unrighteousness.

    • Bill says:

      Channchi,

      From the Complete Jewish Bible, “Jude 1:3 Dear friends, I was busily at work writing to you about the salvation we share, when I found it necessary to write, urging you to keep contending earnestly for the faith which was once and for all passed on to God’s people”

      So the question is, what is “…the faith which was once and for all passed on to God’s people”? This was written approximately 66 to 90 AD, well before this “orthodox” Hebrew based faith was corrupted by Greeks and Romans who hated anything that had to do with Jews or Judaism. So how
      did the followers of “the Way” live out their faith before and after the temple was destroyed in 70 AD? I for one am heeding the call to come out of “Babylon”, to seek for the headwaters, the beginning of the stream before it became polluted by what’s downstream.

      You can be certain that the apostles themselves would not have been accepted into the “faith” that came from the Councils that led to Constantinian Christianity, nor would they have wanted to have been associated with that faith, which is today’s mainstream Christianity, a polluted mess of paganism, Gnosticism and the true faith. In other words, today’s mainstream Christianity is actually part of Mystery Babylon and the majority associated with it are ignorant of that.

      Only those that truly have a love for the truth will have an ear to hear, will seek and knock with diligence. I pray each day for those our Father is calling out of darkness, for His continued mercy.

      Shalom and blessings,
      Bill

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