Sabbath Questions

Dear Friend, you may ask the common question, WHY keep the Sabbath day? What is the object of the Sabbath? Who made it? When was it made, and for whom? Which day is the true Sabbath? These are all very relevant questions because many keep the first day of the week, or Sunday, instead of the seventh day, or Saturday, as the holy day. What does the Bible say about these two days. Here are some facts about both days, in brief format and as plainly stated in the Word of God:

1. After working the first six days of the week in creating this earth, the great God rested on the seventh day [Genesis 2:1-3]. Not because God needed to rest but in order to commune with His created beings, who were made in His image.

2. This identified the day as God’s rest day, or Sabbath day (the word Sabbath literally means rest day). God refers to this day as “…the Sabbath of the Lord thy God.” [Deuteronomy 5:14]

3. When a person is born on a certain day, that day thus becomes his birthday. So when God rested upon the seventh day, that day became His rest, or Sabbath, day. Therefore the seventh day must always be God’s Sabbath day. Can you change your birthday from the day on which you were born to one on which you were not born? No. Neither can one change God’s rest day to a day on which He did not rest. Hence the seventh day will always be God’s Sabbath day.

4. The Creator blessed the seventh day. This is the day specifically blessed by God. [Genesis 2:3]

5. He sanctified the seventh day. This is the day set apart by God. [Exodus 20:11]

6. The origins of the Sabbath day go back to creation week and the Garden of Eden, to the very beginnings of the world’s existence. [Genesis 2:1-3]

7. It was made before the fall, hence it is not a type; for types were not introduced till after the fall.

8. Jesus says it was made for man [Mark 2:27], for humankind. The word man is here unlimited and refers to all people, for the Gentile as well as for the Jew.

9. It is a memorial of creation. [Exodus 20:11] [Exodus 31:17] Every time we rest upon the seventh day, as God did at creation, we commemorate that grand event and acknowledge Him as the creator.

10. It was given to Adam, the head of the human race. [Mark 2:27] [Genesis 2:1-3]

11. Hence through him, as our representative, to all nations and all people. [Acts 17:26]

12. It is not a Jewish institution, for it was made 2,300 years before ever there was a Jew.

13. The Bible never calls it the Jewish Sabbath, but always “the Sabbath of the Lord thy God.” Men should be cautious how they label God’s holy rest day.

14. Evident reference is made to the Sabbath and the seven-day week all through the patriarchal age. [Genesis 2:1-3] [Genesis 8:10-12] [Genesis 29:27-28]

15. The Sabbath was a part of God’s law before Sinai. [Exodus 16:4] [Exodus 27] [Exodus 28] [Exodus 29] In the law at Sinai God confirms its earlier existence by introducing the Sabbath commandment with the words “Remember.” [Exodus 20:8]

16. Then God placed it in the heart of His moral law. [Exodus 20:1-17] Why did He place it there if it was not like the other nine precepts, which all admit to be immutable? But unlike the other nine, this commandment brings to view both the name and title of the Lawgiver. It declares Him to be the Creator of the heavens and the earth, and thus shows His claim to reverence and worship above all. [Exodus 20:8-11]

17. The seventh-day Sabbath was commanded by the voice of God. [Deuteronomy 4:12-13]

18. Later in time God wrote the commandment with His own finger. [Exodus 31:18]

19. He personally engraved it in the enduring stone, indicating its imperishable nature. [Deuteronomy 5:22]

20. It was sacredly preserved in the ark of the covenant in the holy of holies. [Deuteronomy 10:1-5]

21. God forbade work upon the Sabbath, even in the most hurrying of times. [Exodus 34:21]

22. God destroyed the Israelites in the wilderness because they profaned the Sabbath. [Ezekiel 20:12-13]

23. It is the sign of the true God, by which we are to know Him from false gods. [Ezekiel 20:20]

24. God promised that Jerusalem should stand forever if His people would faithfully keep the Sabbath. [Jeremiah 17:24-25]

25. He sent them into the Babylonian captivity for breaking it. [Nehemiah 13:18]

26. He destroyed Jerusalem because of its violation. [Jeremiah 17:27]

27. God has pronounced a special blessing on all the Gentiles who will keep it. [Isaiah 56:6-7]

28. This is in the prophecy which refers wholly to the Christian dispensation. [Isaiah 56]

29. God has promised to bless all who keep the Sabbath. [Isaiah 56:2]

30. The Lord requires us to call it “honourable.” [Isaiah 58:13] Be cautious not to call it the “old Jewish Sabbath,” “a yoke of bondage,” etc.

31. After the holy Sabbath has been neglected for “many generations,” it is to be restored in the last days. [Isaiah 58:12-13]

32. All the holy prophets kept the seventh day.

33. When the Son of God came, He kept the seventh day throughout His life on earth. It was his custom to do so. [Luke 4:16] [John 15:10]

34. The seventh day is the Lord’s day. [Revelation 1:10] [Mark 2:28] [Isaiah 58:13] [Exodus 20:10]

35. Jesus was Lord of the Sabbath. [Mark 2:28]

36. He vindicated the Sabbath as a merciful institution designed for man’s good. [Mark 2:23-28]

37. Instead of abolishing the Sabbath, He carefully taught how it should be observed. [Matthew 12:1-13]

38. He taught His disciples that it was lawful to do good deeds on the Sabbath. [Matthew 12:12]

39. He instructed His apostles that the Sabbath should be prayerfully regarded in the future years after His resurrection. [Matthew 24:20]

40. The pious women who had been with Jesus carefully kept the seventh day after His death. [Luke 23:56]

41. Thirty years after Christ’s resurrection, the Holy Spirit expressly calls it “the Sabbath day.” [Acts 13:14]

42. Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles, called it the “Sabbath day” in A.D. 45. [Acts 13:27] Paul clearly knew which was the seventh day Sabbath.

43. Luke, the inspired Christian historian, writing as late as A.D. 62, calls it the “Sabbath day.” [Acts 13:44] All other gospels written after the death of Christ also consistently refer to it as the Sabbath and make no mention of any change in the day of worship.

44.The Gentile converts called it the Sabbath. [Acts 13:42]

45. In the great Christian council, A.D. 49, in the presence of the apostles and thousands of disciples, James calls it the “Sabbath day.” [Acts 15:21]

46. It was customary to hold prayer meetings upon that day. [Acts 16:13]

47. Paul read the Scriptures in public meetings on that day. [Acts 17:2-3]

48. It was his custom to preach upon that day. [Acts 17:2-3]

49. The Book of Acts alone gives a record of his holding eighty-four meetings upon that day. [Acts 13:14] [Acts 13:44] [Acts 16:13] [Acts 17:2] [Acts 18:4] [Acts 18:11]

50. There was never any dispute between the Christians and the Jews about the Sabbath day. This is proof that the Christians still observed the same day that the Jews did.

51. In all their accusations against Paul, they never charged him with disregarding the Sabbath day. Why did they not, if he did not keep, it?

52. But Paul himself expressly declared that he had kept the law. “Neither against the law of the Jews, neither against the temple, nor yet against Ceasar, have I offended any thing at all.” [Acts 25:8] How could this be true if he had not kept the Sabbath?

53. The Sabbath is mentioned in the New Testament fifty-nine times, and always with respect, bearing the same title it had in the Old Testament, “the Sabbath day.”

54. Not a word is said anywhere in the New Testament about the Sabbath’s being abolished, done away, changed, or anything of the kind.

55. God has never given permission to any man to work upon it. The seventh day was never designated for common labor?

56. No Christian of the New Testament, either before or after the resurrection, ever engaged in ordinary work upon the seventh day. Why should we as modern Christians do differently from Bible Christians?

57. There is no record that God has ever removed His blessing or sanctification from the seventh day or transferred it to another day, or expressly authorized others to make that change.

58. As the Sabbath was kept in Eden before the fall, so it will be observed eternally in heaven, in the new earth after the restoration of the world [Isaiah 66:22-23].

59. The seventh-day Sabbath was an important part of the law of God, as it came from His own mouth, and was written by His own finger upon stone at Sinai. [Exodus 20] When Jesus began His work, He expressly declared that He had not come to destroy the law. “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets.” [Matthew 5:17]. Jesus severely condemned the Pharisees as hypocrites for pretending to love God, while at the same time they made void one of the Ten Commandments by their tradition. The keeping of Sunday is only a tradition of men.

60. The law of the ten commandments lives and will live throughout eternal ages, it will maintain its exalted character as long as God endures, for the law is the expression of God’s character. The types and shadows, offerings and sacrifices had no virtue after Christ’s death on the cross; but God’s law was not crucified with Christ. God did not make the infinite sacrifice of giving His only begotten Son to our world, to secure for man the privilege of breaking the commandments of God in this life and in the future eternal life. Had the law been destroyed at the cross, Satan would have achieved all that he set out to do in heaven. For this he was expelled from heaven and today he is deceiving human beings in regards to the law of God, by leading people to believe that it is obligatory to keep all of the laws of the commandments (not to steal, murder, lie…) but that its not obligatory to keep the Sabbath law. The Sabbath commandment is the heart of the Law of God.

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