Christians: Does keeping the Biblical Sabbath put you Under "Grace"?
It is by the Grace of God that we Can Keep the Sabbath Holy unto Him. To the Sunday keepers, just try to observe the Sabbath unto God and see the opposition that you will get from all over. Satan does not want you to not only observe ( I say this because there are some Sunday keepers say that they do do something on Saturday) the Sabbath but recognize the Sabbath as God's Holy Day of Rest unto Him. That is the one commandment that he (satan) can deceive even the elect. I went to a regular meeting on Friday nights at a Baptist church which is the start of the Sabbath. I was shunned because I was very happy to be with others on the Sabbath Day so I would greet them with Happy Sabbath. After all it is the Sabbath weather they believe it or not. The pastor even in prayer made mention to discrediting the Holy Sabbath unto God. No fear there for sure. **NOTE** So because we are saved by grace lets not adhere to the Law of God so we can be considered the least in the Kingdom of God. And decline the blessings of Sabbath worship. Hmm, sorry to here of your losses by choice.
Yes...as it was meant to be kept. What the Pharisees did wa build a fence around the Law, and then a wall around that fence! They made it next to impossible to breathe! Consider the story of Jesus and his disciples in Matthew 12:1-8 "At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick some heads of grain and eat them. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath.” He answered, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He entered the house of God, and he and his companions ate the consecrated bread—which was not lawful for them to do, but only for the priests. Or haven’t you read in the Law that the priests on Sabbath duty in the temple desecrate the Sabbath and yet are innocent? I tell you that something greater than the temple is here. If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent. For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”Then, in vss 9-14:"Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to bring charges against Jesus, they asked him, 'Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?' He said to them, 'If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.' Then he said to the man, 'Stretch out your hand.' So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other. But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus."Like many people today, the Pharisees weren't interested in the truth ("Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?") or in healing, compassion, doing right and good, but holding fast to their power, their power over the people AND over the Law and how it was to be interpreted.
Well observant orthodox Jews obviously do. Famously, many of them will turn on the lights in their house on Friday afternoon and leave them running till Saturday night, because the Torah says you are not to light a fire on the Sabbath.In Israel, where only a small percentage of people are actually that observant, trains and buses and shops and pretty much everything slows to a standstill at sundown on Friday (remember, for ceremonial purposes the Jewish day starts at sunset).In Christianity, most Christians believe, for no good reason (but citing the example of the early Church) that the Sabbath was moved from Saturday to Sunday (the day of Jesus' resurrection). They also believe that nowadays they do not have to obey the Old Testament laws, which they see as "ceremonial" and "for that time". So they say that the "keeping the Sabbath" law is the only one of the Ten Commandments that is not relevant to today.There are a few Christians who do not believe that, most notably the Seventh Day Adventists. As well as refusing to work on Saturdays (or after sunset on Friday), and having their church services on Saturday, they also try to keep Old Testament dietary laws (kind of like keeping Kosher, except without the extra stuff that the Talmud interpolates onto it). They don't go around stoning to death apostates or witches though, so I don't really know how they decide which Old Testament laws they need to keep.
Where in the Bible does it say that the Sabbath is on sunday?
1. The Bible does not say Saturday or Sunday, but rather the 7th day and the day of rest. Doing it on Saturday is based on a long tradition- but not necessarily Biblical teaching. 2. In most civilized societies today, the nearest thing we have to the last day of the week, our most universal day of rest, is Sunday. 3. In our everyday thinking and speaking, Sunday is the last day of the weekend, with the week starting on Monday for most of us. 4. The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath- so does the exact day matter? For that matter, do we all need to celebrate the same day? 5. Do the Mosaic Laws apply to gentiles? Not according to Acts 15 and other passages. Please remember- the NT passages about the Sabbath are apoken by Jews to Jews! 6. Finally- a verse that really should end this debate once and for all: Col 2:16 (KJV) "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". (Read the passage- this is the right usage in the right context.)
For Saturday Sabbath keeping Christians...?
Mar 2:27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: the concept of a 5 day work week is something new to the ast number of years. A man was worked 7 days a week. because he worked so hard God knew he would have no time to rest phy. and no time to pray and read the scriptures. SO he made it a (10) commandment to keep one day for rest and meditation.. The MOSAIC laws had to do with the issue of sin and the 10 commandments told us what sin is. If you understand correctly; the 10 commandments were never rescinded in the new testament, but were condensed in "love thy God with......and thy neighbor as thyself. both are together. If you do one correctly you do the other by default. Jesus did many miracles on the Sabbath. He was trying to teach the priesthood that man was better then the Sabbath. It was the priest hood which made the hundreds of Sabbath laws and Jesus condemned them for it. He even called the priesthood the children of satan. Did you know they would counted the leaves on the mint plant so they could tithe correctly. They obeyed the law but disobeyed the law giver. We still need to keep the "Sabbath", a day of rest and remembrance of God, so WE don't forget why we are here.
Will Sabbath be kept in Heaven?
Lover of knowledge thank you for this review. it was the best answer for me. I have one question..In the New Jerusalem..Jesus the Light of the World and all heavens will be with us why would we need night or day? isn't it stated in Revelation that we wil not need it because Jesus will be with us...Rev: 22:5 " And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever".(KJV) Blessings. A Sabbath Keeper.
There are two fairly straightforward answers to this question.Firstly, the Sabbath was instituted at Creation, long before there was any distinction between Jew and Gentile and even before the Fall. That tells me it is universal.Secondly, Christians should ask, as they do in many other things, what would Jesus do? As is plain throughout the New Testament, Jesus observed the same Sabbath as everyone else and said not word one about changing it. He did argue with how it was to be observed, challenging nitpicking legalistic letter-of-the-law interpretations versus observing the proper spirit of the Sabbath, but did not at any point make mention of moving it.Also, even after his death, when he appeared to the disciples and others, he did not make or mention such a change and the disciples and the other writers of the Gospels went throughout the Mediterranean world keeping the Sabbath at all the synagogues they encountered wherever they went.Edit: I should also mention that Christians who keep the seventh-day Sabbath are accused of being legalistic, yet if you keep the other nine commandents, you are just being a good Christian. Why the distinction? Even those who believe that the ten commandments were abolished say that God’s law is now engraved on our hearts. Why would only nine of the commandments be engraved, leaving out the fourth? It only makes sense that the rituals that foreshadowed the Messiah would no longer be necessary as the prophecies had been fulfilled, but there is no reason for changing the moral law, of which the Sabbath is part. Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” (John 14:15). Being under grace does not relieve you of your moral responsibilites.
God said keep the Sabbath holy, it is an everlasting covenant?
Our Creator made an everlasting covenant with Avraham and to his decendants, the children of Israel: Gen 17:7 "And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your descendants after you. 1 Chr 16:16 The covenant which He made with Abraham, And His oath to Isaac. 1 Chr 16:17 He also confirmed it to Jacob for a statute, To Israel as an everlasting covenant, > The terms of the everlasting covenant is the "Ten Commandments" containing the Sabbath: Deu 4:13 "So He declared to you His covenant which He commanded you to perform, that is, the Ten Commandments; and He wrote them on two tablets of stone. > Our Creator will always remember the covenant He made with Israel even after all they had done: Lev 26:44 'Yet in spite of this, when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not reject them, nor will I so abhor them as to destroy them, breaking My covenant with them; for I am YHWH their God. Lev 26:45 'But I will remember for them the covenant with their ancestors, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the nations, that I might be their God. I am YHWH.'" Lev 26:46 These are the statutes and ordinances and laws which YHWH established between Himself and the sons of Israel through Moses at Mount Sinai. > The Sabbath of our Creator is on the seventh day of the week: Exo 20:10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of YHWH thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: > Today saturday is recognized by the entire world as the seventh day of the week. > We must choose which god we will serve; the Sabbath of our Creator, the God of Israel, or sunday worship of the baal: 1 Ki 18:21 And Elijah came near to all the people and said, "How long will you hesitate between two opinions? If YHWH is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him." But the people did not answer him a word.
According to the Bible, the Sabbath ends, just as all days end, when the light of day fades after sunset. This is because the Bible counts days from the start of the evening (the end of daylight) to the next start of evening, just as many ancient peoples did, rather than starting days at midnight as we do today. This can be seen in the book of Genesis, which describes a day as an evening followed by its daylight hours (Genesis 1:5, 8, etc.). The start of evening is the start of a new day.The Jewish rabbis later specified that the exact end of the Sabbath was when the first three medium-sized stars could be seen after sunset. Today various Jewish groups have developed even more specific timings for the end of the Sabbath. These vary from group to group, but usually fall within just a few minutes of each other.Many Christians originally preserved the Jewish method of counting days. This can still be seen in the evenings that precede various Christian holidays. Christmas Eve, for example, is technically the beginning of Christmas Day. However, most Christians did not continue to observe the Biblical Sabbath, because it was not one of the Biblical laws required of Gentiles in the Law of Moses or in the New Testament. Only after the 4th cent. AD did Christians start to refer to Sunday as a Sabbath, a change without Biblical foundation.For more on this and related topics, see our book on the Jewish Roots of Christianity, or visit our website at To The Ends Of The Earth Ministries--Teaching the Jewish Roots of Christianity