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THE SABBATH DAY

1.0 INTRODUCTION

No other day has ever been sanctified as the day of rest. The Sabbath Day begins at sundown on Friday and ends at sundown on Saturday. Observation and remembrance of Sabbath is one of the Ten Commandments (the fourth in the original Jewish, the Eastern Orthodox, and most Protestant traditions, the third in Roman Catholic and Lutheran traditions).

Reference of Sabbath: Genesis 2:1-3; Exodus 20: 8-11; 31:1-17; 34:21; 35:1-3; Leviticus 23: 1-3; Numbers 15: 32-36; 28: 9-10; Deuteronomy 5: 12-15; Isaiah 40:28; 56: 1-8; 58: 13-14; Nehemiah 10: 31; 13: 19; Mathew 5: 6; 7:12; 11:28-30; 12: 1-14; Mark 2: 23-28; 3: 1-6; 6: 2; Luke 4: 16; 6: 1-11; 13: 10-17; 14: 1-6; John 5: 1-18; 9: 1-24; Acts 13: 13-14, 42, 44; 16: 13; 17: 1-2; 18: 4, 11; Philippians 3: 6; Hebrews 4: 1-11; 10: 24-25

2.0 WHAT IS THE SABBATH DAY

Seventh day is set aside as a day of rest and made holy by God, begins at sundown on Friday and ends at sundown on Saturday (Nehemiah 13:19; Leviticus 23: 32) as a sign respecting two events:

  1. God rested after having completed Creation in six days (Genesis 2: 1-3)
  2. The Israelites’ deliverance from Egypt (Deuteronomy 5: 12-15)

All such things are only a shadow of things in the future; the reality is Christ (Colossians 2: 16-17). If Joshua had given the people the rest that God had promised, God would have spoken later about another day. As it is, however, there still remains for God’s people a rest like God’s resting on the seventh day (Hebrew 4: 8 – 9)

3.0 WHY TO OBSERVE THE SABBATH DAY

Observation and remembrance of Sabbath is one of the Ten Commandments. (Genesis 2:1-3; Exodus 20: 8-11; 31: 12-17; 35: 1-3; Leviticus 23: 3; Deuteronomy 5: 12; Isaiah 40:28)

HE would give mankind rest from their labors in trying to make themselves acceptable before God. For whoever receives that rest which God promised will rest from his own work, just as God rested from his (Hebrews: 4:10).

4.0 HOW TO OBSERVE THE SABBATH DAY

Thirty-nine categories of activities prohibited on Sabbath are listed in Halakha (Jewish law), especially the Talmud (Tractate Shabbat) Exodus 35: 3; Leviticus 23: 1-3; Numbers 28: 9-10;

Deuteronomy 5: 13-15; Isiah 58: 13; Nehemiah 10: 31; 13: 19;

Rest in the work of Christ on the cross (Hebrews: 4:9–11) Let us, then do our best to receive that rest, so that no one of us will fail as they did because of their lack of faith (Hebrews: 4:11; Mathew 7: 12; 12: 1-14; Mark 2: 23-28; 3: 1-6; 6: 2; Luke 4: 16; 6: 1-11; 13: 10-17; 14: 1-6; John 5: 1-18; 9: 1-24; Acts 13: 13-14, 42, 44; 16: 13; 17: 1-2; 18: 4, 11; Philippians 3: 6; Hebrews 10: 24-25)

5.0 BENEFITS TO OBSERVE THE SABBATH DAY

The LORD says, I will bless those who always observe the Sabbath and do not misuse it. I will bless those who do nothing evil. You will find the joy that comes from serving me. I will make you honoured all over the world, and you will enjoy the land I gave to your ancestor, Jacob. I the LORD, have spoken. (Isaiah 56: 1-8; 58: 14)

We can cease from our own works or self -efforts in trying to make ourselves acceptable before God (Hebrews: 4:9–11; Mathew 5: 6; 11:28-30; Hebrews 4: 1-4, 7-11)

6.0 PANISHMENTS IF NOT OBSERVED THE SABBATH DAY

Whoever does not keep it, but works on that day, is to be put to death. “The man must be put to death” (Exodus 31: 14-15: 35: 2; Numbers 15: 32-36) The weekly Sabbath was still to be kept even after Jesus’ ascension (Matthew 24:20; Hebrews 4: 5-6)

The 4th Commandment

7 Comments on “BLOG”

  1. The Sabbath Day is truly a gift! How wonderful to be granted a day of reprieve while honoring God. The connection to His own day of rest is most humbling.

  2. teaching your readers about the sabbath is very important, as we need to know why, how and when to observe this day

  3. I still struggle with this one. I have not quite gotten it right. I know we are to rest and give glory to God but how does one do this properly in the modern day? Some say to do it on Saturday, others on Sunday. I am just confused about it and I always give up on it and I know my relationship with God would grow deeper if I found understanding of it.

    • Dear Adam,
      I can understand your situation. Most of us have (are) gone (going) through similar experiences. We need to understand the differences between Worship and Sabbath keeping. We need to worship God on every day but remembering and keeping Sabbath [exclusive day to worship God, following the Sabbath rest guidelines] is the 4th commandment.
      Please refer this at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaimvKVzdOg
      Moreover, we also find in Revelation 14, particularly in verse 12 it says, “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith / testimony of Yeshua [Jesus]”. Also mentioned in Revelation 12:17, “… which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Yeshua the Messiah [Jesus Christ]”.
      In James 2:10, “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” Please read the scripture, there are many, but I have quoted few verses to reflect upon them.
      God Bless you.

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