The Lord's Day

How do you guys think we are commanded to spend Sunday (or the Sabbath…that can enter this conversation too)

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  1. Scott says:

    by mowing?

    Seriously, I think the principle is that while work is good and ordained by God, there must be balance. Jesus stated that the Sabbath was for man, not man for the Sabbath, so I think a blanket rule of certain types of work being prohibited on a holy day is tricky. There are also certain types of work that must be done every day of the week, especially those that involve helping others, but most of these allow a rotating schedule.
    For those of us with M-F 8-5 jobs I think Sunday provides the best day for rest and preparation for the coming week.

  2. Jon Wright says:

    Purpose of the Lords Day:
    Giving as ones prosperity allows (1 Cor 16:2)
    Teaching (Acts 20:7)
    Lords Table (Acts 20:7; 1 Cor 11&I think)

    That is all I really see in scripture regarding the first day of the week.

    I do not see the Lords Day taught as a day without work (but I might have missed something). Certainly it is not synonymous with the Sabbath.

    On the contrary, it is clear to me that scripture does not require Christians to keep the Saturday Sabbath for a few reasons. The Sabbath was a sign of the Mosaic Covenant but Christians are under the new covenant (Ex 31:16-17; Hebrews 8). Nowhere in the New Testament are Christians commanded to keep the Sabbath. Indeed, the NT explicitly teaches that Sabbath keeping was not a requirement (Romans 14:5-6; Colossians 2:16-17)

  3. Jon says:

    I understand the Lord’s Day (or the Christian Sabbath) to be a day set apart for worship, unique from any other day of the week. As a result, I agree with the Westminster confession when it says,

    “This Sabbath is then kept holy unto the Lord, when men, after a due preparing of their hearts, and ordering of their common affairs before-hand, do not only observe an holy rest all the day from their own works, words, and thoughts about their worldly employments and recreations, but also are taken up, the whole time, in the public and private exercises of His worship, and in the duties of necessity and mercy.” Chapter XXI Article 8

    While I agree that all of life should be an act of worship since man’s chief purpose is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever, I do think that the Christian Sabbath, having transitioned from what we call “Saturday” to commemorate the resurrection of Messiah, holds in its observance a consideration of the Old Testament Sabbath.

    I do not know that we can claim that the NT explicitly teaches that Sabbath keeping is no longer a requirement unless we also explain why the command is no longer required. It does not suffice to say “Well one was Mosaic Covenant, and another is New Covenant, so the older one simply doesn’t apply”. Rather, in understanding the picture (or type) put forward by the sabbatical structure in relation to the New Testament writers’ interpretation of that structure in light of the coming of Messiah, we see that the structure is not necessarily null, but more logically, is fulfilled.

    The weekly sabbath was not the only Sabbatical time within Israel’s calendar. In addition to the six feasts that were observed, three cessation times accompanied them. Weekly Shauvat (pronounced “Shaubbat”), Seven Year Shauvat, and the Seven times Seven year Shauvat (which occured after the 49th year – called Jubilee). Within the Jewish week, the Sabbath day was the only day which was named. It was a day of total rest, mimicking the seventh day of creation, as a reminder not only of God’s rest on the seventh “day”(which, according to the Genesis narrative, had no end/evening) but also pointing forward to the Sabbath rest to be found in Messiah. The seven year sabbath was a time of rest for the land. During the six years before, grain and imperishable produce would be stockpiled so that during the seventh year, God’s people would be reminded of His perpetual care for them even while they did not labor in the fields, again, pointing back to God’s sustaining, creative work and pointing forward to the promises God has given His people. Once 49 years had passed, The 50th year marked Jubilee, which was a time of cancelled debts and regained property. For example, if an individual possesed a debt that they could not pay in their lifetime, and as a result, had become a slave to the individual to whom the debt was owed, the debt was to be forgiven and the person was to be freed. This “Sabbath” was certainly the most typological Sabbath as the New Testament writers see Messiah ushering in the Ultimate Jubilee with his death, burial and resurrection, paying the debt of God’s people and freeing them from bondage. (Interestingly, Daniel 9 is couched in Sabbatical imagery and comes to light very well when interpreted through the Sabbatical grid)

    In light of that, I do not see the Old Testament as merely “not applicable”, but perhaps as the writer of Hebrews sees it- 12:18-24- “You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm; to a trumpet blast or to such a voice speaking words that those who heard it begged that no further word be spoken to them, because they could not bear what was commanded: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned to death.” The sight was so terrifying that Moses said, “I am trembling with fear.” But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.”(tniv) As fulfilled by the work of Messiah, allowing the promised blessings to come to God’s people presently.

    This is why, I think, Jesus said that man was not made for the Sabbath, rather, the Sabbath for the man. All of life, for the people of God, should be lived in “Sabbath rest”. Not a physical, outward action that can be feigned, but a true, spiritual condition that only God can bestow.

    Sorry its so long…

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