Monday Musings for December 04, 2017

Good morning, Musers,

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns.” (Exodus 20:8–10, NIV)

The reference above is from the most famous list in the history of the world — the Ten Commandments, and this one is fourth in that list of ten. I bring up its traditional ordinal assignment (with the qualification that Scripture does not number the commandments) to emphasize that it’s somewhat in the middle… and that being in the middle, it was not likely appended. So, we pretty much “own” that passage. The problem is that the passage doesn’t own us! Most Christians keep the Lord’s Day and not the Sabbath.

But what right do we have to dismiss the fourth commandment like that… especially when we do not dismiss the others — and I’m working under the assumption that God still doesn’t want us to lie, cheat, steal or murder… even in the Age of Grace. So here’s the problem:

Since all ten commandments seem to carry the same literary weight in this list, doesn’t this mean that the admonition to keep the Sabbath has an equal imperative force to the admonition not to lie? … and therefore, aren’t we supposed to keep the Sabbath with that same alacrity as we do the others?

Not necessarily. You see, the list is one thing (and we Americans love our lists!)… but God’s explanation of that list is another… and here’s that old lesson: we should compare scripture with scripture because context is king.

Today’s questioner is an earnest Lord’s Day keeper who wants to know by what warrant we dismiss the call to keep the Sabbath… and it’s not quite as easy as saying that the Sabbath is now Sunday… because it’s not. It’s its own thing… yet we ignore it… but why?  And do today’s Christian Sabbath-Keepers know something that we don’t know?

For the answer to these — and to many more questions — join me today as we explore keeping the Sabbath. And as always… enjoy the musing.

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