Thanks for answering my questions so far Tim, its really appreciated. I can understand both sides, however its probably going to take a lot more thinking and inquiry and reading for me to make a substantial decision on this one.
It should always be remembered that the 7th day sabbath was created some 2300+ years..BEFORE…there ever was a Jew (Genesis 2:2,3)
1) Did Adam, Jacob, Abraham, Noah, Shem, or anyone else prior to Moses’ time follow the Sabbath?
Without a knowledge of the Old Testament, people are in great danger !!!
Please read the 4th commandment in Exodus 20:8-11….and see if you can find any reference to foods, drinks, or new moons, OK ?
No there is nothing in reference to foods, drinks, religious festivals, and celebration of new moons in Exodus 20. However God tells Moses to tell them to have a feast of unleavened bread three times a year. Exodus 23:14-15. They are also told not to eat many unclean animals, pork, birds of prey, and certain others.
2) How do we determine which things to follow from the Old Testament vs those not to? Why shouldn’t we follow the feast of unleavened bread? Why shouldn’t we judge those who eat unclean animals?
“16Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day.”
3) When trying to see your perspective this passage seems to say:
Jews could only eat certain things, had to follow religious festivals, and follow the Sabbath day.
I tell you, don’t let other people tell you what you can or cannot eat, whether to follow the religious festivals, or whether to follow the Sabbath day or not.
My analysis could be wrong, what are your thoughts regarding this passage?