A strong case can be made that the origin of the seven-day week is God’s revelation of it in Genesis 2:1-3. The Seven-Day Week Is Not Natural It is significant to note that Genesis 2:1-3 explains the origin of the seven-day week. The seven-day week is unique from other cycles in that it is not […]
Was the Sabbath a New Command at Sinai?
Is the Sabbath a creation ordinance that existed before Sinai, or was it a new command at Sinai? Upon examining Scripture, it is clear that the Sabbath is a creation ordinance that existed before Sinai. This article heavily utilizes [https://www.heritagebooks.org/products/the-christian-sabbath-its-redemptive-historical-foundation-present-obligation-and-practical-observance-martin.html The Christian Sabbath, by Robert Paul Martin]. Scriptures Exodus 20:8-11 8 “Remember the Sabbath day, […]
The Sabbath and Mark 2:23-28 – “The Sabbath Was Made for Man”
Here, we will examine Mark 2:23-28 and how it teaches that the Sabbath is still a relevant command for Christians today, as well as answer some objections. Mark 2:23-28 23 One Sabbath he was going through the grainfields, and as they made their way, his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. 24 And the […]
The Sabbath Is a Creation Ordinance – Genesis 2:1-3
This article heavily utilizes The Christian Sabbath, by Robert Paul Martin. Genesis 2:1-3 (NASB) Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts. 2 By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. 3 […]
The Sabbath Existed Before Sinai – Exodus 16:4-30, Genesis 4:3-4
3 ”’In the course of time”’ Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of the ground, 4 and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, Genesis 4:3-4 The literal translation of the phrase, “in the […]
The Sabbath and Colossians 2:16-17 – “Sabbath” vs “Sabbaths”
Some argue that Colossians 2:16-17 demonstrates that the Sabbath cannot still be a command for Christians today because it teaches that the Sabbath was “a shadow of things to come.” However, there is a very reasonable interpretation of Colossians 2:16-17 that does not at all contradict the idea that the Sabbath is still a relevant […]
Is the Sabbath a Burden or a Blessing?
Some argue that it makes sense that the Sabbath is no longer a command that Christians must obey because it is burdensome to obey the Sabbath. However, Scripture teaches that the Sabbath was designed by God to be a blessing, or a delight, not a burden. Isaiah 58:13-14 – The Sabbath Is a Delight (blessing, […]
What Is a Creation Ordinance?
This is how J. Ligon Duncan defines creation ordinances: Creation ordinances are mandates, or commands or principles that God gave to us in our original, our prefallen, our unfallen state. They are designed to promote God’s glory and to practically express what it means for us to be made in God’s image. J. Ligon Duncan
Should Christians Keep the Sabbath?
The question of whether Christians should keep the Sabbath is very controversial today. The historic, Reformed position is that the Sabbath, along with the other nine commandments of the Ten Commandments, are still binding for Christians to obey today. Arguments for the Necessity of Christians Keeping the Sabbath Today Mark 2:23-28 – The Sabbath Was […]
Is the Sabbath a Creation Ordinance?
The Sabbath Is a Creation Ordinance The historic Reformed position is that the sabbath is a creation ordinance. That the Sabbath is a creation ordinance means that it was a command that Adam, even in his pre-fallen state, would have known about and obeyed, and that it is a universal, eternal command that every human […]