Friday, February 13, 2015

Actual Sabbatarian argument:

Actual Sabbatarian argument: "The 10 commandments are for all mankind and are God's universal eternal law!"
A. If the Sabbath law was a moral law intended for all mankind, then:
  1. Why did God NEVER charge the Gentiles with breaking it.
  2. Interesting that God charges the Gentiles many times for breaking all the 9 moral commandments on the tablets of stone, but NEVER ONCE says anything about breaking the Sabbath!
  3. This proves it is not inherently moral but just another ceremonial law given ONLY TO THE Jews!
B. The very words of the ten commandments clearly tells us that the commandments were for the Jewish people ONLY!
  1. God never brought me or my ancestors out of Egypt! Ex 20:2 "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery."
  2. The Lord has not given me the promised land of Canaan! Ex 20:12 "Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you"
  3. Since the Sabbath is a sign between God and fleshly Israel, there is nothing requiring non-Jews to keep it! (Ex. 31:13,17; Ezek. 20:12, 20)
  4. If it was intended for all mankind, then why specifically say "strangers within your gates". Obviously the Gentiles (strangers) were never required at any point in earth history to keep the Sabbath! The Bible and all known history prove this true!
C. Imagine the 10 commandments were a postal letter with not mailing address. The post office could easily determine that the intended recipient of the letter was Israel.
  • People who sometimes had strangers within their gates: Ex 20:10
  • People who assembled at the mount on which there was a cloud: Ex 19:16; Deut 5:22
  • People who were slaves in Egypt: Deut 5:15
  • People who had been delivered from Egyptian bondage: Deut 5:15
  • People who were then headed to posses the land of Canaan: Ex 20:12; Deut 5:16
  • The covenant was made with "US" Jews at Horeb: Deut 5:1-3; Neh 9:14
  • To all those "here alive today" (Jews at the Horeb): Deut 5:3
C. Impossible for those living in the arctic circle to keep the Sabbath: "sunset to sunset".
  1. A one year long Sabbath every seven years?
  2. Obviously God never intended anyone but the Jews living geographically in Palestine to keep the Sabbath?
D. Here are two comments from our history archive that prove the common view between 150 and 200AD was that the Patriarchs never kept the Sabbath!

  • 150AD JUSTIN: Moreover, all those righteous men already mentioned [after mentioning Adam. Abel, Enoch, Lot, Noah, Melchizedek, and Abraham], though they kept no Sabbaths, were pleasing to God; and after them Abraham with all his descendants until Moses... And you [fleshly Jews] were commanded to keep Sabbaths, that you might retain the memorial of God. For His word makes this announcement, saying, "That you may know that I am God who redeemed you." (Dialogue With Trypho the Jew, 150-165 AD, Ante-Nicene Fathers , vol. 1, page 204)
  • 200AD TERTULLIAN: Let him who contends that the Sabbath is still to be observed a balm of salvation, and circumcision on the eighth day because of threat of death, teach us that in earliest times righteous men kept Sabbath or practiced circumcision, and so were made friends of God. .. ...Therefore, since God originated Adam uncircumcised, and inobservant of the Sabbath, consequently his offspring also, Abel, offering Him sacrifices, uncircumcised and inobservant of the Sabbath, was by Him commended... Noah also, uncircumcised - yes, and inobservant of the Sabbath - God freed from the deluge. For Enoch, too, most righteous man, uncircumcised and inobservant of the Sabbath, He translated from this world... Melchizedek also, "the priest of most high God," uncircumcised andinobservant of the Sabbath, was chosen to the priesthood of God. (An Answer to the Jews 2:10; 4:1, Ante-Nicene Fathers Vol. 3, page 153)

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