Honor the Sabbath

A Christian writes on reddit:

Currently I am in a dilemma. I want to keep the sabbath holy and honor the word of God, however I also unfortunately have sporting events/showcases that take place on the day of the sabbath, and I personally have a great chance to play at a very high level for my respective sport. If anyone has had anything similar occur with them, or just wants to give advice, any help is appreciated. Thank you and God bless you all!

My response. Look at the intent behind the Sabbath.

Exodus 20:8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

The Jews keep it on Saturday. Christians moved it to Sunday (even though God “rested” from raising Jesus on Saturday).

Jesus notes the intent of the Sabbath is that it is made for man not man for the Sabbath.

Mark 2:25 He answered, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need? 26 In the days of Abiathar the high priest, he entered the house of God and ate the consecrated bread, which is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions.”

27 Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. 28 So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”

Here’s a simple question: Is there a difference between Saturday or Sunday? Not really. The intent is to honor God and to rest just as God rested.

Thus, move your Sabbath to Saturday or another day of the week.


What I am curious about is if my readers agree/disagree with this.

I think there is an adequate case to be made that the intent of the command is that we are to honor God and rest. It doesn’t matter which day it is done. There is freedom in Christ for this.

I think it is probably best done Sunday if possible, so we can worship and fellowship with other believers. But it does not always have to be that way.

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14 Responses to Honor the Sabbath

  1. Don Quixote says:

    hmmm… I didn’t expect to see this here.
    I have been a Sabbath keeper for 3 years. But where I live there is only 2 options:
    1) Seventh Day Adventists
    2) Seventh Day Baptists

    The Baptists are a long way across town so I go to the Adventist churches, but my theology is much more Baptist than Adventist. So I am not a member just a visitor.

    Problems with churches aside, it is a joy and delight to worship on the Sabbath, most of my long standing brethren [Sunday keepers] think I’m a bit crazy but this is a discipline worth pursuing. You only need to understand the ‘cornfield’ lesson to understand how Jesus taught Sabbath keeping.

    Readers of this blog will recognise Jesus’ method, He took the pharisees back to Genesis and explained from the beginning. Mark 2:27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: Same method He used for teaching the pharisees about marriage. Both marriage and sabbath were instituted before the fall, and Jesus explained it from the beginning. The big difference between these 2 subjects in the gospels is that Jesus lowered the bar for Sabbath keeping, and raised the bar for marriage keeping.

    Note that the man Jesus was talking about in this lesson was Adam. Adam represents all humanity, not just the children of Israel. So from the cornfield we learn that the Sabbath is for all humanity, and the Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath, that tells us it is still the Sabbath, any changes the church makes are invalid.

    God bless you DS for touching this subject.

    P.S. I know Ellen White isn’t a prophet, no need to remind me.

  2. Wayne says:

    Consider Romans 14:5
    https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+14&version=NKJV
    “5 One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it…”

    “7 For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. 8 For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living. 10 But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.”
    Other translations say “some esteem the sabbath to be holy, whereas other people esteem every day to be holy”. I am someone who believes every day is holy, and every day I have a little rest and spend time with God.

  3. Wayne says:

    Read more about my perspectives on Rest here.
    https://sigmaframe.wordpress.com/2010/02/08/true-rest-and-worship/
    My advice for the guy on Reddit is to consider his sport career as a form of worship and service to the Lord.

  4. How pedantic do you want to go?

    – “Saturday was an arbitrary decision and does not innately reflect what the actual 7th day was for God”.

    – Julian or Gregorian?

    – OT “day” resets at Sundown, not Midnight, thus the modern understanding of “Day” does not apply properly.

    Pick a day of Rest. Humans, as a bio-mechanical organism, is not designed for continuous energy expenditure of a repetitive nature. It’s an Expend-Rebuild cycle, thus there is always a need for rest period within the rhythm of existing. God has an uncanny way of pointing to both physiologically practice & spiritually impactful dual realities with His statements.

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  6. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    I have heard that Orthodox Jews go overboard on this, but there have to be exceptions. You can’t take a day off from livestock. They need to be fed, watered, and milked.

  7. earl says:

    The intent is to honor God and to rest just as God rested.

    The Catholic church stated that you shouldn’t do ‘unnecessary work’ on the Sabbath…so things like chores for livestock or in my field which is a 24/7 event needs to have work done. However I never let it interfere with going to Mass to make sure I do honor God on that day and if I don’t have to work on that Sunday…I rest.

    I have heard that Orthodox Jews go overboard on this, but there have to be exceptions. You can’t take a day off from livestock. They need to be fed, watered, and milked.

    If I understood it correctly the Pharisees took it as to do absolutely no work…which is why they threw a fit when Christ healed people and did good works on the Sabbath.

  8. Thanks for the feedback everyone. Glad to know that this is not out of left field.

  9. Derek Ramsey says:

    We can see from Jesus, in Matthew 12:5, that the commandment has a moral and a ceremonial part.

    The moral part is a matter of holiness and is critical. All the replies in this thread focus on holiness. Even if the day changes or you have to work, it is the holiness and honoring of God that is the important part.

    The ceremonial part is not critical, so long as the moral part is followed. Even the Law itself exempted the priests from the requirement to do no work. The priests literally broke (the ceremonial part of) the sabbath, and yet they did not sin.

  10. Lance Roberts says:

    The Sabbath principle from Genesis is still in effect, the Sabbath law has been fulfilled. It was a type for the rest that Christ gives us. We now rest in Christ and fulfill the Sabbath. Christ is Lord of the Sabbath. It’s probably good to get good rest in your week, but when doesn’t matter spiritually.

  11. Norvis says:

    The command to keep the sabbath day holy is part of the Levitical law and Mosaic covenant. As Christians we are no longer under the burden of the law and as such the obsevance of the sabbath, while beneficial, is not a requirement for Christian believers.

  12. Daniel says:

    Paul included sabbath days in the OT ceremonial “elements of the world” that we are not to turn back to observing. But we are also not to forsake the assembling of ourselves. Without making it a legal requirement, it is important to be faithful to the assembly for worship.

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