"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega .. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, .. they .. have right to the tree of life, and .. enter .. the city."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
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God commanded Israel to take strict mandatory rest on the seventh day. So, Sabbath is not a worship day, but it is a rest day. We can worship God any day. His disciples gathered on the first day of the week, Acts 20:7, 1 Corinthians 16:2. Jesus Christ revoked the Sabbath day rest, as the Lord of Sabbath, and he tells his people to enter his rest, as in Hebrews 4:1-11.
Christians confuse the Sabbath day rest with Sunday worship. The Seventh day of the week is the Sabbath day. God instructed Israel to take physical rest on the Sabbath day. To keep Sabbath day holy is to take total rest from all physical activities. The Sabbath day commandment has nothing to do with worship. Disciples of Jesus Christ assembled with the brethren on the first day of the week for worship. But, it was not a mandate. We can worship God on any day at any time. Disciples went to synagogues to preach the gospel on Saturdays, but not to worship. “Acts 20:7 And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight. 1 Corinthians 16:2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.” So, they came together on Sunday for fellowship, to break bread, for prayer, and for the apostles doctrine. This has nothing to do with Sabbath. But we can worship God on any day, and any time.
Let me quote the fourth commandment. Please look at it, so that you may see whether it is the worship of Christians or the physical rest to the Israelite. “Exodus 20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.” Sabbath day is blessed and hallowed by resting on that day. Sabbath commandment was given to Israel, to take complete rest by the entire household. One more point should be included with the Sabbath commandment. In Numbers 15:30-36, we see that a man gathered sticks on the Sabbath day and God told Moses to stone him to death and he was put to death. So, Sabbath is to take rest and if someone disobeys, he/she was to be stoned to death.
God told Israel to take mandatory REST on Saturdays, which is the seventh day of the week. The observance is called sabbath, and Saturday is referred as sabbath day. The Seventh-day Adventists think that sabbath is worship. It is their ignorance. The main worship day for Christians is Sundays, which is the first day of the week. However, they worship God on any day of the week. But, the Seventh- day Adventist makes an issue with Christians saying that they should worship on Saturdays, because it is the Sabbath day. Christians has nothing to do with sabbath, they are not observing sabbath, but they worship God. It is caused because the Adventists think that observing sabbath is worshipping God. No, sabbath is to take mandatory rest and the defectors are supposed to be stoned to death. Even the Seventh-day Adventists do not observe sabbath, they do not take rest, and they have no provision to stone the defectors either. They just blow hot air shouting sabbath, without even knowing what it is. How to solve it? Until they admit the truth that they worship God, but not observing Sabbath, this will be a problem.
Seventh Day Adventists is a denomination, which started in 1863. They say that they observe Sabbath day, according to the fourth commandment. But they neither take total rest from work, nor do they stone to death anyone who breaks the fourth commandment. They are ignorant. They have no idea about Sabbath. When the Adventists see Christians gather to worship on Sundays, they call it sabbath, and claim it should be on Saturdays. It is not Sabbath, but it is worship. The Seventh-day Adventists are just confused between Sabbath and worship. Christians has nothing to do with Sabbath. Their main worship is on Sundays, and they worship any other day. The confusion is that the Seventh-day Adventists think that Sabbath is worship, and so, they must worship on Saturdays only, but not on Sundays.
The sabbath day was just a shadow of the rest that Jesus Christ would give to his people latter. The shadow was in the flesh and it was ceremonial where as the real rest is everlasting life. The shadow was given to Israel as a mandatory commandment. The Sabbath, which was the shadow, which was the rest for the physical body, was not given to gentiles. The real Sabbath, the 'Rest', is given in Jesus Christ. The new 'Sabbath Rest' is not a certain day. It is an eternal status to believers from the Lord. Jesus Christ has repealed the sabbath day rest and replaced it by an eternal rest that is by our faith in him. So, New Testament believers have nothing to do with the Sabbath day rest, which was on Saturday. However, they have to enter the eternal rest by faith and it is spiritual. Please read the scriptures below to verify it.
Colossians 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: 17 Which are a shadow of things to come; Romans 14:5 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.
Hebrews 4:1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. 2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. 3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. 4 For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. 5 And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest. 6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief: 7 Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. 8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. 9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. 10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. 11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
For more details, let me give a link: "Sabbath lesson" Thank you.
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