Sabbath – Jewish Shabbat, Sunday, or What?

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.



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6 thoughts on “Sabbath – Jewish Shabbat, Sunday, or What?

  1. Truthfully? We go to church on Sunday because that’s what we’ve always done. We believe that every day is the day that the Lord has made, and as such worship is always appropriate.

    Berean Wife Reply:

    Terry,

    Many do go to church on Sunday for no other reason than that is what they’ve been told to do.

    However like you said everyday is the Lord’s and each day should be devoted to worshiping and serving the Lord.

    There is lots of disagreement among even those who choose to worship on Sunday. What is acceptable? What is allowed?

    Challenging.

    Berean Wife

  2. We have been studying the 10 commandments with the youth. It was very eye-opening to come to the realization that Sunday and Sabbath are two different things. All my life I have people refer to Sunday as Sabbath. When Mark started showing us verse after verse about the early Christians gathering on “The Lord’s Day” it makes me cringe to hear people say that now.

    Berean Wife Reply:

    Kelly,

    Oh, you bring up another controversy. “The Lord’s Day” (Revelation 1:10) is only mentioned once. However, the “Day of the Lord” is mentioned several times, but always in relation to the end. (1 Thessalonians 5:2, Acts 2:20) Are they the same? Different?

    But you are correct that the Sunday is never referred to as the Sabbath in the NT.

    Berean Wife

    P.S. Have your boys seen the owl video? There are more videos from that website of different creatures.

  3. I think one would be hard pressed to insist that it is the “Jewish sabbath” in that our Heavenly Father blessed and sanctified the day and gave it to mankind and not just the Hebrews. In Mark 2 Jesus says rather clearly that He is the Lord of the sabbath. To be a Lord over something denotes ownership of something. Thus Jesus says He is the owner of the sabbath. He gave it to all of mankind for all of mankind to enjoy!

    Thus to suggest that Sunday is the “Lord’s day” is also quite incorrect because from Mark we see that Jesus is Lord of the sabbath and from Isaiah 58:13 we see that God calls the sabbath His holy day.

    The 10 Commandments weren’t called the 10 Suggestions. There is absolutely no evidence that the blessing and sanctification that God Himself gave to His sabbath day has ever been changed.

    God bless.

    Berean Wife Reply:

    Mr. Moorman,

    If you read more of my posts on the Sabbath you will see I deal with whether the Sabbath was Jewish or for mankind. The Sabbath was a specific day set aside for the Jews by the Lord. There is no evidence of man observing the Sabbath in any way prior to Moses and the Israelites.

    Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath but Jesus is also Lord of every day of the week. He owns the whole week and we are to worship and honor Him every day. We don’t know exactly what day John referred to when he said “Lord’s Day” in Revelations. It could mean any number of things. But literally everyday is the “Lord’s Day”.

    The 10 Commandments were given to the Israelites, yet in the NT we believers are given a New Covenant or New Testament. The 10 Commandments doesn’t even get close to what we as believers are expected to obey.

    Matthew 5:27-28
    27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’
    28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

    ESV

    Matthew 5:21-22
    21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’
    22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.

    ESV

    We have a New Covenant with the Lord.

    Berean Wife

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