Sabbath turned up into Sunday??
Sabbath turned up into Sunday??
“Remember the Sabbath to keep it holy” 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. You shall kindle no fire throughout your dwellings on the Sabbath day.”Exodus 35:1-3 It’s the day of rest, when cooking, baking and the kindling of a fire are prohibited by the Word of God, and Jewish law, for when there could not be produced one solitary place in the Holy Scriptures which testified that either the Lord Himself or the apostles had ordered such a transfer of the Sabbath to Sunday.
Who transferred the Sabbath, and who has the right to do it?
Basically it is a wrong concept that we followed for decades, and prayed God to help us.
I too followed the Sabbath (Saturday) rules of Jews as a Christian on Sunday meticulously. Changing Saturday into Sunday is the rule of the church I attended. They told us, Sunday is the Sabbath, and we believed it. Questioning, or doubting or disobeying them will lead us into excommunication followed by a curse, like accident, disease or failure in life etc they threatened us citing many exzmples of others who did disobey them. We fear the rules of the church. Obedience to the Church I attended was the unwritten command of the organization. We saw many worthy believers were excommunicated from the Organization if they disobey those Sabbath rules. If any problem occurs to them, immediately the elders of the church would shout on the dias that such and such person had this abortion, or death of a child , or met an accident because they disobey the church. We were terrified to disobey them.
Sabbath is for Man:–
Our Lord told us that The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. Mark 2:27 . The Lord is the Sabbath. Mathew 12:1-8 says, that,”Son of man is the Lord of the Sabbath” It mean that Jesus is claiming to be the Lord or that His disciples are entitled to do as they wish on the Sabbath. Its very strange to note how under the name of OBEDIENCE we were oppressed and changed the Sabbath Saturday into Sunday Sabbath.
. I became very obedient person to the rules of the organization blindly; believing everything they told me. We never had any connection with other churches, and we did not have chance to know what truth is as we did not have internet in those days.
I was a willingly obedient child, without any murmuring or questioning, because I had faith in the Lord more than their authority.
God was seeing my plight and many others in this regard, how mercilessly we were crushed under this Mosaic Law of the church, especially in that regard. Therefore God rescued us from this oppression by answering our cry to deliver us from Sunday-Sabbath rules. I was in His permissive Will and He was kind enough to help me even in this effort of keeping Law of the Old Testament.
We used to keep Sabbath rules which were stricken by Him on the Cross by enforcing them on Sunday which is not Sabbath as per the rule of the organization. As a result we became self righteous and proud, by looking down at the other church goers.
If One Point failed?–Legalism & Faith
On the other hand if we could not do even single rule of the Law, we are equal to the one who could not do the whole Law. “For whosoever shall keep the whole law and yet offend on one point, he is guilty of all” James 2:10
If it is the case, can anyone boast that he is keeping the Fourth Commandment of the Ten Commandments? For that matter any one Commandment according to the Standards of Jesus in the Gospel according to Matthew?
“The Church I attended is known for their Legalism. It impresses on its members that many of the Old Testament ceremonial rules and regulations are still in force for New Testament followers of Christ. One of those rules is the Sabbath Day (Saturday is changed into Sunday ) worship. They-insist on a rigid observance of the Sabbath Day because they believe the Sabbath laws are virtually part of the moral law for all mankind. For them Sabbath is Sunday, which is absurd practice.
They misunderstood the freedom that Jesus has granted the New Testament Christians on the matter of the actual DAY of worship, as we see from Paul’s statement in Colossians, ‘Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come. The reality, however, is found in Christ”( 2:16,17) Furthermore, it implies that it is possible, after a person is saved, to become holy enough in his personal life that he can satisfy God with his own holiness.
But this confuses the Law with the Gospel, confuses sanctification with justification. “ A man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ” (Gal 2:16) For us today the Old Testament Sabbath laws cannot be applied.
We do know, however, that God wants us to gather together regularly each week to hear the public preaching and teaching of His Word.( Heb 10:25, John 8:47) It is sad and certainly a sin against the Lord when people of any Christian denomination allow recreation and unnecessary business transaction interfere with the hearing of the preached Word. Only through the use of the Word will faith be preserved in the heart of a Christian until his time of grace here is ended (Rom 10:17. 1 Thes 2:13)
When we arrange our time schedules according to priorities, the Sunday morning church attendance ought to receive top billing. Blessings will result, for the divine power is at work in the Gospel. How blest are they who hear God’s Word!!
Exams and Jobs on Sunday:-
There are a number of aspects involved and you may not be able to satisfy everyone. In the case of a student who finds some topics in the course they are studying going against their beliefs. “What should a lecturer do in that case? Will he not teach the topic? Should the student refuse to attend class?’ Students need to understand that institutions are governed by rules, and whereases some may find it convenient to miss lessons or exams, there is a minimum of hours of attendance required for continuous assessment.
The Sabbath Day begins at sundown on Friday and ends at sundown on Saturday. And this is for Jews and it is Jewish law, how can any one change Sabbath to Sunday?
Whatever be the situation, I was completely obedient to their instructions, as I was just a child in my Christian life in that organization. Therefore I was not attending any interviews, or writing any exams on Sunday believing Sunday is Sabbath. But the merciful Lord helped me to come out of this situation in a miraculous way inspire of my ignorance.
Mercy of God in Wrong Place:–
Sometimes God helps us even in wrong places, out of His mercy. When we follow Him even in wrong situations God helps us if we are really mean to follow Him and really love Him to obey Him, just as He helped Abraham, Jacob. Abraham was rebuked by the heathen king Abimelech; Jacob by ungodly uncle Laban. God said, “Yes, I know that you have done this in the integrity of your heart, and it was I who kept you from sinning against me” (Abimelech)
Yes when we do something ‘with the integrity of our heart’; God sees it and helps us to come out of it if we seek the truth. That is exactly what happened in my life. I believed certain wrong teachings in the church I attended; thereby God did some miracles to give what I needed at that moment.
It does n’t mean that the wrong belief has become right. God just tolerated till I get thru. Like He tolerated with Abraham, when he lied, with Jacob when he cheated his father , brother, uncle; but God did bring them out of such situations,
God’s ways are mysterious, and they are golden paths forever. God’s compassion is endless. He endures our wrong beliefs and brings us out patiently, to fulfil His intentions in our lives, in His time. That is what I experienced in my life in case of Sabbath turning up into Sunday which is WRONG in the root.