Since the sabbath is Saturday, aren't we breaking a commandment by not observing it as a holy day?

By November 8, 2014 46 Comments

Full Question

The Bible refers to Saturday as being the Sabbath. How did the Catholic Church arrive at Sunday as the Sabbath, and are we committing a mortal sin by not obeying this Commandment and keeping Saturday holy?


The obligation to set aside time for worship is part of the natural law that is binding on everyone. Not all of the laws found in the Old Testament are part of the natural law, and those which are not part of the natural law—e.g., the obligation to worship on Saturday—were only ever binding on the Jews. Christians are not bound by them. Since Jesus was resurrected from the dead on Sunday, it makes sense for Christians to set aside Sunday for worship. The earliest Christians did this, and Catholics continue to do so still today.


  • adonis says:

    never you can read a verse in the bible that jesus and his apostle teach sunday worship u can read only sabbath or lords day thier is no sunday..only pagans do that.you break the law and make a doctrain of men not by God

    • Fernando says:

      King James 2000 Bible
      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 next day; and continued his speech until midnight.

      • fernando says:


      • dani says:

        yes, they broke bread…they ate dinner. the 1st day of the week began on Saturday night at sunset…they were hungry bc they wernt allowed to cook all the day of Sabbath. So, after a day of worship and study and rest they met at someone’s home, the women cooked and they ate. it was actually Saturday night. It wasnt a separate church service on Sunday morning.

      • Richard Montez says:


    • fernando says:

      Acts 20:7 King James, hope this will give light to you. Even in the writing of first century Christian Irenaus who is a follower of John writes “on the day called after the sun”
      The Bible is not thing to consult on everything about the faith but the Church, the church the pillar and foundation of truth as it says in 1 Timothy 3:15
      if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.

      • dani says:

        The “amen” comment is one of agreement to “adonis”.

      • Mira Taraboma says:

        im telling u , the bible is giving the lighht to the church,not the church giving light to the bible;;2 timothy 3;16;the scriptures[bible] is given by inspiration of God,and is profitable for doctrine,for reproof,for correction,for instruction for rightheousness..yes it is the thing to consult because it is the word of God.

        • Chad Wick says:

          That’s all true. But we would not have the Bible if not for the church. The Church came first, not vise versa. Jesus never commanded his apostles to write anything down. But he did say: make disciples of all nations…teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always… (Matt 28:18) And…whoever hears you hears me, whoever rejects you, rejects me…. (Luke 10:16) Then we have St Paul….You should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the Church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth. (1 Tim 3:15) Therefore brothers, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught, either by an oral statement or by a letter of ours. (2 Thess 2:15) So we have St Paul in these 2 verses saying that the Church is the pillar and foundation of truth and also affirming oral and written tradition. The verse you referenced says scripture is profitable for teaching etc. It does NOT say that scripture is the SOLE authority on the Christian faith, that’s just what you want it to say.

    • Laura says:

      They said it the sabbath was for the Jews, God blessed and sanctified the sabbath at creation , in the garden of Eden, there were no Jews at this time.

    • Carlos Ray says:

      I seriously urge you to read Matthew 5:17-20 “Jesus” Himself makes it crystal clear!!! and as far as I know Earth HAS NOT PASSED AWAY! Keep in mind the word “Christian” is a derivative of Christ’s name which simply means “followers of Christ” Christ kept the Sabbath! Did he also preach on Sunday absolutely as he did on Monday Tuesday etc..HOWEVER NO WHERE in the Bible does it say to change. It is astonishing of all the 10 Commandments the 4th regarding the Sabbath is the most misunderstood. When in fact its the ONLY ONE where God said “REMEMBER” which means do not forget! It’s the ONLY ONE He made Holy and Sanctified. If anything it should be the ONE MOST KEPT…
      Now if you want to change, misinterpret the 4th you have to be open to change all the others and say ok Thou shalt not kill, commit adultery, bare false witness etc are no longer in effect! No where in the Bible does it say change. In fact the LAST message in the Bible in the New Testament Revelation 22:18–19 tells you what will happen if you change and TEACH OTHERS to change it…..
      I pray that you read and ask for understanding…

      • Imelda says:

        Amen Carlos Ray. When God’s children speak up in defense of the truth that is when Jesus says, “well done my faithful servant”
        Sabbath is on Saturday. KJV Genesis 2
        2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
        3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
        Our creator!

  • justasking says:

    So shallow is the reasoning. Can you at least provide a Bibilical basis on this?

    • Bax Torralba says:

      but on Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath. They claim that, at some unnamed time after the apostolic age, the Church “changed” the day of worship from Saturday to Sunday.
      However, passages of Scripture such as Acts 20:7, 1 Corinthians 16:2, Colossians 2:16-17, and Revelation 1:10 indicate that, even during New Testament times, the Sabbath is no longer binding and that Christians are to worship on the Lord’s day, Sunday, instead.
      The early Church Fathers compared the observance of the Sabbath to the observance of the rite of circumcision, and from that they demonstrated that if the apostles abolished circumcision (Gal. 5:1-6), so also the observance of the Sabbath must have been abolished. The following quotations show that the first Christians understood this principle and gathered for worship on Sunday.
      The Didache
      “But every Lord’s day . . . gather yourselves together and break bread, and give thanksgiving after having confessed your transgressions, that your sacrifice may be pure. But let no one that is at variance with his fellow come together with you, until they be reconciled, that your sacrifice may not be profaned” (Didache 14 [A.D. 70]).
      The Letter of Barnabas
      “We keep the eighth day [Sunday] with joyfulness, the day also on which Jesus rose again from the dead” (Letter of Barnabas 15:6–8 [A.D. 74]).
      Ignatius of Antioch
      “[T]hose who were brought up in the ancient order of things [i.e. Jews] have come to the possession of a new hope, no longer observing the Sabbath, but living in the observance of the Lord’s day, on which also our life has sprung up again by him and by his death” (Letter to the Magnesians 8 [A.D. 110]).
      Justin Martyr
      “[W]e too would observe the fleshly circumcision, and the Sabbaths, and in short all the feasts, if we did not know for what reason they were enjoined [on] you—namely, on account of your transgressions and the hardness of your heart. . . . [H]ow is it, Trypho, that we would not observe those rites which do not harm us—I speak of fleshly circumcision and Sabbaths and feasts? . . . God enjoined you to keep the Sabbath, and imposed on you other precepts for a sign, as I have already said, on account of your unrighteousness and that of your fathers . . .” (Dialogue with Trypho the Jew 18, 21 [A.D. 155]).
      “But Sunday is the day on which we all hold our common assembly, because it is the first day on which God, having wrought a change in the darkness and matter, made the world; and Jesus Christ our Savior on the same day rose from the dead” (First Apology 67 [A.D. 155]).
      “[L]et him who contends that the Sabbath is still to be observed as a balm of salvation, and circumcision on the eighth day . . . teach us that, for the time past, righteous men kept the Sabbath or practiced circumcision, and were thus rendered ‘friends of God.’ For if circumcision purges a man, since God made Adam uncircumcised, why did he not circumcise him, even after his sinning, if circumcision purges? . . . Therefore, since God originated Adam uncircumcised and unobservant of the Sabbath, consequently his offspring also, Abel, offering him sacrifices, uncircumcised and unobservant of the Sabbath, was by him [God] commended [Gen. 4:1–7, Heb. 11:4]. . . . Noah also, uncircumcised—yes, and unobservant of the Sabbath—God freed from the deluge. For Enoch too, most righteous man, uncircumcised and unobservant of the Sabbath, he translated from this world, who did not first taste death in order that, being a candidate for eternal life, he might show us that we also may, without the burden of the law of Moses, please God” (An Answer to the Jews 2 [A.D. 203]).
      The Didascalia
      “The apostles further appointed: On the first day of the week let there be service, and the reading of the holy scriptures, and the oblation [sacrifice of the Mass], because on the first day of the week [i.e., Sunday] our Lord rose from the place of the dead, and on the first day of the week he arose upon the world, and on the first day of the week he ascended up to heaven, and on the first day of the week he will appear at last with the angels of heaven” (Didascalia 2 [A.D. 225]).
      “Hence it is not possible that the [day of] rest after the Sabbath should have come into existence from the seventh [day] of our God. On the contrary, it is our Savior who, after the pattern of his own rest, caused us to be made in the likeness of his death, and hence also of his resurrection” (Commentary on John 2:28 [A.D. 229]).
      “The sixth day [Friday] is called parasceve, that is to say, the preparation of the kingdom. . . . On this day also, on account of the passion of the Lord Jesus Christ, we make either a station to God or a fast. On the seventh day he rested from all his works, and blessed it, and sanctified it. On the former day we are accustomed to fast rigorously, that on the Lord’s day we may go forth to our bread with giving of thanks. And let the parasceve become a rigorous fast, lest we should appear to observe any Sabbath with the Jews . . . which Sabbath he [Christ] in his body abolished” (The Creation of the World [A.D. 300]).
      Eusebius of Caesarea
      “They [the early saints of the Old Testament] did not care about circumcision of the body, neither do we [Christians]. They did not care about observing Sabbaths, nor do we. They did not avoid certain kinds of food, neither did they regard the other distinctions which Moses first delivered to their posterity to be observed as symbols; nor do Christians of the present day do such things” (Church History 1:4:8 [A.D. 312]).
      “[T]he day of his [Christ’s] light . . . was the day of his resurrection from the dead, which they say, as being the one and only truly holy day and the Lord’s day, is better than any number of days as we ordinarily understand them, and better than the days set apart by the Mosaic law for feasts, new moons, and Sabbaths, which the apostle [Paul] teaches are the shadow of days and not days in reality” (Proof of the Gospel 4:16:186 [A.D. 319]).
      “The Sabbath was the end of the first creation, the Lord’s day was the beginning of the second, in which he renewed and restored the old in the same way as he prescribed that they should formerly observe the Sabbath as a memorial of the end of the first things, so we honor the Lord’s day as being the memorial of the new creation” (On Sabbath and Circumcision 3 [A.D. 345]).
      Cyril of Jerusalem
      “Fall not away either into the sect of the Samaritans or into Judaism, for Jesus Christ has henceforth ransomed you. Stand aloof from all observance of Sabbaths and from calling any indifferent meats common or unclean” (Catechetical Lectures 4:37 [A.D. 350]).
      Council of Laodicea
      “Christians should not Judaize and should not be idle on the Sabbath, but should work on that day; they should, however, particularly reverence the Lord’s day and, if possible, not work on it, because they were Christians” (Canon 29 [A.D. 360]).
      John Chrysostom
      “[W]hen he [God] said, ‘You shall not kill’ . . . he did not add, ‘because murder is a wicked thing.’ The reason was that conscience had taught this beforehand, and he speaks thus, as to those who know and understand the point. Wherefore when he speaks to us of another commandment, not known to us by the dictate of conscience, he not only prohibits, but adds the reason. When, for instance, he gave commandment concerning the Sabbath— ‘On the seventh day you shall do no work’—he subjoined also the reason for this cessation. What was this? ‘Because on the seventh day God rested from all his works which he had begun to make’ [Ex. 20:10-11]. . . . For what purpose then, I ask, did he add a reason respecting the Sabbath, but did no such thing in regard to murder? Because this commandment was not one of the leading ones. It was not one of those which were accurately defined of our conscience, but a kind of partial and temporary one, and for this reason it was abolished afterward. But those which are necessary and uphold our life are the following: ‘You shall not kill. . . . You shall not commit adultery. . . . You shall not steal.’ On this account he adds no reason in this case, nor enters into any instruction on the matter, but is content with the bare prohibition” (Homilies on the Statutes 12:9 [A.D. 387]).
      “You have put on Christ, you have become a member of the Lord and been enrolled in the heavenly city, and you still grovel in the law [of Moses]? How is it possible for you to obtain the kingdom? Listen to Paul’s words, that the observance of the law overthrows the gospel, and learn, if you will, how this comes to pass, and tremble, and shun this pitfall. Why do you keep the Sabbath and fast with the Jews?” (Homilies on Galatians 2:17 [A.D. 395]).
      “The rite of circumcision was venerable in the Jews’ account, forasmuch as the law itself gave way thereto, and the Sabbath was less esteemed than circumcision. For that circumcision might be performed, the Sabbath was broken; but that the Sabbath might be kept, circumcision was never broken; and mark, I pray, the dispensation of God. This is found to be even more solemn than the Sabbath, as not being omitted at certain times. When then it is done away, much more is the Sabbath” (Homilies on Philippians 10 [A.D. 402]).
      The Apostolic Constitutions
      “And on the day of our Lord’s resurrection, which is the Lord’s day, meet more diligently, sending praise to God that made the universe by Jesus, and sent him to us, and condescended to let him suffer, and raised him from the dead. Otherwise what apology will he make to God who does not assemble on that day . . . in which is performed the reading of the prophets, the preaching of the gospel, the oblation of the sacrifice, the gift of the holy food” (Apostolic Constitutions 2:7:60 [A.D. 400]).
      “Well, now, I should like to be told what there is in these ten commandments, except the observance of the Sabbath, which ought not to be kept by a Christian. . . . Which of these commandments would anyone say that the Christian ought not to keep? It is possible to contend that it is not the law which was written on those two tables that the apostle [Paul] describes as ‘the letter that kills’ [2 Cor. 3:6], but the law of circumcision and the other sacred rites which are now abolished” (The Spirit and the Letter 24 [A.D. 412]).
      Pope Gregory I
      “It has come to my ears that certain men of perverse spirit have sown among you some things that are wrong and opposed to the holy faith, so as to forbid any work being done on the Sabbath day. What else can I call these [men] but preachers of Antichrist, who when he comes will cause the Sabbath day as well as the Lord’s day to be kept free from all work. For because he [the Antichrist] pretends to die and rise again, he wishes the Lord’s day to be held in reverence; and because he compels the people to Judaize that he may bring back the outward rite of the law, and subject the perfidy of the Jews to himself, he wishes the Sabbath to be observed. For this which is said by the prophet, ‘You shall bring in no burden through your gates on the Sabbath day’ [Jer. 17:24] could be held to as long as it was lawful for the law to be observed according to the letter. But after that the grace of almighty God, our Lord Jesus Christ, has appeared, the commandments of the law which were spoken figuratively cannot be kept according to the letter. For if anyone says that this about the Sabbath is to be kept, he must needs say that carnal sacrifices are to be offered. He must say too that the commandment about the circumcision of the body is still to be retained. But let him hear the apostle Paul saying in opposition to him: ‘If you be circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing’ [Gal. 5:2]” (Letters 13:1 [A.D. 597]).
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      • A. Ryan says:

        I find it interesting that you begin by quoting from the New Testament..and then spin off into other individuals of “expertise’ on the matter rather than sticking to YHWH’s words.
        As this article freely admits… Christ “rose’ On a Sunday..now considered the “Lord’s Day’. but what they neglect is that he ‘rested’ from Sundown Friday ( his death) to Sundown Saturday and was ascended sometime after the Shabbat NOT during it. I think that alone is sufficient evidence that the day of rest is and should still be observed on Friday/Saturday. While we celebrate on Sunday by giving thanks and praise on “The Lord’s Day”. Christ Arose on Sunday and began working again ( the first day of the week).

    • dani says:

      86 times in the book of Acts Jesus and/or the apostles kept Sabbath…NOT Sunday. They also kept the Feasts ordained by God…NOT Jewish feasts, but God’s Feasts. Acts 2:1 Pentecost was not a term used at that time…they were acutally celebrating Shavout (the Feast of Weeks).
      Mark 2:27 – And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:
      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. (Remember that the 1st day of the week begins on Saturday night…so it was NOT a Sunday morning church service and they had been resting all day-with worship-the women cooked when the sun went down and they ate dinner…that is the bread breaking going on here.)
      Acts 17:2 – And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures,
      Luke 4:16 – And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
      Acts 18:4 – And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.
      Acts 16:13 – And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted [thither].
      Mark 2:28 – Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.
      Luke 23:56 – And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.
      Mark 2:23 – And it came to pass, that he went through the corn fields on the sabbath day; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn. (this was not breaking Sabbath as they just grabbed a few off the stalk and were NOT harvesting, nor did they cook them)
      Acts 17:10-11 – And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming [thither] went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
      Acts 13:14 – But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and sat down.
      Revelation 14:12 – Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
      Acts 13:42 – And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath.
      Luke 13:10-17 – And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath.
      Matthew Chapter 5
      17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
      18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
      19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach [them], the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

      • Fernando says:

        With all of the passages you’ve given, not ONE of them shows that God says for us to DO THOSE THINGS. God clearly commanded for us to remember the Sabbath. Period. Jesus taught every day of the week, so merely showing that someone happened to preach on the first day does NOT give mankind license to change God’s word OR His intentions. Stop trying to rationalize something that isn’t true. God never spoke in code. He ALWAYS told us “directly” what he wanted us to do/believe. If he used a parable, he EXPLAINED it so we KNEW what he meant for us to learn/know

        • Carlos Ray says:

          Its the ONLY commandment where God said “REMEMBER!” its the ONLY commandment and thing HE specifically sanctified and hollowed! Furthermore, God specifically said He made the Sabbath as a covenant between Him and His people. Therefore, to NOT follow the Sabbath or to change it clearly indicates you are not a follower NOR HIS people. Read Exodus 31:12-18 its clear as day!!! To those who don’t follow, keep or change the Sabbath this message is sent in love that you too will read and believe…

        • Carlos Ray says:

          Also read John 16:10 Jesus Himself clarifies the keeping of ALL commandments

  • Suenell says:

    Revelations 14:12
    Here is the patience of the saints; those who KEEP the commandments of God and the FAITH of Jesus.

  • rey says:

    missing the point ! ITS not The day but the LORD did risen from the dead ! IT is the MOST IMPORTANT event that change my life ! WORSHIP IS EVERYDAY not only on certain day ! GATHERING is another thing than worship.

  • Karla says:

    The sabbath day holiness was first given after the 6 days of creating heaven and earth and all that is in it. I am confident that Adam and Eve observed it, their children observed it, and Noah observed it. Noah was observing the “clean and unclean animal” laws so I am confident he was observing the other laws God commanded from the beginning. I also believe that man, after many generations, must have needed to have God’s laws written down to be remembered, so in comes Moses and the Ten Commandments and all the civil and dietary laws. But just because they were mentioned as being written then, in Exodus, doesn’t mean that was the first time the people had ever heard them. I believe Noah (in Genesis) was instructed to take more “clean” animals than unclean because he was going to be using the clean animals for food AND sacrifices. He would run through the lives of those animals more quickly than the unclean animals (which would only be used for reproducing and eventually food for some animals). But why did God instruct Noah to take “clean” and “unclean” animals unless Noah already knew of the dietary laws, which by some modern people’s understanding, only first came to us in Exodus and was “for the Jews”. In Genesis Chapter 9:18-25, there is mention of Noah’s nakedness being uncovered and he was angry and cursed his grandson, the son of Ham. These commandments were mentioned in Leviticus to Moses for Moses to give to the people. And yet Noah knew of this commandment already? My point is, these laws weren’t “just for the Jews”. They were known by people since Adam and Eve. They were given to Adam and Eve personally by God as He walked with them daily. They told their children, who told their children, etc. As generations multiplied, there was a need for the laws to be written or recorded for the people. But it wasn’t the first time these laws and commandments had been given. So the sabbath day is not just for the Jews. And it is a day set apart by God, not man. And man cannot change God’s laws even though man is arrogant enough to think so (reminds me of the story of Cain and Abel’s sacrifices…) Again, we can come together and worship God any day of the week, and Resurrection Day is a great day as any. But it is not the sabbath day, and it doesn’t replace the sabbath day, and just because the Church decides to worship on Sunday does not mean the sabbath commandment is done away with. It still exists, whether we observe it or not. We’ve been instructed to remember it and to keep it holy, however, regardless of our worshiping God the other days of the weeks.

  • jim smith says:

    Dax, youre quoting from the catholic bible

  • jim smith says:

    Bax, the catholics started calling the sun-day the Lords day, in the bible it calls the 7th day sabbath the Lords day. mark 2:27,28; “The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath”. vs 28; “therefore the son of man is lord also of the sabbath”. which means the 7th day sabbath is The Lords day.

  • Willy N Paypon says:

    Worship God everyday not only during Sabbath day…. If you are worshiping God in Sabbath day then you failed to worship during Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday then it is useless. Do it everyday and do not think about Sabbath day that will create a barriers to divide the Christian in one body of Christ.

  • oh, your SHORT, beautiful, accurate answe r “The Sabbath”…your patience with people is amazing; thank you.

  • Chad Wickman says:

    Pointing out that the Apostles went to the synagogues on the Sabbath doesn’t prove anything. They were there to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to explain to the Jews that the prophesies had been fulfilled. Also, a reference to “the breaking of the bread” isn’t simply describing dinner time. It’s describing the communion service instituted by Jesus….
    Luke 22:19…”then he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it and gave it to them, saying “this is my body, which will be given for you, do this in memory of me.”
    1 Corinthian’s 11:23….”on the night he was handed over, took bread, broke it and said, “this is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
    Acts 2:42….”they devoted themselves to the teachings of the Apostles, to the breaking of the bread and the prayers.” It would be completely bizarre to include “breaking of the bread” in this passage of Acts, if it was only referring to eating supper.
    So as you can see, if you’re not reading scripture with your Protestant glasses on, it’s obvious that the breaking of the bread is actually a Holy Communion service.

  • Fesbuk says:

    There’s no Gregorian Calendar before I think. Am I right? So it means we don’t know the Sabbath Day but yeah fr me Saturday is the Sabbath Day but the Mass day of Catholics does not oppose it because we’re massing in the Lords Day

  • Jenn says:

    There are two parts to the Sabbath commandment. One cannot be changed, one can. The Sabbath was made FOR man. http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p3s2c1a3.htm

  • Pastor Emmanuel John says:

    Sabbath does not mean 7th day of the week, it only means “day of rest”. The Pharisees made the day the subject of worship instead of God; and they were hurting people who did not follow their rule to worship on the 7th day of the week. Jesus refuted their attitude over that day. After the resurrection of Jesus, we find that the disciples would gather on the first day of the week, which is Sunday for worship and fellowship.
    If you live in NWI, I invite you to Christ Temple Church Of God In Christ 2584 Clay Street, lake Station, Indiana 46405. Worship service Sunday 11:00 a.m.

    • Grace says:

      The 10 commandments are in the old covenant. Then please refer to Rom 3:31 & Matt 5:17. Jesus summarised the 10 commandments in Matt 22:36-39, 40. The new covenant as mentioned in Jer 31:31-32 did not change the 10 commandments. Pls be reminded that G-d was the one who made the old covenant and it was the people who broke it! When Jesus came there were and are still the 10 commandments. He and his apostles were Sabbath keepers. When G-d – Jesus- created the whole universe, there wasn’t Monday, Tuesday etc. He called the seventh day Sabbath, so that after the Sabbath, it is called the first day (when Jesus resurrected) till the names of the days were made after the pagan gods. It was the 7th day (Sabbath) that G-d made holy, blessed and sanctified (pls check the meaning). In the new covenant, G-d’ s laws are no longer merely written on stone tablets. They are now written in our minds and hearts. Pls refer to John 3:16. When we accepted Jesus as our Lord & Savior, we carry His name – CHRISTian. We follow & imitate Him. If we love Him and made Him as our Master then – John 14:15 and Rev 14:12. Further pls study why G-d used the word “Remember. ..” in the 4th commandment. This commandment also tells us who our Creator was/is. To whom then is your allegiance – to the Creator or to man who defied His laws & who changed His statutes? ?? G-d’s grace thru Jesus empowers us to love Him and obey His eternal/moral laws. I find no need for any man-made biblical gymnastics to understand this. With the Holy Spirit’s help, we are able to understand the above with an open, willing and humble heart. Thanks.

  • Grace says:

    Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary
    31:27-34 The people of God shall become numerous and prosperous. In Heb 8:8,9, this place is quoted as the sum of the covenant of grace made with believers in Jesus Christ. Not, I will give them a new law; for Christ came not to destroy the law, but to fulfil it; but the law shall be written in their hearts by the finger of the Spirit, as formerly written in the tables of stone. The Lord will, by his grace, make his people willing people in the day of his power. All shall know the Lord; all shall be welcome to the knowledge of God, and shall have the means of that knowledge. There shall be an outpouring of the Holy Spirit, at the time the gospel is published. No man shall finally perish, but for his own sins; none, who is willing to accept of Christ’s salvation. – Also John 14:15. 15″If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. – Also why isolate the 4th commandment to “Remember to keep the Sabbath Day holy …” It was man who broke this law (please do an objective research on the history). God did not revise His commandments. All the 10 still apply. Please put aside tradition and pride, and let us humbly submit to our Creator. If breaking observance of the Sabbath (which God sanctified and made holy) is not “sin” for you because we live by grace, then we can steal, we can sleep with another person’s spouse, we can murder, etc. At the end of the day, to whom is your allegiance? To our God, the Creator and the One who instituted these commandments? Or to man (mere creation) who changed the law? I suggest you do also a research on the origins of the names of each day, why God used “Remember …” in his commandment, and Rev 14:12 “Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.” Thank you and blessings.

  • ADU says:

    about days, do you know that if sunday is named after the sun, then saturday is also named after saturn? pls read ROM 14:6. The real emphasis on sabbath is about it being a day of rest. In John 9:22, 12:42, 16:2. Our Lord Jesus said that a time was coming when those who professed faith in Him would be thrown out of the synagogue. How could christians and jews (judaism) worship in the same synagogue when jews (judaism) does not accept Jesus as the Messiah. Please we should pray before we read the scriptures. Christianity is a belief about the Trinity. In other words the foundation of the Christian faith is the belief in the Trinity. if christians still worship on the same day as jews (judaism) then there is no difference between the two religions. But we all should know that there is salvation in no name except JESUS. Christians worship on sunday (because Malachi 4:2) the sun of righteousness shines and bring healing to those that accept him.

    • ADU says:

      Christians worship on a sunday other brothers and sisters of other faiths can worship when they want. christianity is not the same as judaism.

    • Grace says:

      In my earlier replies, I wasn’t dealing with Judaism. I am a Christian. And I love and bless Israel& the Jews. Remember everything G-d does has both a spiritual side and a physical side. Knowing that, let’s look at both the old & new testaments. The Bible was never meant to be split in half. In fact, G-d’s Word wasn’t called the OT & NT until the 4th century. The household of G-d is built on the foundation of the apostles (NT) & also on the prophets (OT) -with Jesus Himself being the chief cornerstone. The Bible is not composed of two different covenants or testaments, but ONE. When Jesus taught “For this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed. ..”, the word ‘new’ doesn’t mean different; it means ‘fresh’. Meaning better but not different – written on our hearts because of Jesus. Definitely better. Heb 10:16. Adam, Abel, Enoch, Noah, Job, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Jesus, Paul & other apostles were 7th day (Sabbath) keepers. “Sabbaths” are as ancient as the world; and I see no doubt that the Sabbath…was religiously observed by the people of G-d throughout the patriarchal age.” per Matthew Henry commentary. Observing the 7th day Sabbath is not exclusively a Judaism teaching. It existed long, long before Judaism! Ref. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/wasthesabbathkeptbeforegodgavethetencommandments. http://www.sabbathtruth.com/sabbath-history/how-the-sabbath-was-changed. http://www.todayifoundout.com/origin of names of weekdays.
      God’s grace is not cheap. The mark of a true Christian is love for G-d and others & obedience to G-d’s Word. In Christ Jesus, we are one – no more Jews & Gentiles. Jesup said “Blessed rather are those who hear the Word of G-d and obey it.” -Luke 11:28. Please also study the ceremonial (legalistic) ordinances which have been done away when Jesus came. Thanks. Be blessed.

    • Grace says:

      In my earlier replies, I wasn’t dealing with Judaism. I am a Christian. And I love and bless Israel& the Jews. Remember everything G-d does has both a spiritual side and a physical side. Knowing that, let’s look at both the old & new testaments. The Bible was never meant to be split in half. In fact, G-d’s Word wasn’t called the OT & NT until the 4th century. The household of G-d is built on the foundation of the apostles (NT) & also on the prophets (OT) -with Jesus Himself being the chief cornerstone. The Bible is not composed of two different covenants or testaments, but ONE. When Jesus taught “For this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed. ..”, the word ‘new’ doesn’t mean different; it means ‘fresh’. Meaning better but not different – written on our hearts because of Jesus. Definitely better. Heb 10:16. Adam, Abel, Enoch, Noah, Job, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Jesus, Paul & other apostles were 7th day (Sabbath) keepers. “Sabbaths” are as ancient as the world; and I see no doubt that the Sabbath…was religiously observed by the people of G-d throughout the patriarchal age.” per Matthew Henry commentary. Observing the 7th day Sabbath is not exclusively a Judaism teaching. It existed long, long before Judaism! Ref.http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/wasthesabbathkeptbeforegodgavethetencommandments.http://www.sabbathtruth.com/sabbath-history/how-the-sabbath-was-changed.http://www.todayifoundout.com/origin of names of weekdays.
      God’s grace is not cheap. The mark of a true Christian is love for G-d and others & obedience to G-d’s Word. In Christ Jesus, we are one – no more Jews & Gentiles. Jesus said “Blessed rather are those who hear the Word of G-d and obey it.” -Luke 11:28. Please also study the ceremonial (legalistic) ordinances which have been done away when Jesus came. Thanks. Be blessed.

  • Grace says:

    I agree with Jim, ARyan, Dani, Karla, Suenell and all those 7th day Sabbath-keepers. God bless you.

  • The seventh day Sabbath is a test to see who will obey the Lord God and who won’t. The Lord decides how He is to be worshiped, not us. Abel obeyed the Lord Cain did not.

    • James C Wickman says:

      I think you fail to appreciate the difference in the new covenant and old covenant, and you also ignore a couple key passages that are relevant to this topic. First, Jesus himself tells us in Mark 2:27…..”The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” You seem to be doing exactly as the Pharisee’s did in being too rigidly legalistic. Are we also still bound to be circumcised on the 8th day? Second, Jesus gave his apostles authority when he told them things like: “As my Father sends me, so I send you”, “Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven…..”, and “whoever hears you, hears me. Whoever rejects you, rejects me.” etc. The Acts of the Apostles tells us that “the decisions of the apostles and presbyters were passed on to the people for observance”. The evidence is pretty overwhelming that Christians from the very beginning began celebrating on “The Lord’s Day”, instead of exclusively on the Sabbath, and that they all understood this practice to be lawful and appropriate.

      • Helen says:

        The 7th day Sabbath observance existed long before the time of the Jews. The 4th commandment to “Remember…” together with the rest of the eternal commandments were written by God’s own finger, on blue sapphire stone tablets (from God’s throne itself!) Our Savior Jesus and the apostles observed this Sabbath. He did not change it; he asked us to remember! History tells us who, why, how and when this holy and sanctified day was changed. Jesus is our God, your Lord and my Lord. He is telling us that if we love him, we will obey his commands.John 14:15. This is very simple to understand. Now who do we give our allegiance to? We are undergoing a spiritual warfare. There are many unscriptural doctrines causing many to be confused, deceived & destroyed. Stick to the Word. If you require more bible passages about this issue, I would be happy to share them with you. Thanks and peace.

  • Ilaisa says:

    One day we will all stand in Judgement…& we will be judged according to the Law. If God himself rested on the Seventh day (Saturday), blessed it & made it holy (Genesis 2:2-3). And Jesus, as he usually does, observed the Sabbath (Luke 4:16), then what right does mere man have to change the Sabbath???….No wonder the 4th commandment started with the word “REMEMBER”….HE knew man will one day forget.
    The problem with Christians is that instead of looking to the word of God for Spritual guidance & Doctrines, we come up with our own human ideas & doctrines then search the Bible for approvals by using bible verses clearly out of context.

    • Helen Acuna says:

      Amen! Praises and honor to our God.

    • Chad Wickman says:

      Where in the Bible does it say that every doctrine and practice has to be found in the Bible? Answer, it doesn’t. Ironically, that’s a man made tradition, started about 1500 years after Christ. Jesus left us a Church, not a book.

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