Question

What day is the Sabbath? How important is it, in keeping God’s Sabbath Day? How do we keep the Sabbath Holy? 

Answer

The Sabbath Day was on the seventh day of the week and was observed by the Jewish people as a day of rest. It was given only to the Jews as a day of observance, but Christians are not commanded to keep it in any way.

EXO 20:8 ¶ “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
EXO 20:9 “Six days you shall labor and do all your work,
EXO 20:10 but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you.

EXO 20:11 “For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and made it holy.

COL 2:13 And when you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions,
COL 2:14 having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us and which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.
COL 2:15 When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him.

COL 2:16 ¶ Therefore let no one act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day–
COL 2:17 things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ.

The Sabbath was given to the Jewish nation in remembrance of their enslavement in Egypt. It was never intended to be observed by Christians. the examples that are given in the New Testament show us that Christians met on the first day of the week.

DEU 5:13 ‘Six days you shall labor and do all your work,
DEU 5:14 but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter or your male servant or your female servant or your ox or your donkey or any of your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you, so that your male servant
and your female servant may rest as well as you.

DEU 5:15 ‘And you shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out of there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore the Lord your God commanded you to observe the sabbath day.

ACT 20:7 ¶ And on the first day of the week, when we were gathered togetherto break bread, Paul began talking to them, intending to depart the next day, and he prolonged his message until midnight.

1CO 16:1 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I directed the churches of Galatia, so do you also.
1CO 16:2 On the first day of every week let each one of you put aside and save, as he may prosper, that no collections be made when I come.

By Gary Hunt

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