Should We Keep The Sabbath Day And Is It Saturday?
Question: Hello, just a question about the Sabbath day. Are we to keep the Sabbath day now and if so is Saturday the correct day to keep? I have seen a few websites that shows the creators calendar and they refute Saturday as the original Sabbath day, based on the calendar being changed by Hillel. (don’t know if I spelled that right) does it matter? please give me your take on this as per this commandment.
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Joy, thank you for the question. The thing we must understand is there are laws, ordinances and statues.
Why is this important?
When Christ died on the cross it effectively removed the ordinances that were contrary to us.
Please turn your Bible to,
14 “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;”
When Christ died on the cross Christ became our Passover Lamb, this replaced the spilling of animals blood from the times of old. Everyone understands that, but most people do not understand Christ sacrifice for us also replaced the Sabbath Day that was contrary to us.
15 “And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.”
16 “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:”
Why would Paul say, ‘Let no man therefore judge you of the Sabbath day’?
It was nailed to the cross, at that point we were no longer in bondage to the Sabbath Day.
Listen to the Words of Christ,
28 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
29 “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”
When we accept Christ in our life every day becomes our Sabbath Day, He is our rest. You can also read of God providing our rest in Hebrews 4:9-10.
In Matthew 5:17-18 Christ states He did ‘not come to destroy the law, but to fulfill it’. This is exactly what He did for us with regard to the Sabbath day.
Let us take an account of the Sabbath day in Christ’s time.
23 “And it came to pass, that he went through the corn fields on the sabbath day; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn.”
Christ disciples were picking the corn.
24 “And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold, why do they on the sabbath day that which is not lawful?”
Listen to the Word’s of Christ.
25 “And he said unto them, Have ye never read what David did, when he had need, and was an hungred, he, and they that were with him?”
26 “How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the shewbread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with him?”
27 “And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:”
The Sabbath was created to provide us with rest, not to enslave us to it.
28 “Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.”
Out of Christ’s own mouth, He is our Sabbath just as He became our Passover. He fulfilled these portions of the law. Not removing them, but becoming them.
Our Lord and Savior came to this earth to die for us, so that we could be washed of our sins, (see: Christ Accepts The Sinner). Christ came to this earth and died to set us free, to fulfill the law and remove the yoke of bondage.
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage,” – (Galatians 5:1).
Amen, Amen, Amen!