The Abolition of the First Covenant does NOT abolish Sabbath Keeping
In the writings of Paul there are scriptures that are wrongfully interpreted by many and so they use these passages to fight against the claims of YHWH on their lives as it pertains to the keeping of His holy day.
Colossians 2:16,17 is one of the texts that are often quoted to fight against Sabbath keeping. It says, “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.” To understand what these verses are saying we will look at these terms: meat, drink, holyday, new moon and sabbath days.
Meat and drink
These meats and drinks were associated with the feasts or holy days. We will consider how Paul referred to meat and drink in the book of Hebrews chapter 9 when he spoke of the first covenant a. In his explanation of the first covenant that had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary, he expresses that gifts and sacrifices were offered, "which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances." Hebrews 9:1.9,10. Therefore meat and drink offerings are linked to sacrifices as a part of the first covenant.
These are feast days. Examples of these feast days or holydays are Passover, Feast of unleavened bread, wave sheaf or wave offering and the blowing of trumpets. Now these are the law contained in ordinances that Moses placed at the side of the ark. John 5:1, Acts 18:21, Colossians 2:16, Exodus 10:9, Leviticus 23:2, Numbers 10:10, Hosea 2:11, Amos 8:10
New moon is also connected to festivals or holydays. David said in the book of Psalm, “Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day. For this was a statute for Israel, and a law of the God of Jacob.” Psalm 81:3,4. Ezekiel referred to new moons as well and also associated it with the holydays and sacrifices. “And in the day of the new moon it shall be a young bullock without blemish, and six lambs, and a ram: they shall be without blemish.” Ezekiel 46:6
(Even the priesthood was changed and therefore made it necessary to also have a change of the law with regards to the priesthood. Hebrews 7:11-14. All aspects of the ceremonial law was abolished)
Sabbath days were associated with the sacrifices in the tabernacle and feast days. You can read Leviticus chapter 23 to see its connection.
These were all shadows of things to come, the shadow of the Gospel, Christ having come, in the volume of the book it was written of Him Hebrews 10:7, 9. This clearly shows that the abolition of the first covenant has not done away with the moral law which contains the fourth commandment, which required self-denial on our part showing love and gratitude to God. The weekly Sabbath is not lumped together with or does not relate to the handwriting of ordinances that was nailed to the cross. Rather, it is a testimony that YHWH is God alone, that He is the Creator of this world and that He is the sanctifier of man. Moses shewed this clearly in Exodus 20:8-11 “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.” (emphasis supplied)
Paul (whom the haters of God love to quote) makes it plain in the second witness that there remaineth a sabbath keeping to the people of God. Hebrews 4:9 "There remaineth therefore a rest [Sabbatismos] to the people of God.” My prayer for you reader is that you may be joined to YHWH , that you may know him as God alone, who sanctifies His people, by accepting the keeping of the weekly Sabbath and by remembering to keep it holy. (Isaiah 56:1-7, Ezekiel 20:12,20, Exo 20:8)
Sis. Karima Paris