The fourth Commandment is the only commandment of the 10 Commandments that ever is really argued over by sound, Scriptural Believers. Why? Because while the OT is clear about the Sabbath for Jews, the NT Testament brings in much more that comes into play. Especially in Hebrews where things like a “type and shadow”, “His Sabbath Rest”, “enter the rest” are used to refer to the Sabbath rest. These verses have been interpreted differently by many believers.
Then we have several places where Paul is adamant that no one is to judge another for what days if any they set aside. Each is accountable to their own Master.
Romans 14:4-6 (KJV)
4 Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.
5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.
There are a multitude of ways that the Sabbath for Believers has been interpreted, all using various verses of Scripture.
- No difference, Sabbath is Jewish Shabbat from evening Friday to evening Saturday.
- Observe Jewish Sabbath rest and Sunday worship as the “Lord’s Day”.
- Observe Sunday as the New Sabbath Day, the “Lord’s Day”, with all the rules of the Sabbath.
- Observe Sunday as a Believer’s day to worship due to the resurrection and apostle’s precedent showing change.
- Observe no day for the Sabbath.
- Observe everyday as the Sabbath and for worship.
- Allow each Believer to do what seems best.
I’m sure there are more choices but I can’t think of any more right now. Later we’ll look at the verses and the reasoning behind several of these choices.
Do you know why you worship on a particular day? Scripture to back it up?
You just might be surprised at how few know why they worship on a particular day.