Friday, December 19, 2014

Let No Man Judge You In Sabbath Keeping (Colossians 2:16)

Colossians 2:16 is the foremost text the Sunday keeping Church of today uses to say God’s 4th Commandment (Sabbath keeping) is no longer valid.  But sadly, they are in error in their understanding of what Paul was saying to the first century church in the small city of Colossae.

Here are the King James Version’s words for this verse: “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” (Colossians 2:16). The church today says, “See, this means no one is to judge us for what we eat, or drink, or whether we keep the holydays or Sabbath days or not.  And actually, I agree, it DOES appear that this is what Paul is saying, as long as you ignore the rest of his letter.

But here is the truth … the KJV is actually an incorrect translation of the original Greek manuscript.  It incorrectly uses the conjuction word “or” throughout the verse, seemingly placing equal importance on …“eating (meat)” … “drinking” … “holydays” … “new moons” … and “Sabbath days”.  The truth is “eating” and “drinking” were to be equals, and were the things “not to be judged” when the believers of Colossae were observing the holydays, new moon festivals, and the Sabbaths.

In correct English translation it should have read like this: “Therefore let no one judge you in eating and in drinking; either when partaking of a feast or new moon or Sabbaths.” (Colossians 2:16, The Good News of Messiah).  Isn’t that amazing?  Paul was in NO WAY saying the 4th Commandment was no longer valid!  Rather, he was confirming its validity, and was simply saying, “Don’t let anyone judge you in how you observe it in regards to eating and drinking on that day”.

Have a wonderful Sabbath Day!


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