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Do You Know Why You Honor the Sabbath (if You do) and When? (Part I)

Updated on October 6, 2011

The Holy Sabbath is When?

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What day do you consider to be your "Sabbath" ?

I had to chime in here too! I keep ending up writing a book whenever I answer these questions though however -LOL. So, might as well make HubPages right? I'll come back later and "doctor" this up more, find some nice photos, more fun facts and the like.

Everyone's got some good answers... I like Daniel Neumann's response especially well, for it would be nice not having to deal with the rigors of the world we currently live in, having complete peace and a life in celebration of our Lord EVERYDAY!

Wait a minute... isn't there some "Kingdom" coming in the near future that does something like that? :)

Saturday is the original Sabbath as established by God in Genesis as the last day of the week when "God rested" and therefore created that as a Holy Day to honor Him. Sunday is the first day of the week (SUN-day; like in: "Let there be light" in the beginning). Now I do not remember if it actually translates that way or not, but it seems to fit well doesn't it? Anyway, from a biblical standpoint everything was based around the Hebrew calendar that God gave to His people (which is quite different than the Gregorian Calendar that the secular world follows). For example, in the Hebrew world, a day ends when the sun (the light) goes away (not at midnight which is Pegan-based celebrating the rise of the Moon), and as with Genesis, "in the beginning" there was the darkness of the void first, then there was light. Therefore, a day begins in darkness and the light follows thereafter, just like in creation.

The order of things, the days of the week and their calendar, were likewise based entirely on the agricultural seasons which many of God's original laws for them had to do with. The beginning of the Hebrew year is not in January, it starts with the growing seasons instead. All of the Lord's more important festivals and feasts in the Bible all center on the planting and harvest times as well. God would also teach (and create His laws) in the form of practical "healthy living" apects that were relevant to the world, our environment and how to survive in it. They were the first people and did not have access to a "Farmer's Almanac" or other scientific reference to go by. It all had to be learned from scratch through the mind of God.

The Christian Church recognizes Sunday as the Sabbath however (not because they feel that this is actually the last day of the week and not the first) but because when Jesus came to the world, the New Covenant abolished the regiment of the original covenant laws ("Old Testament") and set a new precedent through Christ (which was a major reason in their discontent with Him - because He claimed to be divinity). This did not mean however that the "Old Testament" laws were null and void, just that Salvation was achieved through the FREE "grace" of God and not achieved through works or deeds which had been past practice. Christ tried to expressly emphasize this point as one of the main reasons for His coming and the establishment of the New Covenant, which was God's plan in implementing a better system for us to be able to return to Him. The "old" laws are still in place and they do earn us rewards in Heaven as scripture also states, just they are no longer necessary for redemption.

Now the Holy Roman (early Christian) Church decided through their cannon that Sunday should be the day to acknowledge as the Sabbath primarily in honor of the resurrection of Christ, which was believed to have occured three days after His death and on a Sunday (hence Easter Sunday). So that's the way its been observed for Christians ever since.

So there's the historical "skinny" on it all.

I personally do not see where the Word of God (The Bible) makes it a crime either way, other than NOT observing the Sabbath at all is the sin and commandment of God. So, if you're still not sure, do both!

I have personally worshipped and done both and have also celebrated the other traditional Hebrew feasts (such as Passover) with Messianic Jewish friends (which acknowledge and accept Christ as deity) and my regular Church normally worships on Sunday.

I am finding more Christian churches that are now experiencing a renewed outlook on what the New Covenant actually is (a hybrid of Jewish-Gentile nations and for ALL people) as well as starting to appreciate the lessons that our Hebrew brothers and sisters can teach us in the laws of practical healthy and moral living (not that everyone follows these practices unfortunately).

Hey... the main thing is The WORD OF GOD isn't it? NOT what religions (man-made) dictate to us for WE are the Church now!

The WORD is pretty clear about what is what, and what pleases our Lord God and what does not. So...just make your DAD in Heaven happy and then we all begin to have happier lives and enjoy His blessings as a result of it. A happy God is a great God. -AMEN





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      Blessedlikethat 5 years ago

      Praise God from whom all blessings flow. I would like to take a moment and just thank God for His seventh day Sabbath of rest, remembering His goodness and mercy endures forever, remembering how he brought us thru another week of trials and tribulations keeping us safe from the enemy who never gets tired of setting traps, and snares for us. Who enjoy accusing us before the Lord, he (satan)never gets tired. Even if we are doing ok and there's no sickness, disease or poverty, we are to still rest and worship Him in the beauty of His Holiness. I have studied and prayed about this because I too was, I said, was a sunday worshipper for many years until the Lord convicted and showed me how I can please Him and have a more loving relationship with Him. 1) Obedience is better than a sacrifice= Jesus said He is the Lord of the Sabbath and He too was in the Synagogue on the Sabbath teaching. He also said: If you love me you will keep my commandments. 2). Study your history, Sunday=Sun-god, is paganism worship, to get the full picture you must go back thru history and it is made so plan in which there is no doubt left in your mind that the seventh day (saturday) is the Sabbath. 3). God will not have His people to be ignorant or even remain ignorant so once you go back and study history/first century church and the Roman empire it will all fall into place. 4). Don't forget satan is a counterfeiter, he distorts the truth, everything the Lord God has promised to those who love Him, satan has caused confusion, doubt and unbelief. 5). Take the time and honor the seventh day Sabbath as Gods day which He sanctified and made holy for mankind. Just as it says to remember The Lord your God and keep his commandments, pray to the Lord to reveal unto you the fullness of His Sabbath day and I guarantee you, you will receive blessings from on high. *Obedience and Faith is what pleases God. May the Lord bless all who will read this and obey. :)

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      Rev. Teddy C. Ryan III 6 years ago from a life in sin saved by the Lord's grace - we are blessed with the ministry in Florida & Georgia

      @ onegoodwoman - AMEN good sister for your reflections on this. Likewise we all just need to REMEMBER to keep the Sabbath HOLY! (and for that matter, ALL the Holy Sabbath days that the Lord ordained for His children). If more people could just put the Lord God back into their regular daily lives on an ongoing basis, I think questions like these would never have to become an issue. Be blessed always... Rev.Ted

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      onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town

      Years, ago, this very topic fell heavily on my heart. I spent years researching this, reading anything and everything that I could, regarding the scriptures, Roman Calenders, mind would not be settled.

      Until, I found " the " defining article ( put away, in a stored notebook ) The Early Catholics took credit, with pride, for changing the Sabbath, in a particulare council.....

      If, you ever question the IMPORTANCE of the Sabbath, or of honoring it on it's correct day......consider this.....

      Of all the major commandments, and certainly within the top is the only one that begins with......


      remember, that the Isralites would become the Jewish people. Remember that the Jewish people, honored the Sabbath from, sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday. Remember that Jesus was born into a Jewish family, was brought up in the Jewish faith, and worshipped as a Jewish man.

      Remember, the Sabbath, and keep it Holy.

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      Rev. Teddy C. Ryan III 7 years ago from a life in sin saved by the Lord's grace - we are blessed with the ministry in Florida & Georgia

      Absolutely Tamarajo,

      And of course as some of the other readers have likewise pointed out, that with Christ in becoming the "Lord of the Sabbath", removes the conflict of the whole Saturday/Sunday thing. Otherwise, just taking the time (or a day) to honor our Lord in fact glorifies Him and anything we can do of our own free will to praise God is a good thing.

      One day in the near future everyday will then be the Sabbath when God in Christ is "with us" once again.

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      Tamarajo 7 years ago

      The Saturday Sunday argument has perplexed me for the most part. It is my understanding that the Hebrew religious calendar followed moon cycles which is why God numbered the days rather than named them Which would make the sabbath fall on random days of the Gregorian calendar. at this point I take one day a week to rest (oh how lovely it is) and I attend a congregation that meets on Sunday. Would love to try a Saturday service at a messianic community sometime.

      I agree with you the main thing is the Word of God.

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      Rev. Teddy C. Ryan III 7 years ago from a life in sin saved by the Lord's grace - we are blessed with the ministry in Florida & Georgia

      AMEN again Miss Carrie!

      God with us--Emmanuel through Jesus Christ--Sabbath every day!

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      Judah's Daughter 7 years ago from Roseville, CA

      Personally, I don't feel the Sabbath is about a physical rest or a physical day any longer. Heb 4:1-10 makes it pretty clear that those who observed the literal Sabbath and kept all its laws still did not enter "His rest". The literal was a shadow of the spiritual, as was the Law of Moses. Our Sabbath is salvation through Christ and our rest is in Him. That's what I read, and that's what I live, based on the Word. God bless you, brother.

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      SalusHub 7 years ago

      The bible (God) is very clear on what day He expects us to worship Him, but there is confusion when we follow what tradition or men say. We can only be deceived or become confused when we don't have an understanding of scripture for ourselves.

      I find it quite odd when Christians say they will find out what their pastor say about a doctrinal matter; not the bible says but their spiritual leader or denomination says. I wonder what excuse we will give when we are asked to give an account for what we practice.

      Search the scriptures for yourself, in them is knowledge, wisdom and understanding... All can read and understand for themselves.

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      Rev. Teddy C. Ryan III 7 years ago from a life in sin saved by the Lord's grace - we are blessed with the ministry in Florida & Georgia

      Brother Dave!

      Thanks for putting that question out there and I agree. Likewise I most often worship on Sunday as that is when my Church holds services, but I try and observe the whole weekend as days of rest and reflection to glorify God.

      Our Lord also emphasizes more about rest in this Commandment than anything else (even for the animals we have). It's just plain and simple good "healthy moral living" that He wants for us.

      I think the main thing is to just follow the Commandment in keeping the Sabbath Holy. To praise, honor and glorify our Lord, and to REST on that day. People cannot work 24/7 or 7 days a week. It would literally kill us. God is just looking out for our best interests.

      Also did you know that out of all the Ten Commandments, that statistically, honoring the Sabbath Day is the one that is broken more than any other Commandment...


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      Dave Mathews 7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Christ4ever: A terrific explanation of the Sabbath Day. Sunday has alway been the day I celebrate Sabbath or The Lord's Day. It would have been so much easier for all if either God our Father or Jesus stated it pure and simple naming a day though. There would be no confusion for anyone.

      Brother Dave.