We have been studying the 4th Commandment of the Ten Commandments, which is Honor the Sabbath Day to keep it holy. We took a break from the posts in that series for a week, since it was the week of Christmas. Now the most common objection I get when discussing Sabbath keeping with Christians, is an objection to doing something that was commanded in the Law. If we observe the Sabbath day, then we have made null the grace of Christ – that is the objection.
Let us think about this for a moment. Every believer who I have ever known who has raised that objection, observes Christmas. Religiously, when December 25th rolls around, they set aside the day as a holy day. The Church just observed Christmas. What did we do on it?
- Businesses remained closed (and do so, no matter what day of the week Christmas falls on, every year);
- Most family providers did not go to work, but set aside the day to rest;
- Friends and families gathered together;
- Houses were decorated and made festive;
- Special (and often expensive) food was prepared and lots of it;
- Drink flowed;
- Gifts were given;
- Games and merry making were planned;
- Special music commemorated the day.
In keeping Christmas, the Church set apart a holy day, to honor it, remember it, and keep it holy. The Church knows how to sanctify a holy day to do no work on it and to keep it holy. They do it every year, for a holy day which was not ordained by God, but by man. It is a matter of record that Yeshua was not born on Dec 25, however, it is the date from antiquity – from the Tower of Babel rebellion – that the rebirth of the sun god has been set apart as a holy day. You see, there are God- ordained holy days, such as the Sabbath and the Feast days of the Lord (Lev 23) and there are man- ordained holy days, such as Dec 25.
Christians may continue to object to setting apart the Sabbath day, or the other Feast days of the Lord, to keep them holy, but if they do so on the basis of religious obligation to observe God’s Law, then why do they submit to a religious obligation to observe days of man’s law (Gal 4:8-11)?
God does not object to holy day observances. I cannot imagine that He wrings His hands over our day off work, parades, picnics and barbeques, and fireworks every July 4th. But since we are already setting aside holy days to honor them and keep them holy, then let us set aside God’s ordained holy days of Sabbath and His Feasts which proclaim the Gospel of grace.