Shadow Sabbaths. 04/12/2014 (Morning thought)

Colossians 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: 17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.

The Sabbath days being referred to in this passage of scripture differ widely from the Seventh day Sabbath that comes around on a weekly basis. There is not a single passage in the Bible that authorizes the use of Sunday as God's holy rest day. This passage in Colossians is often cited as evidence that the weekly Sabbath (Saturday) is no longer valid, but this interpretation does violence to what God has already made very plain.

The qualification given in the passage is that those Sabbaths being referred to were shadows pointing to Christ, and thus when they were fulfilled on the cross, they became obsolete and no longer necessary. Let's read:

Leviticus 23:4 These are the feasts of the Lord, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons. 5 In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the Lord's passover. 7 In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.

Exodus  14 And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.

We observe that in verse 7 of Leviticus 23, the Lord states that the first day of the seventh month would be "An holy convocation", which means that it will be a ceremonial Sabbath. In any calender, the first day of the seventh month will change from year to year, cycling through every day of the week as the years go by. For instance, in our current year 2014, it falls on a Tuesday, but in 2013 it fell on a Monday, and next year in 2015 it will fall on a Wednesday and so forth. These and other ceremonial Sabbaths are distinct from the weekly occurring Sabbath which falls on a Saturday without exception every week.

The ordinance of the passover was therefore fulfilled when Christ, who is our Passover Lamb was slain for our transgressions, thereby "nailing" the "ordinance" to the cross. Let's read:

1st Corinthians 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:

The weekly Sabbath was never a shadow pointing to Christ's death for it was instituted before Jesus' sacrifice ever became necessary. Here in America there are Sunday blue laws on the books that prohibit certain secular activities from taking place on the first day of the week. The reason thus cited is that it is the Lord's day, and therefore should be hallowed. The only "Lord's day" recognized by the Bible is Saturday, the seventh day of the week, and thus all human beings everywhere are free to do all manner of secular work on Sunday, with absolutely no compunctions of conscience.

The Bible however warned earth's inhabitants that efforts would be made to change the God- ordained times of worship and also His laws. Let's read:

Daniel 7:23 Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. 25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

This change has been attempted by Roman Catholicism, which does not cite any scriptural evidences for the changes thus made, but rather points to the billions of people who follow its dogmas as a validation of its authority. These efforts to enforce a spurious day of worship for everyone are already being put in place and are scheduled to accelerate in the very near future, and thus it behooves all sincere and honest-hearted people everywhere to find out from the scriptures , what the Lord says on this very important matter.

We therefore end with a passage of scripture, reminding us of God's Holy rest day, and that we should cease from our own works as God did from His. Let's read:

Exodus 20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 11 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.

May God add his blessing to the study and doing of His every word. God bless!