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Robert Miller June 26, 2014 at 3:10 pm

Jack:

In regards to the 10 Commandments, how should Christians view the command to honor the Sabbath and keep it holy? You have previously written that we are not obligated to Sabbath keeping, and I know the Bible states that Jesus is our true Sabbath rest, so could we possibly look at the commandment as “Honor Jesus and keep Him holy”? I hope this doesn’t seem argumentative, as it is merely inquisitive.

Thanks, and God bless!

Jack Wellman June 26, 2014 at 9:51 pm

Hello Mr. Miller. I should have been more clear…there is certainly nothing wrong with keeping a Sabbath on the Saturday but it is just that if a person cannot be saved unless they keep the Saturday Sabbath, I could see that as legalism. The Bible states Jesus kept the Sabbath because He taught the Jews and was a Jew Himself. I see no where in the New Testament that it is commanded…that is all that I am saying. Thank you sir.

Inquiring Minds June 26, 2014 at 3:57 pm

@Jack, what an interesting question, because I keep the sabbath with my husband by choice and I enjoy having that day of rest and spending that time volunteering, sharing the gospel, visiting nursing homes, giving our care packs etc – “doing good.” I also dont eat shrimp, conch, lobster, pork etc. because my husband who follows the levitical diet does not. But the Bible also tells us that if someone deems one day holier than another they should not be condemned for that, and if someone believes something is unclean they shouldnt eat it (& vice versa), and shouldnt be condemned for it. I just believe that things like foods are personal between you and Jesus, but if Jesus kept the sabbath and did good on that day, I will continue to keep it and use it to volunteer and spread the gospel.

Jack Wellman June 26, 2014 at 9:57 pm

Yes sir, you are so right “Inquiring Minds.” As I told Mr. Miller, I should have been more clear…there is certainly nothing wrong with keeping a Sabbath on the Saturday or eating clean foods but it is just that if a person cannot be saved unless they keep the Saturday Sabbath or eat a diet of only clean foods listed in the Old Testament, I could see that as legalism if they need to do these things to be saved. I should have clarified that better so my apologies to Mr. Miller and to you sir or ma’am. Thank you for this reminder that we should not judge those who do keep the Saturday Sabbath holy and eat clean foods only. I do agree…that is a personal decision and I have no right to judge those who do such things.

Jack H June 27, 2014 at 4:25 pm

Hi, Pastor! 😀 How are you doing in America? I have another question. Why did God declare pork unclean, then declare the opposite via his son Jesus?

Jack Wellman June 27, 2014 at 4:45 pm

Hello Jack. America needs revival in a very bad way…great could be her fall if she does not turn back to God. As for why pork was unclean and then declared clean by Jesus was I believe that Israel was to be unique in the world and she was to live by a standard set apart for God’s holy use and different from all those who dwelled on the earth. Under the Old Testament Law, even touching the meat of swine made one ritually unclean (Deuteronomy 14:8). This detail further insulated the Israelites from pagan practices. The Canaanites kept herds of swine and sacrificed them to idols. The connection between swine and pagan worship became so strong that the prophet Isaiah equated the sacrificial offering of pig’s blood with murder—both are called “abominations” (Isaiah 66:3).

Then there are the hygienic concerns related to the Law’s dietary restrictions. It is well known today that pork carries any number of diseases, and the meat requires stricter cooking techniques than other meats such as beef or poultry. In Moses’ day, there was no knowledge of microscopic pathogens, and the cultural norm was to eat raw or under-cooked meat (Leviticus 19:26). Of course, eating under-cooked pork would have posed a significant health threat to Israel, but God providentially protected them through the Mosaic Law. “If you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you” (Exodus 15:26).

Does this make sense Jack? Have a great weekend friend.

Jack H June 29, 2014 at 2:54 am

Yes, it does. Thanks! 😀 Oh, and just to interest you, I had a dream a few nights ago. It was nighttime and cloudy. The sky was red, the moon was as big as a wreckingball 15cms away, but the only things you could see of it were the craters. The sky was also slightly yellow in places too, and there were things in it that looked like paper folds. To top it off, there was a co-ordinate grid rotating around the celestial north pole. When I turned my eyes and looked again, it was dawn! The stars were out, but they looked like little moons. What do you think? 😀

Jack Wellman June 29, 2014 at 7:22 am

Jack, dreams are so random and unpredictable that we cannot make any objective statements or beliefs out of what is highly speculative and subjective. I do know that all we have in what God intended for us to know about Him and His will has already been revealed in the Word of God, the Bible, therefor we can depend on the Bible for anything God wants us to know and for those thing that we do not know about, God says the secret things belong to Him (Duet 29:29). Wish I could have been more help Jack.

Jack H June 29, 2014 at 3:47 pm

Oh, right. Sorry about that comment. I don’t know what possessed me to do that, and feelings of stupidity have now set in. 🙁

Jack H June 27, 2014 at 4:27 pm

Additionally, the picture (depiction) of the devil disguised as a picture is really creepy.. O_O It helps to convey your point pretty well. 🙂

Jack Wellman June 29, 2014 at 5:21 pm

Jack my friend, you have done nothing stupid my friend at all. Please don’t worry about such things as theses are good questions that come up frequently and show me that you are hungering and thirsting to know more my brother. Don’t ever worry about comments…when I would worry is when someone never has any questions….you are loved brother.

Jack H June 30, 2014 at 2:09 am

Aw, thanks Pastor 😀





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