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Compositions for Our Savior

Keep the Sabbath Holy

Colossians 2:16-17 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 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.

 

     The Sabbath Day - what thoughts does that elicit in your mind? I feel it is a very important topic to understand. Today, you still see many religions actually debate the fact of which day is the Sabbath, forgetting the definition of the word and it’s true meaning. The Word commands us to never argue about trivial small details, and this subject falls into this category a bit. The message is clear - honor the Sabbath and keep it Holy as a day to rest and praise the Lord for all things.

     Sabbath defined means to rest. The Sabbath is not necessarily about a certain day of the week, as you will see, rather that we honor it. Some say it is Saturday based on current and past calendars. Christians have honored the Sabbath on Sunday since the 3rd century. Jews recognize it on Saturday. Moses used lunar cycles, which is likely the most original calendar in world history.

     The original calendar described by Moses was based on phases of the moon, not a weekly cycle. And since the Biblical calendar is based on the moon, it will not fit in with current Gregorian Calendars. For example, based on lunar cycles, the Sabbath discussed in the Old Testament could technically fall on a Wednesday one week, and a Thursday the next, and so on. In the Bible, the Sabbath is identified with a numerical date, and those dates are the 8th, 15th, 22nd, or 29th.

     If you really want to get technical and debate the Sabbath, then you should be using a lunar calendar. But the point is that petty arguments such as this are pointless and go against the Word. You gain absolutely nothing from being “more correct” than others. This is a fleshly desire and not of God:

2 Timothy 2:23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.

     Before I continue, one scripture really stands out that we must hold close to our hearts and understand:

Mark 2:27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath.

The Sabbath was made for man to rest and praise God, not man for the sabbath to determine it’s credibility.  Moreover, Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath. 

Matthew 12:8 (KJV) For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.

     Observing the Sabbath is a personal choice made by an individual. Someone might think of every day as the same, while another might consider one day more important than another, but each of them should be convinced in their own mind of whatever choice they make, as arguing about it only causes us to divide. It is wrong to tell anyone when to observe the Sabbath, and we must respect each other, especially if someone is causing others conviction where there should be none.

1 Corinthians 8:9 Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak.

Colossians 2:16-17 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. 17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.

Luke 15:7 7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

     Another point often overlooked is the fact that the very literal version of the Sabbath day was part of the Old Testament Law, which Jesus did away with. Lying, killing, stealing, sexual immorality, adultery, and such were carried over, but things like sacrifices, dietary restrictions, and that version of the Sabbath, were not. A good note - the Sabbath was the ONLY one of the Ten Commandments that was not commanded in the New Testament. Furthermore, the early church did not necessarily always observe the Sabbath, as seen in the Word:

Acts2:46- 47 46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, 47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

They gathered for church to praise God every day continuously at times!

Acts 20:7 7 And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.

Church on the first day of the week - Sunday! Or it could be Monday, depending on which calendar you are looking at.

     The idea of taking a rest day should also be a principle we live by. God created the world in 6 days and rested on the 7th to marvel at everything and see that it was good. We need to have a day of rest ourselves as well. Sometimes I will work out 6 days a week, but take a break on Sunday. Or I may go to work on Saturday as well, a 6th day, but certainly take the Sunday off to rest. It is important to devote 1 day to rest:

Deuteronomy 5 12-14 12 “Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the LORD your God has commanded you. 13 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 14 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your ox, your donkey or any of your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns, so that your male and female servants may rest, as you do.

     Furthermore, the original Sabbath in the OT was made for the Jews, the Israelite, as a sign of God’s original covenant, not the gentiles, which is the rest of us:

Exodus 31:13 13 Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you.

     Thankfully, all in all, we have our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who cleared this up for EVERYONE. God sent His only begotten Son to us for reasons like this. By creating the NEW covenant, He made the old one obsolete:

Hebrews 8:13 13 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.

     I hope I have helped to clear up some confusion that many may face regarding debates about the Sabbath Day, and that arguing about such goes against the Word. Remember, God is not the author of confusion, and it was the devil who first used confusion as a tactic to fool mankind long ago in the Garden. It is pointless to argue as it causes a divide among us. It is, however, important that we all get along and praise our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We serve a very loving and understanding God, and we need to honor Him with praise and glory.

Stay safe my friends, and keep your hearts on Jesus.