What Pastor O’Hair has to say about Sabbath


“Pastor J.C. O’Hair”



“First we quote Exodus 31:16 and 17:”

“Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant. It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.”

“Here we learn that the Sabbath was a sign between Jehovah and the nation Israel. There is not a single Scripture to show that God ever gave the Sabbath for members of the Body of Christ in this day of grace. The believer today is delivered from the law, is dead to the law, and is not under the law. Romans 7:3 to 6—Romans 6:14. In Genesis 2:1 we read that God “Sabbathed’ on the seventh day. But God’s rest was of short duration. Satan came on the scene and four thousand years later the Lord Jesus said in John 5:17: “My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.” From the sin of Adam until the time Israel left Egypt, twenty five hundred years later, there is not a word concerning the Sabbath. About 800 years before God gave the Sabbath to Israel, Noah found grace in the sight of God. Then 430 years before the Sabbath was given to Israel Abram believed God and was declared righteous. Both Noah and Abram rested in a Person and not in a day.”

“About 2500 years after Adam left Eden on Mount Sinai the Sabbath was given to Israel in connection with the law covenant. Israel had a Sabbath, but no rest. God “Sabbathed” after He had done a perfect work. At Sinai God gave to man a perfect work. His perfect law. When Christ was on earth He told Israel that none of them had kept the law. They were zealous Sabbath keepers, but they killed the Son of God. Before He went to Calvary Christ said “Come unto Me and I will give you rest.”

“In this day of grace, believing sinners find rest in a Person and not in a day. That Person is the Lord Jesus Christ. Concerning Him we read in Hebrews 10:12 that He rested in a perfect work of redemption. By Christ God did a perfect work of creation and a perfect work of redemption. Man’s work has always been imperfect.”

“The Lord Jesus was dead and His body was in the sepulchre on Israel’s Sabbath. By His death God blotted out the handwriting of ordinances according to Colossians 2:14. According to Colossians 2:16, believers are not to be judged in respect to the Sabbath.”

“There are several Scriptures as to the gatherings of the Lord’s disciples on the first day of the week. The first day of the week speaks of resurrection and believers today are “resurrection” people. But we should avoid the blunder of calling the first day of the week “the Christian Sabbath.” Believers do not religiously keep the first day of the week as the Sabbath, but they should rejoice in the blessed privilege of gathering on that day in the name of the risen Christ, who is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believeth. Romans 10:4.”


See? Am not the only one that reads Exodus 20:1-17 and Exodus 31:12-18 as a dispensationalist. I suppose those in the Christian Sabbath keeping movement somehow contect themselves with Ancient Israel. And that is why they have such a odd philosophy through Theonomy.

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