ah, yes. the modern-day argument. should we be celebrating and observing the Sabbath on Saturday or Sunday?
what does scripture say? why do most American reformed churches have services on Sunday?
first, I highly recommend “Come out of her, my people” to read a scriptural, historical explanation and research commentary on the origins of Sunday – and the roots of the day. HIGHLY informative and HIGHLY convicting.
but let’s chat quickly.
one of the biggest arguments I see among Sabbath-questioners is that “the day” does not matter. when Yah created the heavens and the earth, we did not have the formal days of the week (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday . . .) so how do we really know the seventh day is Saturday? how can someone be so confident that the true Sabbath day is Saturday?
so much to understand within this question. again, please read “Come out of her, my people”!
first barrier? let’s start with the English-American language.
branching out my comfortable bubble and remembering there are our countries, cultures, and languages, we see above the languages where Sabbath and Saturday are synonymous.
then there is Scriputre. what does the Father instruct?
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 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: 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.
And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:
Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings.
Scripture clearly states the seventh day is Shabbat; even our modern weeks start with Sunday if you look on any calendar Saturday is the seventh day.
It’s a debate that can SURELY distract us from the true point and gift of Sabbath.
I can truly say I have NEVER celebrated or observed this commandment in my 33 years of life until the last 4 weeks or so. Whether I went to church Sunday or not, I still was not truly resting with no work, no buying, no selling, literally full blown rest in Yeshua. Nope. So the true question isn’t which day is “right” but are we are trying to intentionally honor and love Yah with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength by keeping these times/days and doing it in a spirit of truth and love to the best of our ability?
This commandment is deep, and obviously important to Yah. So many scripture mentions of the Sabbath and if Yeshua kept it, we should too. I’m still learning what this observance shows to our Father, but I’d humbly say it shows where our hearts are.
Celebrating and observing these commandments is a gift and Yah allows us to be in unity with others through them, and for that we will stay grateful – no matter Saturday or Sunday.
I do believe staying as close to scripture on this is the more important thing. Never saying “the day doesn’t matter to Yah” but backing up our thoughts with scripture alone, and then resting in that decision. And being willing to let go our of comfortable, learned ways to see and change something we may have always believed is true. It’s a journey, it’s hard, and that is one big reason to stay UNITED with other believers through it all.
Praise Yah! Be blessed friends.
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Matthew 7:14