When I studied the Sabbath from Exodus 31: 12- 18 it clearly told the children Israel to observe the Sabbath. Now I am a Gentile, the son of Gentile, the son of Gentile, etc., etc., etc.; and whenever I try to live up to the letter to the Law I only give power to my dormant Sin Nature. The Law being any rule I try to follow to gain the Righteousness that was bought by the Blood of Jesus, Romans 6 & 7.
Galatians was a rebuking letter written to Gentile Christians, in what we call Northern Turkey, about starting off in the simply child- like Faith of Christ crucified then trying to incorporate Law. Beloved, it’s not about pitting the LORD God, the Lord Jesus & the Apostle Paul at one another. The LORD God gave the entirety of the Law- ceremonial, moral, & sacrificial so that Israel as well as the world (if they were paying attention) a laser pointer to the Lord Jesus. The Lord Jesus said in Matthew 5: 20, “For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.”(NASB) Meaning unless we have the imputed righteousness of the Lord we will never the Promise of Genesis 3: 15. Paul the apostle said in Galatians 2: 21, “I do not frustrate the Grace of God: for if righteousness came by the Law, then Christ is dead vain.”(KJV)
Has it ever dawn on anyone that the LORD gave one law, ‘Don’t eat of the Tree of Knowledge of Good & Evil.’ & we couldn’t do that? Here’s the thing; do you want to be seen in Christ Adherence to the Law or your adherence? I love the Law of the God and delight myself in His Will but I have, as much of the Church, found out what Paul found, ‘the good that I would do I do not but the evil I hate that’s what I do…’ And this is because when I try to live the Letter of the Law it only ignites my dormant Sin Nature and I find myself crying w/ hot tears, ‘O wretched man that I am!!!!! Who can save me from this Death????’ This is why God gave us the Law, to bring us to the point where we see our wretchedness. If you can’t see this little item, you will.
Angels bow before Him; Heaven and Earth adore Him; what a mighty GOD we serve. The Law of God was our schoolmaster to bring to the foot of the Cross where you see how sinful we are, to the point where the Lord GOD had to wrap Himself in Flesh and die a horrible death on the Cross to justify all those that place their Faith in Christ so we can come boldly to the Throne of God. So then this allows the Holy Spirit the latitude in our lives to teach us how to live soberly which is in relation toward ourselves, righteously as it relates towards others, and godly in our relationship w/ the LORD: Prayer Life, Study of the Word & mediation of the Word, and Church Life- our attends and servant hood. Denying ungodliness has to do with our heart and worldly lust is our ability to live in the world and not of the world, per Titus 2: 11- 13. Before you say you are living in the realm of Law, the Law demands perfection from your first breathe to the other side of eternity. Christ Jesus is doing it, are you?
Now with all this said I have no problem with anyone as it regards their personal relationship w/ God through Christ Jesus, whether you observe the Sabbath, Feast of the Tabernacle, or the like but my beef as it were is the open face condemning judgment of those that do it as if your observance makes you holier than those of us who don’t. The Holy Spirit through Paul said in Colossians 2: 16- 18, ‘Christ did the work on His Cross and that meat, drink, all holy days, new moon feast and Sabbath days are just shadows of the Body of Christ. And allow no man, woman, or child to steal our reward bought w/ the Blood of the Lamb in the performance of vain prideful flesh.’(Expository paraphrase) And if I missed something, the Lord Jesus told all of us not to judge each other unless we get the pole out of our eye and then worry about the speck in our brother or sisters’ eye.