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My 7 comments on keeping the Sabbath:
1. God rested on the seventh day and he said he consecrated it. This means he considers it Holy. However, see point no. 6 below.
2. We are not told if the Sabbath was kept by God-fearing people before the ten commandments were given (whom as you state in your teachings, have no excuse of not knowing God's law, whether it was revealed to them by then or not). At least God would have emphasized it to Noah, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob whom he had covenants with and was interested in ensuring that the obey him.
3. The Sabbath law was given as part of the ten commandments and therefore, whatever application/interpretation should be extended to all ten commandments. You should not call yourself a Sabbath keeper, but a ten commandment keeper.
4. Jeremiah and Hebrews talked of a new covenant and that the old one was done away with. Hebrews calls it a day called “today” when we enter his rest (i.e. “rest” is “salvation”, and not failing to work on the Sabbath).
5. Ideally, my interpretation of how to apply the sabbath is as expounded by Jesus (he worked on the Sabbath and said his father is still working, he said you can still do essential work, eg rescuing a donkey or healing the sick, using the law to benefit the person and not vise versa, and finally that he was the Lord of the Sabbath. He also said that he had authority to modify or explain its application, which he did and declared that he had come, not to put it away, but to fulfil it). True worshippers worship God in Spirit and Truth, not according to a set of regulations.
6. Paul in Romans, Galatians, and Colossians talks of the Sabbath and its new application, and clearly states that no day is to be observed as more superior to the other. He says you either keep the whole law (and be judged by it, as well as be cursed) or walk by the new way he proclaimed. Gal 2:16-21, 3:14. He also talks of believers coming together on the first day of the week, and yet he went to worship in the synagogues on the Sabbath, he was also teaching daily (believers were also teaching daily in the Temple, and having daily fellowships in their houses). He concludes his explanation in Colossians by saying that the ''do's'' and ''don'ts'' were a shadow of things to come, which was Christ. All days are Holy unto the Lord.
7. When issues of transiting from the Old Covenant to the New arose in the early Church (Acts 15), they only identified a few items to be observed by the new believers, and Sabbath was not one of them.
1. The case I am making is for serving God under the grace (“free to obey the Lord” ) and NOT the observance of the law.
2. Scripture is interpreted by understanding the text, context and dispensation of application.
3. Salvation is simple: see the following three cases (Luke 23:39-43, Acts 2:21 and Acts 16:30,31).
Kindly reflect on this.