Here is part 3 of our exposition of Hemmingsen’s comments on Col. 2.16-17, in which we look at rules (regulae) 4-6 that ought to govern Christian observance of festivals.
FOURTH, the Jewish sabbath was a type and figure of Christians’ spiritual sabbath, which indeed ought to be perpetual, as Isaiah 66 teaches. This sabbath is really nothing other than rest from sins, which is to be thoroughly kept in practice every single day. FIFTH, the Christian should beware lest he, under the pretext of Christian liberty, obstinately scorn the festivals of Christians. For he who does this shamefully violates both the useful order of the church and maliciously harms others by his example. SIXTH, it is a profanation of festivals directed that serves as an affront to God to take their leisure, free time, and ability and occasion they present for committing any wicked deeds more shamelessly and in greater number than at any other time. Hence the law of pious princes about festival days: we wish festival days–days dedicated to the most high Majesty–not to be filled up with any pleasures. 1
E.J. Hutchinson is Assistant Professor of Classics at Hillsdale College.
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