What did God mean when he said, "Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy"?


Exodus 20:1 - 26

ESV - 1 And God spoke all these words, saying. 2 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

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Mini Aurel Gheorghe

Ezekiel in Coloss 2:14-17 Paul is talking about meat and drink and sabbath days which are shadows, meaning the ceremonial law not the Ten Commandments. Which one of the TC addresses meat and drink? None!

The Seventh-day Sabbath was instituted by God before sin came into the world. There could never be types or shadows before sin existed! The shadows were introduced because of sin to point forward to Christ. The lambs slain represented Jesus, the true LAMB, who would die for the sins of the world. Without sin in the world, there would have been no need of a Savior, and therefore, no lambs or shadows pointing to a Savior.

So these “sabbath days which are a shadow” could not be referring to the 7th-day Sabbath, but to the yearly sabbaths which had nothing to do with the TC 7th-day Sabbath. They were part of the “ordinance” system which ended at the cross.

Moses’s law contained annual feast days which were shadowy Sabbaths (Leviticus 23:24, 27, 32). These annual sabbaths fell on a different day of the week every year, and God specifically explained that they were not to be confused with the weekly Sabbath. “These are the feasts of the Lord, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord, a burnt offering, and a meat offering, a sacrifice, and drink offerings, everything upon his day: BESIDE THE SABBATHS OF THE LORD” (Leviticus 23:37, 38). God bless!

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