Following the recent controversy surrounding the hours of entertainment on New Year’s Eve, I was impressed to comment.
Here in the Cayman Islands and many other places worldwide, we have Sunday laws in effect. This law requires the closure of entertainment centres at 11.45pm on Saturday night.
I believe the intent of the law is to ensure proper Sabbath keeping. If this is indeed the case, it is a noteworthy effort of our forefathers. Unfortunately it is misguided although well intentioned.
Saturday, the seventh day of the week, is the Sabbath of the Lord they God. It is the only day of the week he specifically blessed, sanctified and set aside for Holy use.
From Genesis to Revelation the Lord magnifies and confirms His Sabbath indicating its eternal nature. See Genesis Chapter 2, verses 2&3 and Revelation Chapter 14, verse 12. It is the only day of rest and worship specifically commanded by God for us to keep; Exodus Chapter 20 verses 8 to 11.
Although anyone who truly knows and loves the Lord worships Him every day. However, the Sabbath is special. In it we find rest, restoration and renewal.
Many Sunday worshippers claim to hold to this philosophy on the premise of honouring the Lord as He rose on this day. This practice lacks Biblical foundation.
Jesus himself kept the Sabbath; Luke Chapter 4, verses 16&31.
Even in death, our Lord kept His Sabbath, resting in the grave and rising early on the Sunday morning. Sunday worship is an institution and tradition of men and not of God.
I would add that there is nothing wrong with worshipping on Sunday of itself, however, it is a sin not to keep Sabbath. Sin is the transgressions of the Law, the Ten Commandments, and the wages of sin is death.
The Sabbath of the Lord thy God is to be kept from sundown until sundown. As from creation ‘the evening and the morning were the first day’ and so on.
Also, the first act of God in creation was to command ‘let there be light,’ which indicates that the Earth was in a state of darkness.
Therefore, the Lord brought light out of darkness and the evening when the sun sets is the end of one day and the beginning of another.
This is why the Lord commands His Sabbath to be kept from sundown until sundown for a day consists of a period of darkness and light.
In my opinion the Sunday Law is also inconsistent in that it demands and requires the closure and cessation of entertainment prior to midnight on Saturday night as men know it. Yet the law allows the opening of bars and restaurants later that same day.
Today the Lord continues to bring light out of darkness in our lives; but not for much longer. The spirit of God is withdrawing from the Earth. These are the times to seek Him earnestly.
The nature of global events should come as no surprise; hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Not to mention tsunamis and the unspeakable acts of violence and disgrace that we wreak upon one another. These things are recorded in the Word of God specifically to notify us of this.