This is the forth post in a series, for the previous post please click HERE.
At this point I feel confident in asserting Biblically that there was no separation between the Mosaic Law and the Ten Commandments. They are all one and the same. If the Ten Commandments as a whole unit given by Moses stand today then the whole law of Moses stands right along with it. This means that if the law was not fulfilled on the cross we are biblically bound to put to death anyone for not observing the Sabbath correctly.
He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses Heb 10:28 KJV
“Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people.” Exo 31:14 KJV
And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man that gathered sticks upon the sabbath day. And they that found him gathering sticks brought him unto Moses and Aaron, and unto all the congregation. And they put him in ward, because it was not declared what should be done to him. And the Lord said unto Moses, The man shall be surely put to death: all the congregation shall stone him with stones without the camp. And all the congregation brought him without the camp, and stoned him with stones, and he died; as the Lord commanded Moses. Num 15:32-36 KJV
I never saw any Adventists actually follow these laws related to the Sabbath. They will pay close attention to the Sabbath laws that say not to cook or to boil a pot and things of that nature, but when it comes to the Biblical enforcement of the law they stop. I have never heard a good theological explanation on this from any SDA.
This is especially complicated by the fact that the death penalty itself is not condemned by SDA. They would still support the government in putting a serial killer to death. Murder is one of the ten commandments, why do the punishments for that still exist but those for the Sabbath do not? Its a fair question and the reason SDA cannot reconcile this in a lucid manner is the fact that they don’t recognize the Biblical teaching that the Old Covenant is simply obsolete for New Covenant Christians.