Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Sabbath Day: Saturday or Sunday?


The Sabbath Day debate on whether to worship on a Saturday or on a Sunday must be one of the most silliest and most irrational debates I’ve ever come across.

Christians from very early times have had differences of opinion on the question of whether Sabbath should be observed on a Saturday or a Sunday. The issue does not arise for Jews, for whom "Shabbat" is unquestionably on Saturday, nor for Muslims whose day of assembly (jumu'ah) is on a Friday, so it is with tears in my eyes that I must ask: - WHY are Christians splitting hairs about this? Any Christian who still has the uncontrollable urge to point fingers at others regarding this issue can then just as well throw the New Testament out the window, and stop calling themselves “Christian”.

I suppose it is understandable why there are so many disputes going on about this issue, as the importance of keeping the sabbath holy is strongly emphasised throughout the entire Bible, in 115 verses in both the Old and New Testaments (KJV). However, the Old Testament association thereof transformed drastically when God appeared on earth in human form as Jesus Christ. The old written decrees and regulations were nailed to the cross – (See Colossians 2:14-17). The law is thus written in our hearts, with our conscience bearing witness (Romans 2:15).

“This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.”
Hebrews 10: 16-17 KJV

Take note: the Bible does not use a capital “S” when spelling the word “sabbath’. There is some relevance in this seemingly insignificant fact, which I don’t quite know how to explain in simple terms, except to quote the words of Jesus from Mark 2: 27-28, which states:

“And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.”
Mark 2: 27-28 KJV

These verses are thus not speaking of a specific day of the week, whether it be a Saturday or a Sunday; it is speaking of The Day of the Lord (Christ) – which is EVERY DAY and FAR MORE (almost beyond our comprehension). The Scriptures indicate that “the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.” – (I Thessalonians 5:2), and that “the day of Christ is at hand.” – (II Thessalonians 2:2). See also Zephaniah 1:14-15. A comprehensive answer to the question: What is the day of the Lord? can also be found here.

The Sabbath day is thus fulfilled in Christ. He, and no one else, is our sabbath (rest) 7 days a week.

“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 KJV

It should be crystal clear from the above Scripture that there is nothing wrong with honouring the Lord on any specific day that best suits your lifestyle and your hours of work. There is thus nothing wrong with observing the Sabbath Day on Saturday, or Sunday, or any other day, OR on ALL SEVEN DAYS of the week, for that matter! No man has the right to judge what day you choose as your Sabbath Days. Take note again: the above Scripture uses the plural form and speaks of Days - not one specific day!

“One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let
every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.”

Romans 14:5 KJV

The First Day of the Week?

Do not loose sight of the fact that the names we use for our days of the week (Saturday, Sunday, Monday, etc..) are actually pagan in origin and derived from (Saturn day, Sun day, Moon day, etc..) We grew up with these names, and it helps us keep track of  the seven-day week cycle. What day we call the first day of the week is a matter of personal preference - (in your own mind). The day’s name has absolutely no spiritual or religious significance whatsoever. For policemen, paramedics, nurses and doctors working strange hours between time-shifts that often change frequently, the first day of the week can start on any day. I thus take my hat off to churches who have their doors open 24 hours, seven days a week. Bear in mind - the posting – Meaning of the word “Church” also has bearing on this.

The first Christian reference to Sunday

The first Christian reference to Sunday is found in the First Apology of St. Justin Martyr (c. 150 AD). In a well-known passage of the Apology (Chapter 67), Justin describes the Christian custom of gathering for worship on Sunday. "And on the day called Sunday [τῇ τοῦ ῾Ηλίου λεγομένη ἡμέρᾳ], all who live in cities or in the country gather together to one place, and the memoirs of the apostles or the writings of the prophets are read, as long as time permits . . .", he writes. Evidently Justin used the term Sunday because he was writing to a non-Christian, pagan audience. In Justin's time, Christians usually called Sunday the Lord's Day because they observed it as a weekly memorial of Jesus Christ's resurrection. Source: Alexander Roberts, D.D. & James Donaldson, LL.D., ed. Chapter LXVII.—Weekly worship of the Christians.

The Holy Spirit's explanation of “Sabbath”

In the below Scriptures we can see how God’s inspired Word in the New Testament teaches us that He looks into the heart of us, judging us by the intents of our hearts.  The below Scripture also provides the Holy Spirit's perfect explanation of what “Sabbath” is:

Hebrews 4:1-13
  1. Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.
  2. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
  3. For we which have believed do enter into rest [sabbath], as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
  4. For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day [the Sabbath Day] on this wise, And God did rest [sabbath] the seventh day from all his works.
  5. And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest [sabbath].
  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 [sabbath] 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 [Jesus Christ], lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
  12. For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
  13. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. KJV - (Own emphasis added for clarity).

Love and Peace to you in Christ Jesus, our rest (Sabbath).

5 comments:

Buck Roehart said...

Part 1

This whole Sabbath day argument was designed to nail one more spike into the coffin of God's Christian religion, the only true religion in His eyes today.
Christ's enemies are accusing Christians of doing with Sunday that which they (the "Jews") have actually done with Saturn Day (Saturday).
None of us know which day is the seventh day—or which is the first day, for that matter.
Oh, sure, on our modern calendars Sunday is the first day of the week, but that is just an arbitrary assigning of one day over the others to be first.
That is man's design, it is not from any Scripture.
When God rested on the seventh day (the origin of the Sabbath) in Genesis 2:3, how does anyone know that it was a Saturday and not a Sunday, or a Tuesday, Thursday, etc?
Nobody knows, but vain puffed-up-with-themselves men debate about it, causing much confusion and injury to newer Christians who don't know better than to ignore them and their foolish disputations.
Genesis 2:3
And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made. KJV
Fact is that none of us could possibly know whether the first day in God's time was in our time a Monday, a Wednesday, or a Friday, for that matter. And when one understands (which most Christians do not) that the days of Creation were one thousand years each, trying to determine which 24 hour day is the seventh day in God's eyes today is even more futile. I blame the pastors and priests and preachers for this ignorance in the body of Christ.
But the individual Christian is not without blame for their laziness and apathy regarding studying God's Word.
2 Peter 3:8
8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. KJV
And finally, have Christians not read God's man Paul?
Col 2:11-17
11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
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:
17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. KJV

Part 2 to follow
Buck

Buck Roehart said...

Part 2

So, above we have Apostle Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, saying: "Let no man therefore judge you ...in respect of an holy day ...or of the Sabbath days", yet "we" often accuse our own Christian brothers of error and paganism regarding the Sabbath Day.
The people "who kept the Sabbath" after Jesus Christ resurrected were the ones that had Him killed.
Heb 4:9
9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. KJV
And reading the above verse in context, you shall see why we say that Jesus Christ is our rest:
Heb 4:1-16
4 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.
2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
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 [Joshua from the Old Testament (Psm 95:7-11), not Jesus Christ here. ("Jesus" is the Greek spelling of the Hebrew "Joshua"] 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 [Jesus Christ], he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest [Jesus Christ], lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. KJV
Some say "the 'Jews' call Saturday the Sabbath and they must know."
Why "must they know"?
They deny Jesus Christ and are thus hell-bound; so why would a Christian turn against his churches to uplift unsaved "Jews?"
Matthew 23:29-35 [Jesus speaking]
29 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,
30 And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.
31 Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.
32 Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.
33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
Matthew 23:15 [Jesus speaking]
15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte [a religious convert (in this case to "pre-Judaism")], and when he is made [converted to their religion], ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves. KJV
Part 3 to follow


Buck

Buck Roehart said...

Part 3

Today’s "Jews' aren't even related to Abraham, Isaac, or Jacob, never mind all three of them (95% of modern day so-called "Jews" are descendants of the Khazars who were of Turko-Mongoloid blood). And their religion, Talmudic Judaism, is almost a direct opposite of the Old Testament religion given to Moses by God. And the "Jews" have no more idea of what was the seventh day than does anyone else.
A Christian should never let a "Jew" teach them the Old Testament. Because, if the "Jews" really understood the Old Testament they would have long ago converted to Christianity; for, Christianity is the fulfilment of (perfection of) the Old Testament religion of Moses.

When you pray, even a short prayer, that is a form of worship. So my advice on this matter is for you to forget about listening to those who know just enough to be dangerous. You go ahead and worship on any day that you wish—Sunday, Saturday, Wednesday, etc. The Bible itself taught us that whichever day we worship is irrelevant:
Colossians 2:16
16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holy day, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days: KJV

Buck

Tia Mysoa said...

Thanks for you input Buck!

The post was inspired after witnessing people (Christians??) arguing about this issue on Facebook.

AntiCain said...

Jesus paid a debt that He did not owe, because we owed a debt that we could not pay.
Only through the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ can anyone be saved.
Romans 3:25, "Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through FAITH IN HIS BLOOD, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God."
Salvation is undeserved and wholly by the grace of God toward us sinners.
Colossians 2:14, "Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross."

When Jesus died on the cross, the 6" thick veil in the Jewish temple was torn into two pieces, signifying a new covenant between God and His people.
The ceremonial laws were done away with.
Ceremonial laws were "reminders" to Israel of divine truths.
Please understand the way of salvation did NOT change, all people of all times have been saved the same way—by grace through faith in Jesus Christ (Acts 10:43; Ephesians 2:8,9).

The Sabbath Day is not enforced today, which is why the Bible further states in Colossians 2:16,17, "Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holy day, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ."

It is certainly appropriate for Jews to observe the Sabbath Day in honour of the Lord, but it is not required anymore.
The Israelites were forbidden to even light a fire on the Sabbath (Exodus 35:3).
Obviously, the Sabbath is not enforced today.
Circumcision, the Sabbath, eating of swine, and other Jewish restrictions in the Old Testament were ceremonial laws, which were all done away with at the cross (as far as being mandatory).
As can be read in Colossians 2:17, the Bible called the ceremonial laws, "a shadow of things to come."
When the sun is directly overhead, the shadow is gone.
Jesus was the fulfilment of the Sabbath, in Whom we rest for salvation.

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