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Lunar Sabbaths - Finding the Sabbath in Scripture by Lynnford Beachy (Part 1 of 4)

Lunar Sabbaths - Finding the Sabbath in Scripture. Lynnford Beachy shares a series on the errors of the Lunar Sabbath. This is part 1 of the 4-part series. V...

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Comment by Dan on October 27, 2018 at 8:11am

God made the world in six literal days, and on the seventh literal day he rested from all his work which he had done, and was refreshed. So he has given man six days in which to labor. But he sanctified the day of his rest, and gave it to man to be kept, free from all secular labor. By thus setting apart the Sabbath, God gave the world a memorial. He did not set apart one day and any day in seven, but one particular day, the seventh day. And by observing the Sabbath, we show that we recognize God as the living God, the creator of heaven and earth. - PH 086, 34.2

Comment by Dan on October 27, 2018 at 8:09am

For me, the most convincing reason against lunar Sabbaths is the complexity of counting (arising from the 29.5 day anomaly). For God to give a universal commandment based on a shifting calendar, there would be confusion and a reasonable excuse for people to keep separate days. Also, we do know that EGW kept Saturday as the Sabbath. Was she shown another day based on a lunisolar calendar? I haven't seen it. In fact, her writing shows a clear and consistent keeping of the Sabbath as we know it. "When God spoke his law with an audible voice from Sinai, he introduced the Sabbath by saying, “Remember the Sabbath-day to keep it holy.” He then declares definitely what shall be done on the six days, and what shall not be done on the seventh. He next gives the reason for thus observing the week, by pointing us back to his example on the first seven days of time. “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.” This reason appears beautiful and forcible when we understand the record of creation to mean literal days. The first six days of each week are given to man in which to labor, because God employed the same period of the first week in the work of creation. The seventh day God has reserved as a day of rest, in commemoration of his rest during the same period of time after he had performed the work of creation in six days." ST, March 20, 1879, par.2. There are many other similar quotes. To keep a consistent lunisolar calendar, one has to break the weekly cycle at some point (8-day weeks violate the fourth commandment of "six days shalt thou labor and do all thy work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God." I'll study more but at this point, I am not convinced.

Comment by Barry Bragdon on March 17, 2013 at 8:55pm

He could have concluded it here but apparently some need more evidence than this.  I hope and pray that those who are not convinced after this will keep watching the next parts.

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