Christians and the Sabbath

Ten Reasons Why Christians Should Not Observe the Jewish Sabbath


  1. Neither Jesus Christ nor the Apostles ever commanded any Gentile to observe the Sabbath Day according to the Law of Moses.
  2. No one was ever commanded to keep the Seventh Day Sabbath before the Redemption of Israel from Egypt. For 2,000 years after Creation it was not observed.
  3. The Scriptures distinctly state that the Sabbath was given for the first time at Mount Sinai to Israel (NEHEMIAH 9:13-14), and was an integral part of the Old Covenant.
  4. Jesus Christ, when questioned concerning the Law, replied by quoting two which are not included in the Ten Commandments (MATTHEW 22:35-40). Therefore, keeping "The Law" or "Commandments" does not refer to the Ten Commandments exclusively, or the fourth commandment in particular.
  5. Jesus Christ, when enumerating the Commandments to the young man (MATTHEW 19:16-22), omitted all reference to the Sabbath Day Commandment, thus showing that it was not the all-important one.
  6. The very important letter which was sent to the Churches from the Council of Apostles and Elders, with reference to the Law and the Gentiles, omitted any reference to the Sabbath Day (ACTS 15:1-29).
  7. The Apostle Paul, writing under the influence of the Holy Spirit, omitted from all his letters any reference to the supposed importance of keeping the Jewish Sabbath.
  8. Throughout the New Testament there is no specific commandment to any Christian to keep the Jewish Sabbath.
  9. Neither Jesus Christ nor the Apostles kept the Jewish Sabbath AFTER the Resurrection. The fact that Paul preached in the synagogues on the Sabbath is no argument for the Jewish Sabbath. He was there for contact, but not for worship (e.g. ACTS 13:42). However, Paul himself worshipped and preached on "the first day of the week".
  10. There is no mention of the Sabbath for the Church. Nine of the Ten Commandments, as affirmed below, are specifically named, but the Fourth commandment is not once mentioned.

Compare these Scriptures:

The Ten Commandments

in the OLD TESTAMENT (For Israel)    in the NEW TESTAMENT (For the Church)
1) EXODUS 20:3 1) ACTS 14:15
2) EXODUS 20:4-5 2) 1 JOHN 5:21
3) EXODUS 20:7 3) JAMES 5:12
4) EXODUS 20:8 (Re: Sabbath) 4) Not mentioned
5) EXODUS 20:12 5) EPHESIANS 6:1-2
6) EXODUS 20:13 6) ROMANS 13:9
7) EXODUS 20:14 7) ROMANS 13:9 & 1 CORINTHIANS 6:9-10
8) EXODUS 20:15 8) ROMANS 13:9 & EPHESIANS 4:28
9) EXODUS 20:16 9) COLOSSIANS 3:9
10) EXODUS 20:17 10) EPHESIANS 5:3

Conclusion:

If breaking the Jewish Sabbath was as serious a crime as some believe, it is not taught in the New Testament, and not so much as even a warning is given.

On the other hand we are shown:

  • To preach "THE GOSPEL" is mentioned 50 times.
  • To preach "CHRIST" is mentioned 23 times.
  • To preach "THE WORD" is mentioned 17 times.
  • To preach "THE KINGDOM" is mentioned 8 times.
  • To preach "THE SABBATH" is mentioned not once!

Therefore, "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: which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ."  COLOSSIANS 2:16-17

Ten Reasons Why Christians Should Observe The Lord's Day

The New Testament clearly indicates that "the first day of the week", called "the Lord's Day", was a day of specially sacred associations and was observed by the Apostles and their converts for definite religious purposes, as distinct from, and taking the place of, the Jewish Sabbath.

  1. Jesus Christ rose from the grave on that day, having triumphed over Satan and death. He appeared to several of His disciples on that first 'Easter day' (JOHN 20:19-26) and again on the first day of the next week.
  2. There is no record of His being with His disciples on any Jewish Sabbath AFTER His Resurrection. Had the Jewish Sabbath been important and necessary to the Church, He would have taken care to have emphasised it, and met with them on that day. However, He avoided doing so.
  3. Jesus Christ opened the scriptures to His disciples on "the first day of the week" (LUKE 24:13-47).
  4. The Gospel is the Gospel of the Resurrection (ACTS 1:22; ACTS 4:33).
  5. The Holy Ghost was given on that day and the first 3,000 converts added to the Church (ACTS, chapter 2).
  6. The Lord's Supper, called "breaking of bread", was always on the "first day of the week" (ACTS 20:7; 1 CORINTHIANS 11:17-34). The "Lord's Day" was the day for "the Lord's Supper", and he who absented himself from this virtually lost Christian fellowship and lapsed into heathenism.
  7. The collection of the alms of the Christians was taken up on "the first day of the week" (1 CORINTHIANS 16:1-2).
  8. The vision of the Revelation was given to John on the Lord's day. "I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day" (REVELATION 1:10).
  9. The seventh day Sabbath, under the Old Covenant, was a memorial of Israel's redemption from Egyptian bondage. The "first day", under the New Covenant, is a memorial of the most glorious redemption affected by Jesus Christ, delivering us from the bondage of sin and death.
  10. On the "first day" of the old creation light was given, and on the "first day" of the new creation Jesus Christ brought life and immortality, through the Gospel, He being the Light of the world.

Thus the first day of the week far surpassed the seventh day and became preeminently the day for the Christian to rejoice in the Lord and in His salvation; to worship and serve his Redeemer in and through His Church, remembering that "the Son of Man is Lord also of the Sabbath".

by Thomas N. Foster

Source: 'The True Sabbath: Is it Saturday or Sunday?'