Sabbath on Saturday?
Two listeners write:
1. Hi. my name is Ikia and I am 14 years old and I would like to know what is the right day to go to church because some say you should go on Sunday but I go on Saturday that is the day I believe you should go so could you please tell me if I am right.
2. How can you believe that the Sabbath is still on Saturday? The Sabbath was on Saturday when dealing with the law of Moses. When Christ was born the law of Moses was changed. That's why the apostles always gathered on the first day, Sunday. The also broke bread on the first day, Sunday. I don't want to start a fight I would just like to know why you believe this?
Mr Newman. USA. Listen to the answer: Listen
I'm glad you don't want to start a fight. That is no way for
Christians to act - and we have too many good things in common to fight
over a day of worship! And Ikia -- thank you for your
question. You both come at the question from opposite directions but
I hope we can find some common ground. I worship and honour God every day of the week but please let me tell you
very briefly why I worship him especially on the Saturday Sabbath.
There were two very special institutions that God gave mankind at
creation. In the first two chapters of Genesis we find he gave marriage
and a day of worship. The day of worship he called "rest" - that
is what Sabbath means in Hebrew. And while it was given as the seventh-day
of God's creation, Adam and Eve were not even tired. It was the first day
in their wondrous world and God set it as a special sanctified time to be
That special day he made before Moses existed, before there was a Jew. And
he made it to last. I can find no text in either the Old or New Testament
that gives any indication that Jesus or the apostles would sanctify any
Christians seem to enjoy the protection of the other nine commandments. I
see no reason for excluding the blessing of the Sabbath Commandment.
Jesus kept the Sabbath (Luke 4:16) and did his best to upgrade it to the
day of joy and worship instituted at Eden rather than the day of drudgery
developed by the legalism of the Pharisees.
History tells us that the change from worshiping on the Sabbath (Saturday)
to Sunday came about from about 150AD onwards and happened for several
reasons a) Christians trying to distance themselves from the persecution
of the Jews by the Romans, b) antagonism between Jews and Christians and
c) compromise with the rest of the Roman Empire who already worshiped on
"the venerable day of the sun".
The argument for New Testament Sunday observance is an argument of
silence. If there was a big argument between Jewish and Gentile Christians
on issues such as meat offered to idols and circumstances there would most
certainly have been a heated discussion on days of worship if Gentile
Christians chose to worship on any other day than Sabbath. I am sure there
would have been a statement on
the issue at the Council of Jerusalem in
Acts 15. Instead, we find the blessing of the Sabbath rest being exalted
in as late a book as the letter to the Hebrews.
This is a very short summary - but I hope it gives you a little view of why I find the Sabbath to be a blessing. I would love to give you more on why it is a joy to keep it - of my delight in throwing to one side the cares of the week on a Friday evening and spending a precious day with the Saviour my family, and friends.
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