We May Certainly Look For Severe Rebukes

“The violation of the Sabbath involves a very particular contempt of the covenant of grace, and of the God of that covenant. It strikes against, undervalues, and contemns, not one thing, but all that is in the covenant. This renders the sin very heinous. This is doubtless a {28} principal reason why God will have Sabbath-violation punished in such an exemplary manner. Severe national judgments are denounced against this sin. “But if ye will not hearken unto me to hallow the Sabbath-day, and not to bear a burden, even entering in at the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath-day; then will I kindle a fire in the gates thereof, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched.” Jer. 17.27. This sin is often found particularly mentioned in the catalogue of Israel’s sins, for which the severest judgments were entailed upon them. Ezek. 20. Amos 8. It has been punished by leaving those who were guilty of it to fall into other heinous and abominable sins. Ezek. 20.24-26, “Because they had not executed my judgments, but had despised my statutes, and had polluted my Sabbaths,” &c. “Wherefore I gave them also statutes that were not good, and judgments whereby they should not live; and I polluted them in their own gifts, in that they caused to pass through the fire, all that openeth the womb,” &c. God commanded the fire, the sword, and the pestilence to destroy them. He subjected them to the execution of fearful threatenings. He left them to adopt and observe laws, rites, and commandments, of men—The statutes of Omri. Micah 6.16. The statutes of the heathen. 2 Kings 17.8. He left them to offer unto idols their first-born, whom they ought to have dedicated to him, as he had commanded them. When he thus gave them up to their own counsels, to follow the lusts of their own hearts, and to walk in their own ways, he left them to punish themselves for their pollution of his Sabbaths. Individuals, who profane this holy day, may fear that God will leave them under the power of unmortified lusts, to work unrighteousness, and to have pleasure in it; and that he will judicially harden them therein. And as a nation, laden with the sin of Sabbath-profanation, we may certainly look for severe rebukes from Jehovah. As he did to Israel, He may cause our Sabbaths to cease, and to be forgotten in Zion. Hosea 2.11. Lam. 2.6. {29}”

Source: A TESTIMONY AND WARNING AGAINST SOME PREVAILING SINS AND  IMMORALITIES: ADDRESSED TO CHRISTIANS IN GENERAL, BY THE REFORMED PRESBYTERY, at http://www.truecovenanter.com/reformedpresbyterian/reformed_presbytery_testimony_against_immoralities.html

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