Christ himself said, He was the Lord of the Sabbath. If Christ was (and is) the Lord of the Sabbath, then all who follow Him ought to be part of that Sabbath He is Lord of. Christians follow the footsteps of their Master, Jesus Christ. In other words, the way He was baptised, the way He lived, cared and loved people and the day He rested, all Christians ought to follow. We are Christians because we follow His way of doing things.
The Sabbath points us back to creation; and has never pointed to the cross, so it can’t fall under foreshadowed things which have come to pass; fulfilled by Christ’s death on the cross.
Firstly, the Law of God - the Ten Commandments - will stand forever as we read in the book of Matthew 5:18-19. These verses warn us against teaching people to disregard the Law of God.
In verse 19 it says, “Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven. But whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven”.
One of the commandments is the fourth one, which says, “Remember to keep the Sabbath day holy”.
The word ‘remember’ in the beginning of this commandment is very interesting. The word is often used when emphasising a point or when you know that someone may forget something. And God uses it because He knows that most people could forget this command. The word ‘remember’ also means ‘keep in mind’; ‘memorise’, ‘learn by heart’ and ‘commit to memory’. God wants us to keep to mind that no one should deceive us to forget to keep His Sabbath Day holy. The reason for keeping the Sabbath Day holy is because God rested after creation and He wants us to be reminded that He created us so that we would not be mislead by evolution.
Here are nine facts about Sabbath in the Bible, which proves that the Sabbath is for all mankind and should still apply today:
Fact one: The Sabbath was given to all mankind at the Creation of this world on the seventh day of Creation Week.
“And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it He had rested from all His work which God created and made.” - Genesis 2:1-3.
God dedicated and set aside the Sabbath Day as a resting day; 2 000 years before the first Jew. Abraham is considered by all to have been the first Jew. He lived about 2000 B.C. Biblical records indicate that the Creation of this world took place about 4000 B.C. So the Biblical Sabbath is not Jewish! It is for mankind; it is for all in the world.
“The Sabbath was made for man.” - Mark 2:27.
Fact two: The Sabbath is a memorial of Creation.
“Moreover also I gave them My Sabbaths to be a sign between Me and them that they might know that I am the Lord that sanctify them.” - Ezekiel 20:12.
“And hallow My Sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between Me and you, that ye may know that I am the Lord your God.” - Ezekiel 20:20.
If we abandon the Biblical Sabbath and keep another day holy, on Judgment Day, what excuse shall we offer? There is no Biblical reason for keeping any other day of the week holy instead of the seventh day.
Fact three: The people of God kept the Biblical Sabbath before the Ten Commandments were given at Mount Sinai.
The Sabbath Truth was first given to our race in Eden before the fall of man. It was given before sin existed and apart from it, it was given to every man to link him to his God. And if Adam needed the Sabbath, we need it all the more today.
There are those who say that the seventh-day Sabbath was not commanded by God, nor kept by man before it was spoken about at Mount Sinai in Exodus 20. But Genesis 2:1-3 and Exodus 16 prove otherwise.
Fact four: The seventh-day Sabbath Commandment lies in the very heart of the Moral Law of Ten Commandments - Exodus 20:8-11.
The Apostle James tells us that if we broke any part of this law, we would have broken it all (James 2:10-12). We cannot tear out the Fourth Commandment without setting aside all the others as well. They all stand together, because the God of Heaven put them all together.
We do not decide which day of the week is to be kept holy unto God; He alone is to do this. It is for Him to command; it is for us to obey.
Fact five: The weekly seventh-day Sabbath is part of the Moral Law contained in the Ten Commandments. It will stand forever. The yearly Sabbaths were part of the ceremonial laws that prefigured, or foreshadowed the death and ministry of Christ.
These “shadow laws”, such as Passover and the Wave Sheaf, which were a part of the ceremonial or sacrificial law, would not endure past the death of Christ - Colossians 2:14,16-17.
Fact six: Christ’s disciples faithfully kept the Biblical Sabbath.
The disciples had been with Jesus for three and a half years and had listened closely to His teachings. What they did at the time of His death on Calvary shows what He taught them. The sacred importance of the seventh-day Sabbath was of such concern to them that they would not even prepare the body of Jesus properly for burial on Friday, lest they transgress the Fourth Commandment - Mark 15:42, 47-16:3. Luke 23:53-24:2.
Fact seven: According to the New Testament, the Apostles of Jesus always kept the Biblical Sabbath - Acts 13:14; Acts 13:42; Acts 16:13; Acts 17:1-2.
Paul supported himself by tent-making; and then on the Sabbath, he would preach the gospel -Acts 18:3, 4, 11.
(Acts 17:1-2; Luke 4:16).
Paul never taught that the Moral Law was, or could be set aside. “Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yeah, we establish the law.” - Romans 3:31. Romans 7:7.
Fact eight: God predicted through the Scriptures that men would later try to change the Law of God and especially the “time law” - Daniel 7:25.
Fact nine: God’s remnant people will keep the Biblical Sabbath Day holy and that holy day will be kept throughout eternity in the new earth - Isaiah 65:17, 21-22, 25; 66:22-23.
The remnant people of God, living at the end of time, can be identified. God has identified them for us in Revelation 12:17, “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keeps the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”—
And in the same Revelation 14:12, it says, “Here is the patience of the saints: Here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
This world is becoming a curse, but soon, God will intervene. Prophecy tells us that before the end, there will be a small company that will stand true to the commandments of God, by faith in Jesus Christ.
This is a summary version of facts about the Sabbath according to the Bible and not according to presumptions.
Our next edition will be about finding out, from historical records, who changed the Sabbath and when?