THE LORD'S DAY/ SABBATH
1. Is it in the Bible?
2. What do we believe it means?
Sunday is the Christian sabbath. It is the day god requires all Christians to assemble together.
3. What does it really mean?
"The Lord's day and "sabbath" in another example of taking a word for the new testament and tying it to old testament practices. yes, there is this one reference to the "lords' day"....
Re 1:10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,
but it is not at all the "sabbath day" of the old testament, and most likely is a reference to what we would call Easter.
the purpose of the jewish sabbath was as as day of spiritual cleansing, a time to bring the offerings into the temple--enter by the gates of praise and worship--act as a congregation under the authority of the "anointed--appointed--delegated authority" the Levitical priests (pastors) who di the altar ministry. Certainly a familiar "picture" to most Christians--but entirely found in the old covenant and all which had the purpose of cleansing sin.
It is s clear that Jesus fulfilled all of the old covenant sacrificial laws--gave us a new offering (His blood--body--bread--meat--al the substance of the tithe/offering). The old covenant commandments prove all people to be sinners. A payment must be made for this sin. god will accept the innocent blood of a substitute as an offering, a payment, for this sin. We all deserve to die for our sin, but, if something completely innocent would die in our place.....
I would hope that every Christian understand Whom I am talking about--but Israel, before christ, had another offering--another way to be cleansed (although imperfectly--and needing much effort an their part). It is as if all this effort has been placed on the heads of believers. Our format for meeting on Sundays is all about these old covenant sacrificial laws--and we treat them as if they are still law to us. One "must" attend church on Sunday. One "must" make an offering. One must be par to a congregation--a group of non-ministers--who all agree to sit together and stand together and mostly be silent while the "Minster" speaks. oh, he may tell us we have "ministry" bu the actions we carry out leave the majority with the firm impression hat they are "silent sheep" whose job it is to work in the world and bring in he offerings and build the "house of God". within these parameters, we can spin doctor the church into whatever form suits us. Fast, modern music, or a pipe organ. Quiet, formal, pious messages--or modern-day phsycho-babble--anything that makes us feel good. And whatever is popular will draw the biggest crowd, and make people say "wow--God must really be moving in this church--look a that crowd!" yes, look at the crowd of functionless people who call themselves a "congregation". they hear the new covenant, but they live out the old, and therefore are not servants of the Lord, and the Gospel--well--it goes nowhere on Sunday, because that is OUR day.
We build our beautiful churches and spend our time and effort and money on ourselves. In the process we define authority, and ministry as we please, ignoring what Jesus demonstrated and the church of the Bible lived out. And countless multitudes go to hell from our functionlessness.
In the bible Jesus clearly broke the sabbath laws by healing others (He was ministering, and he was NOT of the Levitical tribe).
In the Bible, the church met daily, in small groups. they occasionally assembled all the church in one place--but only as the Lord directed--not by a ritual determined by a particular day of the week.
But since the days of the roman empire, the church has carried the christian sabbath as a powerful, repetitive tradition. How mush tiem, effort and money is spent upholding this tradition? How many believers are lead to believe that best they can do for God with their lives is to faithfully attend and support this ritual--to "visit" god for and hour or two on Sunday--and then spend the rest of their time unattached to their brothers and sisters in the Lord.
Imagine many houses of god, operating on a daily basis. Many believers carrying the small responsibility of holding meetings in their homes. Imagine these meetings, of equals--brothers and sisters in he Lord, praying and asking god what HE needs done, on a constant ongoing daily basis. Imagine channeling all our available resources--our time, our effort and money in this manner. some might assemble 3 or 4 times a week, some once a month--it would not matter. No laws of mandatory attendance--rather a mandatory calling to serve God. the full willingness and resources of all he Body--in equity with one another--"having all things common"--spreading the Gospel directly--using all the body--all it's gifts and members--in one accord--ministry in all as God is in all.