Observations on life; particularly spiritual

I went to a church service that was held on Saturday instead of Sunday and was told that was when we should worship God. What does the Bible say about this topic?

Today the people of God comprise the church, which is made up of all true Christians. As the church commenced on the day of Pentecost, the part of the Bible that is specifically addressed to the church are the books from Acts to Revelation. Prior to this time (Genesis 12 to John); the Jews were God’s people on earth. Therefore, the answer to this question must be found between Acts and Revelation of the Bible.

The first mention in the Bible of a day of rest is when God rested at the end of the six days of creation (Gen. 2:2-3). But on this occasion God rested and there is no mention of humanity resting. The first mention of people resting on the seventh day occurs in the days of Moses, which is after people had been on earth for about 2,500 years (Ex. 12:16; 16:22-30). So there is no evidence that this practice was given at the creation of the world.

The distinctive day of the week for the Jews was Saturday, the Sabbath, the last day of the week. It was given to them when God provided manna in the desert and was an important requirement being included in the ten commandments (Ex. 16:22-30; 20:8-11). The Sabbath was given to the Jewish nation only and no Gentile was ever commanded to keep it (Ex. 31:13). It provided an opportunity to rest and focus on God (Mk. 2:27). In the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible), the Sabbath is associated with the annual Jewish festivals (Ex. 23; Lev. 27; Num. 28-29). The penalty for breaking the Sabbath was death (Ex.31:14-15; 35:2; Num. 15:32-36).

The Sabbath day was given to the Israelites as a sign to remind them of their special relationship with God (Ex. 31:13, 17). God called them “my treasured possession” (Ex. 19:5). The Sabbath day is a symbol of the covenant given to the nation of Israel at Mt Sinai. It distinguished them from other nations. The original form of the Mosaic covenant is Exodus 20-23, which was written on a scroll (Ex. 24:7-8). Then more laws were progressively added to the covenant. In Exodus 25-30, regulations are added about the building and ceremonies of the tabernacle. After this, God repeats the fourth commandment before He hands Moses the tablets of the covenant law (Ex. 31:12-18). The reason given is that the Sabbath day was a sign for the Israelites who left Egypt and their descendants. It symbolised God’s covenant with them. This covenant, described in Exodus to Deuteronomy (along with the circumcision law of Genesis), was for the Israelites and their descendants (Dt. 29:12-15).

As Jesus lived under this Jewish covenant, He kept the Sabbath day. But He implied that things would change in future; the kingdom of God would be taken away from the Jews and “given to a people who will produce its fruit” (Mt. 21:43). These people would worship in spirit and truth instead of at the temple (Jn. 4:21-24). They are Christians who live under a different covenant. This new covenant included Gentiles (Acts 10:9-15) and excluded the law of Moses (Acts 15:1-35). It didn’t even include a single old covenant law such as circumcision or the Sabbath day, because then one is “obligated to obey the whole law” (Gal. 5:3).

As the old covenant of the Israelite law is now obsolete, its practices are also now obsolete (2 Cor. 3:14; Heb. 8:13). Instead Christians follow the instructions given to the church in the New Testament. The sign of the spiritual blessings that Christians have under the new covenant is the Lord’s Supper (Lk. 22:20; 1 Cor. 11:25). However, the Sabbath day will be re-established as a symbol of the Jews special relationship with the Lord when they are revived as God’s people in the millennium (Is. 56:4-6; 66:23; Ezek. 46:1, 3).

On the Sabbath the Jews were commemorating the end of God’s work of creation (Ex. 20:11) and the end of their deliverance from slavery in Egypt (Dt. 5:15) and they offered animal sacrifices (Num. 28:9-10). There is no instruction addressed to the church in Scripture for believers to continue this practice today. However, in the Lord’s Supper they commemorate their deliverance from being slaves to sin.

The distinctive day of the week for Christians was Sunday (the first day of the week):

  • On Sunday, Christ rose from the dead, which proved that His work of redemption was completed (Jn. 20:1)
  • On Sunday, Christ met with the disciples between the resurrection and ascension (Jn. 20:19, 26)
  • On Sunday, the church commenced when the Holy Spirit was given on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1; Lev. 23:15,16).
  • On Sunday, the early Christians met to celebrate the Lord’s Supper – Paul seems to have waited in Troas for seven days so he could be there for the Lord’s Supper (breaking of bread) on the first day of the week (Acts 20:6-7). Although there were missionary visits to Jewish synagogues (Acts 13:14-48; 16:13-15; 17:1-4; 18:4), there is no example in Scripture of a church meeting on the Sabbath.
  • The early Christians were told to set aside money for the Lord’s work on Sunday; presumably via a collection at a church meeting (1 Cor. 16:1-2).

Christians are not under the Old Testament law, which includes the ten commandments, but under God’s grace (Rom. 6:14-15) – see separate post on this topic. We have been “released from the law” (Rom. 7:6). The law of Moses has been replaced by the law of Christ (1 Cor. 9:21; 2 Cor. 3:7-11). Therefore, the Bible places no limits on when Christians can meet together. They can praise and celebrate the Lord’s Supper any day of week (1 Cor. 11:26). Although some early Jewish believers wanted to keep the Sabbath, this was not considered to be a matter of importance, but one of the individual conscience (Rom. 14:5-6).

As Christians have been released from the Old Testament law, they are not bound by regulations such as those saying that a person must keep the Sabbath in order to please God. When the Galatians were trying to earn God’s favor by observing certain days like the Sabbath and by promoting circumcision, Paul said that they had been freed from being subject to such laws (Gal. 4:4-11; 5:1-2). Paul also prohibits Christians being condemned for not following particular food or drink regulations and for not observing particular religious activities that are held on an annual, monthly or weekly basis: “Do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ” (Col 2:16-17NIV). In this passage, the religious festivals were the annual Jewish festivals and the Sabbath day was the weekly Jewish Sabbath.

It should be noted that the “Sabbath-rest” in Hebrews 4:1-11, is different to the Sabbath day. This rest is entered by faith in Christ (Heb. 11:2-3). The old covenant laws are now symbols and metaphors for us. As God rested after His work of creation, Christians rest in the completed work of Christ (Mt. 11:28-30). In this sense, the physical Sabbath-rest is likened to our spiritual rest of salvation. The weekly Sabbath pictured our final salvation. Just as Moses was appointed by God to lead the Israelites from slavery in Egypt to the promised land of Canaan, Christ was appointed by God to lead people from bondage to sin to the eternal Sabbath-rest of heaven. As most of the Jews died before reaching the “rest” of the promised land because of unbelief, so unbelief excludes people from God’s gift of salvation.

So the teaching that Christians should worship God collectively on Saturday is contrary to Scripture.

Written, October 2011; Revised February 2014

Also see: What about keeping the Sabbath day?
What does the New Testament say about the Sabbath?
I’ve been told that Christians should keep the ten commandments as they were God’s law and not the law of Moses.  Is this true?
The Sabbath day difference between Jesus and Paul
Why the new covenant is better

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42 responses

  1. Mark Dresselhaus

    I find your article informative and am reading Scriptures you have referenced as this is becoming a question at our growing small church. When is it OK to add another service for those who may be more apt to attend on a different day or night? Although, I cannot find a particular Scripture referenced above about the ability to praise and worship the Lord’s supper any day of the week. It is described as (1 Cor 11:36) but that Scripture does not exist. Please let me know if I am just looking in the wrong place. We could certainly use this in our discussion as some of our members have asked for a Saturday evening Service.

    January 3, 2013 at 3:12 am

    • Thanks for pointing out a typographic error in my post Mark. The reference should be 1 Cor. 11:26 which says, “Whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes”. Clearly, the Lord’s Supper should be held periodically, but there is no explicit instruction as to how often or on what day of the week. Instead, the Bible allows it to be celebrated “whenever”. I believe the early church practice was weekly on a Sunday, but this doesn’t preclude an alternative practice that meets the need of a local congregation. A Saturday evening Service could be acceptable, provided it was not taught that according to Scripture this was the most appropriate day of the week for a church to worship the Lord.
      You asked, “When is it OK to add another service for those who may be more apt to attend on a different day or night”? As the Bible allows liberty in this area, it is a decision to be made by the members of the local church after they have considered all the advantages and disadvantages, prayed about it and have come to peace and unity with regard to the decision.

      January 3, 2013 at 2:29 pm

  2. Trent

    Worship in Spirit and in truth. That means all the time not just one day or another, however if any man hold a certain day to be holy respect that unto him. If a man count every day to be holy, respect that unto him as well. No argument need exist.

    May 19, 2013 at 11:13 am

  3. Justice de YH

    The question that still come is why Christians keep the SunDay, or the 1st day. Yes the first believers were all Jews and took care of businesses after the Shabbat was over, that is the 1st day. Jesus would never break the Shabbat and would only visit them after Shabbat. In the Ark of the Covenant, 3 objects symbolized the Living Word, that is Jesus Himself, the New sets of the 10 commandments NOW JESUS IS THE LIVING COMMANDMENTS – The Manna – JESUS IS THE BREAD OF LIFE – Aron’s Rod that blossom – JESUS ROD ALIVE AND RULING WITH HIS ROD OVER ALL CREATION.
    Note: Keeping the 1st day is NOT a part of the center of the Holy of Holies that was the shadow on earth and is NOW in Heaven Rev 11:19

    For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

    We are Not Constantine christians from 313 , we are true Christians from creation

    In YHWH – and His Son YH HalleluYaH

    November 9, 2013 at 5:29 am

    • Thanks for the comment Justice. I’m not sure what you mean by “we are true Christians from creation”. The Bible says that the word “Christian” was used first in Antioch (Acts 11:26) after Stephen was martyred in about 35 AD, which is thousands of years after the creation.

      November 9, 2013 at 3:19 pm

  4. The keeping of the Sabbath on Saturday is not a “law.” It was made in Creation. When God spoke the commandments, he said “Remember” it. To remember means to recall. It was already. It does matter that we keep it.
    You should visit: www dot SabbathTruth dot com
    You really should take time to study it, because you are teaching against something that is right to do and must be kept. God himself honored it and we follow him not an opinion of man. Read the word. The answer is clear. Are you willing to accept it or debate it?

    November 23, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    • Thanks for your comments Candice.
      According to the Bible:
      – After creation, “By the seventh day God had finished the work He had been doing; so on the seventh day He rested from all His work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it He rested from all the work of creating that He had done” (Gen. 2:2-3). So God rested on the seventh day, but there is no mention of humanity resting. There is no command in Genesis to observe this day, and there is no record of Adam, Noah, or Abraham , or anyone else before Moses doing so.
      – The word “Sabbath” is first mentioned in Exodus 16:24-30. On this day the Israelites were to rest and not gather manna.
      – At Mount Sinai, the Israelites were commanded to “observe” the Sabbath laws (Dt. 5:12-15). From this time onwards, the keeping of the Sabbath was a law for the Israelites. As the penalty for breaking the Sabbath was death, it seems like a law to me – “Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day is to be put to death” (Ex. 31:14-15; 35:2; Num. 15:32-36).
      – The Sabbath observance was a sign of God’s covenant with Israel (Ex. 31:12-17).
      – The Sabbath observance was “a shadow of things to come” (Col. 2:13-17). It was fulfilled by Christ, “the reality, however, is found in Christ”. As the reality has now replaced the shadow, since Christ’s death the Sabbath observance is no longer necessary.

      According to Vine’s dictionary, the primitive root of the Hebrew word for “remember” (Strongs #2142) in Exodus 20:8 is “to mark so as to be recognized”. According to the Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon, it means to “remember a day to observe and commemorate it”, like the day of the exodus (Ex. 13:3; Dt. 16:3). The word is also used to “remember the commandments so as to do them” (Num. 15:39-40). A synonym is used in the other list of the 10 commandments in Dt. 5:12 (Strongs #8104), which is translated as “observe” or “keep” (Ex. 31:13; Lev. 19:3,30; 26:2). As the commandments were to apply from that time onwards, the Israelites were to remember the command that was given at Mount Sinai.

      Jesus kept the Sabbath because He was a Jew who lived under the old covenant before the church commenced. However, we don’t read of Christians “keeping” the Sabbath in the early church.

      Unfortunately, there is erroneous interpretation of Scripture on the website mentioned in the previous comment. Here is one example, “Luke was a Gentile who kept the Sabbath (Acts 16:13)” (Advanced topics). The context is Paul’s second missionary journey. It was Paul’s practice to preach the gospel message to Jews because they already knew the Old Testament. The best way to do this was to attend their Sabbath meetings, which were usually at a synagogue (Acts 13:14-48; 14:1-2; 16:13-15; 17:1-4, 10, 17; 18:4, 19-20). On this occasion they went outside the city gate to the river, presumably because there was no synagogue inside the city. After they preached, Lydia converted to Christianity and was baptised. So on this occasion, Paul and Luke were not keeping the Sabbath. Instead they were preaching to Jews and proselytes (converts to Judaism) on Saturday.

      The website also claims “Not one instance of Sunday observance has been found in the recorded Scriptures” (FAQ). However, Luke wrote that at Troas “On the first day of the week we came together to break bread” and Paul taught until midnight and daybreak (Acts 20:7,11). This is an account of corporate worship and teaching on Sunday.

      Because Christians relate to God via Jesus Christ and not through keeping Jewish laws, they are under no obligation to keep the Sabbath day commandment. Instead, they seek to please the Lord by obeying the teachings of Christ and the apostles.

      Although the distinctive day of the week for Christians was Sunday (the first day of the week), the Bible places no limits on when Christians can meet together. They can praise and celebrate the Lord’s Supper any day of week (1 Cor. 11:26).

      November 26, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    • Li

      AMEN SISTER, SABBATH WAS CREATED IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN AND IS THE 4TH COMMANDMENT. AND CHRIST IS OUR FOREVER EXAMPLE! AND AS STATED ABOVE NOT ONE LETTER OR WORD WILL EVER PASS AWAY… the Pope admitted to changing God’s Sabbath took his Sunday and he said he became Christ incarnate, very blasphemous.. Man made Sunday the day of rest. How do people get rid of that which Good told all took keep in the garden of Eden before there was Jews…

      February 25, 2017 at 5:16 pm

      • Thanks for the comment Li.
        There is no command in Genesis to observe this day, and there is no record of Adam, Noah, or Abraham , or anyone else before Moses doing so. Therefore, the Sabbath wasn’t created in the Garden of Eden.
        Also, Christians stopped keeping the Sabbath in the first century, long before any Pope’s existed. For example, Paul didn’t teach Sabbath keeping.
        See: The Sabbath day difference between Jesus and Paul.

        February 25, 2017 at 9:12 pm

  5. Dreamer122310

    I would like to mention the fact that JESUS himself entered into the synagogue on the Sabbath and it also states that it was His custom to do that, states the scripture in Luke chapter four of the KJV and to be a Christian is to live Christ like and to follow Him not man. GOD BLESS us all!

    March 12, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    • Thanks for the comment. You are correct, Jesus kept the Sabbath and the Old Testament festivals and sacrifices because He lived under the covenant given to Moses at Mount Sinai. He was “born under the law” (Gal. 4:4). The Sabbath observance was a sign/symbol of God’s covenant with Israel (Ex. 31:12-17). Although Christians are to follow the spiritual principles that Jesus taught, they live under the new covenant that commenced after His death (Lk. 22:20; 1 Cor. 11:25). This new covenant excluded the law of Moses (Acts 15:1-35). As the old covenant of the Israelite law is now obsolete, its practices are also now obsolete (Heb. 8:13). This includes it’s sign/symbol, the Sabbath observance. That’s why Christians don’t keep the Old Testament festivals and sacrifices like Jesus did.

      March 12, 2014 at 9:16 pm

      • Li

        So the law of Moses, 10 commandments are obsolete we can then murder, commit adultery, lie,steal, etc. Etc.? Because God all brought new testament tells us that lying is wrong, and it’s abomination, and not keeping the commandments is against what He says, and He also states of we break one we’ve broken them all , so why is this even started on new testament of the 10 commandments are null and void??

        George: Thanks for the comment Li.
        9 of the 10 commandments are repeated in the New Testament, but the 4th one about keeping the Sabbath is not mentioned in the New Testament.
        See: I’ve been told that Christians should keep the ten commandments as they were God’s law and not the law of Moses. Is this true?

        February 25, 2017 at 5:21 pm

  6. Trevor

    When I read and research what Jesus states in Matthew 5 & 7 about “the law” (Torah/God’s teaching), and how the Roman Constantine and others have changed what Jesus wanted, it encourages the pursuit of opening the eyes of the church to the blessing of obedience. Obedience as Jesus lived and acted at the time. Though at times I feel a bit like Micaiah in 1 Kings 22.

    If the context for reading the Word of God is” the Lord doesn’t change” (Malichi 3:6) and “Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8) and it seems Jesus wanted us to take it as a child (Mark 10:15) . Then the following may be cause for seeking to further understand God’s heart and guidance for the church.

    Yes, through Jesus Christ (Y’shua – YHWH Saves) we are all saved which is fantastic! Once saved, we are to turn from our lawlessness (non Torah living) and live righteously guided by the spirit because Torah/God’s Teaching (the law) is written in our heart (Hebrews 10:16,17) ….. (see link below)

    George: As this was a long comment, it has been moved to a post: What about keeping the Sabbath day?

    June 30, 2014 at 3:32 am

    • Vera Reyes

      I am so disturbed to learn that we as Christians have decided that the Sabbath which was commanded by God can be dealt away with. There is nowhere in scripture we are told to change that. In face Jesus says if you love me follow my commandments. There was no new commandment set by Jesus to abandon the sabbath. He said I came to do my fathers will. Sunday worship comes from Rome and the worship of Roman gods. The same goes for Christmas and Easter. All these are pagan celebrations which has infiltrated the church. The true Christians under Paul and Peter never celebrated anything besides preaching on the Sabath. In the book of Revelation, John declares he saw seven golden candle sticks, a symbol from the old testament and Christ was in the midst of this. The God, Yahweh has never changed and will never changed. His laws remains the same till the end of time. I truly believe its satan worship if we tell Christains to worship on Sunday’s and don’t follow the laws of God. That’s against everything God stands for, if you love me keep my commandments. Which commandments? We still obey the laws because we Gentiles are the spiritual Israelites, but our path way salvation is Christ not just obeying the Law. I dont understand why anyone will teach this to the Christian world that you can disobey the Creator because of what man has decided it’s the new religion. Wake up and come out of Babylon, we are called by God and not by man. There if God says 7th day is the week is the day of worship, nothing changes because Yahweh doesn’t change. The first day of the week is the worship of the Sun God, do some research and you will know Constantine started this with the Roman Church. You cannot change God’s Law or command. Jesus said I came to fulfill, not to change. Jesus said I came to do my fathers will. So there is no where Sunday worship was instituted and declared the Holy Day of the Lord. Brother George ask the Holy Spirit for deep teaching and insight so you don’t deceive his children. Shalom

      July 18, 2015 at 11:14 pm

      • Thanks for the comment Vera.
        Here’s a link to my reply:
        https://georgesjournal.net/2015/09/13/what-does-the-new-testament-say-about-the-sabbath/

        Also:
        – The Sabbath was commanded under the Old Covenant
        – The Sabbath wasn’t commanded specifically by Jesus
        – Once Jesus fulfilled the Old Covenant symbols, including the sacrifices, male circumcision, and the Sabbath rest, we now please Him by living according to the New Covenant and not the old one.

        September 13, 2015 at 3:05 am

      • Li

        Amen Vera!!!!

        February 25, 2017 at 5:26 pm

  7. Sabbath V sunday, lets look at it as to kill or not to kill, god commanded us not to kill and not to lie and to not to have unfaithful sexual relations and to not lie, instead of saying is Sabbath done away and abolished ( even though he did say not to think that he came to abolish, the very nature of having done away with the law means it is abolished, yet he said to not even think that it is done away with, so that contradicts that notion of it being done away with ) but putting that aside for a moment, lets focus as if the 4th commandment is any of the other commandments, to argue away in one way or another, to keep or not to keep the law, lets look at it the same way as if your for keeping Sabbath then argue to keep the 5th and 6th and 7th commandment as well, and if you are for having abolished the 4th commandment, then also argue to abolish the 5th and 6th and 7th commandment as well, in that way it is also legal to totally disrespect our heavenly and earthly parents, we are allowed to have extra marital affairs with anyone and everyone we want, and we are allowed to kill anyone we want whenever we want, so if obeying the 4th commandment is done away with, then so is the other commandments as well, argue to disobey them too and argue to also by the same measure do away with the first commandment of we should not have any other gods before him,
    so if the 4th commandment is no longer in any effect and is done away with, then so is the first commandment, thereby we are allowed to worship anything we want and still be right with god and do not need to follow jesus or the bible or anything, that is – if the commandment or commandments have been done away with
    remember, to do away with the 4th commandment of keeping the Sabbath day is also to do away with the 1st commandment of having no other gods and the doing away of the not committing adultery and so forth
    also if you are to want to keep the 4th commandment, then you are to also keep the 1st commandment also of having no other gods before you and the 7th by not having adulterous relationships
    you lawless people and you law abiding people you both cant have it both ways
    choose this day who you will serve,
    if it is the god of the bible, then keep the 4th commandment as well as all the other 9 commandments
    if you do not want to keep the 4th commandment, and you want to reject the 4th commandment, then you must also reject the other 9 commandments as well as the entire bible,
    the law is the tutor which leads you to sin which leads you to jesus,
    if there is no law then there is no sin, if there is no sin then you don’t need a saviour, since you don’t need a saviour because there is no sin because there is no law to show what sin is, then you do not need jesus and your bible and your faith in it and in jesus are in vain and pointless,

    September 26, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    • Thanks for your comments.
      The 4th commandment is different to the rest – it isn’t repeated in the New Testament for Christians. See my posts on this topic:
      – What does the New Testament say about the Sabbath?
      – I’ve been told that Christians should keep the ten commandments as they were God’s law and not the law of Moses is this true?
      You quote from Galatians 3:24. In this chapter Paul describes the purpose of the law of Moses, “Why, then, was the law given? It was given alongside the promise (given to Abraham) to show people their sins. But the law was designed to last only until the coming of the child who was promised” (Gal. 3:19NLT). So the mosaic law was a temporary measure to show humanity’s (Israelites in particular) sinfulness until the coming of Christ.
      Furthermore, “Before the way of faith in Christ was available to us, we were placed under guard by the law. We were kept in protective custody, so to speak, until the way of faith was revealed. Let me put it another way. The law was our guardian until Christ came; it protected us until we could be made right with God through faith. And now that the way of faith has come, we no longer need the law as our guardian” (Gal. 3:23-2NLT). As the word “we” refers to Jews, this means they were under the law until Christ came about 2,000 years ago.
      Your claim, “if there is no law then there is no sin” is incorrect. Sin existed before the law of Moses. And sin existed in other nations – the law of Moses (Mosaic covenant) was given for Israelites living in Canaan. The correct statement is, if there is no law then there is no transgression (Rom. 4:15). The law revealed Israelite sin because they couldn’t obey all of God’s commands (Rom. 7:7).

      September 29, 2015 at 5:50 am

    • Li

      Amen!! I love Jesus and HIS SABBATH, AND HIS EXAMPLE. JESUS SAME AS YESTERDAY, TODAY, SND FOREVERMORE, NEVER TO CHANGE. OUR ETERNAL EXAMPLE!!!

      February 25, 2017 at 5:29 pm

  8. robert

    you are wrong on all accounts. there are 2 sabboths when he died. 1st was Passover he died. 2nd was unleaved bread when rose 3 jewish days later sunrise/sunset. I could go on but you wont change your mind read the literal translation of the bible and use jewish time not roman. also romans worshipped pagan sun god on sunday so the catholics adopted it to suit their needs.

    March 29, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    • Thanks for the comment Robert.
      I see that the first day of the Festival of Unleaven Bread is called a Sabbath (Lev. 23:11) presumably because they weren’t to do “regular (or ordinary or daily) work” on this day (Ex. 12:16; Lev. 23:7; Num. 28:18). According to the NET Bible, this means that occupational work was prohibited.
      According to John 19:31 the day after Christ died was a “special Sabbath” (or a high day or a special day). According to the NET Bible, this is a parenthetical note by the author. According to the NIV Zondervan Study Bible, this was a special Sabbath because it was also the first day of the Festival of Unleaven Bread.
      Some say there is a contradiction between Mark 16:1 and Luke 23:56. But what it says is that the women prepared spices and perfumes before the Sabbath day and then more were purchased after the Sabbath day. There is no need to postulate two Sabbaths. Instead the spices were prepared before the Sabbath commenced at sunset on Friday, and because more were needed these were purchased after sunset on Saturday when the Sabbath had finished.
      What about “For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (Mt 12:40)? The Bible says that Jesus was resurrected on “the third day” after His death and burial (Mt. 16:21; 17:23; 20:19; Mk. 9:31; 10:34; Lk. 9:22; 18:33; Jn. 2:19; Acts 10:40; 1 Cor. 15:4). The third day means the day after tomorrow (Lk. 13-31-33). Apparently the Jews counted parts of days as whole days. An example of this is saying “after eight days” when they mean from one Sunday to the next (i.e. “a week later”), which is 6 full days and 2 part days (Jn. 20:26). This inclusive reckoning of time is also in the Old Testament (1 Ki. 12:5, 12; 2 Chr. 10:5, 12; Est. 4:16 – 5:1). If it was three 24 hour periods (72 hours), then He would have risen on the fourth day. Note that the events of the three days seem to begin with the arrest and trial of Jesus, not with His burial (Lk. 24:18 – 21). So the three days were part Friday, all Saturday and part Sunday (according to Jewish timing).
      Conclusion: Jesus died at 3pm on Good Friday (the Jewish Passover) and rose again on Sunday morning (the Jewish Firstfruits). The day between these was Saturday (the Jewish Sabbath and the first day of the Jewish Unleavened Bread).
      Also see “Was Jesus crucified on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday?”, which uses Jewish timing.
      By the way, Paul was celebrating the Lord’s Supper on Sunday at Troas in about AD 55 (Acts 20:6-7), hundreds of years before Christianity was adopted as the religion of the Roman Empire by Emperor Theodosius in AD 380. It seems that Paul stayed there for seven days in order to meet with the local church for this purpose. This means that by the middle of the first century AD, it was already the regular practice of the church to meet together on the first day of the week. At the same time (AD 55), the Christians at Corinth were told to set aside money for the Lord’s work on Sunday; presumably via a collection at a church meeting (1 Cor. 16:1-2).

      March 30, 2016 at 7:45 am

  9. Mustapha Bockarie

    This is for those of you who thinks the Old Testament is obsolete and we are no longer under the law but grace… and of course the one who wrote the initial post that everyone is responding to here.

    Who are you worshipping or serving?
    Who are you following, Christ; the Messiah or the Christian church of today and their teachings?

    With that being said, IT IS MISLEADING TO TELL ANYONE THAT THE OLD TESTAMENT (FIRST TESTAMENT) AND THE LAWS ARE OBSOLETE. It is therefore false preaching and interpretation of the word of the Most High and the Messiah (the one you call Jesus).

    Hear me now those of you who are seeking the truth, let heaven and earth be my witness as you will not hear this from your pastor or the christian church of this age – THE TRUTH. And tell you the truth so tomorrow you’ll be without excuse – saying that you didn’t know.

    I don’t need to run through hundreds of scripture to explain this, those who have ears will hear and those who don’t will not hear, but continue in the same way they have always been – worshipping idols.

    Lets start with Revelation 12:9 -(And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him)
    The deceiver of the whole world was cast into the earth and brethren I tell you this, he has been at work while you sleep and go about your smooth day …. (see link below)

    George: As this was a long comment, it has been moved to a post: The Sabbath day difference between Jesus and Paul

    June 5, 2016 at 5:57 am

  10. Genesis 2:2-3: “By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.”
    Matthew 5:17-18: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them, but to fulfill them. For I tell you truly, until heaven and earth pass away, not a single jot, not a stroke of a pen, will disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished”.
    For me, Sabbath is on Saturday… God bless all.

    September 13, 2016 at 6:43 am

    • Thanks for the comment.
      Yes after creating the universe in six days, God rested on the seventh day. But there is no mention of humanity resting on the seventh day of the week at this time! The first mention of the Sabbath was during the Israelite migration from Egypt to Canaan (Ex. 16:21-30; Neh. 9:13-14).

      Jesus said, “Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of God’s law will disappear until its purpose is achieved” (Mt. 5:17-18NLT). “The Law or the Prophets” and “the writings of the prophets” means the whole Old Testament (Mt. 7:12). Jesus is saying that the Old Testament will be remain unchanged until its purpose is achieved (or fulfilled). The implication is that after the Old Testament has been fulfilled, it would be set aside.
      When the Lord walked to Emmaus with two men after His resurrection: “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures (Old Testament) concerning Himself” … He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms” (Lk. 24:27, 44). The Greek word translated “fulfilled” in verse 44 (pleroo, Strongs #4137) also occurs in Matthew 5:17. Clearly Luke 24:44 describes the fulfilment of Matthew 5:17-18.
      So the explanation of Matthew 5:17-18 is that at the beginning of His ministry Jesus says that He hasn’t come to abolish (or destroy, Mt. 24:2; 26:61; 27:40) their religion or customs but to fulfil and accomplish what was in their scripture (the Old Testament). Many aspects of the Old Testament, such as the sacrifices and predictions of a coming Messiah were fulfilled by Christ’s life, sufferings and death. So Jesus came to fulfil the Old Testament. And it was fulfilled after Christ’s death and resurrection. This is consistent with Paul saying that Jesus set aside “the law with its commands and regulations” (Eph. 2:15).

      Yes, I agree that the Sabbath has always been on Saturday. But this was one of the Old Testament laws that was set aside after Christ’s death and resurrection.

      November 16, 2016 at 9:54 pm

      • Li

        The Sabbath was created in the garden of Eden with two humans which kept the Sabbath with God. Before Jews were thought of.. Genesis!!!

        George: Thanks for the comment Li.
        There is no command in Genesis to observe this day, and there is no record of Adam, Noah, or Abraham , or anyone else before Moses doing so. Therefore, the Sabbath was NOT created in the garden of Eden; it came much later in history.

        February 25, 2017 at 5:34 pm

  11. We have been “released from the law” (Gal. 7:6) doesn’t exist.
    They can praise and celebrate the Lord’s Supper any day of week (1 Cor. 11:36) doesn’t exist.
    The law of Moses has been replaced by the law of Christ (1 Cor. 9:21; 2 Cor. 3:7-11) doesn’t replace.

    I stopped reading because of your flagrant deception. You should fix the multiple errors as to not mislead readers looking for answers. Thank you.

    November 8, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    • Thanks for checking my Bible references Steven. I have now corrected these (see below).

      We have been “released from the law” (Rom. 7:6).
      “by dying to what once bound us, we (Christians) have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code” (Rom. 7:6).
      Also see: “Christ redeemed (like being released from slavery) us (Christians) from the curse of the law” (Gal. 3:13).
      “God sent His Son (Jesus) … to redeem (like releasing from slavery) those under the law” (Gal. 4:4-5).
      “So you (Christians) are no longer a slave, but God’s child” (Gal. 6:7).

      They can praise and celebrate the Lord’s Supper any day of week (1 Cor. 11:26).
      “For whenever (any time of day on any day of the week) you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes” (1 Cor. 11:26).

      With regard to your claim that the law of Moses hasn’t been replaced, see my post:
      Why the new covenant is better
      It concludes:
      “For believers, the old covenant (including the Sabbath day) is obsolete and has been superseded by the new one. But for non-believers, the old covenant (except the Sabbath day) can produce the knowledge of sin and so lead to repentance. So in both cases, the Sabbath day is now obsolete”.

      November 9, 2016 at 7:31 pm

      • Li

        George the problem seems you are reading all these different Bibles of man which has been changed by 33% in the last 400 yrs. Since King James was published all biblesvwritten since have had to be changed at least 33% to be published therefore anything since 1611 is not accurate. 33% of deletions, additions etc is bad, God says in new testament what happens to those who as, delete, or game HIS WORD!!!

        George: Thanks for the comment Li.
        We can trust our Bibles. Where did you get this information from? If older manuscripts of the Bible (which are closer to the original autographs) have been discovered since 1611, how can the KJV be more accurate?
        Please see: Can we trust our Bibles?

        February 25, 2017 at 5:40 pm

  12. Anonymous

    So if the law was done away with and it’s ok not to observe the seventh day sabbath, then it must also be ok to murder too right?

    The Ten Commandments were not done away with but fulfilled in the life and death of Christ.

    He took away the penalty for sin. Not that we should be able to sin without consequence, but that we are no longer subject to death for sin, if we accept Him as Savior, and follow His ways.

    The observance or honoring of the Sabbath Day, based on the Ten Commandments, had the same penalty of Death, before the life/Death, and Resurrection of Christ.

    December 3, 2016 at 2:19 am

    • Thanks for the comment.

      The book of James was written to Jewish Christians who had been scattered from Jerusalem by persecution (Acts 8:1; 11:19; Jas. 1:1). James 2:11 says ‘For He who said, “You shall not commit adultery,” also said, “You shall not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker’. So the command to not commit murder is repeated to these Christians. This means that it is not OK for Christians to murder. However, the 4th commandment about the Sabbath isn’t repeated in the Bible for Christians. See, “I’ve been told that Christians should keep the ten commandments as they were God’s law and not the law of Moses. Is this true?” In fact, Sabbath observance isn’t commanded, modelled, or reported in the Bible for the church; see “What the New Testament says about the Sabbath“.

      The Bible says that Christians “are not under the law, but under grace” (Rom. 6:14). “We have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code (the law of Moses)” (Rom. 7:6). We “died to the law through the body of Christ” (Rom. 7:4). The ten commandments were “transitory” and Christians are now under the new covenant and not the old one (2 Cor. 3:11).

      The new covenant is superior to the old one. For believers, the old covenant (including the Sabbath day) is obsolete and has been superseded by the new one. But for non-believers, the old covenant (except the Sabbath day) can produce the knowledge of sin and so lead to repentance. So in both cases, the Sabbath day is now obsolete. See: “Why the new covenant is better“.

      Furthermore, MacDonald (Believer’s Bible Commentary, 1995) says:
      “Christians are not under the law as a rule of life. Christ, not the law is the believer’s pattern”.
      “Those who are in Christ are delivered from the law and its penalty”.
      “But certain principles of the law are of abiding value”. But those mentioned in the Bible for Christians “are not given as law but as instruction in righteousness for God’s people”.
      “The teachings of Jesus call for a higher standard of conduct than the law required”.

      December 3, 2016 at 3:50 am

  13. peoplewakeup

    I cannot believe just how lost you so called Christians are.Did you know it was the Catholic Church who changed the Sabbath from a Saturday to a Sunday and murdered Christians who refused to worship on Sunday?!go read the about who the Catholic church really is and take off your blinders.

    March 9, 2017 at 10:19 am

    • Thanks for the comment.
      Can you quote one reliable source for your claim?
      Paul attended church meetings on a Sunday, hundreds of years before the Roman Catholic Church came into existence (Acts 20:7). Only Jews kept the Sabbath and not Gentiles. Because the church comprised both Jews and Gentiles, Christians in the first century were not required to follow Jewish practices such as Sabbath keeping. Jesus nullified the law of Moses, including the command that the Israelites keep the sabbath (Eph. 2:15NET).

      March 9, 2017 at 7:44 pm

      • peoplewakeup

        Ok,my friend.About 100 years before Christianity the Egyptian Mithraists introduced the festival of Sunday.Dedicated to worshipping the sun.As Christianity grew church leaders wishing to make the churches more attractive to non Christians began adopting pagan customs in the church.Constantine a former sun worshipper converted to christianity and named himself bishop of the Catholic church.He then enacted the first civil law of Sunday observance.The Israelites recieved two laws from moses.The law of moses and the law of god which is the 10 commandments.Psalm 89.34 states”my convenant will I not break,nor alter the thing that has gone out of my lips”.The law of moses and law of god are two different things.God will judge us both accordingly.However you will not be able to lie to god on judgement day and say “you didn’t know or no one told you”.I suggest you do you research befor you rebuke me.

        March 10, 2017 at 10:31 am

    • joanne

      i agree to peoplewakeup about the Sabbath if God did not think it important to rest on the Sabbath and keep it Holy, I dont think he needed the rest, nor, what was the significant of it being mentioned at all. Being a Christian is someone who is Christ like. The Bible is about us” Striving to be ye therefore perfect like your Father in Heaven”. Christ went to the Synogogue on Sabbath, Sabbado, Saturday ,.

      March 26, 2017 at 5:41 am

      • Thanks for the comment Joanne.
        Jesus also went to the temple three times a year for the festival of the Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles, when many animals were sacrificed? Do you also do this because Jesus did it (Ex. 23:14-17; 34:18-23; Dt. 16:16)?
        Read The Sabbath day difference between Jesus and Paul.
        Christians should follow Paul more than Jesus because they lived in different eras. Jesus lived under the Mosaic covenant, while Paul lived in the church era. This means that Jesus advocated keeping the Mosaic law which includes animal sacrifices at the temple, male circumcision and keeping the Sabbath; while Paul didn’t advocate animal sacrifices at the temple, male circumcision and keeping the Sabbath.

        March 26, 2017 at 6:07 pm

  14. Seeking Answers

    Read: “Sunday is not the Sabbath day”: at
    http://www.pacinst.com/nslaw/chapter1/sunday dot html

    March 11, 2017 at 2:52 pm

  15. Thanks for the comment “peoplewakeup”.
    Please see: I’ve been told that Christians should keep the ten commandments as they were God’s law and not the law of Moses. Is this true? This shows that:
    – all the commandments in the Pentateuch came from God.
    – Before the Israelites entered Canaan, Moses reminded them to “keep the commands of the LORD your God that I give you” (Dt. 4:2). They were especially instructed to remember the giving of the ten commandments (Dt. 4:9-13). Then in between two references to the ten commandments (Dt. 4:10-13; 5:1-22), the Bible says “This is the law Moses set before the Israelites” (Dt. 4:44). So the ten commandments are part of the law of Moses: Moses communicated the ten commandments to the Israelites (Dt. 5:4-5) and he recorded them in the Pentateuch!
    – The ten commandments give the basic principles of Jewish law whereas their application to particular situations is given in the detailed laws in the Pentateuch.
    – Christians seek to live holy lives, not by following the ten commandments, but by allowing Christ to live through them (Gal. 2:19-20). They seek to please the Lord Jesus by following His teachings and those of the apostles (1 Cor. 9:21).
    – Paul doesn’t distinguish between the ten commandments and the other laws that were given to Moses: he says that the ten commandments, “which was engraved in letters on stone”, were transitory like the other laws (2 Cor. 3:7-11).

    I am aware of the hypothesis of how the pagan sun cult of Mithraism (Mithra was a sun-god) affected Christianity. It seems as though Constantine incorporated some pagan beliefs and practices into the Roman Catholic church. For example, the idea that Sunday was to be a day of rest, a holy day, or a sacred day. However, there is no evidence of Mithraism or these ideas in the New Testament. For the Greeks and Romans, every day of the week was sacred to some god (Sunday – the sun; Monday – the moon; Tuesday to Friday – the Norse versions of Mars, Mercury, Jupiter and Venus; and Saturday – Saturn). So, it could be claimed that the early Christians were following a pagan practice, whatever day of the week they worshipped!
    By the way, the context of Psalm 89:34 is God’s covenant with David, and not His covenant with Moses.

    March 12, 2017 at 5:12 am

  16. Mary-Anne

    I have heard that the sign of the best will be imposed by the Catholic church, which will order Sunday worship. Sunday worship originates from deep rooted pagan worship and was an effort made by Constantine to combine the pagans and Christians in the “new” Roman empire. God commanded us to keep the Sabbath day Holy. Man made Sunday holy. Who should we follow then? How can I find a Bible believing church, that keeps the true Sabbath day Holy? In a time when almost all churches follow the script of Constantine and honour a pagan belief. I am resistant to join any cult. I do want to follow the Word of God if it’s in my power to do so.

    March 21, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    • Thanks for the comment Mary-Anne.
      God didn’t command us to keep the Sabbath, but He did command the Israelites to observe it. Today true believers are God’s people, while the the nation of Israel has been set aside.
      We are not to keep holy days (like the Sabbath or Sunday) anymore, as they were fulfilled by Jesus (Col. 2:16-17). In AD 57, these were matters of secondary importance (Rom. 14:1-23).
      If you want to know what God tells Christians on this topic, read the parts of the Bible that were written to Christians:
      What does the New Testament say about the Sabbath?

      March 21, 2017 at 7:14 pm

      • joanne

        What I don’t know what Bible you are reading, and I don’t want to know. If I have accepted Jesus Christ into my heart John 3:16. I’ve been adopted into his family we all continue to unite together and keep the sabbath holy and honor thy Father and Mother, keep the commandments. Greatest commandment Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and all your mind. Love your neighbor as yourself. It takes diligence, self control,discipline. A lot of time with the WORD, Prayer. If not keeping the sabbath was not important then why would bible say Not To Forsaketh the assembling of yourselves as the matter of some so much more as you see the last days approaching.Which makes a lot of sense considering we all need one another

        March 26, 2017 at 6:06 am

  17. Thanks for the comment Joanne.
    Hebrews 10:24-25 says “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
    As this letter was written to Jews who had converted to Christianity, their regular meetings together were more likely to be on Sunday than on Saturday (Acts 20:6-7).

    March 26, 2017 at 6:21 pm

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