We come now to the final section of Niels Hemmingsen’s comments on Col. 2.16-17, which contains a disquisition on Christian festivals. The passage below contains the seventh of Hemmingsen’s regulae and some concluding observations.
SEVENTH, the Emperor Constantine established the following rule concerning the Lord’s Day: those placed in the countryside should attend to the cultivation of the fields freely and without restraint, since it frequently happens that they cannot more suitably put the grain in the furrows or the vines in their trenches on another day, in order that their advantage, granted by heavenly provision, not be lost on the pretext of a brief space of time [in which work is not permitted]. I think that this rule ought to be kept to the extent that the ministry of the Word is not scorned and it can be observed consistently with the fifth rule set out above. 1 The one who keeps these rules concerning the festivals of Christians will neither easily rush into Jewish superstition nor permit a snare to be laid for him as one who is ignorant of Christian liberty; he will rather be able freely to use the free ordinance for the honor of God, the edification of the church, and his own advantage. 2