Title – The Sabbath
Author – I.M. Haldeman, D.D.
Publisher – First Baptist Church, Broadway and 79th ST. New York, N.Y.
Here is the gist of Pastor Haldeman’s take on the Sabbath.
- The original Sabbath was not given as a command.
- The Sabbath was first given as a command nearly two thousand years later to the children of Israel; and only given to them after the Exodus.
- The Sabbath was given to the children of Israel as a memorial of creation, that the children of Israel might know that their Redeemer was also the Creator and Ruler of the universe.
- The Sabbath was given only after the blood of the passover lamb had been shed, and the people by an outstretched hand of power had been typically brought into the place of resurrection on the other side of the Red Sea.
- The Sabbath was given to Israel as a covenant between them and God, that they might know He was the Lord.
- Those who violated the Sabbath were under the penalty of death.
- The Sabbath was never given to any other nation but Israel.
- The Sabbath was never given to the Gentile world.
- The Church of Christ is not commanded to keep the Sabbath.
- After His Resurrection, Christ and His disciples never met on the Sabbath.
- The Church met to worship, to break bread, on the first day of the week.
- So far from keeping the Sabbath, Christians are directly commanded not to keep it.
- The Sabbath is the Seventh day, not the First.
- The Sabbath was never changed from the Seventh day to the First.
- The children of Israel will yet keep the Sabbath in their own land.
- The First day of the week is the day to be observed by the Church.
- The First day of the week is a witness to the Church of the resurrection of Christ and Christians.
- The First day of the week is the witness of Redemption achieved.
- The First day of the week is the memorial of the beginning of a New Creation of God.
- The First day of the week links the Christian to the man in the glory and to the inheritance in the heavenly places.
- The First day of the week links Him to the unfailing intercession of the heavenly priesthood.
“This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:23).