The Sabbath Day

October 11, 2023
The Sabbath Day

1. The Origin of the Sabbath Day

God’s children who are aiming to enter the Kingdom of Heaven after receiving eternal life have specific commandments that they ought to keep to be saved. One of them is the Sabbath day. Let us study the Sabbath day by looking at its origin first.

Genesis 2:1-3 Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. 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.

According to the Bible, God rested on the seventh day after completing His work of creation in 6 days. He chose the seventh day as his resting day and blessed it, thus naming it the Sabbath day. The term ‘Sabbath’ means rest. The name originates from the fact that God rested on the seventh day after finishing his creation work. The Sabbath holds so much importance that God made it the fourth commandment among the Ten Commandments.

Let us have a look at the fourth commandment in the Bible.

Exodus 20: 8-11 Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

God made a clear distinction between the other six days and the seventh day. He separated it from other days and taught us to always remember it and keep it holy. In our day-to-day lives, we always remember special days like birthdays and anniversaries. God also wants us to remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.

2. What Day is the Sabbath Day?

No one remembers a special day unless they are aware of it. To remember the seventh day, we must know what day of the week is the Sabbath day. There are several evidences that can lead us to the answer.

Firstly, let us think of the weekly calendar. According to the calendar, Sunday is recorded as the first day, and Saturday, the Seventh day of the week. Secondly, the dictionary explains Sunday as the first day of the week and Saturday as the last day of the week.

Through these two common evidences, we can understand that the Sabbath day is Saturday, the seventh day of the week.

Let us confirm through the Bible if the Sabbath day is really Saturday.

Mark 16:9 When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week…

Jesus is said to have risen from death on the first day of the week. This first day of the week followed the Sabbath day according to verse 1. This shows that Jesus was resurrected the day after the Sabbath day. Most Christians can attest to the fact that the day Jesus was resurrected is Sunday. This implies that Sunday is the first day of the week. Let us confirm this in Today’s English Version Bible.

Mark 16:9 (TEV) After Jesus rose from death early on Sunday…

According to the TEV version, the Bible teaches that Jesus was resurrected on Sunday. When we relate these two versions together, we come to understand that Sunday is the first day of the week, thus Saturday which is the day before Sunday is the seventh day. To receive God’s blessings, we must keep the Sabbath day on Saturday.

3. On What Day Did Jesus and the Apostles Keep the Sabbath Day?

Jesus set us many good examples (John 13:15), He kept the Sabbath day and His disciples kept it as a custom too.

Luke 4:16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read.

Acts 17:2-3  As was his custom, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures…

As written in the above verses, Jesus and His disciples kept the Sabbath as it was their custom. If we are God’s true children, we too should keep the Sabbath day.

4. The Results of Keeping and Not Keeping God’s Commandments

The Bible teaches that certain people will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but there are also some who won’t be able to enter. What distinguishes them?

Matthew 7:21 Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

Through the Bible, God taught that even if someone calls on his name by saying ‘Lord, Lord’, but does not do the will of God, he/she can never enter the Kingdom of Heaven. The Sabbath day (Saturday) is the will of God. If we keep it, we will go to Heaven. If we fail to keep it, we won’t be able to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Let us keep the Sabbath day on Saturday and receive God’s blessings.