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Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by Salty, Jan 25, 2015.
From the GARBC Baptist Bulletin
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Romans 14 says it's the weaker brother who esteems one day above the rest. No mention of whether Saturday or Sunday is in view.
Whoever esteems one day is weak according to Paul.
That's contrasted against the one who understands liberty in Christ, and treats all days alike.
The reason some worship on Sunday instead of Saturday, is the same as the reverse. Once-a-week devotion to Christ.
No worship on Monday, Tuesday, etc..
Definition of Sabbath
According to Merriam-Webster
Etymology of Sabbath
And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me in the regeneration, when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
After the regeneration and Christ is sitting in the throne of his glory; Will there be a day of the week sat aside for rest and if yes what day do you believe it will be? The seventh or the first?
I believe that in eternity, time (as we know it) ceases to exist. There will be no need for a "sabbath" day because we will have eternal "rest" in Jesus!
Check out Hebrews 4: 8-11.
there will be no night - there will be no days, there will be no weeks - only eternity.
It will be the eternal eighth day or the eternal "Lord's day" sabbath rest from all sin, suffering and entirely devoted to worship of God without stop. That is what the current weekly Lord's Day points to while pointing back at the redemptive basis to make that eternal day possible. That is why it is BETTER than the Jewish seventh day Sabbath.
Of course, one of the other reasons was that the early Christians wanted to worship on the Jewish Sabbath, since they believed themselves to be Jewish. But that didn't go over well with the Jewish religious authorities.
So Sunday ended up being a better day. Particularly since it didn't come with beatings.
While it wasn't until the Council of Jamnia (Javneh) in CE 70 before all Christians were formally removed from synagogues and Temple activities, they were generally made not welcome within a decade of the resurrection.
In the OT, the Sabbath was not a day of worship, but a day of rest. They were to do absolutely no work. Their days of worship fell on specific calendar days which may have been called "sabbaths" irregardless of the day that it fell on. But the "Sabbath" was not a worship day, per se. It was a day of rest. That is what its original intent was as well--that man should rest one day out of seven.
We worship on Sunday mostly out of tradition. The early church worshiped every day (Acts 2:41ff). Later on there is some evidence that they worshiped on the first day of the week in honor and remembrance of the resurrection of Christ, but there is no command to worship on that day. It is up to individual local churches to decide which days they would like to worship on.
As a missionary some years ago we were somewhat compelled to worship on Fridays. We were in a Muslim land that had a six day work week with long hours. Friday was the only day of rest--the Muslim "holy day." It was the only day that the Christians could find time to assemble together. There is nothing unbiblical or antibiblical about worshiping on a Friday rather than a Sunday.
The command is: that we gather together for fellowship, and for the teaching of God's Word (Heb.10:24,25).
We need to assemble together, the day is somewhat irrelevant.
Believers today worship everyday but set aside the first day of the week for corporate worship as was practiced in the first century.
Yes, they set an example. But there was no command.
They also celebrated the Lord's Table every time they met.
It is likely they sat on the ground as many still do in eastern nations.
They probably all had their heads covered (1Cor.11).
No doubt they practiced foot-washing.
They didn't have hymnals, scrolls were expensive, and it is likely that the Psalms and spiritual songs that they sung were all memorized.
We can practice as it was practiced in the first century, but it is not commanded, and it would be difficult.
It is not accurate to state that the Old Testament "Sabbath" was a day of "rest" but not a day of public "worship." Isaiah 58:13 denies it was day of unqualified "rest" from all works. It was merely a "rest" from self-centered works "thine own....thine own" but as Jesus said "The Father worketh hitherto and so do I" showing it was a day of DOING THE WORKS OF GOD. Public worship is one of those works defended by Christ as he defends the Priest's working in the house of God as consistent with the Sabbath law. The fact that he said "so do I" proves that this was not a day to rest from all works without qualification unless you believe Christ violated the Ten Commandments?
Indeed, the Sabbath was to be the epitome of private and public worship actively doing the works of God. The Jews in the day of Christ had perverted it and Jesus provided the personal example of how it was to be observed in keeping with the spirit and letter of the law.
in the regeneration, when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory,
Should that be construed as eternity?
That's my understanding of the passage.
Jesus Christ IS our Sabbath:
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Where in the universe do you think that underlined and emboldened will take place?
Will there at this time be days of the week?
Just seeking your thoughts.