You are right, of course. These tired arguments are just blowing smoke. When Pharasees from Jerusalem went out into the Diaspora telling the Gentile converts they must obey the Law, Peter called the Law something “which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear.” (Acts 15:10 )
James’ response was just as emphatic “Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, SUBVERTING YOUR SOULS, saying, YE MUST be circumcised, and KEEP THE LAW: to whom WE GAVE NO SUCH COMMANDMENT”. (Acts 15:24)
Clearly, the Gentile Christians were not keeping the Law or the Pharasee Christians wouldn’t have told them they needed to start. (That’s not rocket science.)
Another argument for keeping the Law is that every Sabbath, Christians were in synagogue[!] Fortunately some translations make it clear that the particular text referred to isn’t talking about Gentile Christians.
We must remember that the Law of Moses has been preached in city after city for many years, and every Sabbath it is read when we Jews meet. (Acts 15:21 CEV)
A couple of other passages I think we usually miss:
To a congregation whose members are all Gentiles who are being conned into submitting to the initation rite (circumcision) that places them under the Law: " LEAVE THE LAW ALONE!"
9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?
10 Ye observe [seventh?] day[Sabbath]s, and months [new moon Sabbaths?], and times[seasonal Sabbaths?], and [Sabbatical?] years. (Gal 4:9,10)
To the Gentile members of a mixed congregation whose Jewish members are having trouble giving up the Sabbaths of the Law:" DON’T RUSH THEM. LET THEM CONTINUE TO SABBATIZE AS LONG AS THEY FEEL A NEED TO!"
5b…One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.__(Rom 14:5b, 6)
The fascinating thing here is that in Galatia, he’s deeply alarmed at observing holy days, whereas in Rome, “it ain’t no biggie”. But in neither case is he really a fan of holy days.
This is important stuff. It’s a shame that we systematically spin the message of Galatians.
I don’t think the ancient Jews had weeks on their calendars. Just think how full their houses would be with pottery Tishreis and Nisans. How could you make a calendar for next year if you don’t know in advance, which months have 30 days. Etc. The Bible mentions “seventh day” about three dozen times, but “seventh day of the week”: NEVER. When Jesus spoke of being raised on “the third day”, He didn’t mean the third day of the week. When the commandment says circumcise your new son on the eighth day, it can’t possibly mean the eighth day of the week. So where did we get the idea that “the seventh day” means the seventh day of the week"?
The Samoans know by now that there’s no way to know which day is in synch with the seventh day of creation week if God didn’t tell us where He put His date-line. And He didn’t. I’ve noticed that every commandment in the Bible to keep the seventh day holy always says to work six consecutive days first. Maybe the Jews didn’t have a problem because they had the opportunity to take their first sabbath immediately after working six or fewer consecutive days. Maybe God never criticized anyone in the Bible for observing Sabbath on the wrong day because His definition of the right day is more reasonable than ours.
Even a Cathholic who works six days (ANY six consecutive days) and takes the next day off is probably making that seventh day a legitimate Sabbath!
One last shot. I recently discovered that Sabbath begins at sundown only on the ninth day of the seventh month.(Lev 23:32) Evidently, we’re just as blinded by tradition as everybody else.