What was the result of
blotting out the handwriting of ordinances?
"Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which
was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross... Let
no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of a holy day, or
of the new moon, or of the sabbath days, which are a shadow of things to
come; but the body is of Christ." Col. 2:14-17.
Upon what were the ten
"And He declared unto you His covenant, which He commanded you to
perform, even ten commandments; and He wrote them upon two tables of stone.
" Deut. 4:13.
In what manner were they
written on these tables of stone?
"And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of
God, graven upon the tables." Ex. 32:16.
When was the Sabbath
"Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of
them... And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it; because that in it
He had rested from all His work which God created and made." Gen. 2:1-3.
What was man's condition
"And God saw every thing that He had made, and behold, it was very
good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day." Gen. 1:31.
Had man faithfully obeyed
God from the beginning, would He have been counted a sinner?
"For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers
of the law shall be justified." Rom. 2:13.
For what purpose were the
sabbaths instituted which formed a part of the "handwriting of
"Which are a shadow of
things to come; but the body is
of Christ." Col 2:17. They pointed forward to Christ.
To what does the Sabbath
of the fourth commandment direct the mind? Back to creation.
"For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that
in them is, and rested the seventh day; wherefore [for this reason] the
Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it." Ex. 20:11.
Were there any sabbath
days in the old dispensation that were local and shadowy?
"In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a
sabbath." Lev. 23:24. "Also the tenth day of the seventh month there
shall be a day of atonement... It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye
shall afflict your souls." Lev. 23:27-32.
What were these days for?
"These are the feasts of the Lord, which ye shall proclaim to be holy
convocations, to offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord, a burnt offering,
and a meat offering, a sacrifice, and drink offerings, everything upon his
day." Lev. 23:37.
Were these entirely
distinct from the seventh-day Sabbath?
"Beside the Sabbaths of the Lord, and beside your gifts, and beside all
your vows, and beside all your free will offerings, which ye give unto the
Lord." Lev. 23:38.