Do you observe the Sabbath? Why or why not?
Lots of people struggle with whether or not we should observe the Sabbath. On the one hand, Sabbath observance seems like a very religious and legalistic thing to do, but on the other hand, God set up the Sabbath as an everlasting covenant (Exod 31:16).
This episode begins to look at Genesis 2:1-3 and Day 7 of the creation week as we begin to answer these important questions.
The Text of Genesis 2:1-3
Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished.
And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.
In this discussion of Genesis 2:1-3 we look at:
- The last day of Creation, Day 7
- How Moses used this day to set Yahweh apart from other gods
- Why Moses doesn’t actually use the word for “Sabbath”
- Why Moses presents God as needing to rest
- Going Against the Grain on the Sabbath
- Jesus Gives a Hand on the Sabbath
- Johnston Article on Genesis 1
- Hamilton, Genesis 1–17 – Amazon or CBD
- Hess Article on Genesis 1–2
- Heidel, Babylonian Genesis – Amazon
- Kuruvilla, Genesis – Amazon or CBD
- Miller and Soden, In the Beginning – Amazon or CBD
- Sailhamer, EBC: Genesis – Amazon or CBD
- Sarna, Understanding Genesis – Amazon or CBD
- Walton, Lost World of Genesis One – Amazon or CBD
- Walton, Ancient Israelite Literature – Amazon
- Wenham, Genesis – Amazon or CBD
- Theology.fm – Helping you and your Theology Look Like Jesus
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Hi Jeremy, I don’t see any link to the audio here. Not for play, not for download (which would preferable, as I don’t always have connection). Any hints? l use an Android phone, don’t have iTunes.
Jeremy Myers says
I see the play bar on my screen….
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Might be a problem with my offline reader Graze RSS. Even when I’m online and switch to “web view”, and the page looks like I’m on the One Verse website, there’s no play button. I tried the same with Feedly, it works there – actually, by touching play automatically starts a download. So, everything is fine.
I don’t know how to contact you other than here. I had a quick question. I am a grace believer, but I am in the “change of mind” repentance camp. You said repentance wasn’t ever mentioned in the bible as a requirement before salvation. How would you then explain Acts 11:18? “When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.” Life here is eternal life, and it implies specifically that repentance is required. How do you explain this?
KEITH GRIMES says
Well, my friend, I’m not Jeremy, but let me help. To believe in something not once yet believed before for a person would imply a change of mind, since believing is a change of mind.
KEITH GRIMES says
That last sentence should have ended with “beliefs are accepted with the mind.”
Thank you for this series. As always, your perspective is so different and refreshing.
The Sabbath verses always confuse me, and I sometimes feel condemnation when I go back and forth from the Old to the New testament. But, you say it isn’t about rest, which is very interesting. I’m so glad you are doing this right now, very timely for me. Can’t wait to hear part 2.
Brent Taylor says
Seems to me, since Christ is Lord of the Sabbath, and only He fulfills the Mosaic Law, and the only work is to believe and to believe is to obey and to obey is to trust, then I shall rest in Him, Who is, and was, and is to come. Shabbat Shalom!