Cool, a former SDA who is confused about the Sabbath.Indeed, Exodus 31 clearly informs us that the weekly, festal Sabbath was a sign between God and Israel under the Mosaic or Old Covenant. Nowhere in Scripture is Sabbath observance mandated for Gentiles or non-Jews. The Gentiles, in Old Testament times, were NOT required to observe the Jewish Sabbath when converting to the God of Israel. Instead, the weekly Sabbath was one of seven festal convocations mandated exclusively for the "sons of Israel" (Lev. 23:1-3). The Sabbath is very distinctly Jewish (an exclusive sign of the Mosaic Covenant).
Moreover, without the Levitical system being fully in place, one cannot properly observe the Mosaic Sabbath. To accurately and biblically observe the Sabbath, there must be a Temple for 12 loaves of freshly-baked showbread to be displayed weekly, extra sacrificing by a Jewish priest on Sabbath mornings, and male circumcision. These absolute requirements certainly delete Seventh-day Adventists as authentic Sabbath observers.
A former SDA minister,
Dennis J. Fischer
Please show me the scripture that says the Sabbath was a sign of the old covenant/Mt. Sinai covenant. You say Mosaic Covenant, but that name is not biblical.
Exd 31:13 Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it [is] a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that [ye] may know that I [am] the LORD that doth sanctify you.
This says nothing about being a sign of the covenant. It says it is a sign that they may know that YHVH is the one that sanctifies them.
The Sabbath is a sign that reveals God and reveals God's people.
Before we go on, I am not a SDA, was never a SDA, and will never become a SDA.
To say that gentiles that were circumcised and came under the old covenant were not required to keep the Sabbath is a gross misunderstanding of scripure.
Isa 56:6 ¶ Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant;
As far as you saying the Sabbath was only for the Jews, maybe you should take that up with Jesus. He said the Sabbath was made for mankind.
Dennis, it's obvious that you were probably born into the SDA cult, and since they don't understand the truth about God's laws and covenants, that you are now confused.
You say to accurately keep the Sabbath one must do all the ritualistic requirements, but that's only if one is trying to keep the Sabbath according to the old covenant.
Jesus said the rest day was made for mankind. The Sabbath was made for mankind. I don't keep it because of the old covenant or the Mosaic covenant as you call it. I keep it because Jesus made it for me. He made it for you too, for you are a member of mankind.
Why shouldn't we rest on the day that Jesus made for us?
You are one confused former SDA minister.