What is Sabbath? What Day is the Sabbath, Saturday or Sunday?

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  1. ngureco profile image82
    ngurecoposted 11 years ago

    What is Sabbath? What Day is the Sabbath, Saturday or Sunday?

  2. profile image72
    me259259posted 11 years ago

    The Sabbath is "the Lord's day".  It is a day where you are supposed to pray and focus on God instead of doing your everyday work.

    As for the actual day, it is different depending on what your religion is.  It is on Sunday for Christians because it is believed that was the day of the week that Jesus was resurrected.  It is on Saturday for Jews because it is believed that God created the world in 6 days, and rested on the seventh (Sunday was the first day, and Saturday was the seventh).  It is on Fridays for Muslims because it is believed that on the 6th day, God created Adam.

    Other religions have Sabbath's too, but I'm too lazy to mention all of them.  If you want to know more, check out this excellent Wikipedia article:


  3. Kayte profile image41
    Kayteposted 11 years ago

    You know I have been asking that question a lot as well and this is what I have, in some cultures and religions the sabbath is friday, others claim Saturday, while still more say it is Sunday. But I guess the best way to look at it, the Jewish people were given this commandment and so whatever day they say is SABBATH, then that is what it is. However, the bible simply says to remember the sabbath and goes on to show that this day should be holy, the way I look at it is that the sabbath is the day you set aside for observance of the Lord whatever day that may be. Which means you put aside all things and you keep that day holy or dedicated to the Lord Jesus Christ.

  4. bayareagreatthing profile image61
    bayareagreatthingposted 11 years ago

    Originally, keeping the Sabbath was part of the Old Testament Law.  Romans 6:14 tells us, however, "For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace". We are no longer under the requirements of the Law.

    In the New Testament we see an expansion on the idea of making one day more holy than another. 

    In Romans chapter 14 Paul is addressing issues that were causing problems among God's people.  Among these things he mentions the celebration of certain days being more holy than others.

    "One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord" Romans 14:5-6 NIV.

    I think this lends weight to the passage in Colossians chapter 3 (speaking on rules for holy living):

    "And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him".

    (The important point here is that "whatever" you do) If you set aside a day for the Lord- whether one day a week, month, year, or all days- you are doing it for the Lord and not man. Not out of Law, but out of love. In all things we are to put the Lord first and our neighbor next: Because love fulfills the Law:

    "Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the Law" Romans 13:10.

    In conclusion- our aim should be to have the highest respect for all people who choose any day to honor God.  We should neither compel anyone to do as we feel convicted to do, nor should we discourage someone from their desire to set aside certain days for worship.  The main goal is to do it all for the glory of the Lord.

  5. Cathi Sutton profile image71
    Cathi Suttonposted 11 years ago

    The weekly Sabbath is Saturday.  But there are yearly Sabbaths too.  Such as Passover.  Jesus kept the Sabbaths.  In fact he was at the Passover meal, where he gave the commandment "Do this in remberance of me",  before he was betrayed unto his death.

  6. yes2truth profile image60
    yes2truthposted 11 years ago

    Heb 4:3-11 (KJV) For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. 4 For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. 5 And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest. 6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief: 7 Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. 8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. 9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. 10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. 11 Let us labour (a corruption it should read make haste) therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. (Brackets mine)

    These verses in Hebrews reveal what the New Covenant Sabbath is, it's faith and belief in The Lord Jesus Christ and nothing else. He is our Sabbath Rest.

    All regulated Sabbath keeping is Old Covenant Law keeping whether it is the real Old Covenant Sabbath on the seventh day or the counterfeit Sabbath or sun worshipping Sabbath on SUNday on the first day of the week.

    Any day of the week can now be a Sabbath if that's what you want but don't make it binding on anyone else.

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    TypingTornadoposted 11 years ago

    shabbat or shabbos in hebrew is translated to sabbath in english.  it is the seventh day and begins, as all days on the hebrew calendar, at SUNSET.  thus, it begins friday SUNSET -- that is g-d's time -- not man's.  it ends on saturday SUNSET.

    you need to do a little review of history and take ALL religions out to see what was done to bastardize shabbat way on back at the time of constantine.

    you have found your way thus far.  now go to your browser and type in CONSTANTINE (roman emperor)

    they really don't teach anything in school any more, do they?  and of course any christian church would hide such facts.  like the spanish inquisition, mexican inquisition, constantine, crusades and all the bloody and senseless wars in the name of such a ridiculous concept.

  8. GreatContent profile image60
    GreatContentposted 11 years ago

    The Sabbath is a day that Yehwah has set apart for His people. Exodus 20:8-11,"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work. But on the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God; on it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your servant nor your maidservant, your ox, nor your donkey, nor any cattle of yours, nor the stranger that sojourns with you. For in six days the Lord made the heaven and the earth, and the sea and all things in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it."

    On the Sabbath, we are to do no work of any sort. We are to rest from our jobs. Yehwah has set aside this day as holy. Exodus 31:13,"Take heed and keep My Sabbaths; for they are a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the Lord that sanctifies you." This holy day is a sign between Yehwah and His people. The keeping of this day, along with the rest of Torah shows who Yehwah's people really are. His obedient people.

    What day is the Sabbath on? On our calendars, the 7th day is Saturday, so therefore, out of obedience, we keep Yehwah's Sabbath on that day.

  9. world of the wise profile image62
    world of the wiseposted 11 years ago

    If the books of history are put to the right use, of cource it will be saturday, but if we use the "what most people think" criteria, no doubt it will be sunday.

  10. oscarwms profile image63
    oscarwmsposted 11 years ago

    The Sabbath (The seventh) is the day of rest. God worked six days and He rested. He gave that law to the Israelites too keep the Sabbath holy. This day was not given to any other nation, but only to Israel, his covenant keeping people. There are those who say the sabbath was changed to Sunday by the Christians. Nothing can be farther from the truth. Sunday is the first day of the week for the Christian, a day of putting God first, not a day of rest but a day of worship

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    Sujo Alexposted 11 years ago

    Sabbath was a holy day set my God to his People, and on that day they were supposed to spend the day in prayer and praise on God Lord Almighty. and its on Saturday. Currently Followed in Jewish Tradations.

  12. aoiffe379 profile image61
    aoiffe379posted 11 years ago

    Two facts that stimulates debate is Sabbath and marriage. Is it coincidental that both of them are found in Genesis 2? Or, is this fact ironic? Was Adam a Jew? Did God create Eve as a Jew? Man has thought to change everything that will cloud the mind of individuals,creating doubt. Both the Sabbath and marriage are institutions set up by God for man.In Genesis 2 God blessed and sanctified- made holy- the Sabbath; and he made it for man. marriage was made for man too. Without referring to any other text, the answer to the problems in society today is found in Genesis 2.God gave a day as the evening and morning . Man decide he needed twenty four hours- from midnight to midnight. As for the day that is the Sabbath, the calendars have been changed. You cannot change what God says in Genesis 2.

  13. Kebennett1 profile image60
    Kebennett1posted 11 years ago

    The Sabbath reminds us of the grandeur of God’s creation; it points clearly to the Creator and to His immense providence and grace. As God Himself rested on the seventh day of Creation to set an example for us, He also wants us to be refreshed physically, mentally, and spiritually through worshipping Him and keeping this day holy.

    Sabbath observance is also a sign between God and His worshipers. It is an identity that every citizen of God’s holy nation carries. By keeping this day holy, we acknowledge that God is our Lord, who sanctifies us and strengthens us against the temptations of this world.

    All the more, the Sabbath is a day to remember the salvation of God. It is a constant reminder that Jesus died on the cross to redeem us from the bondage of sin and to give true rest to our souls. In the same way, the Sabbath urges us to look forward to the blessing of the eternal rest in the Heavenly Kingdom. It is the constant renewal of this hope that guides God-fearing people on the path to everlasting life.  The Sabbath is a day of rest. We are to rest from worldly tasks and cares and dedicate this day solely to God. The Bible tells us to "call the Sabbath a delight and the Lord’s holy day honorable, and honor it by not going [our] own way and not doing as [we] please or speaking idle words, then [we] will find [our] joy in the Lord" (Isaiah 58:13-14).

    Worship service, prayer, Bible study, and fellowship are all spiritually edifying activities that help us focus our minds on the things of God. Through praises and offerings, we express our sincere gratitude to God for His salvation and daily provisions.

    The New Testament also gives us vivid scenes of Jesus preaching the Gospel, caring for the sick and doing good deeds on the Sabbath. We should imitate our Lord and devote this day to performing good deeds.

    The Biblical Sabbath is on the seventh day of the week, or Saturday. This fact was made clear at the time of Creation. God rested on the seventh day of the Creation week; the Israelites kept the seventh-day Sabbath; the Lord Jesus kept the Sabbath, as was his custom; the apostles and members of the Church in the New Testament observed the seventh day as the Sabbath day. Today, God wants all believers to honor this day as well.  Ample evidence from history shows that the celebration of Sunday originated from pagan practices of sun worship. In March of 321 A.D., the Roman Emperor Constantine, who was at first a sun-worshiper and later a Christian convert, issued the first decree declaring Sunday to be a legal day of rest. In 336 A.D., the Roman Catholic Church officially changed the observance of Sabbath to Sunday for political and economic expediency. Since then, the original Sabbath gradually gave way to Sunday observance and the practice remains to this day.

    The Biblical Sabbath, however, is and has always been on the seventh day of the week, or Saturday. Despite the prevalence of Sunday worship in Christendom, we must look to the Bible as our authority and keep the seventh-day Sabbath ordained by God.
    Tel-World Ministries
    I attend church on Sunday at our local Community Church. But, I can not dispute the historical and biblical validity of the preceding statements.
    I also believe that it is not so much importance put on when you attend church and worship God but that you attend church and worship God.

  14. Observingthefall profile image60
    Observingthefallposted 11 years ago

    Saturday has always been God's sabbath and always will. Are we to believe that in the commandments that God gave us, this is the one that it's ok to change because man sees fit. As christians we don't kill right? Then why should we feel that it's ok to violate another of God's commandments. The Holy Bible makes it very clear that God is the same yesterday, today and forever and the scriptures are also clear that His statutes are forever. It was not an accident that the commandments were written in stone as opposed to a perishable material. They were designed to be in place forever! Take some time to look back on history and it is evident that man changed the sabbath, not God, and there is no scriptural authority, as some claim, for the change.

  15. creemos profile image57
    creemosposted 10 years ago

    The Sabbath day only applies to Jews, not Christians. And, the Jewish Sabbath begins on Friday evening.

  16. MsDora profile image94
    MsDoraposted 8 years ago

    Just hubbed on the topic.  Hope I'm not too late.  http://msdora.hubpages.com/hub/The-Real … -on-Sunday


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