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EUREKA WILLIAM! You are right! Now that I think about it, the Pharisees were often charging Jesus with breaking the very strict Sabbath laws and Jesus actually refuted and rebuked the pharisees. I am trying to remember what he said to them. Something about the Sabbath being made for man and not man for the Sabbath, and that it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath. Let me see if I can look up what Jesus said about this. Hmmm. Mark 2 …27Then Jesus told them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. 28Therefore, theSon of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.” ~Berean Study Bible Matthew 12 …11He replied, “If one of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will he not take hold of it and lift it out? 12How much more valuable is a man than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on theSabbath.” 13Then Jesus said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out, and it was restored to full use, just like the other.… ~Berean Study Bible · Considering all of that, your Westminster Confession of Faith seems a very logical take on this matter. Thank you for sharing it William. I hadn't read it before.
When I read your question, several thoughts popped into my head. I have questions too. For instance, if we observe the Sabbath in the same way they did in the Old Testament, what would that really entail? Would we only be allowed to walk a 'Sabbath days journey", abstain from cooking, the whole deal, from Friday at sundown to Saturday sunset or something like that? Did they make any of our current traditions, from church potlucks to children's programs and puppet shows, a part of their Sabbath? So would we have to do away with all the 'work' we do for church? Or is church a separate form of worship, perhaps entailing work, that is actually best to do on Sunday because it isn't really the Sabbath? So if we are only going to observe the Sabbath in some newly interpreted way, how do we decide which things to throw out and which things to keep? I have none of the answers, these are just some questions that flooded my mind when I read your question. It seems if we are going to observe the Sabbath it would be important to do it right, after all.