The Sabbath Day

Note* All scripture references are from The Scriptures 1998+ unless otherwise noted.

Let me begin by mentioning that the Sabbath day was never done away with or changed. It was and still is on the seventh day of the week.

What does it mean to keep the Sabbath holy? Should we keep every day holy?

Some have said, well, I keep every day holy. This isn’t an accurate statement nor is it biblical or else they would never be able to go out and work. To keep the day Holy means to set it apart from the rest. This thinking of every day being holy is not in line with scripture nor was Elohim’s intention. He knows we need 6 days to do our work, and he also realizes we need to rest from those labors.

The word sabbath means “rest,” and what we discover about it in the Old Covenant is that the Sabbath day belongs to Elohim. He calls it “my holy day” (Isaiah 58:13); “my sabbaths” (Exodus 31:13). “The seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy Elohim” (Exodus 20:10). Since the Sabbath clearly belongs to Elohim, it is not scriptural to refer to it as the “Jewish Sabbath.” Yes, it was made for man (see Mark 2:27), but it does not belong to man—Jew or Gentile. It belongs to Elohim.

We must keep in mind that this Sabbath is the seventh day, not just any day of the week we choose. Elohim took six days to create our planet and everything on it. Then he set aside (sanctified) the seventh day (not the first day) as his Sabbath (see Exodus 20:11). Adam and Eve were created at the very end of the sixth day (see Genesis 1:26-31). Therefore, Elohim’s seventh-day Sabbath was actually mankind’s first whole day.

The Sabbath was sanctified at creation and, according to the prophetic Scriptures, it will be part of the future age. Normally, when we think of the Sabbath, we think of the Ten Commandments, but in reality, the Sabbath was sanctified at creation (see Genesis 2:2-3), although there is no command associated with it at that time, and the creation account forms the basis for the command to observe the Sabbath in Exodus 20:11: “For in six days יהוה made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore יהוה blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart.

But these words in Exodus 20, spoken by the Lord at Mount Sinai, do not represent the first time that Elohim spoke to Israel about the Sabbath. This took place in Exodus 16, before the Israelites arrived at Sinai, when Elohim commanded His people not to gather manna on the seventh day (see Exodus 16:22-26). The Sabbath was established at creation and then given to Israel before Sinai, then commanded again at Sinai, and, according to Isaiah, it appears that the Sabbath will continue in the world to come:

For as the new heavens and the new earth that I make stand before Me,” declares יהוה, “so your seed and your name shall stand. And it shall be that from New Moon to New Moon, and from Sabbath to Sabbath, all flesh shall come to worship before Me,” declares יהוה. (Isaiah 66:22-23).

It can be stated clearly that in the Hebrew Bible, the Sabbath precedes Mount Sinai and continues into the age to come.

There is no biblical support for the view that after the resurrection of Yeshua, the Sabbath (7th day) was changed to Sunday (first day). And there is no biblical support for keeping every day Holy since there is one day, the 7th day, or Sabbath that was set aside by Elohim for this purpose.

Can we worship on any day? Should we be setting aside any special days as sanctified or holy?

Where do people get the idea that Sunday is the day of worship? You may be shocked to learn that some religious sects teach that their congregation’s tradition carries more authority than the Bible! Notice this statement from Anglican theologian Isaac William: “Where are we told in Scripture that we are to keep the first day at all? We are commanded to keep the seventh; but we are nowhere commanded to keep the first day…. The reason why we keep the first day of the week holy instead of the seventh is for the same reason that we observe many other things, not because the Bible, but because the church, has enjoined it” (Plain Sermons on the Catechism, vol. 1, pp. 334, 336).

It was Yeshua’s regular custom to worship on the Sabbath! What day of the week was that? Since the time of Messiah, and centuries before, the Jewish community has very carefully documented its observance of the seventh-day Sabbath, from sunset Friday (6th day) through sunset Saturday (7th day). We know from thousands of carefully kept records that the seven-day cycle of the week has not been broken. Those who worship on the seventh day today are worshiping on the same day Yeshua did!

Ask yourself: did Messiah set his example of keeping the Sabbath, and all the biblical precepts, so that we would not need to? Shockingly, this is what many preachers teach today! But did Yeshua even once tell His followers to ignore his example? No! Not only did Messiah keep the commandments, He instructed others to keep them as well. He said, “But if you wish to enter into life, guard the commands.” (Matthew 19:17). Yeshua’s answer clearly showed He was speaking of the Ten Commandments.

And by this we know that we know Him, if we guard His commands. The one who says, “I know Him,” and does not guard His commands, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 1 John 2:3,4

There is no command to keep every day holy. When we talk about holiness, we’re talking about separateness. That is to be set apart from this world, from the normal every day routine.

Remember the Sabbath day, to set it apart. (Exodus 20:8)

Notice it does not say to keep every day holy or set apart.

Many make a peculiar omission when they talk about “keeping the Sabbath.” For merely saying we keep it stops one word short, for Elohim says we should “keep it Holy.” That which is holy belongs to Elohim. The temple and all its accoutrements, for example, were holy because they belonged to Elohim. In this case, this day is declared to be holy, and we are commanded to keep it that way. The law goes on to explain:

Six days you labour, and shall do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of יהוה your Elohim. You do not do any work – you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days יהוה made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore יהוה blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart. (Exodus 20:9-11).

Elohim didn’t rest every day, nor did he declare that every day should be kept holy. He told us to do all our work in 6 days, and to keep the 7th day holy.

Don’t believe those who tell you to keep every day holy. Yes, we are to be holy every day, there is a difference. They are false teachers who don’t have the love of Elohim. For if they did they would love him first, because they don’t even obey his word shows they don’t have the love of the Father abiding in them.

If you love Me, you shall guard My commands. John 14:15