Daniel P. Barron

He was doing these things on the Sabbath.

Friday, June 26, 2020 

I was asked about the day of rest:


Is the Sabbath on Sunday or Saturday?

Saturday.i


Why then are people celebrating and doing church on Sunday?

Every day is the Sabbath to those who believe. There is no right day to meet for fellowship. And most churches are not in the truth.


Constantine changed it to Sunday I think. My understanding is that the true Shabbat is from Friday 7 PM to Saturday 7 PM.

It's not a specific time. It's from sundown to sundown.ii


Christian Sabbath is on Sunday because of the day of Christ's resurrection.

Citation required.


It's Saturday right?

Yes, the Sabbath has been and always will be Saturday.


My church leader said it was from Friday sundown to Saturday sundown.

He's right.


Sunday is when the Sabbath was celebrated in the early church. You can see Justin Martyr's first apology chapter LXVII if you wish.

Sure, what chapter and verse is it?


If it's not in the Bible, there's no reason to believe it's true?

Correct.


The Bible doesn't necessitate observance of the Sabbath. And it doesn't necessitate that the observance of the Sabbath is on a specific day either.iii

It does necessitate observance of the Sabbath. This observance should take place every day.iv


And in addition, Jesus fulfills the Law. Each of the 10 commandments is repeated in the New Covenant, except for the one concerning Sabbath.

That's not true.v


God rested, so what? He is also still working.vi

Observance of the Sabbath is to not work for yourself. To cease your own work.


What should one do on the Sabbath?

If you fear God, you should do what you do every day, which is work for God. If you don't fear God, do whatever you want.

  1. Genesis 2:

    2 And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.

  2. Genesis 1:

    5 God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.


    Genesis 1:

    8 And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day.


    Genesis 1:

    13 So the evening and the morning were the third day.


    Genesis 1:

    19 So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.


    Genesis 1:

    23 So the evening and the morning were the fifth day.


    Genesis 1:

    31 Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

  3. citing (LEB) Romans 14:

    5 One person prefers one day over another day, and another person regards every day alike. Each one must be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 The one who is intent on the day is intent on it for the Lord, and the one who eats eats for the Lord, because he is thankful to God, and the one who does not eat does not eat for the Lord, and he is thankful to God. 7 For none of us lives for himself and none dies for himself. 8 For if we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord. Therefore whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's. 9 For Christ died and became alive again for this reason, in order that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living. 10 But why do you judge your brother? Or also, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. 11 For it is written,"As I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow to me, and every tongue will praise God." 12 So each one of us will give an account concerning himself.


  4. Those who abandon hope in themselves (Matthew 5:3; Romans 9:30-32) and rest their hope on Christ (Hebrews 6:18; 7:25) have entered "His rest" (Hebrews 4:1). As Hebrews 4:10 says, they have ceased from their works as God did from His. God ceased from His works by resting on the seventh day. Those who totally stop every work of their own righteousness (Psalm 16:2; Romans 4:5, "does not work") and believe on Him who justifies the ungodly (Romans 4:5), these are those who fulfill the law (Romans 8:4) and keep a perpetual Sabbath (Hebrews 4:3-4, 9-10).

  5. Hebrews 4:

    10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.

  6. citing (LEB) John 5:

    16 And on account of this the Jews began to persecute Jesus, because he was doing these things on the Sabbath. 17 But he answered them, "My Father is working until now, and I am working."

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