Sabbath-Scriptures Unknown Romans 14:9, “For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that He might be Lord both of the dead and living.” With these words, Paul closes his discussion on the controversy going on in the Church at Rome about the regarding of certain days above others. For Paul the issue was to be resolved by the only measure of distinction by which days should receive special significance: Is the day “regarded unto the Lord”, it’s distinction by the believer was to be accepted and respected by any who might have been of different mind. Why would Paul conclude with the words of verse 9; why would he “finish speaking” thus on this controversy? In Leviticus chapter 23 the various Sabbaths of Old Testament times were summarised in order of greatness and importance, and the ‘weekly’ Sabbath topped the list as the main and ‘lordly’ day of worship. The Sabbath is said to belong to God in person: “My, Sabbaths”. In the Fourth Commandment the Seventh Day Sabbath is said to be “the Sabbath of the LORD your God”, or, “of the I am your Strong One”. God is seen as Conqueror Lord through feat of strength and combat. The Sabbath is ‘His Day’; it is the Lord Victor’s, ‘Day’ – the day of His, triumph namely! The Sabbath is the Day of the ‘LORD’s,’completion, of His fulfilment and of His accomplishment. What He set out to do, God had done and “finished” – upon this Day the Seventh Day Sabbath -- therefore it is the first in order of God’s Sabbaths, and is named by the Name of “the LORD your God”. And therefore again, is it proclaimed the Day “holy unto the LORD!” In both the Ten Commandments, in the creation-saga as well as in the redemption-saga, the Seventh Day of God’s works, receive the honoured place and status of having been the Day of God’s choosing and doing in finishing, in blessing, in resting, and in sanctification – never for any reason in itself, but by reason purely of God’s accomplishments: by the very reason of His Divine earning and receiving Title and Lordship through creation and redemption … and, through self-satisfaction in that He “refreshed Himself”, “in Himself revived” the word in this text of Paul’s choice for Christ in resurrection from the dead – a ‘Sabbath’s word’!