From the bereans apologetics and research ministry website.
jesus says he came to fulfill the law NOT DESTROY IT! which means the ten commandments! not moses law… i am nto a seventhday adventist and even i can see that with clear eyes… also the Sabbath command is the only commandment that says REMEMBER, so OBVIOUSLY it existed BEFORE God wrote the ten commandments with His own FINGER. please research better. there was obviosuly a difference between the sabbath(s) of the mosaic law and hte Holy Sabbath, or there wouldnt be such an emphasis on it written in stone by the hand of God. Jesus was our example, and he dint keep the mosaic law that the pharisees condemned him for NOT keeping, but HE DID KEEP THE HOLY SABBATH,,,hmm, wonder what that means…i’ll be praying for you all.
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Thank you for writing us. I’d like to share two things that I hope can answer your concerns.
First, Matt. 5:17 says ‘Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to FULFILL.” To understand what Matt is talking about when he used the word “fulfill”, we need to see the the other verses where he used the same word.
Here’s the link to help you out
If you will notice, whenever Matthew uses the word “fulfill”, he does not necessarily mean “to obey”. He means, “to come into pass” or to “do something that was prophesied”. Jesus came to do something, and that is bring out those who are under the law and place them under grace — Read Roman chapters 3-11, Paul discusses this topic very well.
Imagine, if “fulfill” in Matt. 5:17 means “to obey”, take note that the preceding verses also mentioned “not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen” will disappear. And Jesus mentioned the “law and the prophets”.
Something to ponder upon: if Jesus came to “obey the laws and the prophets (basically, that means the old testament — the “law” means the Torah and “prophets” means the books of prophets ie Isaiah, Jeremiah, etc), then why don’t we kill Sabbath breakers today? (Exo. 35)
Jesus came to fulfill the laws, and when he fulfilled it, he said “It is finished”. You are not under the law, my friend. You are now under grace.
Secondly, the Sabbath law is nonexistence before Mt. Sinai contrary to what you imply. Think about this, the Sabbath law mentioned about “not allowing your servants to work on a sabbath”. If this law is existing during the time of Adam and Eve, who are their servants? Do they have? Also, the Sabbath law mentioned about “stopping from all your work”. Tell me, in Eden, did Adam and Eve actually labor during those times? Or do they have a 24/7 sabbath rest with the Lord?
You see, the Sabbath law applies to a certain group of people to a certain time. God intended it that way. God also intends that we find our rest not in a day, but in a person. I suggest that you find your rest in the person of Jesus Christ. He alone can give you rest. (Matt. 28:11)