Sunday is NOT the
Sabbath! (Author unknown)
This article is intended for those who
may think that Sunday is the seventh day, or Sabbath day, that the Bible
designates to be set aside for the worship of God. It is quite surprising how
many people actually think this. They generally assume that since Saturday and
Sunday are the "weekend", that Monday must be the first day of the week because
it is their first work day of the week. This would then lead you to believe that
Sunday is indeed the seventh day.
Some Catholic Catechisms will even give
one the impression that Sunday is the Sabbath. Note the following from the
"Penny Catechism" of
England and Wales:
192. What is the third
The third Commandment is "Remember that you keep holy the
193. What are we commanded by the third
the third Commandment we are commanded to keep the Sunday
this ISN'T what it says, is it folks? First of all, note
that in the giving of the law on Sinai, the third commandment refers to
making of images (icons such as the Catholic Church is full of) and it
is the fourth that refers to the Sabbath
|Exodus 20 KJV|
And God spake all these words, saying, 2 I am the Lord your God,
which have brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house
of bondage. 3 you shalt have no other gods before me. 4 you
shalt not make to you any graven image, or any likeness of any
thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or
that is in the water under the earth:5 you shalt not bow down
yourself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord your God am a jealous
God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the
third and fourth generation of them that hate me; 6 And showing
mercy to thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
7 you shalt not take the name of the Lord your God in vain; for the
Lord will not hold him guiltless that takes his name in vain. 8
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days shalt
you labour, and do all your work: 10 But the seventh day is the
Sabbath of the Lord your God: in it you shalt not do any work,
you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your manservant, nor your
maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger that is within your
gates: 11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea,
and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore
the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed
The following quotation is from the
Catholic Baltimore Catechism #1, popular in the United States for the
last century or so, intended for the instruction of children. It also blurs the
distinction between the Sabbath and Sunday:
What is the third Commandment?
A. The third Commandment is: Remember you keep holy the
How are we to worship God on Sundays and Holy Days of
are to worship God on Sundays and Holy Days of obligation by hearing Mass,
by prayer, and by other good works.
A Catechism of Christian Doctrine (No. 1), prepared and enjoined by order
of the Third Plenary Council of Baltimore, bearing the Imprimatur of the
Catholic Church, Copyright 1885, by J. L. Spalding, published by P. J.
Kenedy & Sons, printers to the Holy Apostolic See, 44 Barclay St., New
York, page 36.
Other people will suggest that somehow
we have lost track of the days of the week and no one can be sure just what day
is the seventh day of the week. Those who wish to cling to this notion have
never actually researched the issue to discover the facts.
The First Sabbath Keepers
But then, when was the Sabbath begun?
When was the first one observed and by whom?
|Gen 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.|
Gen 2:3 And God
blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had
The very first Sabbath was the
seventh day of creation. Look up Saturday in most any dictionary and it
will tell you that it is the seventh day of the week. So who observed the first
Gen 1:27 So
God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male
and female created he them.
Gen 1:31 And
God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And
the evening and the morning were the sixth
Both Adam and Eve were created on the
sixth day, before the Sabbath day, and so were present to observe the day of
rest God created for them. Some will try to claim that the Sabbath was a
Jewish festival, part of the Mosaic law that was done away with at the
cross. Since Sabbath was established at creation as a memorial of that
event, would that notion then make Adam and Eve Jews? Actually not a single Jew
existed until the covenant made with Abraham, thousands of years
We think you'll have to agree that it seems pretty obvious
here with this plain "Thus sayeth the L_rd..." that the seventh-day Sabbath was
created for Adam and Eve, and all of humanity, not just for the
Mark 2:27 And
he [Yeshua] said to them, The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for
Mark 2:28 Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the
Adam lived for 930 years (Gen
5:5), and undoubtedly was a Sabbath keeper his entire life. Adam was not the
only one of the first millennium to keep the Sabbath. The same can be said for
Enoch, who was born within the lifetime of Adam. Enoch was so in harmony with
God that he was taken up to heaven and never died (Gen 5:24).
Sabbath Keeping After the
The Patriarch Abraham, who was born
some 1000 years after the death of Adam, and 300 years after the flood, can also
be shown to have kept the seventh-day Sabbath:
Gen 26:5 Because
that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my
statutes, and my laws.
Clearly since Abraham kept God's laws
he must also have faithfully kept the Sabbath of the Lord.
Moses and the Jews
Before the commandments of God were
given on stone tablets atop mount Sinai, God had already shown Israel precisely
which day was His Sabbath:
Exo 16:23 And he
[Moses] said to them, This is that which the LORD hath said, To morrow is
the rest of the holy Sabbath to the LORD:
Some may think that any old day will
satisfy God, but the Lord left no doubt about the day he wanted observed, he
told Moses and the Israelites exactly which day was the Sabbath. For 40 years a
double portion of manna fell on Friday, and no manna fell on Sabbath. Note that
this began BEFORE the Ten Commandments were given to Moses on Sinai. The manna
continued until the Israelites entered the promised land (Exodus 16:35, Joshua
5:12). With 52 weeks a year, that means God made the seventh day Sabbath
plain to them for over 2000 weeks.
It is a day that
apparently does matter to G_d
Note that at Sinai the following was
said with regard to the Sabbath-
Ex 20:8 Remember the
Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days shalt you labour, and do all your
work:10 But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God: in it you
shalt not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your manservant,
nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger that is within your
gates: 11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all
that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the
Sabbath day, and hallowed it.
When Moses went up on Sinai, God
commanded that the Jews were to REMEMBER the Sabbath day.
The Sabbath was not first
revealed to Israel on Sinai. On Sinai, they were told in no uncertain
terms, to remember what they already knew.
Will Just Any Seven Day Cycle of Rest Satisfy
Some may ask, why can't I pick my
seventh day? Sunday is more convenient for me, or perhaps Monday, etc., so
that will be my day of Sabbath rest to the Lord. I will keep every
seventh day holy, but that day will be a day of my choosing.
The problem with the above attitude is
that it has no foundation in scripture. As we noted above, God designated a
specific day as His Sabbath. Israel was never given a choice in what days they
wanted to keep holy as a day of rest. The entire community was to keep God's
designated day in unison. No one had the prerogative or authority to decide
to start keeping some other day as their Sabbath. Note the reaction when
some of Israel decided to look for manna on the seventh day Sabbath:
Ex 16:27 And it came
to pass, that there went out some of the people on the seventh day for to
gather, and they found none. 28 And the LORD said to Moses, How long refuse you
to keep my commandments and my laws?
By not resting on God's designated
Sabbath day, the law and commandments of God had been broken!
Exo 16:29 See, for
that the LORD hath given you the Sabbath, therefore he gives you on the sixth
day the bread of two days; abide you every man in his place, let no man go out of
his place on the seventh day. 30 So the people rested on the seventh
Note that it is emphasized that G_d had
given the Sabbath. Neither Moses or Israel had picked the day they
wanted to observe... they were told specifically which day of the
week to keep holy.
Keeping the Sabbath on the
day HE has said is the Sabbath is a sign of obedience and love for our
Creator. Breaking it is the sin of rebellion, because it is breaking
the law of God.
No one has the
authority to choose the day they will observe as the seventh day. God did not
just institute a seven day cycle, He blessed and sanctified a
specific day as
IS a choice involved. Either you choose to keep God's seventh day
Sabbath, or you choose to break His commandment by not keeping
(although prior to
this study today, the choice may indeed have been made by many in
Webmaster's NOTE: Remember that God blessed the Sabbath day and made it Holy time. The 7th DAY is Holy time to God, and to try to keep another day as the "Sabbath" does NOT make that time "Holy." "Keeping" the Sabbath Holy is partly in what we "DO" on the true Holy Sabbath day, and how we embrace, and spiritually benefit from, that Holiness through commanded convocation (assembling together), and study, worship, singing, messages, fellowship, etc. So, in ignoring the true Sabbath DAY, the 7th Day (Friday sundown to Saturday sundown), we violate the Sabbath through work or other ways in which we fail to keep the day "Holy," but we also support a false day of worship, and shame God's name and His Sabbath in our example of His creation. Also remember that God established the 7th day Sabbath as a "sign" between He and His people, His family...
Gen 1:1 - Ex 31:12 "And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 13 "Speak also to the children of Israel, saying: 'Surely My Sabbaths you shall keep, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the LORD who sanctifies you. 14 You shall keep the Sabbath, therefore, for it is holy to you. Everyone who profanes it shall surely be put to death; for whoever does any work on it, that person shall be cut off from among his people. 15 Work shall be done for six days, but the seventh is the Sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death. 16 Therefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant. 17 It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever; for in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.'" NKJV
Ezek 20:12 "Moreover I also gave them My Sabbaths, to be a sign between them and Me, that they might know that I am the LORD who sanctifies them. 13 Yet the house of Israel rebelled against Me in the wilderness; they did not walk in My statutes; they despised My judgments,'which, if a man does, he shall live by them'; and they greatly defiled My Sabbaths." NKJV
Ezek 20:19 "I am the LORD your God: Walk in My statutes, keep My judgments, and do them; 20 hallow My Sabbaths, and they will be a sign between Me and you, that you may know that I am the LORD your God." NKJV
The word "Sign" in the above scriptures is translated from the word OT:226 'owth (oth); probably from OT:225 (consent-in the sense of appearing); a signal (literally or figuratively), as a flag, beacon, monument, omen, prodigy, evidence, etc. KJV - mark, miracle, (en-) sign, token. Not only was this a clear designation of who God's people were back then, but it is, and will be, a clear sign in our time and the time of the end of who God's true people are.
Does the above sound like God was serious about His Sabbath, or was this just a casual "suggestion" to Israel? Today is no different, and the Sabbath will yet be a sign that will set His people apart from the rest of the world, and from false Christianity.
|So, just how do we
know which day is the Sabbath of the Lord?
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