What Day Is The Christian Sabbath?
What day is the “Christian Sabbath”? Which day is the seventh day? What is the Sabbath? These are all questions that a true confessed follower of Jesus (Yeshua) must eventually confront. Sabbath, also known as Shabbat, was kept as the day of worship and rest by ALL worshipers of God as recorded in the entire Bible. It is always the seventh day of the week, as kept from Friday night at sunset until Saturday night at sunset.
In the scriptures we are commanded to keep the day as a holy day or “separated” from all other days in the week. The word for this is “sanctified”, this means set apart for a holy purpose. The Sabbath day or Shabbat is a day of rest and reflection, as well as a day that was purposed for having a holy convocation, or in other words, an assembly. The bible refers to the Sabbath as an appointed time of God. Quite literally, it is a weekly appointment, in which we are commanded to meet with our creator and other believers.
In modern times many people use the term: WWJD or “What Would Jesus Do” as a test of if one is living as they should. It is often overlooked that Jesus (Yeshua) would keep the Sabbath. Jesus (Yeshua) said: “I am LORD of the Sabbath”, asserting his authority over the “Lords Day”. It is disappointing that followers of the Messiah do not follow him in this regards. There are numerous recorded examples of his Sabbath observance in the New Testament, as well as examples of the disciple’s obedience with God’s instructions on the Sabbath. The Bible clearly states that the Sabbath is a “Sign” of God’s people. If this is so, how many of “God’s People” do you encounter in your life today?
Sunday can never be Saturday. Sunday can never be the weekly Sabbath. Sunday is not the “Christian Sabbath”. Sunday was never “Sanctified” by God. Look at your calendar. What day does the week start with? What day does it end with? It starts with Sunday (Day 1) and ends with Saturday (Day 7). Why is it said that people take a sabbatical? If you don’t know the definition of the word sabbatical stop reading and look it up. What is the word for Saturday in Spanish? I don’t want to belabor the point, but Sunday or any other day of the week is not the Sabbath time. The Bible text is perfectly clear about the time of the Sabbath.
I have often heard people refer to the abandonment of the Sabbath by Christians as: “The Nine Commandments and The One Suggestion” or the “Ten Commandments Minus One”. It is concerning that so called “Born Again” Christians lack the discernment to see this obvious omission in religious observance. No one else will stand in your place at the time of judgment to answer for your behavior Can you go your own way and walk the narrow path when everyone else is running the other way? Narrow paths don’t accommodate large groups. The question is: WWYD (What Will You Do)?
J.D. Ketchum II