When is the Sabbath day?

December 2, 2013   |   Category: Ask Irvin   |   Tags:

Should we only worship on the Sabbath day?

By Irvin Baxter


QUESTION: Scott from North Carolina wants to know, With so many different standpoints given by different churches, what day should we actually say is the Sabbath?


ANSWER: If you talk about what day the Sabbath was in the Old Testament; it was definitely Saturday, the seventh day of the week. But there were some times when they had more than one Sabbath, when there were holy days such as Passovers, Pentecost, the Feast of Tabernacles… they would have two or three Sabbaths in one week, but the normal Sabbath happened on Saturday. So the big question is, is it now mandated that we keep the Sabbath just as they did in the Old Testament, and is that the day that we should worship? Well we know that in the Bible, the church worshipped on Sunday, the Bible says, ‘when you come together on the first day of the week’. Why did they worship on Sunday when it was the Jewish custom to worship on Saturday? The Bible says that it was the habit of the Apostle Paul to go to the Synagogue every Sabbath day and to dispute with the people concerning the Messiah, that he would suffer and then he would preach to them that Jesus came, suffered, and that He was the Messiah. So apparently they used Saturday to go to the synagogue to evangelize, and then they would bring their converts to the Christian church on Sunday. The truth of the matter is, it doesn’t matter what day you worship, because the New Testament Church was daily in the Temple.

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2 Responses to “When is the Sabbath day?”

  1. If it does not matter what day we go to church then why is the 4th commandment to keep the 7th day Sabbath? I would say if God gave us a commandment to keep one day then he means for us to keep that day. The Bible says if you break one commandment you break them all.

    • Doug Norvell

      Hello David,

      Jesus came to fulfill the Law and He did, Matthew 12:At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. And His disciples were hungry, and began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. 2 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to Him, “Look, Your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath!”

      3 But He said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him: 4 how he entered the house of God and ate the showbread which was not lawful for him to eat, nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests? 5 Or have you not read in the law that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath, and are blameless? 6 Yet I say to you that in this place there is One greater than the temple. 7 But if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless. 8 For the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”

      Jesus was quoting Hosea 6:6 For I desire mercy and not sacrifice,
      And the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings. (He was telling them He was the Lord God, he is talking about entering into His rest).

      Hebrews 4:Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. 2 For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. 3 For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said:

      “So I swore in My wrath,
      ‘They shall not enter My rest,’ ”

      although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. 4 For He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works”; 5 and again in this place: “They shall not enter My rest.”

      6 Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience, 7 again He designates a certain day, saying in David, “Today,” after such a long time, as it has been said:

      “Today, if you will hear His voice,
      Do not harden your hearts.”

      8 For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day. 9 There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. 10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.

      So how do you enter into His rest?, because in His rest is how you keep the Sabbath.

      Isaiah 28:
      For with stammering lips and another tongue
      He will speak to this people,

      To whom He said, “This is the rest with which
      You may cause the weary to rest,”
      And, “This is the refreshing”;
      Yet they would not hear.

      Colossians 2:16 So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, 17 which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.