The Old and the New Covenant

Exodus 16:23

He said to them, “This is what the LORD commanded: ‘Tomorrow is to be a day of rest, a holy Sabbath to the LORD. So bake what you want to bake and boil what you want to boil. Save whatever is left and keep it until morning.’ “

Matthew 12:8

For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”

13 thoughts on “The Old and the New Covenant

  1. Hello Ivarjfeld,
    I was wondering what you would say about this… Should Christians not do certain things on the Sabbath, like don’t work or cook, keep this day a day of rest on Saturdays? I’ve read that some Jews don’t even watch TV and don’t use any electricty on the Sabbath. I have felt different things at different times about this for myself. I don’t want to live by the law of the Old Testament because those who live by the law are cursed and must obey the whole law, right? And I believed that we don’t have to keep from doing things on Saturday because of Colossians 2:16-17
    (New International Version)

    16Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. 17These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.

    But, like I said before, sometimes I feel sure that I don’t have to keep from work on the Sabbath, but then sometimes I feel maybe I should. I am asking for some guidance from you on this. And of course, please you scripture to show me why. I respect you so much. Thank you.

    1. Dear Victoria.

      Thanks for trusting me to be able to give you good answers. Personally, I feel its fruitful to ask the following question. What is not permitted to do on the Sabbath? A legalistic approach the answer is absolutely nothing. You cant even bake! Anyone who have not made food on the day of rest?

      The really ultra Orthodox Jews tries for keep the Sabbath regulations as strict as possible. Strangely enough, they permit them selves to throw stones on people who disagree with them…..On the Sabbath it self…I guess sinning, braking their own Sabbath?

      Jesus said its permitted to do good on the Sabbath. That is enough for me. I do good, with good intentions.

      What I know for sure, is that if I do not take the Commandment of a day of rest seriously I will fall sick. The day of rest is a creation law, that is a perfect proof of us being created in His image (imprint). After God worked the creation, He rested.

      My best guess, simply because He was tired? Just like me and you.

      1. Dear Victoria.

        A second observation about the Sabbath laws, and other laws. God of the Bible had to educate the Jews to become obedient. Why? Because they were uneducated. God had to start from scratch, and tough measures had to be used.

        When Jesus came in Flesh, the Jews had nationalized and institutionalized their rules and regulations. Right or wrong. The Jews had been educated, and were more mature. Today, I hope and pray we all are able to do good on the Sabbath.

  2. Thank you so much for trying to make me understand better. But I’m not really sure why I still don’t know for sure either way what to do. So are you saying yes to make the Sabbath different but don’t be too hard on yourself if you mess up? I think that I could probably learn how not to do housework and cook on the Sabbath. What if my husband’s boss will not let him have this day off? Well, I know you tried to help me with this, and I thank you very much for that!

    1. Dear Victoria.

      I guess a fire station employee is permitted to work on a Friday night. Or a Sunday afternoon. This is what Jesus would have told Him. But Jesus would also have said: – Please take a day off! May be on Monday or Tuesday?

      If your husband doctor is not permitted to take the day off on the same day as you, well listen to what Jesus has to say!…..I am the Sabbath rest for both of you….

      If Jesus could heal on the Sabbath, I guess our Hospitals should not be closed down. Neither should people be banned from driving to a hospital, to visit their family members who needs to go through a surgery.

  3. Dear, Ivar,

    I am totally confused by what I read. I am born again christian, but I do not keep any particular day.I work as a freelancer and do not have to work Mon to Fri.This means that sometimes I work on Saturday and sometimes not.What are you actually saying here? Thank you.

    1. Dear Mirjana

      Shalom, and welcome to this site.

      I am blessed to have a reader from Montenegro.

      What is the purpose of the Sabbath?

      Why did God have to rest?

      What does it mean to make this day Holy.

      God rested, because He was over worked. To create the Heaven’s and the Earth, really took all His resources.

      As a freelance, you also need to rest. If not on a Friday, at least one day a week. Jesus the Messiah said it is permitted to do good on the Sabbath. I guess that is what makes it Holy. Not religious rituals, in those God of the Bible has never taken pleasure. Heal the sick, get your lamb up from the well, and share the good news with people around you. Just like Jesus did on the Sabbath.

      Have you ever thought that some people, in fact needs to rest twice a week?

      In Jesus of the Bible, we have our perfect Sabbath rest. You can rest in Him 24X7.

      Hebrews 4:10
      for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his.

  4. It would be a miracle for non Jewish Christians to recognize what day the sabbath day is. But Jesus said that if you keep all of the law and stumble on the least point your still a lawbreaker and the penalty would be the same. For this reason there doesn’t seem to be and hardfast rules anymore. Even the four commands given to the Gentile church by the Apostles, they give fairly lightly saying you would do well to keep these.
    Acts chapter 15 addresses this question. Acts 15:10 Now then, why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of the disciples a yoke that neither we nor our fathers have been able to bear? 11No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.”
    But those who already kept the sabbath seem to have continued to keep the sabbath.

    1. But there’s a flipside to the arguement, not meaning you can just do anything you want and Jesus has got you covered.

      Jude 1:4 …They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.

      All is good for teaching but who can decide how much doing is right for you. But not all should be teachers.

      James 3:1 Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.

      So Imma shut up now.

    2. Dear Ed.


      If I am able to keep all the Laws, no one can claim I am a lawbreaker. But if I break even one of them, it will be like I have broken them all. I will be a lawbreaker. Still it will be good for me to keep as many laws as possible. For my own good and well being.

      the Messiah is the only man who never broke any laws. He never sinned. The rest of us needs to be cleansed by His blood to be able to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. If not: we will die in our sins, be trashed by a Holy and Just God, and will face eternal punishment in Hell.

      This is the gospel.

      1. Technically by peoples standards he did break the law, so they killed him for it. But by his own standard He did not break the law because He did it for good purpose, for the good of others. Healing a blind man on the sabbath, picking corn for the disciples.
        Matt 12:12 “How much more valuable is a man than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”
        1 cor 10:24 “Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others.”
        James 4:17 Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.

        So it seems anything done for the good of others is lawful, anytime, anywhere.

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