Did you ever stop to think why Christians keep Sunday? Did they get it from the Bible? Is there a clear-cut command that says, “Thou shalt keep Sunday?” Why did Jesus worship on Saturday? Was it only because He was a very good Jew? Or does it go beyond that?
Does it make any difference which day we observe, as long as we keep at some point in seven? What does the Bible actually say? “And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had finished, and He rested on the seventh day….Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all of the work He had created and made” (Gen. 2:2- 3).
Which day is the Christian Sabbath? Go grab a calendar. See which day is the seventh day and then you definitely’ll know the biblical Sabbath. And remember, GOD GAVE MANKIND the gift of the Sabbath from creation. Adam and Eve weren’t Jewish! And yet God anticipated them to remember the seventh day Sabbath as a memorial of creation.
After we assemble on our God-given Sabbath, we know we’re worshipping the King of Creation. Another “sabbath” is simply man-made. The Great Creator God only blessed the seventh day with His Presence, and due to this fact set it aside as special. We should not settle for any low cost imitations or substitutes, whether it’s the Muslim Friday or traditional Sunday.
Since mankind misplaced or neglected the truth about God’s Sabbath, the Creator selected to reveal it once more when He was within the process of making Israel into His Servant-Nation. God instructed them, so that they might train others: “Bear in mind the Sabbath day to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all of your work, however the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work…. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that’s in them, and rested the seventh day. Subsequently the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it” (Ex. 20:8-11).
Discover: God claims the Sabbath as His. He doesn’t consult with it as the “Jewish Sabbath.” Though it became known as that to differentiate it from the assorted pagan days of worship (Ga. four:10). “The Lord’s day” was meant for all mankind to enjoy and recognize (Matt. 12:eight; Isa. fifty six:6). And the early Church, composed of each Jews and Gentiles, did celebrate the proper Sabbath collectively for over THREE HUNDRED YEARS! That is longer than the U.S. has known independence.
When God restored the Sabbath to Israel, it was the same seventh day Sabbath instituted at Creation. It wasn’t modified to a unique day. And its function remained the same: to reveal the CREATOR and commemorate His majestic works of art.
Jesus honored His Father by keeping God’s commandments. The fourth commandment is to remember the Sabbath day. Christ did not overlook the significance of attending Sabbath companies (Luke 4:16) – NEVER ON A SUNDAY- and the apostle Paul encourages us to keep away from the habit of skipping Church providers (Heb. 10:25). After all, it is a commanded meeting (Lev. 23:3) that provides us a chance to raised understand the Scriptures (Acts 19:eight). Why miss out?
As well as reminding us of God’s awesome ability, the Sabbath is a memorial of Israel’s deliverance from Egypt (Deut. 5:15). It also foreshadows our future redemption from European tyranny and portrays our ongoing deliverance from sin (Isa. 14:three; Ga. 5:1). The plagues God sent against Egypt identified Him as the Creator God: the One who may management the forces of nature and intervene within the affairs of nations. When God pours out the seven last plagues on Europe’s Babylonish system, bringing it to its knees, it’ll reveal Him alone because the Most High God and Holy Father (Dan. 2:44; Rev. 14:7).
The Sabbath day, a memorial of creation and Israel’s liberation, reminds us relief from sin is coming. We’ll lastly be able to relaxation from temptation and enjoy righteousness (II Pet. three:13). Once we’re truly born once more we’ll be free from sin; it’ll be a thing of the past (I Jn. three:9). This serenity awaits us in the Promised Land of God’s Kingdom (Heb. four:1- 11). God is reproducing Himself – Christ in us – and will add the “finishing touch” at our resurrection (Rom. eight:21-23). We are God-Beings in the making!
Jesus cut via all the red tape of entangling human traditions, and kept the Sabbath day as God supposed (Mark 7:7). Yet it was prophesied that some would tamper with how and after we’re to look at God’s Sabbath day, and forcibly attempt to switch it with their own (Dan. 7:25; Rev. 17:5).
This Sabbath query is destined to turn out to be a bloody subject once more (Rev. 13:17; 14:13). However for those who really want to know the reality, God’s entrusted the Jews to keep the knowledge of the true Sabbath day (Rom. 9:4). And the Jews do not worship on Sunday! They follow the biblical practice of celebrating the Sabbath: from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset. God even pronounces a blessing on everyone who’s properly keeping the Sabbath just earlier than Christ’s return, despite political pressure to do otherwise (Isa. fifty six:1-2).