How to Celebrate the Sabbath
Welcome. Today we are going to go over the steps for the Sabbath. How do we observe it, what preparations we are to make, and why it is good for us. We read in Genesis how this day was sanctified and blessed. In celebrating the Sabbath day we acknowledge that this world was indeed made in seven days and that it was made by God. In a way, it is basically saying that he is real when you celebrate it. It is an outward declaration.
- No Working
- Cook Beforehand
- The Exceptions
We are to not do any work on the Sabbath day. The 7th day was consecrated when the Most High created the world in six days and stopped on the seventh day (Leviticus 23 3).
Exodus 20 9-10 says that we are to work for the first six days for our income, then the last day is when we are to have a day of rest. We are not to go to work. There are exceptions, which we will get into later on. It also says that we are not to have our son, daughter, servant, cattle, or the stranger in the gates of the land work. This sums up all people. So you are not to work, and you are not to have anyone work for you.
Exodus 16 23 tells us that we are not to cook on this day because it is a type of work. So you are to prepare your meals the day before, then store it until the Sabbath comes and you are ready to eat. There are many different things you can prepare that will still be good the next day.
Now we are going to go over the exceptions as to when there are exceptions to the aforementioned things. We read in Matthew 12 1-8 how the Savior and his disciples were picking food on the Sabbath day because they were hungry. It seems that this would not count as a work by the Torah's standards, but the Pharisee's traditions.
The Pharisees saw this and tried to call them out on it. They were quick to point this out because they were trying to catch them at anything they could. How does he respond? He referenced 1 Samuel 21, which says that when David was hungry, he went into the Temple for food. He asks for five loaves of bread or whatever else there is, but all that was available was the "hallowed bread", or shewbread. It was only for Aaron and his descendants. It was unlawful for anyone else to eat (Leviticus 24 9). This was consecrated bread meant for the sons of Aaron, but out of generosity to David he allowed him to eat it. David was starving at this time because this was when he fled from Saul due to Saul trying to kill him out of paranoia. So common sense and loving thy neighbor as thyself trumps that, so it was good for him to give him the bread. And especially if there is no other food around, you have the right to eat. Sometimes human life and loving thy neighbor as thyself must come first. While this was unlawful, it does not nullify the Sabbath because love is a weightier command. And the fact that he references an Old Testament example of love being a weightier command, but not nullifying the lower command, is proof.
Now we go to verse 5 and it says that though the priests profane the Sabbath in the temple, they are blameless. It says you shall not do any work on the Sabbath day, but the job of the priests is to work on the Sabbath day. They had to do burnt offerings, sacrifices, and sin offerings. This is an exception. Sometimes you have to work on the Sabbath day depending on the circumstances. The law said no work on the seventh day and this is the law for everyone, but we see that there are exceptions to that. This is further expounded upon in verses 6-7, which explains how in these circumstances the Most High will have mercy depending on the circumstance.
Now go to verse 8-12. He sees a man with a withered hand and the Pharisees ask him if it is lawful to heal on the Sabbath days since it would count as a work. Again, they are trying to trip him up and find some way to condemn him. But he turns it on them and asks them if there is one man among them that would not go and try to rescue one of their sheep if it fell into a hole and could not get out just because it is the Sabbath day? None of the Pharisees are going to do that. They would do what they had to do in order to get it. He then says that since a person is worth more then a sheep, If a man is suffering and in pain, there is no problem with him healing him. To not help someone, in this case, would be unlawful. That is breaking Leviticus 19 18/John 13 34, "Love thy neighbor." Verse 12 he says that it is lawful to do well on the Sabbath, so it further reinstates it.
Sometimes you cannot get the Sabbath day off. Talk to your employer about your beliefs and maybe they will let you do so. You try this for a few months and they will not let you off. What do you do? Pray to the Most High. You might need to quit that job. If so, make sure you have a backup plan and know you can get a job to pay for your needs that also coincides with your Sabbath day needs. And finally, preaching the word on the Sabbath is in no way unlawful. You can preach the word then just like any other time.
The Sabbath Day is:
- A day of rest
- No work
- No cooking
- There are some exceptions under certain circumstances.
I hope to do an article explaining when the Sabbath is soon, but I will keep my audience in prayers in hopes that they find the truth. Peace and blessings and all praises to the Most High.