Wesley despre sabat


Verse 1, 2, 3. We have here, (1.) The settlement of the kingdom of nature, in God’s resting from the work of creation, Ge 2:1, 2. Where observe, 1. That the creatures made both in heaven and earth, are the hosts or armies of them, which speaks them numerous, but marshalled, disciplined, and under command. God useth them as his hosts for the defence of his people, and the destruction of his enemies. 2. That the heavens and the earth are finished pieces, and so are all the creatures in them. So perfect is God’s work that nothing can be added to it or taken from it, Ec 3:14. 3. That after the end of the first six days, God ceased from all work of creation. He hath so ended his work, as that though in his providence he worketh hitherto, Joh 5:17. preserving and governing all the creatures, yet he doth not make any new species of creatures. 4. That the eternal God, tho’ infinitely happy in himself, yet took a satisfaction in the work of his own hands. He did not rest as one weary, but as one well-pleased with the instances of his own goodness. (2.) The commencement of the kingdom of grace, in the sanctification of the sabbath day, Ge 2:3. He rested on that day, and took a complacency in his creatures, and then sanctified it, and appointed us on that day to rest and take a complacency in the Creator; and his rest is in the fourth commandment made a reason for ours after six days labour. Observe, 1. That the solemn observation of one day in seven as a day of holy rest, and holy work, is the indispensible duty of all those to whom God has revealed his holy sabbaths. 2. That sabbaths are as ancient as the world. 3. That the sabbath of the Lord is truly honourable, and we have reason to honour it; honour it for the sake of its antiquity, its great author, and the sanctification of the first sabbath by the holy God himself, and in obedience to him, by our first parents in innocency.

Wesley, J. (1999). Wesley’s Notes: Genesis (electronic ed.).
Desi Wesley nu ramane consecvent aici pana la sfarsit logicii cu care incepuse, biblic,si in final vorbeste de o ”zi din sapte”, observatiile lui sunt cat se poate de pertinente si robuste teologic:
1. sfintirea sabatului primordial marcheaza inceputul imparatiei harului(deci sfintirea lui este o fapta a credintei, nu legalism!).
2. sabatul ramane o ”datorie” religioasa a credinciosului, nu un moft sau o chestiune facultativa
3. sabatele sunt la fel de vechi precum lumea, nu o chitibusarie jidaneasca
4.  sabatul e pe deplin de onorat si noi avem motive sa-l onoram: de dragul venerabilitatii sale antice, de dragul Creatorului sabatului,si al faptului ca de Dumnezeu a fost sfintit primul sabat, si in ascultare de El si de primii nostri parinti!
Iata ca si Wesley afirma, ca si Luther, ca Adam si Eva au fost primii sabatarieni. Evreii n-au facut decat sa fie pastratorii (si denaturatorii ulterior ai) unei credinte de cand lumea si pamantul. Mantuitorul a revenit sa restaureze si sabatul pentru copiii uituci si perversi ai lui Adam, Avraaam…
PS: se pare insa ca si Wesley s-a framantat cu privire la revenirea la sabatarianism -vezi : John Wesley – pazitor al sambetei? Se pare ca DA(desi doar temporar)! Si azi exista metodisti ”de sambata”!

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Crestin, absolvent al unei facultati de teologie (protestanta). Pasionat de Biblie, carte buna, muzica buna, film bun,alte bunatati... si teologie comparata si istoria Bisericii. De orientare teologica Wesley-ana, simpatizant al paleo-ortodoxiei.

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