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Sunday: “As His Custom Was” — 17 Comments

  1. Jesus as His custom was going to the synagogues on the Sabbath was to make us understand that the Sabbath will never change even if He is not on earth

  2. The Sabbath is a haven at the end of the week, a recharging from all the annoyances and challenges in everyday life. It is a time to really focus on God and His great love for us. And it is a time to fellowship with other believers. It is a time to think of others the way God thinks of them. Also, I get to relax and have a blessed experience that the other days don't give me. It is a weekly gift that never stops coming. Thank you Jesus!

  3. Sabbath is the real expression of how the life was before sin, and how it will be on the new earth. Divinity and humanity together in a love and peaceful atmosphere.

  4. I think we miss a lot of what it meant to be a Jew during the first century in that part of the world. To us a church is a place where we go once or twice a week for a specific function but to the Jew back then the synagogue was the center of their social and spiritual life. To them it was everything to the point that if someone was disfellowshiped it was a complete social disaster which was the reason the blind man's parents distanced themselves from him not wishing to get involved in controversy over his healing with the Jewish leaders (Jn 9:19-22) and that is not to say anything about what it meant to their salvation.

    On the Sabbath the synagogue or the temple was where you would expect to find a Jew, it was simply part of the culture just as it is with Muslims today that at certain times during the day a siren goes off and everyone gets their prayer mats out and begins pray toward Mecca. So to me even though, as the lesson author said, the fact that Jesus went into the synagogue on the Sabbath to us proves that the commandment is still in force I think there are better, more powerful ways that it can be proved. First, the Sabbath's day's lesson spoke of Christ being the Lord of the Sabbath. That is the same as saying that He was the one who gave the Sabbath commandment in the first place. That being the case then Jesus' statement, "it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one tittle of the law to fail" (Lk. 16:17 NKJV) has the forcefulness that the one who gave the law is now saying that it will remain in force until the earth is gone.

    Secondly, as Pastor Randy Roberts of the Loma Linda University Church said some time ago that what convinced him more than anything else was that knowing the very strong Jewish orientation to keeping the law (Ten Commandments) and seeing that there is no argument recorded in the New Testament over the day of worship the silence on the matter in scripture is deafening. In other words no one in the Bible ever argues over the point which means there was no difference in practice between the Jew and the Christian. In fact during the early stages of Christianity the only real difference was over Jesus as the Messiah. Theologically there was the difference in understanding the place and purpose of the law in a person's life but their practice of religion remained about the same until sometime during the second century when a split began to take place between Jew and Gentile.

  5. How true! the silence in the Bible concerning a change of the seventh day as the Sabbath to the first day of the week (Sunday)is significant and a telling argument. If the question of circumcision caused such a stir as to threaten a split in the Church, consider what a furore would result if a group of people tried to change the Sabbath! This argument should be used more often.

    When I mention the fact that I go to church on Saturday, people say "Oh you worship on the Jewish Sabbath", when in fact the Sabbath was instituted at Creation. It goes to show how entrenched the popular viewpoint is. It also shows that people believe what ever the priests and pastors tell them. How important then is reading the Bible for yourself, and then only the King James or New King James, for the forces of evil have seen to it that many passages in other translations have been altered or omitted. They have also attempted to obscure the divinity of Christ.

    We will see greater abominations yet! Beware of these subtle inroads of satan, God bless you all and keep reading the true scriptures.

  6. What church should i go to on the sabbath?

    "God has a church. It is not the great cathedral, neither is it the national establishment, neither is it the various denominations; it is the people who love God and keep His commandments. "Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them" (Matthew 18:20). Where Christ is even among the humble few, this is Christ's church, for the presence of the High and Holy One who inhabiteth eternity can alone constitute a church." {UL 315.5}

  7. As people of God we should re-visit the meaning of the Sabbath. God made the Sabbath for man and not man for the Sabbath. God's people will begin to really appreciate the Sabbath once he/she gets a clear understand of what keeping the Sabbath consist of. How can we keep the Sabbath holy out side of church?

    • Regina, I'd encourage you to read Isaiah 58, which is to me one of the most powerful chapters in the Bible on the subject of true worship.

  8. As believers we must take the same approach to honoring the Sabbath as Jesus. He did not change the Sabbath, so who are we to attempt such a feat. Either we believe the Word of God, or not, there is no middle ground.

  9. Jews believed that God can only be found in the synagogue and not anywhere! So why Exodus 16:29 says, ' Remain each of you in his place ; let no one go out of his place on the seventh day ' !
    Now, are the Jews observing the sabbath the way it was commanded by God ?
    Is a Jew suppose to kill on a sabbath day ? Jews are to REST not to SWEAT on sabbath ?
    Jesus,the One who gave them the sabbath,was to be thrown down from the hill on sabbath's day !!
    Is that Rest ?
    True Rest is found only in Jesus Christ !
    He says Rest in Me ...abides in Me ...without Me you can't do nothing...John 15:5

  10. Jesus custom according to Luke 4:16 does not refer to the same customs during their time nor the customs of the jew.

    His (Jesus) custom of coming to synagogue is in the power of the Spirit and NOT by merely coming or obeying the jewish custom.

    We can obey and keep the sabbath yet still fail the true essence.

    We can do conventionally coming to church but still fail to see Christ.

  11. Why have you titled "Sunday, as his custom was"?
    The Bible doesn't mention of " Sunday ". In fact there is no Sunday at all in God's vocabulary. More over Sunday is not the Sabbath but the first day of the week. The Sabbath is the last day of the week.

    • Wry grin! You have simply misread the title. The lesson is for Sunday, and the title of the lesson is "As His Custom Was". An easy mistake to make; just watch the punctuation. Nobody is suggesting that Jesus went to the synagogue on Sunday.

  12. Wow, you guys must have missed the transition that took place after the Father called Jesus to His earthly ministry. He was being called out of Judaism, the Old Covenant, to establish the New Covenant. He often went to synagogues and the temple to introduce himself and the New Covenant.

    The Church of the Bible never built a building of any kind. They met every day of the week. They gave offerings on the first day of the week, which is our modern Sunday. They did not practice a Sabbath Day. They knew that the Sabbath Day was symbolic of entering into God's rest, by ceasing from their own labors and being filled with the LIFE of God called Jesus Christ.

    You guys are so far behind the revelation of the New Covenant that you are still pushing Saturday as the Sabbath. This is terribly sad.

    Like other modern "churches" you are building buildings, developing distinct doctrines, declaring you are the right ones, etc. You are totally in the flesh and you have no clue what that even means. I pray that God will open your eyes to the True and glorious Gospel.

    Ask yourself this question. If I died then why am I still living under the rules that were made for those who are living? You see, that is the problem. You do not know that you died because you have never heard the True Gospel. If you don't believe that you died then you will continue to do your best to walk in the life of Adam, which was crucified for you. Sadly, your lack of faith in the true work of the Cross has cut you of from the LIFE of Christ. As a result, if you don't follow the Law you will self destruct. That is all you have, because of unbelief and ignorance. The New Covenant is only for those who comprehend and have faith in the True work of the Cross.

    The Law was put in place for the life of Adam. It is a tutor to show the life of Adam that it is incapable of producing any righteousness whatsoever. It reveals the life of Adam's iniquity and its need to die and never rise up again. It did this to lead the descendants of Adam to a new LIFE, the LIFE of Jesus Christ. Those who still look to the Law, do not understand the Gospel in the slightest. They are still promoting what was put in place to show us our need for Christ. They are actually Law breakers because they are disobeying the Law by staying with it. So you, who push a natural Sabbath Day, are Law breakers because it was put in place to lead you to cease from your own dead, religious works and turn completely to Christ.

    Jesus is not the promoter of religion. He is not the life of Adam's example to follow. This article presents him as such because it is speaking out of pure darkness. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the LIFE, for all those who are completely done with their own. Until you get there, it will make no sense to you.

    The New Covenant is rooted in our death and receiving the LIFE of God in Christ Jesus. Keeping the Sabbath is keeping our eyes glued to the serpent on the staff. It is confessing what he HAS accomplished on our behalf. It is believing and confessing unto our salvation from bondage to decay. It is the LIFE of God manifesting in us through belief and confession. That LIFE does no harm to anyone and has no Law over it. There is no Law against walking is pure love, joy, peace, etc.

    By continuing to be Old Covenant minded you are placing yourself under a curse. You will never enter into what Christ paid for you to have, as long as you remain in your unbelief and ignorance. You go on judging others, when you yourselves have the same sinful life of Adam they do. You are not preaching the true Gospel of our death, burial and resurrection, You are preaching behavior modification to the life of Adam.

    • Jeff, you mention a lot of things in your comment, but I'll just start with your first paragraph. You mention the "New Covenant" as opposed to the Old Covenant. I wonder what you mean by that. Do you mean this New Covenant:

      31 “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah— ... 33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people." Jeremiah 31:31,33

      Could you explain how having the Law written in the heart makes us ignore a commandment that is in the heart of the Law?

      Another thing I find puzzling is how someone who appreciates the gift of salvation Christ bought for us would make one not want to spend special time with Him each week on the day He set aside and blessed in Creation week for that very purpose.

  13. Jeff. You speak of the New Covenant a covenant where the Law of love is written on the hearts of the believer - yet your words appear to convey a spirit of frustration and condemnation that is contrary to that New Covenant. Or am I mistaken in how your words are coming across?

  14. Jesus said He and the Father are One. It was also His custom to meet on the day given to the people He chose to call friend. Since His Father said "I change not", I assume
    it is safe to follow His regular practice, indicating He, Jesus, remembered to follow what He advised His followers.

    John 14:21
    He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”


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