Which day is said to be the Sabbath?
According to the bible, it is the 7th day. The 7th day of the week? That would make it Saturday. Why then is it celebrated on a Sunday? Further more, how do we know that days are established different between us and God. Or for that matter, how do we know that days remained the same as they are today? (First day of the week being Sunday, last day being Saturday). I have struggled with this and it is important for me to learn it so I can correctly keep this commandment.
During those days, it was Saturday. The disciples, when Christ ascended into heaven decided they would celebrate it on Sunday. The important part isn't which day. It's that you do spend a day. The point of the sabbath was for you to spend a day with God in order to build your relationship with Him. It's like spending one day a week with your family for some family time. He wants a day that you can focus on Him, study His word, and just spend time with Him.
You are correct; Sabbath and Saturday have the same meaning; seventh – that is the seventh day of the week. There are some groups who meet on Saturday, but most Christians meet on Sunday. We do not celebrate the Sabbath on Sunday however. We celebrate the resurrected Christ on the “Lord’s Day” – Sunday.
Jesus Christ was in the grave on the Sabbath – resting. He came out of the grave on Sunday – referred to in the New Testament as the Lord’s Day because it is the Day Christ arose. Without the resurrection “we are of all men the most miserable”. (1 Corinthians 15:19) In the book of Acts we see the New Testament church meeting on the first day of the week – the Lord’s Day.
I believe that the law was given to the Nation Israel in part to prove that mankind could not keep the law. See the books of Romans and Galatians – we are not under law, but under grace. Again, I believe that Christians are to live by a higher standard – one of grace. One example; In Matthew 5:27-28 Jesus said "You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not commit adultery.' But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart”. We have a higher standard.
Our calendar may or may not be correct, but to me it doesn’t matter because I’m not under the law because in Colossians 2:16 Paul said; “let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths”.
I do hope this is of some help since I struggled with this issue years ago myself.
I will share an Islamic scholars words (commentary on the Quran) about Sabbath, Just as a confirmation for you about the day.
"Sabbath means Saturday, which was prescribed for the Israelites as a sacred day to be devoted for worship. Economic activities we prohibited for them on that day."
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The true Sabbath starts on our Friday at sunset and ends on Saturday at sunset.
In the scriptures a day begins at sunset and not at dawn
Friday and Saturday are days most people go out and have fun..
which desecrates the Sabbath
It was never changed to Sunday (not by God)
Paul was a false Apostle who changed the sabbath on purpose after the Elders told him to teach the Gentiles to keep the sabbath
Which day you choose does matter.
Saturday. In fact, in Spanish the word for Saturday is Sabado (Sabbath).
I was just about to ask this as a question. Then, I discovered that it was already asked and I am pleased to see such great treatment of this very important question. I can see the literal translation meaning that the Sabbath is Saturday. And, I can see how people theorize for Sunday. All of the answers make sense, especially because I think God mostly just wants us to love Him and dedicate a day to Him. Honoring and worshiping God is restful and peaceful and that is something He wants for us, too.
I am glad you asked this question and I am glad to see all the answers.
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