To Sabbath or Not to Sabbath

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The Sabbath

Our subject today is “To Sabbath or Not to Sabbath”. There are so many different opinions. And both sides to this question hold their opinions sincerely. Many people believe that we should still keep the sabbath exactly like they did in the Old Testament.

 

Other people say, “No, it’s different in the New Testament.” And then there’s a large number of people that really don’t know what they believe about it. So, what we’re going to do today. We’re going to go through the scriptures so we can know exactly what the Bible teaches about. Should we still keep the sabbath like they did in the Old Testament, should we keep it in a different way in the New Testament? What’s the truth? Let’s go together to the scriptures now.

 

The first scripture we’re going to look at is Exodus chapter 20, verse 8. Because this is the fourth commandment. Here in Exodus 20 it lists the ten commandments. And the fourth commandment says, “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.” Now, in addition to this, Exodus 31:15 through 16 tells us a little bit more. Here’s what it says.

 

“Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the Lord: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.” Big penalty, right? I mean, you talk about a death penalty. So, this is a serious commandment from Almighty God. “Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant.” Now, many people who say we need to keep the sabbath just like they did in the Old Testament, they point out it’s a perpetual, that means non-ending, covenant. So, that’s where all the controversy comes in.

 

So, should we keep the sabbath today? Some teach that worshiping on Sunday is taking the mark of the beast. I mean, there’s a whole movement out there that believes if you go to church on Sunday you have bought into the Roman Catholic religion and you have taken the mark of the beast. Now, all things — are things actually different under the New Testament than they are in the Old Testament? That’s what we really have to decide and we need the scriptures to decide for us. Now, we have two examples, one in the Old Testament, one in the New, that seem to disagree with each other. In Numbers 15:32 through 36, we have an individual who was caught picking up
sticks on the sabbath day.

 

Let’s take a look at the scripture. “And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man that gathered sticks upon the sabbath day. And they that found him gathering sticks brought him unto Moses and Aaron, and unto all the congregation. And they put him in ward, because it was not declared what should be done.” They were commanded to keep the sabbath, but the penalty as yet had not been given to them by God. So, Moses went to the Lord to ask, “What should we do with this man?” “And the Lord said unto Moses, The man shall be surely put to death: all the congregation shall stone him with stones without the camp.” So, this is a very, very serious penalty. You go out, you pick up sticks on the sabbath day, you’re to be put to death.

 

And that’s exactly what they did. “The people, they brought him without the camp and they stoned him with stones and he died as the Lord commanded.” So, are we supposed to do that today? That’s one of the big questions. Moses said you must keep the sabbath, God said kill the man who broke the sabbath. Now, let’s move to the New Testament. Here we find a man lying by the Pool of Bethesda. He was impotent and he was — apparently had palsy or some other kind of disease. He could not walk. He was lame.

 

In the Pool of Bethesda, one time each year, an angel would come down and trouble the waters And the first person to get in the waters once they begin to be troubled would be healed of whatever disease that person had. So, here this man lay, probably as close to the edge of the pool as he could get in hope that he could be first. Well, Jesus was visiting this area and there were a lot of sick people there, all of them having this hope that maybe I’ll be the first one in this year. In John chapter 5, verse number 6 it tells us what happened,

 

“When Jesus saw this impotent man lying there and knew that he’d been for a long time in that case, he said unto him, wilt thou be made whole? The impotent man answered him, sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. Jesus saith unto him, rise, take up thy bed and walk. And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed and walked. And on the same day was the sabbath. The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, it’s the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed. He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, take up thy bed, and walk.” So, we have this paradox, Old Testament, the God of creation said, “You pick up sticks on the sabbath, you’re to be stoned.” Here we have the same God, Jesus was God manifest in the flesh.

 

We have the same God telling the man to pick up his bed, put it on his shoulder, and carry it on the sabbath day. So, how do we reconcile. God said one thing in the Old Testament, another thing in the New Testament. So, how do we reconcile these two seemingly opposite passages? Now, we have another example of the sabbath in the Old Testament versus the sabbath in the New. Let’s take a look at that now. In Exodus chapter number 16, verse number 25, Moses said, “Eat that to day; for to day is a sabbath unto the Lord.”

 

The subject was the manna. God rained the manna every day and the people gathered it. And Moses said, “Eat that today what you gathered yesterday. Today you should not find the manna in the field. Six days ye shall gather it; but on the seventh day, which is the sabbath, in it there shall be none. And it came to pass, that there went out some of the people on the seventh day for to gather, and they found none. And the Lord said unto Moses, How long refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws?

 

See, for that the Lord hath given you the sabbath, therefore he giveth you on the sixth day the bread of two days; abide ye every man in his place, let no man go out of his place on the seventh day. So the people rested on the seventh day.” So, what was God actually telling the people? “I don’t want you violating the sabbath. On Saturday you’re not to go out to pick up the manna. On Saturday you’re supposed to keep the sabbath day holy.” Here we are in the book of Exodus in the Old Testament. Let’s now go to the New Testament to a very similar situation. This is found in Matthew chapter 12, verse number 1. Now, “At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were hungry, they were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn and to eat.

 

But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day. But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him?” “Haven’t you read what happened there?” Okay, as we continue on here, the Bible says, David entered into the house of God and did eat the shewbread, which was dedicated, it was not lawful to eat it. It was only supposed to be for the priest. Neither which were with them could they eat it.

 

But he goes on to say, “Have you not read in the law that on the sabbath days priests in the temple profane the sabbath and are blameless.” The priests are there working, they’re ministering on the sabbath, but they’re blameless because there’s a higher law overruling the law of the sabbath. But Jesus said, “I say unto you that in this place is one greater than the temple. But if ye had known what this means –.”
Now, let’s stop right here and let’s really get this. “If ye had known what this means, I will have mercy, not sacrifice, you would not have condemned the guiltless, for the son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.” Now, this really teaches us something we all need to know. In the Old Testament it was you sacrifice and you earn God’s favor. The Bible said it this way, “He that doeth these things shall live by them.” In the New Testament it’s opposite that. In the Old Testament you get good to get God. In the New Testament you get God and then he helps you to be good. So, here Jesus is, his disciples are picking corn.

 

Now, let’s remember manna in the Old Testament, forbidden, could not go out on a Saturday and pick up manna. Now, the God who made that law, that rule, is the same God that’s talking to us in the New Testament about the sabbath. And Jesus justified his disciples and he said to them, “If you understood I’ll have mercy, not sacrifice.” This was a total new concept to the Jewish people because all their life they had been taught keep these commandments, very rigorously, don’t miss one of them. And they did their best to do that. But now Jesus came, first of all, none of them could do it, no flesh was justified by the law.

 

So, Jesus came to teach them the true way to righteousness and salvation. Now, that brings us, since we’ve seen this paradox. We’ve got a man picking up sticks, commanding to be killed. We’ve got another man taking up his bed and walked, by the command of the very God who made the original law. And then we’ve got people forbidden to pick up manna on the sabbath day, but we’ve got the disciples of Jesus himself eating corn, picking corn on the sabbath day. So, how do we do this? How does the Old Testament relate to the New Testament. Jeremiah chapter 31, verse 31 through 33 gives us some indication.

 

“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord,” he’s speaking future now, it’s not here yet, “But the days will come that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt into the promised land; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord: But this shall be the new covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law inside of them, I’m gonna write it in their hearts; no longer tables of stone, but I’m gonna be their God, and they shall be my people.”

 

So, he’s talking about a New Covenant. We have to come to grips with this issue because scholars have debated it for many years. Theologians have written volumes of books trying to reconcile this. So, our big question is, how does the Old Testament then relate to the New Testament? Well, the passage tells us “I will make a New Covenant.” The Old Testament is the old will of God. The word testament means covenant or will. For example, the last will and testament of John Brown. So, when we say Old Testament we’re talking about the old will of God.

 

When we say the New Testament, we’re talking about the new will of God. And there was a new will of God that came along because the old will was inadequate. It came from God, and if righteousness could have come by that law, it would have come, because it was straight from God himself. But it never would work. We’re going to see why in a little bit. Now, the Bible teaches us that the sabbath days are a shadow of things to come. Let’s take a look at Colossians chapter 2, verse 16, “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.” Now, what’s he saying here?

 

He’s saying, “I’ve taught you in the Old Testament that you’re not to eat certain things, you be careful what you drink, you have to keep the holydays, keep all the festivals, observe the new moons and you can’t violate the sabbath day.” He says, “Now then we’re moving into the New Testament because those things are a shadow of things to come.” Now, all of us have a shadow, but when you look at your shadow on the sidewalk, that’s now you. That’s merely a shadow that sort of gives the vague outline of what you look like.

 

Depending on the angle of the sun it may look like a long shadow, a short shadow. But the bottom line is, the Bible teaches, and this is critical, that the Old Testament law and all the things that were taught there were merely shadows, not the very thing, but they were shadows of things to come so we can more fully understand God’s will in the New Testament. Let’s look now at a prophecy in the Old Testament that actually talks about the New Testament sabbath and what it will be like.
Isaiah chapter 28, verse 11 and 12. Isaiah said, “For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to his people. To whom he said, this is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.” Now, the rest was the sabbath. The whole purpose of the sabbath was so that the people would take one whole day a week and rest. But now then this prophecy is about a new sabbath exercised in a different way.

 

I’m gonna give you, “For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to his people. This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest.” Now, that didn’t come to pass for a while. But when we go to the book of Acts, chapter number 2, the prophecy of Isaiah was fulfilled. Now, remember the setting. Jesus had been crucified, risen again, showed himself alive for 40 days with many infallible proofs. And the time came for him to leave. Just before he left he said to his disciples. “Do not depart from Jerusalem.

 

Do not go out and evangelize the world, go back to Jerusalem and stay there until you will be indued with power from on high.” This was going to be the capstone of Jesus’s ministry. It was going to be on the Day of Pentecost when sonship was restored to the human race, which had been lost by Adam and Eve 4,000 years before that. This was going to be when God put in the human heart what they needed to truly become, once again, sons of God. So, let’s look at Acts chapter 2, verse 1, “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

 

And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, other languages, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Now, remember Isaiah chapter 28, “With stammering lips and in other tongues will he speak to this people to whom he said this is the rest.”

 

So, on the Day of Pentecost it was actually being poured out on them because when the Holy Spirit came upon on them, they began supernaturally to speak with other languages. This reoccured throughout the New Testament. This became a part of New Testament life. Now, as we continue on in our study to try to understand, to sabbath and not to sabbath. If I am to sabbath, how do I do it? How does the Old Testament sabbath compare to the New Testament sabbath.

 

Well, we find out in Hebrews chapter 4, verse number 8 through 10, it says there, “This rest hath ceased from all of his own works.” Let’s read it together, “For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.” So, they didn’t get it through the Old Testament salvation, even though that was of God. “There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.”
So, what this is saying to us is that once you really enter into the rest that is given to us in the New Testament, you no longer keep one day a week, whether it’s Saturday or Sunday. But you cease from all of your own works and you enter into a perpetual seven day a week sabbath, not just one day a week, because he that hath entered into this rest hath ceased from all of his own works, so now you live in a continual rest, not just looking to one day a week when you can rest. This brings us to another very important question. Should Christians worship on Saturday or on Sunday?

 

Now, believe it or not, the Bible, the only two places we have that even tell us which day the disciples have worshipped, the only two places tell us they came together on the first day of the week. Acts chapter 20, verse 7. And we read this there. “And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.” So, the first day of the week, being Sunday, it was obvious that they came together on that particular day. Now, I Corinthians chapter number 16, verse 1 and 2 gives us more information, “Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.

 

Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.” So, these are the two passages that tell us that apparently the early church did meet on the first day of the week. Why? Because the first day of the week was the sabbath? No, Saturday was the sabbath. So, why did they meet on the first day of the week then? Because Paul and the other apostles would go into the synagogue every sabbath day to convert Jews.
And then they would bring them the next day to the church to teach them how to be Christians and embrace the New Covenant. Acts chapter 17, verse number 2 tells us that this was Paul’s habit, “And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures.” And then in Acts 18:4, same thing, “And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.” So, it wasn’t a matter of observing the sabbath on Saturday and on Sunday, it was a matter of evangelism because we have another place that tells us that they were daily in the temple.

 

And they went from place to place and from house to house and mightily grew the word of the Lord and prevailed because they lived in a daily sabbath now, just like the scriptures said, “He that hath entered into this rest hath ceased from all of his own works.” So, the Apostle Paul, he won his converts on Saturday and then he took them to the Christian church to train them on Sunday. All right, next question then. So, is it okay to observe the sabbath. Romans chapter 14, verse 2 the Apostle Paul was teaching about this question. “For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.”

 

So, he’s saying there are some people that are weak in faith that don’t realize everything that Jesus did on that cross, they become vegetarians, they don’t eat any meat. Paul says, “What do we do about these type of people?” “Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not,” if somebody wants to be a vegetarian, fine. “And let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth.” If someone decides they need to be a vegetarian or want to be, they shouldn’t criticize those that are still eating t-bones and ribeyes.

 

“For God hath received him. Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be held up: for God is able to make him stand. One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, unto the Lord he doesn’t regard it.” He’s saying it’s not a critical issue.

 

Let him be persuaded in his own mind. “He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, and giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.” So, the Apostle Paul is trying to say, “Don’t let this dispute rip you apart because simply it doesn’t matter.” Now, in Galatians 4:9 the Apostle Paul addressed this issue farther and he told the Galatians, “I am afraid of you.” Why?

 

“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?” The law was considered bondage. And if you turn back to the law, it was considered bondage. “Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.”
What I’m telling you is, that I’m afraid you don’t understand what happened on that cross. You don’t have the revelation of the shift from the old will of God to the new will of God. So, you’re stuck under the old will of God, which didn’t work. “I’m afraid of you,” he said.

 

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  1. Jennifer Fazio

    One more thing. Re Sabbath. When speaking of the Gentiles and how there was no distinction between Jews and Gentiles..Acts 15…and v 19 we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God…tell them v20 to obstain from food polluted by idols..from sexual immorality (and concludes) v21 For Moses has been preached in every city from the earliest times and is read in the synagogues on every Sabbath. In Acts 16:13 on the Sabbath we went outside the city gate where we expected to find a place of prayer. (Wasnt Lydia a gentile and paul always preached in his journey on the Sabbath. After Jesus died…and Acts 17:2 As his custom was on three Sabbath days he (paul) reasoned with them from the scriptures. ( a large number of greeks..) It was always on the Sabbath day. So the question is WHEN did Sunday worship really start…are we to worship on a day that man has designated Sunday and not God or follow Jesus as our example? Acts 18:4 Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks. I love hearing world events on your show…I am asking please that you fervently ask God for an answer to my question..if there is any New light and then respond an answer…so please ask God about these Sabbath points I’m asking. I would re as lly appreciate it. Jennifer

    • Doug Norvell

      “SHOULD CHRISTIANS KEEP THE SABBATH?”
      By: David K. Bernard

      Groups such as the Seventh-Day Adventists have raised many questions about the Sabbath in the minds of Christians. Should we still keep the seventh-day Sabbath of the Old Testament? Should we keep Sunday as the Sabbath? Has Sabbath keeping been abolished under the new covenant? What meaning does the Sabbath have for us today?

      The Command and Its Significance
      The command to keep the Sabbath was first given in the law of Moses and is part of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:8-11; Deuteronomy 5:12-15). The word sabbath comes from a Hebrew root that means “to rest, cease, desist, leave off” (Gesenius). On the pain of death, the Israelites were not to do any work on the Sabbath-not even cooking, lighting a fire, gathering firewood, or traveling (Exodus 16:23-30; 20:8-11; 31:12-17; 3@:1-3; Numbers 15:32-26). While the Sabbath was a day of worship, sacred assembly, and special sacrifices in the Tabernacle and Temple (“an holy convocation”), for the average person it was primarily a day of rest at home (“a sabbath of rest…in all your dwellings”) (Leviticus 23:3). Historians agree that synagogues and local Sabbath worship at them did not come into existence until after the destruction of the Temple in 721 B.C.
      Several passages of Scripture disclose that the Sabbath was given uniquely to the nation of Israel: “Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you” (Exodus 31:13). (See Ezekiel 20:12-13.) “And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the LORD thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the LORD thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath day” (Deuteronomy 5:15).
      These passages also reveal a twofold significance for the Sabbath law. First, as we have already seen, the Sabbath provided a weekly day of rest from all work. It was instituted for people’s physical, mental, and spiritual well-being, not because the day itself was sacred. As Jesus said, “The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath” (Mark 2:27). This provision of rest was especially significant to the Israelites, for the Sabbath was a constant, vivid reminder that God had delivered them from slavery and entered into covenant relationship with them.
      Second, the Sabbath served to sanctify the nation of Israel, that is, to set it apart or separate it from all other nations, for no other nation observed the Sabbath. Along with laws concerning diet, farming practices, and clothing, the Sabbath law distinguished the Israelites from everyone else and identified them physically as Jehovah’s chosen people.

      The Sabbath and the New Covenant
      The church today is not under God’s covenant with Israel as epitomized by the Ten Commandments, but under the new covenant (Jeremiah 31:31-34-; Romans 7:5-6; Galatians 3:23-35; 4-:21-31). As a result, the church no longer observes the physical signs and ceremonies of the old covenant, such as circumcision (Galatians 6:15). God and His Word are unchanging, but some of His commands relate only to certain people or a certain time. While God’s moral law never changes, Christians are not subject to the ceremonial law of the Old Testament (Mark 7:14–19; Acts 11:5-9; 15:1-29).
      The Jewish Sabbath was part of that ceremonial law; the Sabbath is not inherently moral. In Isaiah 1:10-20 God contrasted ceremonial observances-including blood sacrifices, feasts, and Sabbaths-with moral standards, saying He detested the Israelites’ keeping of the former because they did not live up to the latter.
      If Sabbath keeping were a universal, eternal moral duty, God would not have expressed displeasure with it under any circumstances.
      Similarly, Jesus compared the Sabbath to other ceremonial law, which could be superseded even under the old covenant in cases of higher moral need (Matthew 12:1-13). Jesus and Paul affirmed the moral law of the Old Testament; they referred to some of the Ten Commandments as stating eternal moral standards, but it is notable that they did not mention the Sabbath law in these references (Mark 10:19; 12:28-31; Romans 13:8-10).
      God used the ceremonial law including blood sacrifices, dietary laws, circumcision, Sabbaths, and feasts-as types and shadows of truth to be found in Christ and His gospel. Since we now have the substance, or reality, we no longer need to observe the types and shadows. “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ” (Colossians 2:16-17).
      Other New Testament passages also show that Sabbath keeping is not a requirement of the new covenant. It is permissible to regard a certain day as special, but it is wrong to make it a moral duty for oneself or others. “One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. 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…Let us not therefore judge one another any more” (Romans 14-:5-6, 13). “How turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain” (Galatians 4-:9-11).
      Jesus observed the Sabbath because He was a Jew living under the old covenant. For the same reason, He was circumcised and observed the Jewish feast days. At the same time, Jesus claimed to be the Lord of the Sabbath, indicating that He could apply or change it as He saw fit (Mark 2:28).
      At first, Jewish Christians apparently kept the Sabbath as part of their culture. In Acts 10-11 Peter and the Jewish church were still adhering to Jewish dietary laws for the same reason. In Acts 21 Paul underwent a Jewish purification ceremony, which included a Temple offering, in order to reassure Jews that he was not trying to destroy their culture. He also attended synagogues often in order to preach to Jews. But in Acts 15 the Jerusalem Council ruled that Gentile Christians did not have to keep the law of Moses, except for four items that they listed in a letter to all the Gentile churches. Significantly, the Sabbath was not one of them.
      Some people point to the creation story as proof that the Sabbath law is eternal. God “ended his work” of creation and “rested” on the seventh day; moreover, He “blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it” (Genesis 2:2-3). When God gave the Ten Commandments, He cited this precedent as justification for the Sabbath law (Exodus 20:1 1; 31:17).
      Since Genesis was one of the five books of the law originally written for Israel, the creation story was naturally used to support the Sabbath command to Israel. While the Genesis account indicates the need for a weekly day of rest, it does not command Sabbath observance as such. The Bible nowhere states that people before the law observed the Sabbath as a day of rest or worship. Moreover, due to many changes in calendars over the centuries, it is impossible to say that the seventh day of Genesis 2 is the modern Saturday.
      We should also note that the Bible nowhere indicates that the Sabbath has been changed to Sunday or that God intends for Sunday to be a new Christian Sabbath.
      It should be pointed out that few persons keep the Sabbath law today. in order to do so, a person could not perform any work or light a fire. Thus he could not use any type of stove, heater, internal combustion engine, or electricity. Moreover, he could not cause anyone else to violate the Sabbath, which he would do if he ate in a restaurant or used utilities, the telephone, or the radio.

      Worship on Sunday
      Christians are to be faithful to local church meetings whenever they are held (Hebrews 10:25), and any day is appropriate for a special spiritual observance (Romans 14-:5-6).
      From the earliest times, Christians have usually conducted their main worship services on Sunday. Early believers chose the day of Christ’s resurrection to emphasize that they were not under the old covenant, which the Sabbath symbolized, but under the new covenant, which His resurrection instituted. Thus the believers at Troas met on the first day of the week for worship (Acts 20:7), and Paul instructed the Corinthians to collect offerings on the first day (I Corinthians 16:2). John was “in the Spirit on the Lord’s day” when Jesus appeared to him in a vision (Revelation 1:10).
      Jesus Himself established the precedent of meeting on the first day. Not only did He first appear to His assembled disciples on the evening of His resurrection day (John 20:19), but His next appearance to the group was on the same day one week later (John 20:26). (“After eight days” is reckoned in the ancient Jewish manner, counting both the starting and ending day.) And the Holy Spirit fell on the assembled disciples on Pentecost Sunday.
      Sunday was a normal work day in the pagan Roman Empire, so Christians usually met on that day in the early morning or in the evening. After Emperor Constantine made Christianity legal and then began supporting it, he proclaimed Sunday an official holiday. He did not originate Sunday worship but merely legalized and facilitated the existing practice. However, his action did encourage the view that Sunday was a new Christian Sabbath.

      Spiritual Application
      From the Sabbath law we can draw a principle of enduring importance and continuing application: the need to provide a time of rest for our bodies and our spirits. In addition, Colossians 2:16-17 speaks of a deeper significance, describing the Sabbath as a type or foreshadowing of a greater reality to be found in Christ. Like the Levitical sacrifices, the Sabbaths are fulfilled in Him.
      In other words, the Sabbath points to the spiritual rest that Jesus promised. “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden,” He invited, “and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30). Significantly, in the passage immediately after this statement, Jesus indicated that the Sabbath law was ceremonial in nature and asserted His lordship over it (Matthew 12:1-13).
      It is specifically through the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the initial sign of speaking in tongues that we partake of the spiritual rest Christ provides. Isaiah 28:11-12 promises, “For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.”
      The Apostle Peter apparently alluded to this promise when he preached in Acts 3:19, “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.” The last clause of this verse describes the gift of the Holy Spirit, as shown by Acts 2:38, a parallel statement from another sermon of Peter’s: “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”
      We also receive sanctification, or power to separate from sin and identify with Christ, through the indwelling Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Peter 1:2). Just as the physical Sabbath provided physical rest and sanctification for the Israelites under the old covenant, so the indwelling Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Jesus Christ, provides spiritual rest and sanctification for the church under the new covenant. Just as the Sabbath was a constant reminder of Israel’s deliverance from bondage and of their covenant relationship with God, so the Holy Spirit is a constant reminder of our deliverance from sin and of our new covenant relationship with God. The Spirit gives us power over sin (Acts 1:8; Romans 8:4-), and the Spirit effects the new covenant in our hearts (II Corinthians 3:3; Hebrews 8:8-11). By living in the Spirit, we enjoy the true Sabbath every day.
      The enduring significance of the Sabbath is beautifully described in Hebrews 3:7-4-:11. Because of their unbelief, the Israelites did not enter into the rest that God provided for them, but the church today still has a promise of spiritual rest. And according to Hebrews 4-:4-, this spiritual rest is the true and ultimate fulfillment of God’s rest on the seventh day of creation.
      Hebrews 4-:9 states emphatically, there remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God:’ The word rest here a translation of the Greek word sabbatismos, which literally means a Sabbath keeping or a Sabbath rest (Thayer). Does this verse refer to physical Old Testament Sabbath observance? No. The next verse states that our Sabbath consists of resting, or ceasing, from our works, just as God did from His (Hebrews 4:10). In other words, to enjoy true spiritual rest, we must renounce the works of the flesh and stop trying to earn salvation by our own works. Instead, we must exercise faith in Christ’s work on our behalf. Through faith, we receive His Holy Spirit and live daily by the Spirit’s guidance and power. The Spirit works in us to regenerate and sanctify, thus preparing us for the eternal Sabbath rest.
      Of course, true faith is not passive; it is an active reliance upon God that issues forth in obedience. Thus Hebrews 4-:11 admonishes, “Let us labour {be diligent, make every effort} therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.”
      Yes, we have a Sabbath rest-the refreshing presence and sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit that we enjoy every day. And, yes, the ultimate Sabbath rest awaits us still-eternal rest in the presence of the One to whom the Old Testament Sabbath points: Jesus Christ our Lord.

  2. Jennifer Fazio

    About the Sabbath: would you say that sin is the transgression of Gods Law? We are saved by GRACE now. However if I showed you that after Christs death…that the Sabbath was to be observed would you change your view?? I have studied this and prayed and prayed..because I want to diligently obey the voice of our God. And this understanding is in depth bible study and prayer. I believe that we dont die because we disobeyed the 10 commandments but the new covenant is that Christ took away our sins. That was the burden.
    There are 2 scriptures that shows we are to obey the 10 commandments in the New Testament. 1. Revelation 12:17.. those who obey Gods commandments. And 2. Matthew 24:20.(when speaking of the tribulation end times that the Sabbath is still in effect..) pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. So can you explain why it says that if we are not to be obeying Gods Sabbath? Thank you so very much.

    • Doug Norvell

      Hello Jennifer,

      Who is that verse pertaining to? Matthew 24:16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:(THOSE WHO BE IN JUDEA)
      17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
      18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
      19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
      20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
      21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

      Jewish people who live in Judea is who will have to flee on the day of the Abomination of Desolation.
      “SHOULD CHRISTIANS KEEP THE SABBATH?”
      By: David K. Bernard

      Groups such as the Seventh-Day Adventists have raised many questions about the Sabbath in the minds of Christians. Should we still keep the seventh-day Sabbath of the Old Testament? Should we keep Sunday as the Sabbath? Has Sabbath keeping been abolished under the new covenant? What meaning does the Sabbath have for us today?

      The Command and Its Significance
      The command to keep the Sabbath was first given in the law of Moses and is part of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:8-11; Deuteronomy 5:12-15). The word sabbath comes from a Hebrew root that means “to rest, cease, desist, leave off” (Gesenius). On the pain of death, the Israelites were not to do any work on the Sabbath-not even cooking, lighting a fire, gathering firewood, or traveling (Exodus 16:23-30; 20:8-11; 31:12-17; 3@:1-3; Numbers 15:32-26). While the Sabbath was a day of worship, sacred assembly, and special sacrifices in the Tabernacle and Temple (“an holy convocation”), for the average person it was primarily a day of rest at home (“a sabbath of rest…in all your dwellings”) (Leviticus 23:3). Historians agree that synagogues and local Sabbath worship at them did not come into existence until after the destruction of the Temple in 721 B.C.
      Several passages of Scripture disclose that the Sabbath was given uniquely to the nation of Israel: “Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you” (Exodus 31:13). (See Ezekiel 20:12-13.) “And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the LORD thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the LORD thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath day” (Deuteronomy 5:15).
      These passages also reveal a twofold significance for the Sabbath law. First, as we have already seen, the Sabbath provided a weekly day of rest from all work. It was instituted for people’s physical, mental, and spiritual well-being, not because the day itself was sacred. As Jesus said, “The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath” (Mark 2:27). This provision of rest was especially significant to the Israelites, for the Sabbath was a constant, vivid reminder that God had delivered them from slavery and entered into covenant relationship with them.
      Second, the Sabbath served to sanctify the nation of Israel, that is, to set it apart or separate it from all other nations, for no other nation observed the Sabbath. Along with laws concerning diet, farming practices, and clothing, the Sabbath law distinguished the Israelites from everyone else and identified them physically as Jehovah’s chosen people.

      The Sabbath and the New Covenant
      The church today is not under God’s covenant with Israel as epitomized by the Ten Commandments, but under the new covenant (Jeremiah 31:31-34-; Romans 7:5-6; Galatians 3:23-35; 4-:21-31). As a result, the church no longer observes the physical signs and ceremonies of the old covenant, such as circumcision (Galatians 6:15). God and His Word are unchanging, but some of His commands relate only to certain people or a certain time. While God’s moral law never changes, Christians are not subject to the ceremonial law of the Old Testament (Mark 7:14–19; Acts 11:5-9; 15:1-29).
      The Jewish Sabbath was part of that ceremonial law; the Sabbath is not inherently moral. In Isaiah 1:10-20 God contrasted ceremonial observances-including blood sacrifices, feasts, and Sabbaths-with moral standards, saying He detested the Israelites’ keeping of the former because they did not live up to the latter.
      If Sabbath keeping were a universal, eternal moral duty, God would not have expressed displeasure with it under any circumstances.
      Similarly, Jesus compared the Sabbath to other ceremonial law, which could be superseded even under the old covenant in cases of higher moral need (Matthew 12:1-13). Jesus and Paul affirmed the moral law of the Old Testament; they referred to some of the Ten Commandments as stating eternal moral standards, but it is notable that they did not mention the Sabbath law in these references (Mark 10:19; 12:28-31; Romans 13:8-10).
      God used the ceremonial law including blood sacrifices, dietary laws, circumcision, Sabbaths, and feasts-as types and shadows of truth to be found in Christ and His gospel. Since we now have the substance, or reality, we no longer need to observe the types and shadows. “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ” (Colossians 2:16-17).
      Other New Testament passages also show that Sabbath keeping is not a requirement of the new covenant. It is permissible to regard a certain day as special, but it is wrong to make it a moral duty for oneself or others. “One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. 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…Let us not therefore judge one another any more” (Romans 14-:5-6, 13). “How turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain” (Galatians 4-:9-11).
      Jesus observed the Sabbath because He was a Jew living under the old covenant. For the same reason, He was circumcised and observed the Jewish feast days. At the same time, Jesus claimed to be the Lord of the Sabbath, indicating that He could apply or change it as He saw fit (Mark 2:28).
      At first, Jewish Christians apparently kept the Sabbath as part of their culture. In Acts 10-11 Peter and the Jewish church were still adhering to Jewish dietary laws for the same reason. In Acts 21 Paul underwent a Jewish purification ceremony, which included a Temple offering, in order to reassure Jews that he was not trying to destroy their culture. He also attended synagogues often in order to preach to Jews. But in Acts 15 the Jerusalem Council ruled that Gentile Christians did not have to keep the law of Moses, except for four items that they listed in a letter to all the Gentile churches. Significantly, the Sabbath was not one of them.
      Some people point to the creation story as proof that the Sabbath law is eternal. God “ended his work” of creation and “rested” on the seventh day; moreover, He “blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it” (Genesis 2:2-3). When God gave the Ten Commandments, He cited this precedent as justification for the Sabbath law (Exodus 20:1 1; 31:17).
      Since Genesis was one of the five books of the law originally written for Israel, the creation story was naturally used to support the Sabbath command to Israel. While the Genesis account indicates the need for a weekly day of rest, it does not command Sabbath observance as such. The Bible nowhere states that people before the law observed the Sabbath as a day of rest or worship. Moreover, due to many changes in calendars over the centuries, it is impossible to say that the seventh day of Genesis 2 is the modern Saturday.
      We should also note that the Bible nowhere indicates that the Sabbath has been changed to Sunday or that God intends for Sunday to be a new Christian Sabbath.
      It should be pointed out that few persons keep the Sabbath law today. in order to do so, a person could not perform any work or light a fire. Thus he could not use any type of stove, heater, internal combustion engine, or electricity. Moreover, he could not cause anyone else to violate the Sabbath, which he would do if he ate in a restaurant or used utilities, the telephone, or the radio.

      Worship on Sunday
      Christians are to be faithful to local church meetings whenever they are held (Hebrews 10:25), and any day is appropriate for a special spiritual observance (Romans 14-:5-6).
      From the earliest times, Christians have usually conducted their main worship services on Sunday. Early believers chose the day of Christ’s resurrection to emphasize that they were not under the old covenant, which the Sabbath symbolized, but under the new covenant, which His resurrection instituted. Thus the believers at Troas met on the first day of the week for worship (Acts 20:7), and Paul instructed the Corinthians to collect offerings on the first day (I Corinthians 16:2). John was “in the Spirit on the Lord’s day” when Jesus appeared to him in a vision (Revelation 1:10).
      Jesus Himself established the precedent of meeting on the first day. Not only did He first appear to His assembled disciples on the evening of His resurrection day (John 20:19), but His next appearance to the group was on the same day one week later (John 20:26). (“After eight days” is reckoned in the ancient Jewish manner, counting both the starting and ending day.) And the Holy Spirit fell on the assembled disciples on Pentecost Sunday.
      Sunday was a normal work day in the pagan Roman Empire, so Christians usually met on that day in the early morning or in the evening. After Emperor Constantine made Christianity legal and then began supporting it, he proclaimed Sunday an official holiday. He did not originate Sunday worship but merely legalized and facilitated the existing practice. However, his action did encourage the view that Sunday was a new Christian Sabbath.

      Spiritual Application
      From the Sabbath law we can draw a principle of enduring importance and continuing application: the need to provide a time of rest for our bodies and our spirits. In addition, Colossians 2:16-17 speaks of a deeper significance, describing the Sabbath as a type or foreshadowing of a greater reality to be found in Christ. Like the Levitical sacrifices, the Sabbaths are fulfilled in Him.
      In other words, the Sabbath points to the spiritual rest that Jesus promised. “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden,” He invited, “and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30). Significantly, in the passage immediately after this statement, Jesus indicated that the Sabbath law was ceremonial in nature and asserted His lordship over it (Matthew 12:1-13).
      It is specifically through the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the initial sign of speaking in tongues that we partake of the spiritual rest Christ provides. Isaiah 28:11-12 promises, “For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.”
      The Apostle Peter apparently alluded to this promise when he preached in Acts 3:19, “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.” The last clause of this verse describes the gift of the Holy Spirit, as shown by Acts 2:38, a parallel statement from another sermon of Peter’s: “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”
      We also receive sanctification, or power to separate from sin and identify with Christ, through the indwelling Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Peter 1:2). Just as the physical Sabbath provided physical rest and sanctification for the Israelites under the old covenant, so the indwelling Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Jesus Christ, provides spiritual rest and sanctification for the church under the new covenant. Just as the Sabbath was a constant reminder of Israel’s deliverance from bondage and of their covenant relationship with God, so the Holy Spirit is a constant reminder of our deliverance from sin and of our new covenant relationship with God. The Spirit gives us power over sin (Acts 1:8; Romans 8:4-), and the Spirit effects the new covenant in our hearts (II Corinthians 3:3; Hebrews 8:8-11). By living in the Spirit, we enjoy the true Sabbath every day.
      The enduring significance of the Sabbath is beautifully described in Hebrews 3:7-4-:11. Because of their unbelief, the Israelites did not enter into the rest that God provided for them, but the church today still has a promise of spiritual rest. And according to Hebrews 4-:4-, this spiritual rest is the true and ultimate fulfillment of God’s rest on the seventh day of creation.
      Hebrews 4-:9 states emphatically, there remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God:’ The word rest here a translation of the Greek word sabbatismos, which literally means a Sabbath keeping or a Sabbath rest (Thayer). Does this verse refer to physical Old Testament Sabbath observance? No. The next verse states that our Sabbath consists of resting, or ceasing, from our works, just as God did from His (Hebrews 4:10). In other words, to enjoy true spiritual rest, we must renounce the works of the flesh and stop trying to earn salvation by our own works. Instead, we must exercise faith in Christ’s work on our behalf. Through faith, we receive His Holy Spirit and live daily by the Spirit’s guidance and power. The Spirit works in us to regenerate and sanctify, thus preparing us for the eternal Sabbath rest.
      Of course, true faith is not passive; it is an active reliance upon God that issues forth in obedience. Thus Hebrews 4-:11 admonishes, “Let us labour {be diligent, make every effort} therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.”
      Yes, we have a Sabbath rest-the refreshing presence and sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit that we enjoy every day. And, yes, the ultimate Sabbath rest awaits us still-eternal rest in the presence of the One to whom the Old Testament Sabbath points: Jesus Christ our Lord.

  3. The Seventh day worship is part of the Old Covenant and the High Priesthood of Aaron. It is a perpetual covenant between God and the Children of Israel.

    Gentiles are not bound by it.

    1) The Seventh day rest is part of the High Priestly Order of Aaron.

    2) The High Priesthood of Jesus is not after the order of Aaron, but after the order of Melchisedec.

    The seventh day Sabbath rest is part of the Old Covenant which includes the Levitical priesthood and the priestly order of Aaron.

    The first day worship is part of the New Covenant which the Priestly order of Christ is part of.

    The covenant that comes with the order of Aaron’s priesthood, is not the covenant that comes with the order of Christ’s priesthood as such, they have differences of days of worship and religious rituals.

    The priesthood being changed, it was necessary to make a change of the law and part of that change was the day of worship which was initiated by Christ and the Holy Spirit. Contrary to the allegation, neither the Catholic church, nor the Apostles changed the day of worship from Saturday to Sunday.

    Christ, being Lord even of the Sabbath, is the one who made the change from Seventh day worship to First day worship.

    Matthew 12:8: For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.

    Hebrews 7:12: For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.

    Now, the two different days of worship point to two different divine days.

    The seventh day Sabbath points to the seventh Millennial and Christ’s 1000 year reign on earth. Whereas the first day worship points to the new heavens and the new earth which comes after Christ’s kingdom reign on earth.

    There is a basic principle here. While we are able to worship on all days, all days are the Lord’s days: we must take care that we do not contaminate ourselves with the leaven of the Pharisees which held so strictly to the law, that they rejected the one whom the law spoke of.

    Those that hold to the Sabbath day only worship are bearing witness that they themselves are under the Old Covenant and under the priesthood of Aaron.

    Those that hold to the First day worship are bearing witness that they themselves under the New Covenant and under the priesthood of Christ.

    Hebrews 7:11: If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?
    12: For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.
    13: For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar.
    14: For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.
    15: And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,
    16: Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.
    17: For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
    18: For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.
    19: For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.
    20: And inasmuch as not without an oath he was made priest:
    21: (For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:)

  4. What a shame….that the God of creation has given us His laws of righteousness, His Word of truth, His Son for a sacrifice, and the power of His Spirit for a strength of guidance…,and we stubbornly refuse to believe what He says. “If you love Me, keep the Commandments”. John 14:15. Disobedience is the fruit of unbelief, and those who practice lawlessness will perish. Those who love God will do as He says and have eternal life. The love brought the honor of obedience, not the opposite.
    If one refuses to honor God by observing what He has commanded, he will perish.

    • Doug Norvell

      The Bible tells us that the Sabbath of the Old Testament was a shadow of things to come. Colossians 2:16-17 says this, “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of a holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.”
      We no longer honor the Sabbath by doing the physical things that the Old Testament stated. The Sabbath was meant for our rest and that is literally what the word “Sabbath” means. Even Jesus allowed His disciples to pick corn on the Sabbath day and He defended them. He said that the Sabbath was made for the man, not the man for the Sabbath. If observance of a day was the point of the Sabbath, how do we explain these things? The observance of a day is not the answer to the Sabbath. If it was all about the observance of a day then we would have to honor more than Saturday. The Law contained multiple days that were considered Sabbath days. For example, Jesus died on a Wednesday and that Thursday was a Sabbath day. John 19:31 tells us that it was a High day, referring to an additional Sabbath within a week. The observance of a day is not what God intended.
      Isaiah 28:11-12 records a prophecy about the rest. It says with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people, this is the rest. In Hebrews 4 we learn more about the rest. The rest for God’s people is the Holy Ghost. When we receive the Holy Ghost and renew ourselves in the Holy Ghost we honor the Sabbath. It is through the Holy Ghost that we honor, observe, and remember the Sabbath; the rest of God.

  5. Ken Hoffman

    I think it is important for any ministry to be open minded to opinions and different interpretations. Since God knows the beginning from the end, he also knew that the perceived authority of an apostate church would one day change the sabbath of the fourth commandment, from Saturday to Sunday. It’s not that the name of the day is important, but which God is your heart loyal to. Six days representing the six parts of creation and on the seventh God rested and hallowed. Papal Rome does not worship the true God of the fourth commandment, and so observing their sabbath as much of the world does is taking their mark of authority with your heart and soul. Remembering the true sabbath is testimony to your faith and belief in the promise from Jesus. Ezekiel 20:20 “And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I am the Lord your God”.

  6. Leonard Salazar

    I believe your study as to whether or not to keep the Sabbath or not you may have missed a very very important scripture Genesis 2 and verse 2 or the God Almighty rested on the 7th Day not only did he rest on the seventh day he hallowed it. You quoted to scriptures by Paul one where they met on Sunday and the only reason why he met on Sunday is because he was going to another part of the country and not because he wanted to meet every Sunday the next was a very weak description of just Gathering tithes on a Sunday know where in the Bible whether it be the New Testament or Old Testament are we ever commanded to keep it on Sunday nowhere but we are surely commanded even in Genesis to rest on the seventh day as God did and not only that he he made it holy and please don’t go back and say that this was a Jewish sabbath because when God made the Sabbath holy there was no Jew or Gentile in creation and if you’re calling the fourth Commandment and old Covenant it happens to be the fourth Commandment of the Ten Commandments that God penned himself. So I hope you’re not saying that you’re taking one commandment and calling at the old Covenant because you would have to take the rest of the Commandments and call them part of the old Covenant you can’t pick and choose what commandment you want to keep and what commandment you don’t want to keep sorry Ervin I think you’re wrong I’m not keeping the Sabbath I will pray for you

    • Doug Norvell

      Leonard,

      What did God do on the Sabbath? Genesis 2:2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
      We are told in Hebrews 4: For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.5 And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:7 Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
      10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

      This rest is our Sabbath, when we stop our works and enter into the Lord’s rest.

      Isaiah 28:11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.

      We observe the Sabbath everyday.