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Why Don't We Keep The Sabbath Day?

Why Don't We Keep The Sabbath Day?


Why we do not keep the Sabbath day, since it is the day of worship given by God in the Ten Commandments?

Indeed, the Sabbath day was the prescribed day of worship in the Law of Moses. Exodus 20:8, 11:  “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. ... For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it." 

In Leviticus 26:2, again we read: “You shall keep My Sabbaths and reverence My sanctuary: I am the LORD.”

So, why don't we keep the Sabbath today? Quite simply, we are not so commanded. The observance of the Sabbath was commanded in the Law of Moses, which was given to the nation of Israel.  In Deuteronomy 4:44-45 we read, And this is the law which Moses set before the children of Israel: These are the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which Moses spake unto the children of Israel, after they came forth out of Egypt.” 

The New Testament reveals time and again that we are no longer subject to the Law of Moses. Notice what the inspired writer, the Apostle Paul, said: “Having abolished in His flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in Himself of twain one new man…(Ephesians 2:15)

Again, Paul wrote the same message to the Colossians. Hear his words:  “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross…” (Colossians 2:14)

The practices of the Law were not to be laid upon the Gentiles; that was not the law by which they (or their Jewish brethren) would be judged. The Law of Moses had been nailed to the cross. It had been abolished. The Hebrew writer plainly stated: For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.”  (Hebrews 8:7-8, 13)
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