the Sabbath

Why Saturday?

And God blessed the seventh day [Saturday], and sanctified it [made it holy].
— Genesis 2:3

Year 2017: same God .....same day.


The Bible Sabbath (sunset Friday to sunset Saturday), as a place in time, is at the core of a relationship with Jesus.

Why?

It is the memorial of Creation, instituted by Jesus, our Creator.

The 4th Commandment says:

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy......for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth....
— Exodus 20:8-11

It is also a memorial or symbol of our salvation, instituted by Jesus, our Saviour. [See Deuteronomy 5:12-15]


Keeping God’s Sabbath is the opposite of legalism. 

God created us so that He could share His love with us in a close, personal and eternal relationship.

God created the Sabbath for us so that, while we rested from our usual work, we could enjoy a special time set aside by God to remember, revisit, refresh and revive that relationship.

The Sabbath is not about what you have to do; it's all about what you want to do.

I look forward to sunset Friday.


"But the Sabbath is a Jewish tradition!"

Not so. God made the Sabbath at Creation, long before Israel


"But the law was done away with, nailed to the Cross!"   Colossians 2:14-17

So it’s ok to:

1. have other gods before God?

2. worship idols?

3. blaspheme God’s name?

4.

5. be disrespectful to your parents?

6. murder?

7. commit adultery?

8. steal?

9. lie?

10. covet?

What were nailed to the Cross were the sacrificial ordinances etc. such as those handwritten by Moses and placed beside the Ark of the Covenant.

These were no longer required because Jesus is the Lamb of God, and the perfect sacrifice through His death on the Cross, covering the sins of those who believe.

The Ten Commandments were written by God with His finger on tablets of stone, and placed inside the Ark.

They are eternal.

We don’t keep the Commandments to be saved; we keep them because we are saved.

They are a transcript of God’s character of love, and we keep them in response to that love.

Jesus showed us the spirit of His Commandments and, as He said, "If you love me, [as a result you will] keep my commandments".


Of course, as with many Bible passages, there are 100s of different interpretations of Colossians 2:14-17 that you can Google and study. In the end, there is only one truth. It's up to you to find and to know that truth. No-one else can know it for you.

For a sample of the Adventist defense of our position on these verses, go to the Adventist Defense League and Adventist Review websites. There are no doubt others however those are a good start.


"Oh, but the Sabbath isn’t part of the "moral" law!"

There is no Biblical evidence for the proposition that the 4th commandment can be separated from the other 9.


"Jesus rose on Sunday so we observe the day of His resurrection!"

That’s fine, however Sunday is not God’s holy Sabbath day.

That is man’s idea, certainly not God’s.


"The disciples changed the day of worship to Sunday, the first day of the week."

Not so. The disciples observed God’s Sabbath all through the New Testament, as did Jesus.


"Sunday is the Lord’s day!"

Incorrect. Jesus Himself said that He is Lord of the Sabbath.

The Lord’s day is Saturday.


"It doesn’t matter which day we worship; one day is as good as the next."

It’s good to worship God every day, however what makes us think we can change what God instituted, blessed, made holy, and what He commanded that we should specifically  "Remember..." ?


"The various calendars have been changed over time. We don’t know what the original days of the week are."

The months and numerical days of the months have been changed, however it’s well accepted that the seven-day weekly cycle has not changed since the Creation week.


As an illustration of the Sabbath's significance, let’s say your wedding anniversary was 12 April. How would your spouse react if you said:
"Let’s have our anniversary on 15 August this year, darling. One day is as good as the next!"   ??

Is God’s holy Sabbath day any less important to Him?


Think the Sabbath is a Jewish custom? Watch the presentation below to learn the truth.


Find the full story of the Sabbath and many more details of the above points here.


Here is a comprehensive and enlightening book on the Sabbath.

In The Lost Meaning of the Seventh Day, Sigve K. Tonstad recovers the profound and foundational understanding of God that can be experienced in the seventh day. He shows that Scripture has consistently asserted that the Sabbath of Creation is the Sabbath of the whole story of how God makes right what has gone wrong in the world.



Some comments from the Roman Catholic church concerning the Sabbath (Saturday):

"Sunday is our mark of authority..... The church is above the Bible, and this transference of sabbath observance is proof of that fact." 
(The Catholic Record, London, Ontario, September 1, 1923.)

"If we would consult the Bible only, without Tradition, we ought, for instance, still to keep holy the Saturday with the Jews, instead of Sunday..."
(Deharbe’s Catechism, translated by Rev. John Fander, published by Schwartz, Kirwin & Fauss, 53 Park Place, New York, Sixth American Edition, Copyright 1912, 1919, 1924, page 81)

"Sunday...It is the law of the Catholic Church alone..."
(American Sentinel, June 1893)

“From this same Catholic Church you have accepted your Sunday, as the Lord’s day, she has handed down as a tradition; and the entire Protestant world has accepted it as tradition, for you have not an iota of Scripture to establish it. Therefore that which you have accepted as your rule of faith, inadequate as it of course is, as well as your Sunday, you have accepted on the authority of the Roman Catholic Church.”
(D.B. Ray, The Papal Controversy, 1892, p.179)

"The church...took the pagan Sunday and made it the Christian Sunday.... The Sun was a foremost god with heathendom.... And thus the pagan Sunday, dedicated to Balder, became the Christian Sunday."
(Dr. William L. Gildea, The Catholic World , March, 1894)

"They [the Protestants] deem it their duty to keep the Sunday holy. Why? Because the Catholic Church tells them to do so. They have no other reason. ...The observance of Sunday thus comes to be an ecclesiastical law entirely distinct from the Divine law of Sabbath observance. …The author of the Sunday Law...is the Catholic Church."
(Walter Drum, Catholic priest, Ecclesiastical Review, February, 1914)

"The authority of the church could therefore not be bound to the authority of the Scriptures, because the Church had changed the Sabbath into Sunday, not by command of Christ, but by its own authority."
(Canon and Tradition, p. 263)

"The Roman Church chose Sunday, the first day of the week, and in the course of time added other days, as holy days.”
(Vincent Jo Kelly, Forbidden Sunday and Feast day Occupations, Catholic University Press, 1943, p. 2) 

"Perhaps the boldest thing, the most revolutionary change the Church ever did, happened in the first century. The holy day, the Sabbath, was changed from Saturday to Sunday. "The Day of the Lord" (dies domini) was chosen, not from any directions noted in the Scriptures, but from the Church’s sense of its own power. The day of resurrection, the day of Pentecost, fifty days later, came on the first day of the week. So this would be the new Sabbath. People who think that the Scriptures should be the sole authority, should logically become 7th Day Adventists, and keep Saturday holy."
(The Pastor’s page of The Sentinel, Saint Catherine Catholic Church, Algonac, Michigan, May 21, 1995)

"Sunday is a Catholic institution and its claim to observance can be defended only on Catholic principles..... From beginning to end of Scripture there is not a single passage that warrants the transfer of weekly public worship from the last day of the week to the first."
(Catholic Press, Sydney, Australia, August 1900) 

"Question: Which is the Sabbath day?"
"Answer: Saturday is the Sabbath."
"Question: Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?"
"Answer: We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church in the Council of Laodicea (A.D. 336) transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday."

(The Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine, by Peter Geiermann, 50)

"The civil authorities should be urged to cooperate with the church in maintaining and strengthening this public worship of God, and to support with their own authority the regulations set down by the church’s pastors. For it is only in this way that the faithful will understand why it is Sunday and not the Sabbath day that we now keep holy."
(Roman Catechism, 1985)

"A history of the problem shows that in some places, it was really only after some centuries that the Sabbath rest really was entirely abolished, and by that time the practice of observing a bodily rest on the Sunday had taken its place…It was the seventh day of the week which typified the rest of God after creation, and not the first day."
(Vincent Jo Kelly, Forbidden Sunday and Feast day Occupations, Catholic University Press, 1943, pp. 15, 22)

"Regarding the change from the observance of the Jewish Sabbath to the Christian Sunday, I wish to draw your attention to the facts:
1) That Protestants, who accept the Bible as the only rule of faith and religion, should by all means go back to the observance of the Sabbath. The fact that they do not, but on the contrary observe the Sunday, stultifies them in the eyes of every thinking man.
2) We Catholics do not accept the Bible as the only rule of faith. Besides the Bible we have the living Church, the authority of the Church, as a rule to guide us. We say, this Church, instituted by Christ to teach and guide man through life, has the right to change the ceremonial laws of the Old Testament and hence, we accept her change of the Sabbath to Sunday. We frankly say, yes, the Church made this change, made this law, as she made many other laws, for instance, the Friday abstinence, the unmarried priesthood, the laws concerning mixed marriages, the regulation of Catholic marriages and a thousand other laws.
It is always somewhat laughable, to see the Protestant churches, in pulpit and legislation, demand the observance of Sunday, of which there is nothing in their Bible."

(Peter R. Kraemer, Catholic Church Extension Society, 1975, Chicago, Illinois)

“Nowhere in the Bible do we find that Christ or the apostles ordered the Sabbath be changed from Saturday to Sunday. We have the commandment of God given to Moses to keep holy the Sabbath day, that is the seventh day of the week, Saturday. Today most Christians keep Sunday because it has been revealed to us by the [Roman Catholic] Church outside the Bible.”
(Catholic Virginian, October 3, 1947)

“ ’Our Lord rose from the dead on the first day of the week’, Said Father Hourigan of the Jesuit Seminary. ’That is why the Church changed the day of obligation from the seventh day to the first day of the week. The Anglican and other Protestant denominations retained that tradition when the Reformation came along’.”
(Toronto Daily Star, October 26, 1949)

"I have repeatedly offered $1,000 to anyone who can prove to me from the Bible alone that I am bound to keep Sunday holy. There is no such law in the Bible. It is a law of the holy Catholic Church alone. The Bible says, ’Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.’ The Catholic Church says: ’No. By my divine power I abolish the Sabbath day and command you to keep holy the first day of the week.’ And lo! The entire civilized world bows down in a reverent obedience to the command of the holy Catholic Church."
(T. Enright, C.S.S.R., in a lecture at Hartford, Kansas, Feb. 18, 1884)