posted on Nov, 20 2005 @ 07:58 AM
Off the top....
It would prolly be better just to go ahead and keep saturday as the sabbath just so that there is no doubt what so ever.
That said.. in todays america...the week is seven days and although that paper on the wall shows sunday as the first day of the week, we live as tho
our week begins on Monday and ends on Sunday. They had two calendars in the ancient world. A civil and religious one. This is similar to us now,
although if we declared it so...the ACLU would hemorage all the way to the supreme court.
Back to scripture
For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face,
Something that caught my eye this time was the mention of Laodicea. When you see what Jesus said to Laodicea in Revelation, and what Paul is talking
about here, you cant help but wonder if its no small coincodence that they are mentioned together.
Paul is warning them about keeping their eyes on Christ vs falling into the worldly trap.
Col 2:8 Take heed lest there shall be any one that maketh spoil of you through his philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the
rudiments of the world, and not after Christ:
This is similar to what the 4 RCC bishops did recently, and what JP2 did concerning evolution. They fliped from Christ , over to tradition of men.
Thats just one type of example. Lets see where it goes
Col 2:9 for in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily,
Col 2:10 and in him ye are made full, who is the head of all principality and power:
Col 2:11 in whom ye were also circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands, in the putting off of the body of the flesh, in the circumcision
Col 2:12 having been buried with him in baptism, wherein ye were also raised with him through faith in the working of God, who raised him from the
Col 2:13 And you, being dead through your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, you, I say, did he make alive together with him, having
forgiven us all our trespasses;
Col 2:14 having blotted out the bond written in ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us: and he hath taken it out that way, nailing
it to the cross;
Col 2:15 having despoiled the principalities and the powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it
In the above we see Paul explaining salvation. You are dead to your sins, dead to the world, alive in Christ. Your sins are forgiven, your heart
belongs to God. You are saved.
Col 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of a feast day or a new moon or a sabbath day:
Col 2:17 which are a shadow of the things to come; but the body is Christ's.
All of these belong to the jews.
The food laws, ( what and when to eat )
Drink ( You will find that certain things required no drinking)
Feast days ( Again, part of the law)
Sabbath (any holy day...such as feasts, not just the 7th day. Example: Jesus was killed before a double sabbath. Friday and Saturday were sabbath
days. Passover Friday, and the the regular saturday)
Thats another topic
Ok, the clue as to whos Feast days, sabbath days, etc... that Paul is talking about is in verse 2:17
"Shaddow of things to come"
The pagan feast days are not a shadow of things to come. The Jewish days are.
The handle not, taste not, touch not was something that the Pharisees blew out of proportion by adding things to it. It comes from Lev 7.
Anyway , All of this is to say that I cannot give as much importance to the specific day.
It is said that all of these things are a shadow of things to come. The real sabbath will be the rest we have in Christ when we ceace from our work.
Just as you sin with your heart in lust, murder, covetness..... so I have to beliee that Christ is more concerned with the heart when it comes to the
sabbath. I will keep a day of rest, and I will give God the glory for it.
If I worry about which day I keep, then I will also start keeping the feast days because if the sabbath still applies, then so do those days also.
Passover (not easter) (this was a shaddow of Christs death on the cross.
Exo 12:14 And this day shall be unto you for a memorial, and ye shall keep it a feast to Jehovah: throughout your generations ye shall keep it a
feast by an ordinance for ever.
Unleavened Bread Circumcision of the heart. The leaven represents sin.
You eat the bread without sin (Christ the Word of God) and then get baptised (they went thru the Red Sea..Christs red blood washed you of sin) Then
they went 40 years in the desert with God feeding them from heaven. All of it a shodow of things to come.
Exo 12:17 And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your hosts out of the land of Egypt: therefore
shall ye observe this day throughout your generations by an ordinance for ever.
Feast of the Harvest/First fruits - Harvest Offering First day after the Sabbath after Passover (ie..Sunday. I never noticed that before)
Exo 23:16 and the feast of harvest, the first-fruits of thy labors, which thou sowest in the field: and the feast of ingathering, at the end of the
year, when thou gatherest in thy labors out of the field.
Lev 23:9 And Jehovah spake unto Moses, saying,
Lev 23:10 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye are come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest
thereof, then ye shall bring the sheaf of the first-fruits of your harvest unto the priest:
Lev 23:11 and he shall wave the sheaf before Jehovah, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it.
Lev 23:12 And in the day when ye wave the sheaf, ye shall offer a he-lamb without blemish a year old for a burnt-offering unto Jehovah.
Lev 23:34 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, On the fifteenth day of this seventh month is the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto
(roughly speaking...i believe this falls in september)
Lev 23:41 And ye shall keep it a feast unto Jehovah seven days in the year: it is a statute for ever throughout your generations; ye shall keep it in
the seventh month.
The Day of Atonement
Lev 23:27 Howbeit on the tenth day of this seventh month is the day of atonement: it shall be a holy convocation unto you, and ye shall afflict your
souls; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto Jehovah.
Lev 23:32 It shall be unto you a sabbath of solemn rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even,
shall ye keep your sabbath.
Feast of Trumpets Rosh Hashannah - Jewish new year
Lev 23:23 And Jehovah spake unto Moses, saying,
Lev 23:24 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, shall be a solemn rest unto you, a memorial
of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation.
Lev 23:25 Ye shall do no servile work; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto Jehovah.
I think this is the one we are waiting for ehh?
At the sound of what? The Lord will decend with a shout. :-)
The 7th Day
Lev 23:1 And Jehovah spake unto Moses, saying,
Lev 23:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, The set feasts of Jehovah, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these
are my set feasts.
Lev 23:3 Six days shall work be done: but on the seventh day is a sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation; ye shall do no manner of work: it is a
sabbath unto Jehovah in all your dwellings
Summary Those are the sabbath days of Israel as defind in the law of Moses. No one is more important. They are all in Lev 23. If you goto
hell for not keeping one, then the same is true of the rest. That is what Paul was trying to explain. Being under one part of the law means being
under the entire law, and its price.
Anyway... I love the feast days and I kept my first passover last year and easter could not be found in my house. If you do a search and learn what
the christian passover...you will see that it is a very wonderful experience and is great for teaching the kids about Christ.
The rest of the days are also a shaddow of things to come and you can use them as learning aids as well. Do not however, put yourself under them, in
service to them. The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath.
EDIT: A side note that I didnt feel was needed to expand on
Mar 2:23 And it came to pass, that he was going on the sabbath day through the grainfields; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears.
Mar 2:24 And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold, why do they on the sabbath day that which is not lawful?
Mar 2:25 And he said unto them, Did ye never read what David did, when he had need, and was hungry, he, and they that were with him?
Mar 2:26 How he entered into the house of God when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the showbread, which it is not lawful to eat save for the
priests, and gave also to them that were with him?
Mar 2:27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:
Mar 2:28 so that the Son of man is lord even of the sabbath.
They not only healed, but worked on the sabbath...right there with Christ, and He commended it.
[edit on 20-11-2005 by jake1997]