keeping the sabbath

This article on the Sabbath by David Meyer is scriptural, short and straight to the point.

This tract is being written because we as Christians are living in a very peculiar time. In these last days prior to the return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, there is such confusion among so many well meaning and Christian-minded people, and one great point of confusion and contention is regarding the Sabbath. 

I have personally been confronted by people who condemned me and my ministry because I did not keep the Sabbath the way they were trying to keep it. There is extremism in any belief system, and that extremism occurs when proponents of a belief system do not accept the whole council of God. In this tract, we will look at the whole council of God on the subject of the Sabbath, which will bring forth a clear understanding of what it is and how it must be kept. 

We will now go back to the origin of the Sabbath at the time of the creation as told at the beginning of the book of Genesis. In Genesis 2:1-3 we read, “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 his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.”

One thing that should be immediately noticed is that all of the preceding six days end with the following words, “And the evening and the morning were the (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th) day.” We do not find these words of finality or summation ending the seventh day, because in a perfect world, everyday thereafter would be a condition of Sabbath or rest and repose. That day was open-ended! Only sin could take away that condition of Sabbath or rest that was meant for everyday, and sadly, that is exactly what happened. Later, we will see how our Lord Jesus restored the perpetual and continual Sabbath to our souls.

The first time we see the word “Sabbath” is in the book of Exodus, and in Exodus 20:8-11, we find that it is given as one of the Ten Commandments as follows: “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord 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: 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.”

One primary point that must be noted regarding the Sabbath commandment is that it has nothing to do with going to church! It has only to do with the cessation from work. Nothing more and nothing less. Sinful man was ordered to do nothing on the seventh day. Thus, one day each week he would not be out there committing sin after sin after sin. It was a “do nothing” day, established as such until the Savior would come to give us victory over sin every day of the week and establish rest for our souls by his spirit dwelling within. This could be made possible only through a New Covenant established by the blood of the Lamb of God! 

The Old Testament is replete with examples of Sabbath commandments, but in every example, it is under the Old Covenant of a single day of rest, which by the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ has given way to a Sabbath, where every day is one where we cease from our old works. The Old Covenant, according to Hebrews 8:13, is no more! It reads as follows: “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.”

In Galatians 3:24-25, we are exhorted “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are NO LONGER UNDER THE SCHOOLMASTER.” Thus, the law could lead us to Christ but no further! Those who think that they are keeping the Sabbath as a day must remember that James 2:10 says, “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” The only one who has ever kept the Sabbath perfectly is Jesus Christ. Man cannot do what He did in keeping the law. The Lord Jesus took the law to Calvary as well as the sin of the world. It was there that the law and all transgressions met, and He bore the sin of many. See Isaiah 53. 

Is there a Sabbath after Calvary? Yes! Hebrews 4:9-10 says, “There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.” There are two words not found in those verses, “Sabbath” and “day.” It is because our rest is no longer a calendar day each week, but every day, which includes the seventh, and thus we keep the Sabbath by living a godly and blood-washed life every day. For we have ceased from our old works. Some people who haven’t come to an understanding of what covenant they are under will point out that Paul often went into the synagogues on the Sabbath. If we look at those incidents, however, we see that it was to bring those who hear out of the synagogue and that system of death. Here is what Paul the Apostle said about the seventh day as found in Romans 14:5-6: “One man esteemeth one day above another, another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord, and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it.” 

We know that the Sabbath law is fulfilled in Jesus Christ and He abides within us. The seventh day Sabbath was not eliminated but fulfilled, and our Savior added six more days to that rest and gave us the timelessness of eternal life. Thus, the seventh day is kept holy with all the other days. We can worship our Lord any day and every day. We know that Sunday is not the Sabbath but rather one of seven days, any of which can be used for worship. Acts 20:7 says, “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.”

It is my humble prayer that all who read this will realize the joy of keeping all seven days of the week holy and thus fulfill the sacred commandment; for it is not our works but the finished work of Christ that has established the eternal timeless Sabbath of the New Covenant by the power of His blood.

Pastor David J. Meyer

Last Trumpet Ministries International
PO Box 806
Beaver Dam, WI 53916

http://www.lasttrumpetministries.org

 

Responses

  1. The Sabbath day has nothing to do with one being a Christian or not. It has everything to do with a relationship with God. It is the only commandment that shows Him you love Him more than you love yourself or the world. He said “remember” because He knew we would forget. If one does not keep the Sabbath then they do not love the Lord our God. For He said, if you love me than keep my commandments. He would never do away with the only commandment that insures a relationship with Him.

  2. the Sabbath was made for man, so that we can keep in contact with God. it says, in six days you shall labour but on the seventh we must rest together with Him. He Sanctified it made it Holy so that me and him can have a communion.

    if we no longer follow the ten commandments,then what are we preaching.
    why do we seek God if we no longer sin?

    How do you know that what you are doing is a sin if you were not told not to do it..

    just ask yourself these questions, then you will realise that these laws were made for us to live in harmony with one another and have a good relationship with God.

    The Sabbath will never change, because my God is the same yesterday today and forever

  3. Jesus made the Sabbath before sin.. (made for man(you and me))
    Jesus kept the Sabbath holy when He came walk this earth.. (showed us the Father(Abba is in the center of the Sabbath))
    Jesus rested (according to the commandment)..
    Sabbath will be here after sin is gone.. Isa. 66..

    If the Sabbath is gone.. so is marriage..
    If Sabbath is only spiritual. then so is marriage..
    Both given prior to sin..
    Both given in a perfect world..
    Both hated and attacked by Satan…

    The 4th commandment itself tells the reason for it’s institution.. It has nothing to do with sin.. It has to do with God’s Creatorship.. Check it out.. Read it yourself after you ask for God’s Holy Spirit to lead you.. Look for the word “THEREFORE”.. it means “BECAUSE” .. Jesus Himself tells us WHY he asks us to REMEMBER..

    So many casts legalism at those who have decided that all of God’s commandments are sure and designed to last forever.. Till heaven and earth pass.. not a jot or tittle will in no way pass from the law..

    Please hear Jesus’ words.. No matter what you hear some say.. All of His commandments are in place.. they are not meant to save us.. only to help us understand what love to God and love to man really mean in His eyes.. Just do what He asks.. don’t talk back to Him..

    If we fail to keep them.. the Mirror(God’s Law) only reflects our need of a Savior.. And we have a loving God who has made a way for us. if we confess our sins.. He is Faithful!

    It doesn’t matter which of the 10 you pick.. but if you intentionally break and teach others to break one of the least of these commandments.. Jesus says.. you won’t be the least (while in heaven.). but those in heaven, including Jesus and God the Father, consider you the least on earth.. That is what is says..

    One thing I am sure of.. is that the Sabbath isn’t some thing you just do to be saved.. Jesus obeyed His Father’s commands while on earth.. It was Jesus Himself who gave these commands at the mount.. Jesus loves… The bottom line is not what we want.. or do.. but whether we have Jesus’ love living within us.. If we say we love God and keep not His commandments.. Well.. I will let God say it..

    1Jn 2:3-6

    And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

    He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

    But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.

    He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

    You can’t read anything else into these words.. No matter what words we may put in line to spiritualize God’s Law away.. The Bible indicates that the bottom line… Its not ours to change.. He is very clear in the passage above..

    And yes.. I find grace to Remember the Sabbath every Saturday.. Have I failed to remember it before??.. yes.. but I also found a Savior ready to forgive.. as with any of the other love commandments..

    A Question to all who may happen upon this… Can you abrogate any of his other commandments without asking forgiveness? without sinning..?

  4. This sounds very like Mr Eagles so if it is you David, please take your anger elsewhere – sad as it is, we have nothing more to discuss! I have posted this comment but do not intend to publish reams and reams of the same!

    Tony

    • Tony,

      Dawid Neh’sher is very argumentative and insulting… His last comment to me of two (shown below) is typical of what he writes. He is tearing down the body of Christ rather than attempting to add to or build up. Do we have to endure his comments?

      Blessings, Kathy

      Dawid’s comment: “Kathy! YOU say heaven forbid you break the law of god, then you break it by not keeping the Sabbath????.
      and you love the “Lord” so much!!!!”

      • I agree Kathy. As he cannot be civil to other contributors I have removed his comments and will not allow any more. I have had several more comments from him that are rude and abusive which I didn’t publish by the way. I wouldn’t bar him from commenting just because he has a different view from myself but I am not prepared to allow him to upset valued friends.

        This was his last comment to me.

        ‘Tony if I lie take down my words, if they are true then do them and shut your stupid mouth’.

        That tells you a lot about the guy I believe.

        Love in Jesus, Tony

  5. You said it Valin,

    “its not going to church every Saturday that makes you a christian.” It is repenting of our sins and then accepting, believing in, and following Christ Jesus that makes one a Christian… Read the Scriptures and study them, asking the Holy spirit to make their meaning real to your heart, then you will understand what walking in Christ means. You will also understand what makes you holy; that being, the Spirit of the Lord within you who has, and is, cleansing you. Holiness is not of us or of objects, it is the effect of God’s Spirit within us, not us ourselves… Nor is a day Holy. Only God is Holy and Jesus is God, the Son of the Father. We follow Christ and desire to obey His commandments, of which were and are fulfilled in HIM!

    Take heed though, it is not obeying commandments, nor the good works that you do, that saves you… Only by repenting of our sins and accepting Jesus as your LORD and SAVIOR are you saved. Your “good works” are the evidence of your faith in Christ, which means, you desire to walk in Christ’s Spirit and to serve Him with all your heart, also serving others in His Name.

    I hope this helps you to understand better.

    God bless you,

    Kathy

  6. Hey I am a Seventh-Day Adventist and since I was born in the religion i cant say i’ll go against it. But i need to under stand more about this Sabbath. One of you said that we must keep everyday Holy. So technically its not going to church every Saturday that makes you a christian. What should i do to make everyday a Holy Day. And please give more references from the Bible. Thank you. (I am 14 yrs. Forgive me if i do not understand everything).

  7. No No No! Francis, “heaven forbid” that we break the law of God, fulfilled in Christ, just because He fulfilled it! Jesus said, not one jot nor title has been abolished, rather, it is fulfilled in Him. Of course we keep the law, but it is kept (fulfilled) in Christ! It is no longer just a day, an animal sacrifice, etc., it is walking in the truth, the righteousness, and the light of Jesus Christ.

    Keeping a day set aside for the sabbath is a ritual, or type, from the old law. These rituals or types are not moral laws… They were types under the old, written law, that Christ came to fulfill in his death and resurrection. Look at the apostles! They didn’t even go to church… Their whole lives were lived for and dedicated to the taking of the Gospel, the good news, to a lost and dying world. They know longer needed the types or rituals, as the very living Christ, in the form of the Holy Spirit, lived within them and was working in them daily. Look at Pentecost… How many days did they gather together lifting their hands in prayer? The early church met in homes, in synagogues, on mountain tops… Wherever and whenever they could to preach the Gospel! They did not desire to sin, and, if they through weakness did sin, they turned to Christ in brokenness and repentance, and they were forgiven.

    Moral laws are eternal laws, they are not rituals or types such as the old “keeping of the Sabbath Day as a literal day, under the old law. Sunday, is not a Sabbath Day either. Christ is the Sabbath Day! He is Holy, he is the Shekinah Glory… and in His presence we are in the presence of our holy God. We are the temple of which the Holy Spirit, His Spirit, dwells, regardless of the day of the week or hour.

    When we are in Christ, who is the fulfillment (not a type or ritual) then we walk, everyday, in His righteousness! Keeping one day a week set aside is a ritual, a form, and in the Seventh Day Adventist Church, it has become much too important. It has become a form, replacing the complete work of Christ. In other words, if you don’t keep that Seventh Day, that type or form of religion then, according to them, you are partaking of the Anti-Christ system.

    Sorry, dear sister, but that is a lie… That is works based religion. We cannot do anything aside from Christ Jesus to get ourselves to heaven. We cannot earn it by good works, or by keeping rituals, or a day holy, or animal sacrifice, etc… Days are not holy, only Christ Jesus is”For the just are saved by faith.”

    I love the Lord Jesus so much that I don’t want to transgress His law, as Paul said “heaven forbid, lest we crucify Christ afresh!” We keep everyday as holy, in our heart, mind and spirit through and in Christ Jesus!

    In Christ’s love,

    KK

  8. So if Christ FULFILLED the law that means we don’t have to keep any of the other commandments? Why does the Westminster Confession of Faith say we ARE still bound to keep the Ten Commandments? Were they all wrong? I would say you have veered greatly off the path my brother. The Ten Commandments are still obligatory to Christians especially the Sabbath Day.

  9. Forgive my typos… I haven’t the time to edit!

  10. Sadly enough, the 7-Day Adventists, and the Church of Tomorrow (just one more denominational division), I believe, continue to miss the whole ideal of what Christ was all about and why He did what He did on the cross; He is the new rest…we find our rest in Him every day. The whole point of Matthew 11:28 (Rest for the Weary)…not to mention, the whole point of Christ coming to us in the first place…to remove the rituals and witness the one and only unblemished sacrifice for us and our sins and then watching as He defeated death on the cross, providing then, the gift of eternal life, and knowing then by faith, that anywhere, anytime, we can obtain the rest we need, by sitting, walking and/or talking with Him.

    And how sad it is when the denominational, man-made crutches, nothing short of human accomplishment, cannot read ‘ALL’ 31,173 verses (no adding, no taking away), and accept what is told us in simple BLACK & WHITE; He is our rest, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and yes, even Saturday…everyday, not one day.

    • Well stated Melvin…

      Your post was written, I presume, in reponse to the post written by “roger” November 2010. In reading his post it was difficult for me
      to discern his view point regarding the Sabbath day. Was he pro-Saturday Sabbath keeping or against? That he brought up Jesus, leading the Hebrews out of Eygpt to Cannan, was an interesting view point… Particularly that Jesus “tested” them regarding the Sabbath Day.

      Again, I’m not sure of the point Roger was trying to make. If it was that Jesus regarded the Sabbath as being Holy, well, yes the Sabbath day was meant to be a holy day…Set aside a day of rest. The great difference from then and now, of course, is that Jesus, in the flesh, fulfilled the Law! Pior to his sacrifice on the cross of Calvary, the designated literal Seventh day of rest, was to be honored. After Christ’s death and resurrection, however, the literal Sabbath Day of Rest became a Spiritual day of rest, in which we walk in the fulness of Holy Spirit every day.

      All things literal (days, rituals, animal blood sacrifices, etc., which were days set aside or rituals carried out in symbolism to depict and fulfill God’s Holy requirements, were fulfilled in Christ’s death and resurrection. Thus, when we (children of the new covenant) walk in HIm, Christ Jesus, that being in the Spirit, the law for us, then, is fulfilled.

      The indwelling of the Holy Spirit was not given to the Hebrews (it could not be at that time as the children of Adam were under the curse, without the redemption (covering) of Christ’s blood shed for them (us). This is why God spoke directly to Moses, and Moses then spoke the Word of God to the Hebrews as God’s spokesman. Which is also why they were required to keep the literal letter of the law, thus setting aside the seventh day as the Sabbath Day. It was, a type of what was to come. As we know, the Hebrews were not able to keep the Law in their flesh, thus the necessity of the blood sacrifice of Jesus…The perfect sacrifice of the Lamb of God, once and for all.

      We of the New Covenant, walk in His rest. Nothing we do in the flesh can add to or take away from the fufilllment of Christ’s sacrifice (our redemption). As you pointed out, Melvin, In following Christ at all times, in all ways, everyday of our lives…The Sabbath Day, then, is fulfilled.

      God bless you,

      KK

      Roger, if you happen to read this response, please write and clarify what you were saying. It is a bit too ambiguous for my (limited) ability to decipher. : )

  11. It is sad to read that the time period Jesus proposed as a rest day and a Holy time set aside on the Sevethday of the week could cause so much controversy.He called it a day same as the term day in the previous 1-6 time periods before.This time period was spoken of when their were only two created sinless beings,not a jew to be seen.Jesus said that the Sabbath was made for man and that He IS the Lord of the Sabbath.[Matt12;8Mark2;27,28Luke6;5]As Jesus rose on the 1st day of the week there should not be any confusion as to the numbering of the days.The bible states that there is no sin where there is no law and yet our first parents sinned and were banihed from their edenic home.So a law was in effect at that moment meaning death to the transgressor,the wages of sin is death but another law came into play,the gift of God bringing eternal life through his Son Jesus.Thus you have a Moral law to point out sin and a sacricial law to point out the remedy for the sinner.In the Old testerment system the innocent sarifice pointed to the christ who was to come and then that system ceased as the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world was sacrificed shedding His blood for all humanity.It is also interersting to note that Jesus while leading the children of Israel from Egypt to Caanan tested the people with regard to the Sabbath rest Before reaching Mount Sinai and writing His Law in Stone and then dictate to Moses the ceremonial .civil and various other laws to govern Israel.In the book of Hebrews Jesus invites us into His Rest,not we inviting Him into our rest,being that HE IS LORD.In the last book of the bible there is a call to worship the creator,Rev14,as opposed to the worship of the beast,Rev13,do you think that the Sabbath of the creator Jesus will be a point of contention.May the Grace of our Triune God continue to guide us in our journey to His kingdom.

  12. Years ago the Lord revealed to me as well that the Sabbath day was/is everyday. That this age, is the day of rest. We are to “cease from our Labors” that the glory of the Lord may be revealed in us, by His Spirit, not by the works of our hands. It was finished at Calvary. The Law was fulfilled.

    KK


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