Monday, July 09, 2007

I have so much to tell you, and right now blogger won't let me create a title.

First, I want to congratulate my pastor in succeeding to begin changing my position from Amillennialism to PreMillennialism. I need to go back through all the scripture, though. He's got a pretty convincing argument.

Second, there's the Sabbath. Oddly enough, I've been giving much thought to how to treat it, and then Old Truth puts up this post about it. I remember keeping the Sabbath when I was a kid, and there were certain things we didn't do. But it wasn't about worshipping God, it was about legalism. Fast-forward to today when there is such indifference about how I spend my time. The Sabbath is maybe a once-per-month thing, though I'm more convicted that it ought not to be. I'm still considering what is called "rest". I do enjoy riding my bike on Sunday afternoons, does that count? It feels so indulgent. It's probably not a good idea. Thoughts?

Third, we all live such short lives. We ought to be giving greater consideration to them, and to every word spoken, every thought, every action.

Are we?

3 Comments:

At 2:29 PM, Blogger Gayla said...

I have given absolutely no study to the Amill, Premill or any other Mill. Bring your notes and stuff on Thursday, 'k? :)

I've been considering the sabbath quite a bit lately myself. As far as your bike riding example - I see no reason at all why it wouldn't be considered rest.

Have at it!

 
At 10:00 PM, Blogger Bobo B'nai said...

After I finish our family Bible study Sunday morning, I devote the rest of the day and my free time on Monday to my hobby. For every 15 minutes of preaching figure 1-1 1/2 hours Bible studying...I simply have nothing left after I preach and my hobby is a mindless tinker that relaxes me. Saturday would probably be my better Sabbath example as I try to rest up during the day, taking the kids to nearby play areas to remove the stress of a great traveling ordeal.

 
At 10:47 AM, Blogger carla said...

That is awesome Marcian! There are over 1800 references in the Old Testament to a literal thousand year reign of Christ. Amillenialism usually goes hand in hand with replacement theology, as it denies the role of Israel in the Bible.

Here is a good little read about it:

http://www.khouse.org/articles/2002/395/


As for the Sabbath, it was created for man to rest. The real Sabbath is on the seventh day of the week. Israel was instructed to keep the Sabbath (Shabbat) as a sign to show that they were set apart from other nations. The Sabbath has always been Saturday. As Christians, we meet on Sunday, because the church was born on a Sunday (the Feast of Pentecost was always on the first day of the week, which we call Sunday on the Gregorian calendar). The early church met on the first day of the week to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus (that was on the first day of the week; First Fruits). As Gentiles, we don’t have to keep the Sabbath and are free to worship Sundays. But God knows that we do need a day of rest. I would say that bike riding is definitely a form or R&R.

As Christians, I believe God will bless us if we keep the Sabbath day for worship, the study of God’s word and the setting aside of all normal routines, whether we choose Saturday or Sunday. We can look at this two ways...
are we under the old covenant which demands obedience to God’s requirements, or are we under the New Covenant which has freed us to do what God desires and says is best for us.

There is some good teaching on Christians and the Sabbath here:
http://www.khouse.org/articles/2000/223/

And about our words and actions, you are very right. There is lots in the Bible about that.

 

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