FROM: 4/14/02 Radio Program
God made the Sabbath before the Jews. He rested on the seventh day. The Sabbath then would withstand the
abolishment of the Mosaic law. In other words, the Sabbath law predates the Mosaic law.
If one wishes to talk about a law predating the Mosaic law, what of circumcision? Fleshly circumcision predates
the Mosaic law (see: Genesis 17:10). Yet, will our Sabbatarian friends declare and demand that a baby boy be
circumcised at eight days old in order to be considered a child of God? In reading the Scriptures, we learn that Paul
said if one was circumcised in order to be considered a child of God (and in keeping with a law that predated the
Mosaic law), "Christ shall profit you nothing" (Gal. 5:2). He went on to say that circumcision or uncircumcision
did not avail anything (Gal. 5:6, 6:15). Therefore, here was a practice which predated the law of Moses, yet Paul
taught that it would profit men nothing to continue to practice it as some type of religious service as Abraham and
the Jewish people had done.
Further, let us also remember that the Sabbath law ("Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy") does not
predate the Mosaic law, but was a part of the Mosaic law. Please read Exodus 20:8 and see that this is true. While
we recognize that the word "Sabbath" was first mentioned in Exodus 16, the purpose of speaking of it there was
explained in verse 4 of the chapter ("...that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no."). So far as
the people being commanded to "remember" and "keep ... holy" the Sabbath, this is first said in Exodus 20:8.
Reading in Deuteronomy 5:2-3, 15, we find that the Sabbath was not for their "fathers" (v. 3), but was for those
who are "here alive this day" (i.e., the generation about to enter into Canaan.). Moses explained why the Sabbath
law was commanded: "Remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the Lord thy God brought
thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm" (v. 15). Now, is there anyone today in the U.S.
that fits this description? No! Therefore, this covenant was not with us, and we are not expected to observe, or keep
holy the Sabbath day today. For further proof that the Sabbath law was a part of the law of Moses, and did not
predate it, please read: Nehemiah 9:13-14 which says: "Thou camest down also upon mount Sinai, and spakest with
them from heaven, and gavest them right judgments, and true laws, good statutes and commandments: And madest
known unto them thy holy Sabbath, and commandedst them precepts, statutes, and laws, by the hand of Moses
thy servant." Notice when it was that God "made known" His holy Sabbath to the people - upon mount Sinai, not
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