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; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of
them openly, triumphing over them in it. Let no man therefore judge you
in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or
of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but
the body is of Christ." Colossians 2:14-17.
Upon what were the
ten commandments written?
"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." Deuteronomy 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." Exodus 32:16.
When was the
"Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host
of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and
he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 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." Genesis 2:1-3.
What was man's
"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."
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." Romans 2:13.
For what purpose
were the sabbaths instituted which formed a part of the "handwriting
"Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of
Christ." Colossians 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 the LORD
blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it." Exodus 20:11.
Were there any
sabbath days in the old dispensation that were local and shadowy?
"Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month,
in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial
of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation." Leviticus 23:24.
"Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day
of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall
afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD. And
ye shall do no work in that same day: for it is a day of atonement, to
make an atonement for you before the LORD your God. For whatsoever soul it
be that shall not be afflicted in that same day, he shall be cut off from
among his people. And whatsoever soul it be that doeth any work in that
same day, the same soul will I destroy from among his people. Ye shall do
no manner of work: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your
generations in all your dwellings. It shall be unto you a sabbath of
rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at
even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath."
What were these
"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,
every thing upon his day." Leviticus 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 freewill offerings, which ye
give unto the LORD." Leviticus 23:38.