Upholding the Sabbath is not commonly done in many Christian religions. This practice for the most part gets ignored, and frequently is not honored. The problem comes from 2 ideas. 1) The idea Jesus did away with the Law so we do not need or have any obligation to do this. 2) The thinking that Jesus’ teachings meant we did not need to observe the Sabbath at all. Both of these thoughts fail to overcome the facts found in the bible itself. The first which ought to be fixed is the relative flippancy in consideration of the Sabbath.
Colossians 2:16 to 17 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.
We are not to be condemning the Sabbath practice, or the worship on the Holy Days. They are a sign of the holy word Jesus completed. As such they should be honored, by us ordinary Christians. When we as believers make negative comments about worship time on the Sabbath, we are in fact giving a negative judgement which is a condemnation of a thing. We are told right here in Colossians not to let anyone misjudge the Sabbath.
In fact much of the apostolic preaching efforts were on the Sabbath, as was their custom. Even the apostle Paul who is the great teacher of all things legal in the New Testament followed the custom of teaching, and worshipping on the Sabbath.
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.
Acts 17:2 And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures,
Acts 18:4 And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.
If this was the honorable thing to do by our inspired predecessors, we ought to continue in their footsteps.
The situations Jesus found himself in in the gospel many people misunderstand thinking that Jesus taught that the Sabbath was not required. In the event of the plucked grain Jesus taught that he was the Lord of the Sabbath.
Matthew 12:1 to 8 At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat. But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day.
But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him; How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests? Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless? But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple. But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless. For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.
Mark 2:25 to 28 And he said unto them, Have ye never read what David did, when he had need, and was an hungred, he, and they that were with him? How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the shewbread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with him? And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.
Now consider with me dear readers, what was the cause of this teaching? Was it not because the disciples were hungry and needed their bodily need filled so they could live? What were the exceptions given by Jesus? Weren’t the exception only for filling the body’s needs, and for the work of God?
If this is true then why do we accept the idea that we can use Sabbath for a day to do things which aren’t needful? To have a day just for fun, or just to do whatever you want clearly wasn’t what Jesus was teaching here. One cannot honestly say that is what he taught in this passage if they understand the words they are reading. The exceptions given were only for feeding yourself, or work for God. Let us further study to find other exceptions if they are to be found.
Matthew 12:10 to 13 And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him. And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out? How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days. Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other.
Mark 3:1 to 5 And he entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there which had a withered hand. And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him. And he saith unto the man which had the withered hand, Stand forth. And he saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill? But they held their peace. And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.
Luke 13:15 to 16 The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering? And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?
Luke 14:3 to 6 And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day? And they held their peace. And he took him, and healed him, and let him go; And answered them, saying, Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the sabbath day? And they could not answer him again to these things.
This is the 3rd exception the life of another Human is more important than the Sabbath requirement. Medical healing, the work of a physician, the caretaking of the sick, infirmed, maimed, misbirthed, or elders takes precedence over the Sabbath.
These are the only 3 exceptions taught in all of the New Testament.
Thinking on this thread, consider this, Jesus came not to destroy the law but to fulfill it. Has the Sabbath been fulfilled? Is it the 7th day yet? No, of course it hasn’t been fulfilled.
Matthew 5:17 to 18 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 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.
If then the Sabbath of God has not be fulfilled yet, then it remains in effect. We can not just seal away from our minds the parts we choose not to follow. If we accept God’s word we should accept all of it.
Now let’s consider the Ten Commandments, are they still in effect? It is very clear the following ones are.
Exodus 20:3 to 7 Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. Colossians 8:6
Exodus 20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. Ephesians 6:1 & 2
Exodus 20:13 Thou shalt not kill. Romans 13:9
Exodus 20:14 Thou shalt not commit adultery. Romans 13:9
Exodus 20:15 Thou shalt not steal. Romans 13:9
Exodus 20:16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. Romans 13:9
Exodus 20:17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s. Romans 13:9
Every single one of these commands is taught in the New Testament, including the Sabbath, and for good reason. If all other commands are taught in the New Testament then why do we choose to ignore the Sabbath command? Why do we ignore verses of prophecy like these? We know that those who keep Sabbath will be found righteous in the Temple of the Last Age
Isaiah 56: 1 to 7 Thus saith the LORD, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed. Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil. Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying, The LORD hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree. For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant; Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off. Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.
So to the naysayers I say. “It is more Noble to keep the Sabbath, than not and not be found a Noble.”