Nehemiah Part XXVII - Profaning the Sabbath, Part II (13:15-22)
When we read Scripture, we must read specific comments in their context. For example, if we only read Romans 14 and Colossians 2 where Paul repudiates the notion that Christians are bound to the 7th day Jewish Sabbath, then we might conclude that Paul prohibits distinguishing one day from another. All days are alike absolutely. However, to argue in this way is to misread the apostles – for the very apostles who reject the Jewish Sabbath themselves institute a Christian Sabbath which they call the Lord’s Day. Context matters. So today we are going to be using Nehemiah’s actions to help us understand what our Lord’s Day, our Sabbath rest should look like.
Stuart Bryan is the pastor of Trinity Church. He and his wife, Paige, have seven children, four homegrown, two adopted from the lovely land of Guatemala, and one adopted from Ukraine. Stuart earned his B.A. in Religion from Whitworth College and his M.A. in Theological and Historical Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida.