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Priesthood, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

7- The commandment to observe the Sabbath now


This commandment still stands, in essence, as the Lords holy day of the week and has never been challenged.

The Sabbath means rest, and the land observe a Sabbath to the Lord every seventh year, regardless of the actual days of the week.

(Lev 25:2) "Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them:

'When you come into the land which I give you, then the land shall keep a Sabbath to the LORD.


Since the Sabbath represents rest, we might ask: When did the Lord rest? His only real rest came when He freed man from death, the wage and fruit of our sins.

He delivered us from the wages of sin, by His crucifixion on the sixth day, and freed us from death by His resurrection on the Sunday.

Hence Sunday became the day of the true rest of our Lord, to replace the Sabbath, the symbolic day of rest.

So resting is a biblical commandment and setting aside a day for the Lord still stands as a divine commandment in line with the spirit and the intent of the original ordinance.

Here we see a literal commandment translated to its true spiritual meaning, the commandment was not annulled, but enhanced. We now celebrate Gods rest on the day of our salvation, in place of His day of rest after Creation.

Remember to keep the Sabbath holy, or remember to keep the Lord's day holy, they both mean the same thing, remembering that (2 Cor 3:6) the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.