An Ancient Sabbath Keeping King
As we reviewed in our last Sabbath history Segment, we learned about the Arians. They were a group who practiced the commandments of God. Between 341 and 380 AD, an Arian preacher named Ufilas went to the region known as Germany and Poland today. He evangelized the Germanic and Gothic tribes just on the outskirts of the Roman Empire. He converted 8 major tribes to Arianism, including the Visigoths, Burgundians, Vandals, and Lombards.
By the mid-400s AD, the Western Roman Empire was overrun by Gothic/Germanic tribes. Because most of these were Arian, Sabbath keeping was reinforced by these peoples. Sidonius Apollinaris, who was a writer and Christian of this time period, tells us about one particular Visigothic King, Theodoric, who ruled southern France and Spain from 453-466 AD.
“On ordinary days, his table resembles that of a private person…. What need for me to describe the pomp of the Sabbath?” (Sidonius Appollinarius Book 1, Letter 2, Section 6.)
If you were to read the full context of this quote, Sidonius explains that Theodoric ate like a common man during the week, but on the Sabbath ate with great pomp. Remember, the Goths were Sabbath-keeping Arians.
This shows that Sabbath keeping was revered even by kings in this time period.
Kelly McDonald, JR.