Way of Essenic Studies
So the heavens and the earth and everything in them were completed. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing. So on the seventh day he rested from all of his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy. ~Genesis 2:1-2
- Essene Sabbath Regulations Quod Omn. Prob. 12.81 Now of their laws; they are taught at other times, indeed, but most especially on the seventh day, for the seventh day is accounted sacred, on which they abstain from all other employments, and frequent the sacred places which are called synagogues, and there they sit according to their age in classes, the younger sitting under the elder, and listening with eager attention in becoming order.
- Sunday is "Not" The Sabbath The Fourth Commandment is to observe the seventh-day Sabbath. All righteous people of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, including Jesus Himself (e.g. Luke 4:16), observed the Sabbath. No where in the Bible, including after Christ's resurrection, will you find people observing the first day of the week, Sunday, as a replacement for the Sabbath.
- Sabbatarianism; Keeping the Seventh Day Sabbath In the New Testament, Jesus declared that he was the Lord of the Sabbath (Matthew 12:8, Mark 2:28), and that it was made for man's good (Mark 2:27). The Sabbath continued to be a time of communal gathering for Christians (Hebrews 10:25). Christians continued to observe the seventh day (Saturday) as holy for centuries after the crucifixion of Jesus.
- New Testament Basis for Sabbatarianism Many Christians today continue to keep the seventh day as the Sabbath. Some of the New Testament reasons for this are Mark 2:28, Matthew 12:8, and the statement made by Jesus, "the Son of Man is the lord of the Sabbath," which indicates for some, that Sabbath keeping is central to following in the Way of Christ.
- The 39 Prohibited Sabbath Activities The 39 prohibited categories of activity that the Talmud prohibits Jews from engaging in on Shabbat; are exegetically derived or based on juxtaposition of corresponding Biblical passages.
- From Sabbath To "Sun" Day In 321, the Roman emperor Constantine issued an edict which outlawed work on the "venerable day of the sun," Sunday, and within 3 years the "corrected" version of Christianity had become the official religion of the Roman empire.
If you do not observe the Sabbath as the Sabbath, you will not see the Father." ~Jesus, The Gospel of Thomas
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