Post Mortem

Sabbath day of Exodus

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 2/19/2019 12:35:35 PM IST

 This is in response to the write-up of Dimapur Baptist Pastors’ Fellowship, DBPF welcomes closure of bazaars, shops on Sundays, appeared on February 18, 2019, in Nagaland Post.

The statement, “DBPF said avoiding selling/buying on Sunday also confirmed the diktat of the Bible—‘Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labour and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God (Exodus 20:8-10)’” caught the attention of several readers in Nagaland.  (Emphasis mine).
 While appreciating the pursuit for tranquillity during church worships, misapplication of Exodus 20:8-10 is observed.  Of which day does the quoted text say? Textual evidence leaves no room for guess work; it is crystal clear that the Seventh day Sabbath is referred to here.  This does not even refer to any of the ceremonial Sabbaths which were “shadows of things to come” and were nailed to the cross. And this in no way refers to Sunday, of which there is no commandment in the Bible to observe as holy day.
Some Christians query whether the seventh day is Sunday. Luke 24:1-3 answers. “Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, … they found the stone rolled away from the sepulcher…”  The first day  of the week, the day Jesus resurrected,  i.e., Sunday, is called the first day of the week in the Bible. New Living Translation reads, “But very early on Sunday morning,..” If Sunday, the Resurrection day is the first day of the week according to the Bible, Saturday is the seventh day. This brings to the conclusion that Exodus’ call for keeping the Sabbath holy is applied to the Seventh day Sabbath which is Saturday, not Sunday. For any comment or question, kindly write to
Dhomo Kamei, Director, Nagaland Region of SDA, Walford, Dimapur


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