Question: How should we celebrate the Sabbath? There are so many different views on this, and I know it has nothing to do with being gay. But I really do want to do the Lord’s will. Our church believes that we can choose any day to celebrate Sabbath, but then that day must be set aside for the Lord. What are your views on the Sabbath?
Reply: When I accepted Jesus and entrusted my life to Him, allowing Him to be Lord and Master of my life, I believed I needed to submit to Him in relation to all ten of His commandments, not just one or two, or nine… I could not expect His promised grace (divine, transforming power) to sustain me in regards to the 7th commandment and victory over homosexuality if I did not acknowledge His authority as expressed in ALL the other nine…! The fourth commandment states clearly that the Sabbath day is the seventh day of the week and then itself refers back to Creation Week to remind us that the Sabbath is a memorial to Creation, and to Jesus as the Creator. “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.” (Exodus 20:11)
You will remember from the Genesis account that on the seventh day of the week God rested from all His creative work from the previous six days and then set aside the seventh day, blessing it, sanctifying it, making it holy, to be a day of special fellowship between the created and the Creator.
The Sabbath has nothing to do with the Jew. There was no Jew when Jesus created the Sabbath. Jesus Himself said to the Jewish leaders who had so corrupted the Sabbath with all their impossible rules, regulations, rituals, etc., “The Sabbath was made for man (meaning mankind), and not man for the Sabbath.” (Mark 2:27) He also went on to say that He, Jesus Himself, is Lord even of the Sabbath day. (Matthew 12:8) So when John was in the spirit on the Lord’s day in Revelation, he was talking about the Sabbath, not Sunday.
Elsewhere, in Ezekiel 20:12, 20, God informs us that the Sabbath was to be a Sign (seal, mark) between Himself and His people, like a covenant, that He the Creator God was their God and that they were truly His people, the children of the Creator God. Any other holy day would indicate allegiance to another god, not the Creator God Who created the Sabbath in the first place to forever be a memorial to His Creation and to Him as Creator, as stated above.
Christians the world over were observing the 7th-day Sabbath for 300 years after the resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ. It was in the fourth century AD during the counsel of Laodicea that the Catholic church attempted to change the Sabbath to Sunday. She today boasts that the Sunday is her “Mark of authority.” And virtually all Protestant denominations officially state in their literature and manuals that Saturday is the Biblical Sabbath, not Sunday. This attempted change of God’s law was an effort to make it easier for sun worshipping pagans to join the “christian” church by negating the need for a lifestyle change. Many Biblical Christian doctrines have likewise been altered for the sole purpose of dismissing the need of lifestyle change.
But the gospel is all about lifestyle change. We are counseled, “Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…” (Romans 12:1) “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17) “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3) There are many such references in the Bible that reveal the need for Christ’s children to be changed (converted), transformed, to become perfect, reflecting the very image of Christ Himself.
Volumes could be written on the Sabbath and how to properly observe the Sabbath. But suffice it to say, nowhere anywhere in the Bible is any other day referenced as an acceptable day of worship to God Who gave us the Sabbath in the very beginning. And in Isaiah 66 we are told that we will be assembling and worshipping before God from one Sabbath to another throughout all eternity. If the Sabbath was instituted at Creation and will be observed throughout the endless ages of eternity in heaven with Jesus, then why would there be a substitute today…? And why would that substitute be the day established by pagans for the worship of their god the sun (a created entity), if there were to be a change…? “Come now, and let us reason together”, saith the Lord.” (Isaiah1:18)
The truths of the Bible can easily be understood if we just accept the simplicity of the gospel and take the Bible as it reads. As I write this to you, it is Friday, preparation day for the Sabbath of the Bible. I hope you have a Blessed Sabbath tomorrow…!
All Power to you!
“Victor J. Adamson”
P.S. For your further study, I’ll give you a teaser… The Bible refers to the Sabbath as God’s sign, His seal, His mark. The Bible also refers to the “Mark of the Beast”, which no man wants in the end time. The Mark of the Beast is greatly misinterpreted today to be anything from a computer system in Belgium to Bar Codes and Micro Chips. But it’s really a simple thing to understand, right out in the open, just as Osama bin Laden was hiding in virtual plain view surrounded by the Pakistani military. The sign, seal, Mark of the Beast is but a counterfeit of the sign, Seal, mark of God… You might want to chew on that one a little bit. Like the Bereans of old, “search the Scriptures daily, whether these things are so.” (Acts 17:11)