What is the Christian Sabbath? When is the Christian Sabbath? What should be done on the Christian Sabbath? And how should it be observed?
Before we answer these questions, it would be helpful to find out what the word ‘Christian’ means.
This post has a similar intro to the other Sabbath post but has more information.
What is a Christian?
For this, we turn to Acts 11:25 “Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus for to seek Saul,” and 11:26, “and when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass that a whole year; they assembled themselves with the church and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.”
So what is a Christian? Is a disciple of Martin Luther a Christian? Is a disciple of the Pope a Christian? Is a follower of any man a Christian? No, of course not!
A Christian is a follower of Christ, a disciple of Jesus Christ!
Anyone who says, “I believe the Bible as explained by this person or that person” is not a follower of Jesus Christ. Such a person is a follower of the one whose explanations he depends upon. He is not a follower of Jesus Christ.!
A follower of Jesus Christ, follows Jesus Christ as he is led by the Holy Spirit of God. Not as he is led by some man. A follower of Jesus Christ tests men to see whether they are telling the truth according to the Word of God.
Revelation 2:2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
The test is always the Word of God. The words of any man must be tested against the Word of God. The disciples at Ephesus, the church at Ephesus were commended for testing those who claimed to be apostles. And in performing these tests, in checking up on these so-called apostles, and comparing their words with the Word of God, they found these self proclaimed apostles to be false apostles leading them away from living by every Word of God.
We are commanded by Jesus (Mat 7) to test all those who claim to be prophets [apostles, religious teachers and leaders] with the Word of God. The test is always the Word of God. Anyone who says anything contrary to the Word of God and does not repent of that, and does not change, is a false prophet or a false apostle.
And anyone who predicts things in the “Name of the LORD” or by God’s authority, which do not come to pass, and does not repent, and does not change, and does not keep the Words of the Scriptures, the Words of Almighty God; such a person is a false prophet or a false apostle. It is Jesus Christ and God the Father, and they alone who are perfect and infallible.
Deuteronomy 18:20 But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. 21 And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the Lord hath not spoken? 22 When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.
And further, even if what the man claiming to be of Go0d says DOES come to pass, if he is not zealously faithful to the whole Word of God and teaches contrary to teh Word of God: That man is NOT to be followed!
Deuteronomy 13:1 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,2 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods [go contrary to the word of God, and obey idols of men or any false teachings ] which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; 3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the Lord your God proveth [Tests] you, [Today the brethren are being tested to see whether we will follow our idols of men, or whether we will live by every Word of God!] to know whether ye love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. 4 Ye shall walk after the Lord your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.
Those who were called out of physical Egypt, were a type of those called out of bondage to sin and this world as a kind of firstfruits of a New Covenant, were commanded to Remember the Sabbath (Ex 20:8-11).
As they were commanded to keep the Sabbath Day: so must the spiritual called out of bondage to sin honor God by observing God’s Sabbath Day; benefiting from spending time with our God.
We find in Acts 11:26 in the last part, that the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.
A Christian is a follower of Jesus Christ.
Therefore a Christian is a fellow citizen with the saints and a member of the household of God. In Ephesians 2:19, “Now, therefore you are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God, and are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone.”
A Christian is a follower of Jesus Christ and is a follower of the apostles and prophets who actually wrote the Holy Scriptures because they were personally inspired by God to write the Holy Scriptures. And the Holy Scriptures, the Holy Bible, is the Word of God it is the mind and will of God the Father and of Jesus Christ expressed in print. The apostles and prophets does not refer to someone in this later day who claims such titles, it refers to the men who wrote the scriptures and the scriptures themselves.
A Christian is a follower of Jesus Christ and therefore stands upon and lives by every Word of God (Mat 4:4), and does not stand on an unscriptural explanation of that Word provided by any man.
When any man says anything about the Scriptures, go to the Book, check it out, and prove all things; holding fast only that which is good and true and right according to the Word of Almighty God (1 Thess 5:20). A Christian is not a follower of any man. A Christian is a follower of God the Father and Jesus Christ.
Since we have chosen the path of being a Christian, let us not rely on the teachings of any man or on the traditions of this group or that group, but let us go directly to the Word of God concerning the Sabbath Day.
Genesis 2:1 “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all the work that He had made. And God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it [set that day apart for HOLY use] because that in it he had rested from all His work which God created and made.”
God created all things on this earth in six days and on the seventh day, God rested.
Who rested? The Jews? Or this man? Or that man? Or some organization?
No, it was the Creator God who rested on the seventh day. And He sanctified it, which means He set it apart. He set that day apart and hallowed [made it holy] it. He set it apart for Holy use.
Holy means: of or pertaining to God.
Therefore the seventh day is set aside by the Creator to be used for things of or pertaining to God. The seventh day is holy time; it is God’s time. It is a day that God commanded all men to rest from their own activities and spend that time in Holy activities with Him.
Now, we know that Jesus Christ existed before He was made flesh. And that He existed with God the Father, and that with God the Father, Jesus Christ made all things, for Jesus Christ was the Creator God. He was God and was with God, as John writes.
Paul writes in Colossians 1:12 “We should be giving thanks unto the Father which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light. The Father has delivered us from the power of darkness and has translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son, in whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins.”
So we are redeemed through the blood, the sacrifice, the life given for us—the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We are redeemed by Jesus Christ. For in Colossians 1:15 “Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God.” The visible being a likeness or reflection; an image of the invisible, the firstborn of every creature. So Jesus Christ was the firstborn from the dead changed to spirit. For by Him, by Jesus Christ, where all things created that are in heaven and that are in the earth, all things both visible and invisible whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers.
All things were created by Him, 9by Jesus Christ] and for him, 9for Jesus Christ]. And He, Jesus Christ, is before all things. He existed before all things. And by Him, all things consist.
All things exist because they were created by Jesus Christ. And He, Jesus Christ, is the head of the body, the Church; Christ is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead changed into spirit that in all things He might have the preeminence. So as the firstborn form the dead, He might be acknowledged as the leader and the pioneer of the saints going forward from the physical to the spiritual. And forward into eternity, we must always be subject to him as our leader and we must follow Jesus Christ.
In Mark 2:28 we are told, Jesus Himself speaking, “Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath.” Now, how could He be Lord of the Sabbath? There is only one way that He could be Lord of the Sabbath. The word “Lord” means in charge of, or in command of, or in control of. Jesus Christ was the Lord, that is, He was the ruler of the Sabbath Day. Now, how could He be the ruler of the Sabbath Day? There is only one way that this could be so. And that is if Jesus Christ Himself created the Sabbath Day. He, Jesus Christ, was the one who created all things as we know them today, in six days and six nights, and rested on the seventh day.
By creating the Sabbath, sanctifying it, and making it holy, Jesus Christ was and became originally the Lord of the Sabbath. He was the Lord of the Sabbath, the ruler of the Sabbath, because He created the Sabbath. The Sabbath was His day.
At creation, when Jesus Christ created the Sabbath Day, there were only Adam and Eve existing as human beings. There were no Jews. The Sabbath day was made for Adam and Eve for all mankind, for they were the parents of all mankind. The Sabbath was not made exclusively and only for one particular group of people or one of the families of man.
The Sabbath was made for Adam and Eve and all their descendents.
For, all mankind are obligated to obey their Creator Father and to spend time with Him. And that time is specified by our Creator as the seventh day; Friday sunset to Saturday sunset! And the same seventh day is to be observed week by week FOREVER! as time to be spent with God in peace and in rest; learning of Him and as a memorial of the completion of creation in six days, the seventh being a rest from that creation and a memorial of that creation.
Exodus 20:9 “Six days shall thou labor and do all thy work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God. In it thou shall not do any work. You, nor your son, nor your daughter, your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor the stranger that is within thy gates. For in six days the Eternal made heaven and earth, the sea and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day. Wherefore the Lord blessed the seventh day and hallowed it.”
We are not to work on that day and we are not to require or force anyone else to work. No one. Not an employee, a slave, a servant, an animal, or even a beast of burden; shall be required to do any work on the Sabbath Day, for God Almighty has decreed that the seventh day shall be a rest for all living things forever!
In Exodus 31:12, “The Eternal spake unto Moses saying speak thou also unto the children of Israel saying truly my Sabbath you shall keep, for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations that ye may know that I am the Eternal that doth sanctify you. You shall keep the Sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you. Every one that defiles it shall surely be put to death. For whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people. Six days may work be done, but in the seventh is the Sabbath of rest, holy to the Eternal, whosoever does any work in the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death. Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant forever. It is a sign between me and the children of Israel forever. For in six days the Lord made Heaven and Earth, and in the seventh day He rested, and was refreshed.”
This was a sign between Israel and God; and we must become Israel in the spiritual sense by keeping all the commandments of God, Jer 31.
All the commandments that God gave to physical Israel are equally applicable to all those of the spiritual Israel of the New Covenant; not only in their physical keeping, but in the keeping of the spirit and full intent of those commandments. For Jesus commanded that we are to live by every Word of God the Father (Mat 4:4).
Even as Israel was called out to become the people of God, so the spiritual New Covenant called out people have been called out of bondage to sin to become the people of God. And even as Israel were required to obey their God, spiritual Israel is also required to obey the same God and keep the same commandments.
If we are to be God’s people, as Israel was called to be God’s people, we must absolutely obey and follow the commandments of the same God and do the will of God. The Sabbath was commanded to Adam at creation, and to ALL humanity as Adam’s descendants! Not just to the Jews.
What does God will for us to do on a Sabbath? What does He want us to do with His Holy time?
Isaiah 58:13 “If you will turn away your foot from the Sabbath from doing your pleasure on my holy day, and shall call the Sabbath a delight, the holy of the Eternal, honorable, and shall honor Him, the Eternal. Not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words, then shall thou delight thyself in the Eternal, and I will cause you to ride the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken it.”
On the Sabbath day we are not to do our own pleasure. We are rather to seek out and make the things of God, our pleasure; and we are not to speak our own words.
How many times can you remember going to a Sabbath service where you heard a sermon and then you or your friends talked about nothing except recipes and babies and business and weather, and didn’t even discuss the sermon?
You are speaking your own words and not discussing the scriptures as God commands us. You are polluting the Sabbath Day!
Now obviously it wouldn’t be wrong to say it’s a nice day, isn’t it? But to do that and to speak of other mundane things and completely neglect discussing the Word of God is sin! It is using God’s time for our own purposes.
Brethren I am not saying that we must speak exclusively of scripture, I am saying that there our focus should be on God on God’s Day; and we have gotten so far out of balance, that we discuss our own affairs and completely neglect discussing the Word of God on HIS Sabbath today.
A sermon should be given and then you should search the Scriptures, discuss the sermon, sharpen each other by discussing these things in trying to learn more. And you should be able to ask your minister to expound things a little more thoroughly on this point. or that point; that you may not have properly grasped. And you should be able to go to your home or perhaps to the homes of your friends and continue to discuss God’s Word and the things of God.
If you are spending more time discussing your own things and doing your own pleasure, then you are spending on the things of God. This is not right.
Isaiah says in verse 13, You should not be finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words. You should be thinking of and speaking about the things of God. And the truth is that; what comes out of your mouth is a reflection of what’s going on in your mind. And if you are not talking about the things of God, chances are about 95 percent that you are not thinking about the things of God. That your mind is not on holy things on God’s holy Sabbath Day.
Going back to Exodus 16:4 “Then said the Eternal unto Moses, ‘Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day that I may prove them whether they will walk in my law or not.’” So this bread was to be a test to prove the people whether they will walk in my law or not. Verse 5, “And it shall come to pass that on the sixth day, they shall prepare that which they bring in and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily.”
Now in verse 22, “And it came to pass that on the sixth day, they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for one man and all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moses. And Moses told them, this is that which the Lord hath said. Tomorrow is the rest of the Holy Sabbath unto the Eternal. Bake that which you will bake today. And seethe or simmer or boil that which you will seethe today and that which remains overlay for you to be kept until the morning.” And in giving this command, Jesus Christ was telling the people that they are not to bake, or simmer, or boil, or to seethe. They are not to do any kind of cooking on the Sabbath Day. No serious cooking of any kind.
Now I myself will go ahead and put a piece of bread in the toaster. Or warm up some water for a coffee or a tea. Or even heat up a previously prepared container of soup. Or warm up something on a cold winter’s day up here in Canada. But I am not going to start frying a steak, or barbecuing, or roasting meat, or boiling potatoes, or doing any kind of serious cooking. Cooking is for the preparation day; which is the day before the Sabbath.
The preparation day is Friday up until sunset. And the Sabbath, the seventh day is Saturday. Sabbath runs from sunset Friday to sunset Saturday. And on the Sabbath Day we are not to do any cooking.
We are not to do any work. We are not to do any traveling. We are simply to take the day off and relax. Spend it with God in prayer, in study, in reading, in thinking about Him, and in discussing the words of God with others, and in teaching our mates and our families, and spending the day totally focused on God, and of course also resting on that day, taking it easy.
One should have the attitude of saying, “This is my day off, I’m glad I don’t have to do this or that.” It is wrong to have the attitude that “Oh, I can’t do this and I shouldn’t do that” and taking a negative approach. Take a positive approach and say, “It’s my day off, it’s my break. I don’t have to go out and mow the lawn. I don’t have to get up early and go to work. I don’t have to bake bread today. I can take it easy and relax.”
Now, what about the lady who says, “Cooking relaxes me, I enjoy it.” Or the guy who says “Working on my car relaxes me, or I enjoy it.”
All that I can say to you is that we are to make the things of God our pleasure and we are not to seek out and do our own pleasures, even if we enjoy those things.
After all, why would they be our pleasures if we didn’t enjoy them? Of course we enjoy our own pleasures. But we are not to do our own pleasures on God’s Sabbath ,or on a High Holy Day. We are to dedicate that time to the things of God. On the Sabbath Day, we are not to work, we are not to cook, we are not to engage in travel; and we are not to pay others to serve us either!
What about the person who has to drive 30 or 40 miles to attend a service? All I can say is fill up your gas tank on Friday. Prepare a little boxed lunch on Friday. Do your preparation on Friday.
If you have to drive a few miles, to associate with the brethren and hear a message, that’s fine. Only don’t decide you’re going to fly to Australia on a Sabbath or that you are going to take a bus trip across the continent on a Sabbath.
No, absolutely not. No extensive travel and no travel for personal reasons. Travel should be for Godly reasons, should be very, very limited in scope and duration; and should not involve any expense. If you have to buy an extra tank of gas on a Sabbath, the trip is too far. Don’t go. Make some kind of other arrangement. It can be done. Things can be worked out. You can work around these things and truly make God’s Sabbath a delight.
If you have to drive for four, five hours in each direction to attend the service, such a trip is not a Sabbath rest and is not appropriate. Perhaps it could be arranged to travel on Friday afternoon or Friday evening before sunset and to stay with some of the brethren in the town where the service is being held.
There are different things that can be arranged. Perhaps it would be better to stay at home and simply listen to a tape or a recording. Perhaps one can alternate and one can go one week and then people can come to your town the next week. There are lots of ideas that an inquiring and motivated mind can come up with. But we are not to do our own pleasure on the Sabbath Day.
Now, in the time of Nehemiah, some of the Jewish people in Jerusalem had strayed far from God. And in Nehemiah 10:31 they were told by Nehemiah that if the people of the land brought ware or victuals [food] on the Sabbath Day to sell, we should not buy it of them on a Sabbath or on a holy day. And that we should leave the seventh year and the exaction of every debt.
We should be willing to forgive debts especially on the seventh year, which is the Land Sabbath, which we will go into in another talk. But on the Sabbath Day, people shall not buy or sell. And they agreed that they would not do that in Nehemiah 10:31.
In Nehemiah 13:16 “There dwelleth men of Tyre also therein, that is in Jerusalem, which brought fish, in all manner of ware and sold on the Sabbath unto the children of Judah and in Jerusalem. Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, and said unto them, ‘What evil thing is this that you do, and profane the Sabbath day? Did not your father’s thus, and did not our God bring all this evil upon us, and upon this city? Yet you bring more wrath upon Israel by profaning the Sabbath.’ And it came to pass, that when the gates of Jerusalem began to be dark before the Sabbath, which is at twilight at the beginning of sunset, I commanded that the gates be shut, and charged that they should not be opened till after the Sabbath. And some of my servants set I at the gates, that there should no burden be brought in to the city on the Sabbath Day.
Then the merchants and sellers of all kinds of ware lodged about Jerusalem once or twice. Then I testified against them, and said to them, ‘Why lodge ye about the wall? If ye do so again, I will lay hold on you.’ And from that time forth, came they no more on the Sabbath. And I commanded the Levites that they should cleanse themselves and that they should come and keep the gates, to sanctify the Sabbath Day.”
Nehemiah speaking and he says, “Remember me, O my God, concerning this also, and spare me according to the greatness of thy mercy.” Nehemiah writes that he is doing God a great service by being zealous for the holy Sabbath Day of the Eternal Creator God. And he asked God to be merciful to him because of his zeal for the Sabbath in keeping out those who would buy and sell on the Sabbath Day.
We are not to buy, brethren, on the Sabbath Day. We are not to pay others to serve us on the Sabbath Day. We are not to go in the stores and buy things. We are not to go into restaurants to buy goods and services. We are not to travel. We are not to do heavy cooking. We are not to work. And we are not to be responsible for anyone else having to work on God’s Sabbath Day.
The sixth day is the day of PREPARATION for the Sabbath. On the sixth day we are to do all our cooking, cleaning and household labour in preparation for the Sabbath rest. We are NOT to COOK or PREPARE FOOD Ex 16:23 on the sabbath, or to travel Ex 16:29. We are not to do any work or even to bear burdens on penalty of death and destruction Jer 17:21-27. For the sabbath is God’s time, not our time, it is HOLY TIME, it is NOT our own. To do our own pleasures is to STEAL from God something that belongs to Him.
It is lawful to seek the things of God on the Sabbath. To pray and study His word, to meet together in holy convocation Lev 23:3 with like minded believers. To do good Luk 6:9, by healing or visiting the sick, elderly and to alleviate the suffering of man and beast. It is lawful to cope with genuine emergencies, like fire, broken pipes or the ox in the ditch Luk 14:5, but beware of making such excuses to justify habitual sabbath breaking. If an ox falls into a ditch many times, one should perhaps repair ones fence! That, is to say, that most of these so called emergencies come through a simple LACK OF PROPER PREPARATION. It is not wrong to find a beautiful or peaceful place to meditate Acts 16:13 and relax, enjoying God’s creation.
A convocation is ONLY holy if it is God centered! If you go to a service to hear a sermon and then talk ONLY about work and business, the weather, clothes and babies you have PROFANED that convocation and God’s sabbath. Out of one’s mouth come those things that are dearest to one’s heart Mat 12:34. If your heart and mind are not on the things of God, your mouth will reveal this. We should be thinking deeply and discussing the things of God always, especially on the sabbath. How do you ever expect to begin to UNDERSTAND the things of God, if you do not think and talk about them? Behold, God will preserve those who think upon His name Ezek9:4-6, Mal 3:16-18.
It is NOT LAWFUL to buy goods and services in restaurants or other establishments. To say that we may buy, because they are going to work anyway, makes a mockery of God’s way. For that excuse justifies ALL SIN; there is NO SIN that men are not going to do ANYWAY! Let us then use the whore, for she will do it anyway. Why not have our enemy murdered, for the killer will kill anyway. This is a juvenile and pathetic excuse to justify SIN.
If we say that we are not paying them, we must admit that we are paying the establishment that hired them. So we are admitting that we are paying the establishment to induce people to sin! We have CONDEMNED OURSELVES with our own mouths! If we would not work for them on the sabbath in order to obey God and WE PAY THEM TO HIRE OTHERS ON THE SABBATH, WE ARE HYPOCRITES. There is no other word for it. If we pay others to do what we would not do ourselves, on moral grounds; WE HAVE BECOME HYPOCRITES!
To say that because we have an ox in our ditch, it somehow justifies painting our house on the Sabbath is ridiculous! Yet some say the very same thing. They say that because they have to cross a toll bridge on Sabbath to attend a service, it somehow justifies them buying goods and services in restaurants! This excuse is also ridiculous! THE ONE, DOES NOT JUSTIFY THE OTHER!
Some say that proper Sabbath observance is some kind of burden that God’s people should not have to bear. Yet these same people say to the poor man. You must tithe, have FAITH and God will work things out for you.
I ask YOU; WHERE IS YOUR FAITH? If you make an HONEST EFFORT TO PLEASE GOD, don’t you think that He WILL HELP YOU? Most problems involving Sabbath pollution through buying and selling can be resolved simply and easily, with a little forethought, planning and effort. I have avoided this sin for thirty years and it has been difficult at times but God has always provided a way.
If you lose a job, God will provide and if he choses to test you and does not provide; it is better to die serving the God who is able to raise us up; than to live serving wickedness and be cast into the fire!
As for meals, some bread and cheese and fruit, together with each other and our God, would make for an uplifting evening. And probably a healthier one as well! For far too long. the church has been more of a social club then a church of GOD! It’s time we became more GOD CENTERED and less concerned with social activities. Yes social things are important but the central thing should be OUR GOD. How we impress Him is far more important then how much we impress each other!
Did you think that God created the Sabbath for our hurt? It was made for our benefit, the benefit of all mankind. You should enjoy the Sabbath, but you should not infringe upon the potential enjoyment of this blessing by others. Remember that the burden of Christ is light and His yoke is easy Mat 11:30, it is satan who comes along and tries to make the burden SEEM HEAVY by persecuting us.
When you can fully understand that satan is the true source of all our heavy burdens, the true source of SIN, which causes our sufferings and that God’s way is really liberating us from that burden, you will have no problem in keeping ALL GOD’S COMMANDMENTS! It is by the doing that we learn! By the proper observance of the sabbath, we may learn many things and we will show our God how very much we LOVE HIM and HIS WAYS! On the other hand, by not keeping the sabbath in the commanded manner, are we really keeping it at all, when we do not keep it in a manner acceptable to God?
What can we learn? Why FAITH and TRUST in GOD, as well as all those things that we learn in our studies, meditations and talks. Remember that the spirit is given to those who obey Him Acts 5:32 and that it is that spirit which shall lead you into the truth Joh 16:13. If you want to know the things of God, you must keep all the commandments of God, in all things, and be pleasing to HIM 1 Joh 3:22.
Because of the complete lack of zeal for the commandments of God, including the Sabbath; God has withdrawn his spirit from the COG Groups of today. It is those who claim to have the holy spirit the most; who have the least, because of their sins against the word of God.
God’s day is a day of rest for all His creation, for all the creation of God. It is a time of rest and it is sanctified to be holy time so that all men could spend time with God. And if all men did observe the Sabbath Day, and did rest on that day, and did seek the Eternal with all their hearts, believe me, they would find the way to peace, which at present time they know not.
What are we to do on the Sabbath? What is lawful on the Sabbath?
We need only ask the Lord of the Sabbath by going to His Word. So, we should go to Mark 2:23, “And it came to pass, that he went through the corn fields on the Sabbath Day. And his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn.”
To put this in modern terms, in 1611 King James English, the word ‘corn’ is not the word ‘maize’ or corn today. The word ‘corn’ simply meant a grain of something. Like a piece of grain or a piece of sand. Corn was used in 1611 to refer to any grain. And it referred to grains of wheat here.
So, we find in verse 23 that they were walking along the side of a field and as they went, they began to pluck the ears of grain. And the Pharisees said unto him, “Behold, why do they on the Sabbath Day that which is not lawful?’ And He, Christ, said unto them, ‘Have you never read what David did, when he had need, and was an hungered, he, and they that were with him? How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the bread of presence, which it is not lawful to eat but for the priests only, and gave also to them which were with him?’ And he said to them, ‘The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath Day.”
Let us examine what is taking place here. Notice the disciples were hungry, and they picked some ears of grain and began to eat.
They did not do any cooking. They did not bear any great burdens. It would be no different than as if you walking through a field and were to pick an apple to munch on; on a bright Sabbath Day. There was no real work involved. They did not gather a whole big basketful. They did not grind it and bake it. There was no work or effort. They simply picked up something readily available and munched on it. But did they pay for it? No, they didn’t buy it. For the law of gleaning was in effect.
We can turn to Deuteronomy 24:19 “When thou cuttest down thine harvest in thy field, and has forgotten a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back again to fetch it. It shall be left for the stranger, the fatherless, and for the widow that the Eternal thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hands. When thou beatest thine olive tree, thou shalt not go over the boughs the second time. It shall be for the stranger, the fatherless, and for the widow. And when thou gathereth the grapes of thine vineyard, you shall not glean it afterward. It shall be for the stranger, the fatherless, and for the widow. And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bond man in the land of Egypt. Therefore I command thee to do this thing.”
There is a command of God to allow the hungry to partake of the harvest of your field. There was no hint whatsoever of buying, or of any kind of labor or work. There was only the law of mercy which said that if a person was hungry, they have a right: A God-given, God-commanded, God-supported right; to pick a little bit and feed themselves and take care of their immediate need.
This is why Jesus Christ referred to the actions of David and Abiathar, the high priest. For David did eat the bread of presence. David ate this after having been fleeing for his life for three full days, having been hungry, and starving, and in imminent danger of being caught and murdered by his enemies.
David was in a desperate situation and Abiathar gave mercy. He helped out because the law of mercy supersedes. And what is the law of mercy? The very sacrifice of Jesus Christ atoning for our sins is an example of a law of mercy. The mercy of Our Creator and the mercy of Our Father in Heaven.
Continuing now in Mark 3 “And He entered again into the synagogue, and there was a man which had a withered hand. And they watched Him whether they would heal Him on the Sabbath day that they might accuse Him. And He said to the man which had the withered hand, ‘Stand forth.’ And He said unto them; the gathered people. ‘Is is lawful to do good on a Sabbath Day, or to do evil? To save life or to kill?’ And they held their peace. And when He had looked around about on them, with anger being grieved for their blindness and the hardness of their hearts, He said unto the man, ‘Stretch forth thine hand.’ And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored whole as the others. And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against Him, how they might destroy Him.”
Brethren, it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath Day. If your neighbor bangs on your door and says, “My pipe is broke and my house is flooding, help me turn the water off.” Or someone should come and say, “There’s been an accident on the street. Help me call the authorities.” Of course you would help them. Of course you would.
The Sabbath is made for all men. Not men for the Sabbath. But the Sabbath was made for men, all men. And all men should have at least the opportunity even if they are not willing to use it, to rest on the Sabbath Day, to have peace on the Sabbath Day, to have time to spend with God. Even those people who are not inclined to rest or have peace or spend time with God on the Sabbath should not be placed under any obligation by us to do anything or work on the Sabbath.
If we go into a restaurant on a Sabbath, the first problem is that we are setting a wrong example. We are showing them that we are willing to pay them to do things we wouldn’t do ourselves. We have become hypocrites. And believe me, they will notice that.
The second problem is that we are breaking the Commandment against buying on the Sabbath Day. And third, we are breaking the commandment not to cause anyone else to work or serve us on the Sabbath Day. This is a wrong thing. This is a great sin. And because in the churches of God today there is no respect for the commandments, no respect for the Sabbath, and no respect for Almighty God; and respect is paid only to numbers and dollars and filthy lucre. Because of this, the people of God are facing a terrible judgment and a terrible correction. It is time to wake up and start putting God first. And start putting His commandments first. And stop being totally self-centered in all of our actions. And start thinking about others and our effect on others and the example we are setting for others. It is time to start living and acting in a righteous manner, keeping the commandments of God, which we pretend to espouse.
We know then that the Sabbath was made for all men and all animals, all creatures. And that we are to rest on the Sabbath and spend time with God. And we are not to interfere in the potential right of anyone else to rest and spend time with God.
The Sabbath is the seventh day. The memorial. The day of rest after the six days of creation.
How do we know that we have the right day today?
It’s very simple. Jesus Christ was Lord of the Sabbath Day. Surely He knew which day was the right day. And He observed and kept the very same day that was kept by the Jews during His lifetime and up until today. He acknowledged they were keeping the correct day for the Sabbath Day, if in an improper manner. And they were critical of Him for observing the same Sabbath Day that they kept, in a manner different form how they observed it. The seventh day that the Jews have observed since the time of Christ is well known and has not been lost.
Therefore we know that the seventh day is Saturday. And not Sunday. And the Sabbath Day runs from sunset Friday to sunset. Saturday. Therefore the seventh day, the holy Sabbath Day of Almighty God runs from sunset Friday to Sunset Saturday.
How then did some people who call themselves Christian come to observe a Sabbath on a Sunday? How did they come to see Sunday as a Sabbath? And the answer to that lies in the history of Constantine.
Constantine the sun worshipper commanded the assembled bishops at the Council of Nicea to stop Judaising by observing the seventh day Sabbath and commanded that they must begin to observe the venerable day of the invincible sun; the first day of the week. And all should rest from their labors on the first day of the week. The venerable day of the Invincible Sun, or be Anathema, rejected from the Church and subject to the discipline of the Empire of Rome.
The people in the period from about 350-365 AD onward were forced by the sword of Rome to observe Sunday. And the truth is, the vast majority of people in Rome were already observing Sunday. So, it was a small thing to force the so-called ‘Church of God’, the Church of Jesus Christ, to start observing Sunday.
They just enforced it with the sword and with blood. And those who didn’t want to die fled the Roman Empire. So, that all that was left was apostate Christianity, who bowed to the invincible sun by observing Sun-day, the day of the Sun God, who is known in [Phoenicia] as Baal.
The command of Jesus Christ to keep the commandments of God Rev 22:14 and to follow the example He set should be sufficient for us.
He did NOT change the day of the Sabbath. The Roman Sun Worshipper Constantine, forced Sylvester Bishop of Rome to observe the Venerable Day of the Invincible Sun in exchange for being made Pontifix Maximus of the Roman Empire.
There is NO AUTHORITY in all the Bible for weekly worship on the first day of each week, Sunday. This was FORCED on all people by the Roman sun worshipper, Emperor Constantine and Bishop Sylvester in defiance of God’s Word. Anyone NOT agreeing was forced to flee or be KILLED by the power of Rome.
Anyone who defiles the Sabbath, even if they worship on Sunday; is NOT keeping the commandments of God. They are merely doing what they want, rather than what Almighty God requires and that is the definition of sin, for SIN IS THE TRANSGRESSION OF THE LAW 1 Joh 3:4.
We are not to do any work, nor are we to require any work to be done by anyone for whom we are responsible, anyone within our gates Ex 20:8-11. The sabbath was made for ALL MANKIND, we are not to interfere with anyone’s ABSOLUTE RIGHT to rest on this day. We are even to allow our animals to rest from their labours.
True Christians do not observe Sunday. They do not bow to the Roman Emperor and his sun god to reject the commandments of the Eternal. They do not bow to the sun. They observe the Sabbath Day. Created by God. The seventh day of the week in which God Almighty, the Creator of all life rested. True Christians observe the Sabbath Day of Jesus Christ who was the Lord of the Sabbath. Observing the very day that He observed throughout His lifetime, the seventh day from sunset Friday to sunset Saturday.
Followers of Jesus Christ do just that. They follow Jesus Christ. The Sabbath was made for all men. All men should have the opportunity to observe the Sabbath. No man should therefore require another man or even a beast to work on a Sabbath. No man should suborn their breaking the Sabbath by offering them payment for breaking the Sabbath. No man should make use of their services on a Sabbath. No man should work on a Sabbath. No man should travel or do his on pleasure on a Sabbath. We should make the things of God our pleasure, and we should seek the things of God. We should rest from our daily routine, our regular labors and seek our God with all our bodies, with all our minds, with all our hearts, with all our strength. And in so doing, we will become true followers of Jesus Christ.
True Christians keep the commandments of God and observe the Biblical Sabbath and thereby will merit the blessing in Revelation 22:14 “Blessed are they that do His Commandments that they may have a right to the tree of life and may enter in through the gates into the city, the New Jerusalem.”
Only those who keep all God’s commandments, including the commandment to remember and observe the seventh day, will have a right to enter into the kingdom of God.
The seventh day Sabbath is a sign between God and His people. It is a sign of faithfulness, of obedience, and of respect.
And only by observing the seventh day and showing respect for God and His commandments can we learn so many things about God and His plan. Because if we do not take the time to spend with Him on the day that He has chosen to spend time with us, we cannot learn.
If we choose a different day, we can keep a different day, any day. We can observe any day we want. The problem with that is we are not obeying God, we are doing our own thing because God will not be there.
God has promised the seventh day. He has commanded the seventh day. He rested on the seventh day. He made the seventh day holy. And it is on the seventh day that He wants to meet with us.
If we say we are going to work on the seventh day and take the first day of the bibnlical week, Sunday, off; or Wednesday or any other day, what we are doing is saying, “You have to be available for us on our schedule; we are in charge not you.”
It doesn’t work that way. The Creator is ruler, a great King and we have to meet Him on His schedule. We have to do what He says. We have to keep his commandments and if He is willing to be with us on a certain day, then we should be willing to meet Him on that day. And if we’re not there, we missed the meeting. And we if show up on the wrong day, we missed the meeting.
It’s as simple as that. If we observe the day we want, if we observe any other day, except the day He commands, then we are missing our meeting with Him.
And if we do whatever we want on God’s time, keeping God’s Sabbath in our own ways and not as he commands, we are just doing our own thing in our own way, we are not going to benefit from doing things our own way.
The fact is, we have access to God at anytime through prayer. However, He has made this special time for us—a special time to commune with us, and be one with us, and to be teaching us and giving us time from our daily routine to spend time with our Father and His Word to spend time with our Maker, to show respect for Him by keeping our appointment and keeping His commandments.
What about those who do not keep His commandments? Who do not observe the Sabbath?
They will answer some day to their Creator for having done this. And it is up to us at this time, not to participate with them in their sin. Not to join them in their commandment breaking, but to set an example, to be different, to let our light shine, and to reveal to them through example the Godly way.
May God smile upon all those who love Him and enthusiastically keep all His commandments!
No man has the authority to change either the day or the commandments concerning the Sabbath or anything else.
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