Law and Sabbath with Anthony Buzzard

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Sir Anthony Buzzard was born in Surrey, England and educated at Oxford University and later at Bethany Theological Seminary in Chicago. He holds Master’s degrees in languages and theology. He came to the USA with his wife and daughters in 1981 and has taught Bible at Atlanta Bible College since then. He is the author of numerous books including The Law, the Sabbath, and New Covenant Christianity (other books and articles are available at restorationfellowship.org).

Do Christians need to keep the Law of Moses? Is it wrong to work on Saturday? Should the people of God avoid pork and shellfish? Questions like these may seem obvious to many of us but there are several groups of Christians who insist that unless one keeps the Law he or she will be condemned on the day of judgment. Amazingly, this same Judaizing tendency was rampant in the first century church as well. Listen in to the discussion to find out more about this as well as hear first-hand what it was like for Anthony when he came to these conclusions after observing Torah for fourteen years.

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17 Responses to Law and Sabbath with Anthony Buzzard

  1. Xavier says:

    “…for there are already priests who offer the gifts prescribed by the law. They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.”…The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship.” Heb 8.3-5; 10.1

    The Bible uses many metaphors for a reason, so we as readers can more properly and specifically understand His scripture.

    A shadow is just that, a hint or faint, indistinct image or idea of things to come. The reality being “in Messiah Jesus”.

    • john says:

      Xavier, so what are you really saying other that the typical evangelical/catholic viewpoint. How is Christ, a reality of not eating pork, or “observing” the Sabbath, not killing or committing adultery

  2. Xavier says:

    john

    All I was pointing out is the fact that Jesus, as the prophesized Messiah and “one of a kind” [monogenes] Son of God, is the fulfillment of God’s very own word. As per John 1.1-18; 1John 1.1-5.

  3. Andrew says:

    And all John was saying was that your point is moot. Jesus can not bring down the law and prophets. God still doesn’t want people eating pork, murdering, committing adultery or profaning the Sabbath. It has nothing to do with a fear of judgment. It has everything to do with loving the Creator and making every effort to serve His commandments because we want to. Shadows or not, the law is truth, the law is good, the law is to be desired more than honey and gold (Psalm 19 explains this to us well!)

  4. Xavier says:

    Andrew

    As Christians our obedience of faith will be weighed upon “the law of Christ” and not “the Law of Moses” [Rom 10-12].

    Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? As for those who come to me and hear my words and put them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.

    But those who hear my words and do not put them into practice are like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete. Luke 6.46f.

  5. virginia reynolds says:

    Andrew, If God wanted the laws to continue there
    would have been no reason for Jesus to be born.

    I too had a problem with the sabbeth but God showed me
    through His inspired word that the sabbeth and holy days were not needed anymore. Virginia

    ps. Thank you Anthony for this new blog

  6. virginia reynolds says:

    To john 23rd March 2010.
    Jesus did not do away with the ten commandments he
    made them harder ie:- Commandment, do not commit adultry/Jesus said Do not look at a woman with lust in
    your mind because you would have ready committed adultry.

    Jesus put all the commendments under one roof:- To
    love your neighbour as yourself that way no one
    would do anything to hurt another human being in any
    way. Virginia

  7. Rob says:

    Virginia you got it right! Jesus actually made it harder, at least on paper. However I think that is the way it was always intended to be.

    Then Jesus made it easier. He went away and sent the Holy Spirit to enable us to keep his commandments!

  8. robert says:

    Deut. 18: 18-19(a Prophet like unto Moses)
    Acts 10:42-43(the Judge that all the prophets gave witness)
    Jhn. 1:45(Prophet of whom Moses spoke)
    Deut. 30: 6(Yahweh will circumcise your heart so Israel would…)
    Deut. 30: 10(keep the words written in this book)
    Deut. 30: 16-20(blessings and cruses of law/ how to love Yah)
    Ex. 12:49(one law to stranger[grafted in gentile] and native born)
    Rom.10&11(blindness in part/grafted into the Vine)
    Jer. 31:31-40(new covenant made with Israel and Judah)
    Matt.22:37-40(on the two hang all the law and the prophets)
    1Cor. 7:19(circumcision/uncircumcision nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.)
    1Jn.5:3(commandments not grievous)
    Jhn. 14:21-24(how to love the Son and be blessed by the Father)
    Acts 15:19-21(gentiles told to keep the law of Moses Lev. 3:17)
    Acts21:19-27(during Passover Feast,believing Jews among gentiles …/ Paul shows he keeps law of Moses )
    Acts 24:11,14(Paul there to worship, Paul says he believes in ALL things written in the law and the prophets [Ex. 12:49])
    Deut.27,28,29 & 31:24-30(the Good Book and It’s Covenant)
    Mal. 4:4(Remember the law of Moses)
    Matt. 5(law of Moses, the one Paul kept as did our Savior)
    Lev.23,Gen. 1:14[seasons-moed] Ex. 31:16-18(what did Jesus-Yahoshua do?) One Law, One God, One Spirit, One Messiah, One body-Israel. (Are you grafted in or are you still a gentile without Israel’s God/Messiah? Rom. 10 & 11)
    Jer. 16:19-21(gentiles will come to Yahweh out from the inherited lies of their fathers )

  9. Tony C says:

    I see that all of the comments here quote scripture and most all are taken out of context, no matter how well intentioned.

    No one has mentioned covenant, and the Holy Scripture is all about covenant. A covenant is a solemn agreement with two parties. There are many covenants in the bible, most are unconditional, but the one most often referred to is the conditional Mosaic Covenant made specifically between God and the people of Israel, and no one else. God is specific with His blessings for obedience and His curses for disobedience. His blessing for obedience most always was giving them land or abundance of crops. Unlike the previous unconditional covenants that God made with Noah, Abraham and his sons because of their faith in God, this conditional covenant was given to the nation of Israel, because they were a stiff neck, disobedient people. Looking more closely, the only reason for God’s perseverance and the existence of Israel was God’s promise to Abraham, His faithful friend, to bring forth the Messiah from Abraham’s seed.

    Certain believers cling to the Law as in the Mosaic Covenant as though there were no prior law guiding our conduct. Keep in mind the Mosaic Covenant was given only to the descendants of Jacob (Israel). So what laws were there for those before Mount Sinai? It was the natural law; the law that God had instilled in each and every one of us starting from creation. When Cain killed his brother, and then tried to hide his misdeed. Didn’t he know that he had violated the law of God? Why would he have tried to cover it up if there were no law to prick his conscience?

    Simply put, we are made in the image of God. God is Love, it is His very essence and we are made in that image. Obeying God’s law is to love your brother to the point of lying down you life for him. Jesus spoke of obeying the commandments and they were to love your God and your brother and in these two lay all of the laws and the prophets. Paul elaborated even more in Romans 13. This is the New Covenant Commandment, to love one another. Jesus, lead by example giving His life up for each and every one of us. So why do we muddle up our lives with so many restraints, by refraining from eating certain foods, when the bible tells us that no food is unclean when given up to God in thanks. Why keep days, moons, feasts, festivals. These things are linked to a covenant and a priest hood that as the author of Hebrews puts it is annulled. Paul writes, if you decide to follow just one of these laws you must follow all (meaning the 613 laws of the Mosaic Covenant) then you are out from under Grace and Christ is of no avail.

    Our charge as believers is to proclaim the Kingdom of God by spreading the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and that salvation comes only through faith in Him. Loving one another as Christ loved us.

  10. robert says:

    Tony C, good point, but the laws you mentioned about love were in the mosaic covenant. Lev. 19:18 and Deut. 6:5. not to mention that the beloved tithing system was, too. If the Mosaic law is done away with, we can sleep with animals now! yeah! LOL. Paul was a law keeper Acts 24:14, 11. the laws he was against were the oral laws-Talmud/traditions of men/dogma. please, look again.

  11. Robert, so are saying that Christians are to tithe?

    • robert says:

      Mr. Westerman,

      Here are some texts that may address your question: “Robert, so are saying that Christians are to tithe?”

      Mal 3:7 Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?
      Mal 3:8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
      Mal 3:9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
      Mal 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
      Mal 3:11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.
      Mal 3:12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts.

      Cornelius: in the New Testament(Jer. 31:33-renewed Covevnant)
      Act 10:1 There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band,
      Act 10:2 A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.

      http://www.christchurchreformed.com/Galatians/Sermons/Galatians%2002%20(008%20Remembering%20the%20Poor).htm

  12. Robert, please correct me if I am wrong, but it sounds like you are saying that Paul, after his conversion, still believed that homosexuals and adulterers should be stoned.

  13. DA Iverson says:

    There are so many errors of reason in the book and explained on this show that it is rather sad. The foundation of our faith is that it is abhorrent for one to disobey Yehowah God (no matter who says you can – Paul included) to disobey God is the definition of sin no matter the reasoning. Only God can repeal that which God set as law.

  14. Don Souder says:

    This is the only teaching of yours I have serious issues with. Please view this 28 minute teaching from testeverything.net and you will see why the Sabbath and the Torah are still integral parts of a believer’s life…
    http://www.119ministries.com/videoteachings.aspx?viewcontentpageguid=64fc2787-c76b-43b0-b889-0697486a964a&parentnavigationid=28668

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