Friday’s section of this week’s lesson asks,
“What is the problem with those who talk about the reality of sin and yet argue that God’s law has been done away with? What great inconsistency can you point out in that line of reasoning?”
There are many inconsistencies when people try to do away with the law. For one, without a law there is no sin. Romans 5:13 tells us sin is not charged against us without a law. 1 John 3:4 tells us sin is breaking God’s law. If there is no law, then I cannot sin. If I cannot sin, then I do not need grace. If I do not need grace, then I don’t need the cross. It was because the law could not be done away with that Jesus had to die.
Secondly I have met people who quote all the commandments, except when I mention the Sabbath, they turn around and claim the commandments they just quoted were done away with. Yet they didn’t say that when the other commandments were mentioned. There are many inconsistencies with that line of thinking, but here is just one: The Sabbath predates the law at Sinai. So even if the commandments were done away with, that would not get rid of the Sabbath. The Sabbath was already instituted before the commandments were given. Although the word “Sabbath” is not mentioned in our English translations of Gen 2:2-3, the word for “rested” is shabath, from which we get “Sabbath” in English. (Gen 2:3 could be translated as “And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had sabbathed from all his work.) In Isaiah 66:23 we see the Sabbath will be observed throughout eternity.
Those are some inconsistencies that I see. What inconsistencies do you see?
Source: Daily Sabbath School Lessons