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History of Sabbath – By David Asscherick

Part 1

I want you to understand something that we’re going to try and do in this article. Our goal is to demonstrate the continuity of the Sabbath.

Now what I want you to know about the Sabbath commandment is that the Sabbath is unique in the Ten Commandments because, unlike the other commandments, which need only to be preached and proclaimed, the Sabbath has to be proved. I mean, if a minister stood up in any church, whether it’s a Sunday keeping church or a Sabbath keeping church, he stands up into the pulpit and says “today’s presentation is on the seventh commandment, thou shall not commit adultery.” Does he need to spend anytime proving that commandment is still valid in this present age? The answer is NO.

You take any of the other commandments- thou shall have no other Gods before me… thou shall not make any image or likeness of any kind… you go through the commandments, and it is the only one that you have to first stop and say, “wait a minute, is this commandment even exist/valid anymore?”

Is not this commandment obsolete? The Sabbath commandment? Before we can ever get to the actual meaning of the Sabbath, we have to even demonstrate biblically if the Sabbath still stands.

So what we’re going to do here is do our very best to break up the broad sweep of human history. Now I want you to think about human history all the way back from the time of Eden restored and we’re going to break the sweep of human history up into eight.

Eight easily identifiable ages. Easily remembered, easily identified and we’re going to look at the Sabbath in every one of these epocal ages. And we’re going to ask ourselves the question, “Was the Sabbath binding here?” And what we’re going to discover is that in every one of the ages, we have ample biblical evidence that the Sabbath was in fact binding. This argues then to the continuity of the Sabbath and demands that the Sabbath is still enforced today with the rest of the other commandments.

The first age is the pre-fall age. That is Eden, the pre-fall age. Was the Sabbath binding in the pre-fall age? We’re going to take a look at that. The second age is the patriarchal age. We move from the pre-fall age to the patriarchal age both pre-flood and post- flood, Abraham and Isaac, and Jacob. But the patriarchal age gave way to our third, and that was the prophetic age- the time of Israel, the time of Moses, the time of prophets moving into that. But what are the prophets really prophesying about? Repentance, yes. Forgiveness of sins, yes!

But mostly they prophesied about the promised Messiah. So that would be the 4th- the pre-fall age, the patriarchal age, the prophetic age, the promised Messiah. But then Jesus ascended to heaven to the right hand of God and the New Testament church was born on the day of Pentacost. So that is the fifth age- the Pentacostal church or the Apostolic church. The sixth age is the Papal church, that would be the middle aged church. Then the seventh is the present day church and the eighth is Paradise!

We are going to go through this entire sweep of history, these eight epocs, these eight ages. I’m going to ask the question, “Is there any biblical evidence that the Sabbath was binding in every one of those ages?” That’s the goal of this article. Pre-fall age, look at your bible and go to Genesis chapter 2. We’re gonna begin right there in verse one.

In Genesis chapter one, you have the remarkable picture that God gives of the creation of the heavens and the Earth by the voice of God. God creates the world in six literal days, and after those six days we come to Genesis chapter two beginning in verse one. Notice these words, “thus the heavens and the Earth were finished and all the host of them. Verse two, “and on the seventh day God finished His work that He had done and He rested on the Seventh day from all His work that He had done.” Verse 3, “So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy because on it God rested from all His work He had made in creation.”

This is an absolutely fundamental text. This is a fundamentally important point. God creates the world in six days. He comes to the seventh day and the text says that God Himself rested on the seventh day.

It’s fascinating that there is no command in the book of Genesis to rest. But I have a question for you parents out there today. Is your command more influential in the lives of your children or is your example more influential in the lives of your children? How many of you have ever said to your children, “Do what I say not what I do.”? If you’ve said that, you learn very quickly it does not work.

Now here we have the example that God says, “Alright, I’ve made everything in six days. Now comes the seventh day.” God Himself says on the seventh day, “I’m going to rest.” And then it says because God rested that day, God blessed that day, the seventh day, and God made the seventh day holy.

The Sabbath has its foundation in the creation story. Now in the English version of the bible, you will not find the word Sabbath there. But in the original version of the bible, it says, “On the next day, the Sabbath, God’s Sabbath.” So it does not refer to the seventh day as the Sabbath, but it does refer to the seventh day as the day that God Sabbaths on. What the bible says is God Himself Sabbaths on the seventh day. In Exodus chapter 20 we see the command to remember the Sabbath day.

Exodus chapter 20 verse 11, the bible says the reason to keep the Sabbath is because, “in six days the Lord made heaven and Earth, the sea and all that is in them and rested the seventh day. Therefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.”

In the very Sabbath command itself, the text itself says that the reason we observed seventh day is because God initiated it at creation. I’d like to let you know that you can absolutely rest assured that the Sabbath was created in Eden.

Part 2


The bible says your sins have separated you between you and your God. If the Sabbath was essential for Adam in Eden, why wouldn’t the Sabbath be essential for us outside of Eden, in this world that is tainted and saturated with sin?So there is no question in the first era, in the first epocal age pre-fall, the Sabbath stands. But the next age is the patriarchal age. Someone is always going to claim that the Sabbath commandment never occurs in the book of Genesis, and that’s true.You can read Genesis chapter 1 all the way to Genesis chapter 50. The Sabbath commandment does not occur in the book of Genesis. But I got news for you. None of the commandments occur in the book of Genesis because the book of Genesis is not a book of laws. It’s a book of origins and beginnings.So then do we have any evidence that the patriarchs, Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, prior to the flood, kept the Sabbath? The answer is yes.

Genesis chapter 26 verse five says, “Because Abraham obeyed my voice and kept my charge, commandments, statutes, and my laws.” This is hundreds of years before we ever arrive at Mt. Sinai and Abraham is keeping God’s commands, ordinances, statutes, and His charge.

First Kings chapter two says David is dying and on his death bed. He had some words of instruction for Solomon, his son. “Now the days of David drew near that he should die and he charged Solomon his son, saying, “I go the way of all the Earth. Be strong, therefore, and prove yourself a man. And keep the charge of the Lord your God to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes, commandments, judgments and His testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses that you may prosper in all that you do, wherever you turn.” All four of those words are referred here by David to Solomon-the commandments, the ordinances, the laws and the statues as occurring in the law of Moses.

Abraham came first, so did God have ordinance in the days of Abraham? And all of those things were later codified. Your bible is in the form which is called the codex form. In the days of Jesus, they weren’t in the codex form, they were in scrolls. And so the word codify means to write down or to formally write down.

Moses was responsible not for initiating the law, not for the creation of the law, and not for the giving of the law the first time. He simply codified a law that had already existed in the days of Adam and onwards through the patriarchal age. Incidentally, there are very powerful evidences of the fact in the book of Genesis that the law existed because this nasty little thing called sin existed. Can you have sin when you don’t have a law?

No. For example, Cain killed his brother Abe. And remember what God said to Cain? He said, “Hey listen- if you do what’s right you’ll have no problem, but if you don’t do what’s right sin lies at the door.” Is there such a thing as sin in the days of Cain? Absolutely!

And Sodom and Gomorrah was destroyed because of their growing immorality and sin. This all happened before the time of Moses. And how about this one? When Potiphar’s wife laid hold on Joseph and Joseph pulled himself away. He said, “How can I commit this great sin?” Well what sin is he talking about? Of course the 7th commandment- thou shall not commit adultery. Now here’s the point: all of those commandments existed, but they were oral in their passing on and tradition.

They were codified at Mt. Sinai. We already know that the Sabbath existed in the pre-fall era and in the patriarchal era. But how about in the prophetic era, the time of Moses? Well, rest assured that the Sabbath was kept and honored in the prophetic age, the age of Israel, and nobody disputes that because everybody to this day knows that the Jews keep the Sabbath.

Exodus chapter 20 verses 8-11 says, “God through His great prophet Moses delivered the 10 commandments to the people of Israel.” And right there in Exodus chapter 20, you have God speaking, thundering from Mt Sinai, the 10 commandments. There it is again, “Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy. Six days you labor and do all your work but the 7th day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. On it, you shall not do any work.”  Screen Shot 2013-06-06 at 11.02.11 AM

“You or your son or your daughter, your male servant, your female servant, the soldier who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heaven and Earth, the sea and all that is in them and rested the 7th day. Therefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.”

It’s fascinating that the Sabbath commandment begins with the word remember. The word remember comes from the latin meaning to call to mind. That’s the “member” part and the “re” means to do it again. So remember means to call it to mind again. Really when God says to the children of Israel, “Remember the Sabbath” it’s saying “you had it, now call it to mind again.” I find it fascinating that when you look in the History of Israel during that prophetic age, in times of faithfulness and prosperity, the Sabbath was honored and kept. But in times of rebellion and disobedience, the Sabbath was neglected. The faith of the people of God went along with their faithfulness to the command.

Jeremiah 17 verse 27 says, “If you do not listen to me to keep the Sabbath day holy and not to bear a burden and enter by the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day, then I will kindle a fire in its gates and each shall devour the pharisees of Jerusalem and it shall not be quenched.”

You have the Jewish nation and they began to disregard the Sabbath. They were living in Jerusalem but God is telling them, “If you do not get faithful in this area, I’m going to destroy your cities. It’s gonna be a nightmare for you.”

And it’s fascinating that they did not listen and ultimately were taken captive to Babylon. While they were in Babylon, they learned a lesson and that’s when they became overboard about how to keep the Sabbath. That’s when they began to develop all their legalistic rules.

Yes God wants us to remember the Sabbath day. God wants us to do what the Word of God says about the Sabbath. But God does not want us to go the way of the pharisee and make unending mountains of unbiblical rules of how to keep it.

God says in this prophetic age, when the Jews were at the peak, essentially, “If you listen to Me and obey this commandment, you will have prosperity. But if you don’t, you will have adversity.”

You can rest assured that the prophets in Israel to whom they prophesied were called by God to know, honor, proclaim and enjoy the Sabbath.

Remember the Sabbath

by Keeping it Holy 

 

 

Meeting Together With Fellow Believers On Sabbath – By Lisa Gleaves

Here is a Bible verse that is the basis for most people when considering meeting together on Sabbath:
“Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy CONVOCATION. You shall do no work on it; it is the Sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings.” Leviticus 23:3

The Hebrew definition of Convocation is: A large formal assembly of people or a rehearsal.  The rehearsal means to “re-hear” what has been taught or a practice session for a later event.

So we can think of Sabbath as a rehearsal for the ultimate rest with God.

What God’s Word Says about Meeting With Believers on Sabbath
As I researched this topic, I found a plethora of die-hard beliefs that are taught by church groups or leaders.  I pray that you would choose to base your beliefs solely on what God has shown you and NOT on what anyone else has taught you.  I urge you to study ALL scripture for yourself.

Mark 1:21 – Then they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath He entered the synagogue and taught.

Mark 6:2 – And when the Sabbath had come, He began to teach in the synagogue.

Luke 4:16 – So 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 to read.

Luke 6:6 – Now it happened on another Sabbath, also, that He entered the synagogue and taught.

Luke 13:10 – Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath.

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.

Acts 17:1-2 – Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. Then Paul, as his custom was, went in to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures.

Acts 18:4 – And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded both Jews and Greeks.

Acts 16:13 – And on the Sabbath day we went out of the city to the riverside, where prayer was customarily made; and we sat down and spoke to the women who met there.

Acts 13:42-44 – So when the Jews went out of the synagogue, the Gentiles begged that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath. Now when the congregation had broken up, many of the Jews and devout proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God. On the next Sabbath almost the whole city came together to hear the word of God.

I concluded from these verses that groups of believers gathered together on Sabbath for the purpose of Prayer & Studying God’s Word (Jesus, while on the earth, taught His Word in person).  The believers met in synagogues and temples.  When believers in Jesus were unwelcome in synagogues and temples, they met elsewhere to pray and study God’s Word.

God is always the focus of Sabbath.  That never changes.  I personally believe that much of the current state of “going to church” is far from God’s purposes of Sabbath.  It should not be a place to go with entertainment and agendas, but rather a mutual coming together to know God (the “church” is a group of people, not a place).  A good question to ask is, “Does my experience of meeting together with other believers on Sabbath line up with God’s Sabbath purposes?”  He wants us to learn to rest in Him and thankfully we get the chance to practice that every Sabbath.

One More Thought
Here is another Bible verse often used when discussing meeting together on Sabbath:
“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25

I want to work on building up the Body of Christ.  I have to keep in mind that I can do this on Sabbath AND every day of the week.  Bible believers were known primarily to meet on Sabbath to read God’s Word and pray, but they also met EVERY day of the week to build each other up and meet each others’ needs.  I can’t lose sight of fulfilling this verse at all times because of a false belief that I can only meet with other believers on Sabbath.

I am NOT speaking of trying to keep Sabbath on a different day.  I personally think God set the Sabbath day and made it holy and no man can change that.  I am strictly talking about meeting together as believers and “exhorting one another.”  That can be done ANY day of the week.  There is much proof of that throughout God’s Word and this verse in Hebrews says nothing of this being done only on Sabbath.  I also strongly believe that I am not to hate or tear down anyone who gets together as a group of believers on a day other than Sabbath.

Resting in God on Sabbath – By Lisa Gleaves


It is hard to know God on a deeper level without getting still and quiet.  Ultimately, my heart, mind and body can find rest by spending time with Him.

1. Through Prayer
I can start my time with God on Sabbath in prayer and listening to God.

a. Pour out the Worries- In the early stage of prayer, my mind can be so full that I keep getting distracted by thoughts of life.  It helps if I pour out all concerns and worries to God upfront.  When I release those, then I can begin to focus on getting real with God.

b. Reflect on God- Another way to focus in prayer is to reflect on the character of God.  Think of His different names and traits and thank Him for each.

c. Repentance- I can use this time to repent from all known sin in my life.  It is refreshing and humbling to be honest with God.  I also need to make sure I ask God to reveal any sin in my life that I need to deal with. Without this step, I may be blocking the gateway between me and God.  When I am right with God, He can hear my prayers and share His will.

d. Rebuking Satan- Getting alone with God in prayer is often a time that Satan tries hard to attack.  If this is the case, I need to openly rebuke Satan.

e. Come into Agreement- Going down a list of “God please do this” does not always accomplish what I hope or desire.  In fact, it might just be MY desires and not God’s.  I would do better to ask, “What would You have me pray about this situation, God?”  I don’t need to try to twist God’s arm to get Him to do anything.  I just need to come into agreement with God.  That is easier for those who know Him and hear His voice more clearly.  The closer I get to Him, the more I will find myself praying His will without even knowing it.

f. Listening to God- This might be the hardest part of prayer for most.  God wants me to pause and ask Him His will.  What does He desire?  I then need to listen for His instruction.  I should desire to hear from God Himself and to receive what He has for me so I can be in agreement with Him.

g. Waiting- It’s important to wait for God to answer.  It might not be immediate.  And it can come in various ways.  Some people are under the impression that God can only speak to us through His Word.  But God has never been limited.  He can speak audibly, to our hearts, through a vision or dream, through another person, OR through His Word.  I can trust it is His answer when it lines up with His character and His Word.

h. Thankfulness- A thankful heart is a great part of prayer.  I can express gratefulness for all He has done in my life and all that He is as my God.  I need to thank Him for all answers to prayer.

Praying His will from a pure heart ALWAYS brings about a powerful result…whether it is seen or unseen.

2. Through Reading His Word
When I read God’s Word, it can be like spending time with a best friend.  I listen to His stories, hear His heart, understand His likes and dislikes better, and comprehend who He is and what He desires.

Reading His Word without knowing Him at all or without knowing Him very well can be more challenging. But He wants to reveal Himself to me as He knows I am ready and willing to receive (just like in prayer).

I find it helpful to approach reading God’s Word as a whole.  That means I try not to come to conclusions by reading just one or two verses.  I need to make sure I know the background, context, and whether it backs up the rest of God’s Word.  As a general rule, I NEVER come to conclusions about God’s Word based on a commentary or on a pastor/speaker/writer’s thoughts.  It is my responsibility to check everything out for myself and know what God says.

3. Through Physical/Mental Resting
“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.” Genesis 2:2

“Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of REST, holy to the Lord.” Exodus 31:15

People try many things to assist them in getting rest, like lying on the beach, taking a vacation, taking sleeping pills, etc.  I find that nothing brings true rest (both to body and mind) like resting in God on Sabbath!

a. Physical Resting on Sabbath
Rest: Cease work or movement in order to relax, refresh oneself, or recover strength.

So many Sabbath verses in God’s Word speak of rest.  The area of physical rest is probably the most common part of Sabbath.  I love having my work set aside so I have time to sleep in or get a nap (or both!).   When else do I have the opportunity to lay back in my recliner and just be still and quiet?  Or play with my kids with no deadlines or schedules?

It is refreshing to my body to restore that balance of sleep when I have had a long and busy week.  My brain, attitude, and outlook are all positively brightened when my body receives plenty of rest.  I’m sure that God, being the designer of my body, knew that I would need a day of refreshment so I could face the coming week at my best.

Some Health Benefits of Rest/Sleep:
The body can gain and save energy during rest.
Essential for long-term memory formation.
Essential for the immune system.
Essential for mental health.
Essential for recovery from injuries.
Essential for recovery from stress.
Essential for hormone regulation.
Essential for learning.
And many, many more…

b. Mental Resting on Sabbath
Resting my mind from work may not be thought of as often as physical rest, yet it is an important part of my Sabbath.  I am easily tempted to think about what work I didn’t get done, what work I have to do after Sabbath, or just anything that is stressing or worrying me.  I can analyze things to death!

God asks me to turn over all of my burdens and thoughts to Him.  When I pray, I release all my worries and cares to God and trust Him to care for them.  And as I free my mind of my thoughts and focus on God throughout Sabbath, I find that I am much clearer and capable of handling life’s problems when the new week begins.  I can see things through God’s eyes and have a better perspective.

God’s Blessing of Sabbath Rest
It’s true that I need to get the proper rest/sleep every day to keep my body and mind strong, but God blessed us with a specific time to stop and be refreshed.  He knew what a hard time I would have putting my work and worries aside, so He commanded me to do just that.  And I am very grateful!

Understanding the Four Purposes of Sabbath – By Lisa Gleaves

There are A LOT of scriptures about Sabbath which explain its purpose.  This study will look at several Sabbath verses as an overview.  I encourage you to read all of the scripture in its complete context for yourself.

Purpose #1
Sabbath is to be Sanctified, Set Apart (to be Holy)

The word Holy in Hebrew is qadosh.  It means to be set apart for a special purpose.  Think of how china dishes are used in most homes.  They are stored in a special place and treated with extra care.  They can be used everyday, but are usually only brought out for a special event.  Sabbath should be set apart as special.

And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it.  Genesis 2:3

I am called to remember it and keep it holy.  It is the Sabbath of the Lord.
Exodus 20:8-11

It is a sign to show that God sanctifies (set apart, made holy) His people.  A
perpetual covenant forever.  Exodus 31:13-17

I should sanctify it (set it apart) because God commanded me.
Deuteronomy 5:12-15

The purposes of Sabbath begin with setting it apart as special.

Purpose #2
Sabbath is for Rest and Refreshment

He rested from all His work on that day.  He set the example of rest.
Genesis 2:2-3

It is for rest and refreshment.  Exodus 23:12

No matter what time of year, I should rest on Sabbath.  Exodus 34:21

It is a holy day of rest to the Lord.  Exodus 35:2-3

I should refrain from all work.  Exodus 20:8-11

No work.  Exodus 35:2-3

Everyone in all my dwellings should rest.  Leviticus 23:3

Everyone in my household should rest.  Deuteronomy 5:12-15

It is pretty clear that Sabbath is a time for me to refrain from work so I can rest.  God intends for me to be refreshed in and through Him.  He intends for me to rest every Sabbath.  He also wants everyone in my home to benefit from this refreshment.

Purpose #3
Sabbath is for Knowing God (Not for Our Personal Entertainment)

God wants an intimate relationship with us.  He wants us to value that relationship more than anything else and desire to know everything about Him. He wants us to seek Him with all our hearts.  Sabbath establishes an ideal situation for that to happen.

Isaiah 58:13-14 says:
Call Sabbath a delight and you shall delight yourself in the Lord.
Honor God, not yourself, on Sabbath.
Don’t do your own ways.
Don’t find your own pleasure.
Don’t speak your own words.

God says it brings joy when I honor Him and celebrate Sabbath, whether I feel like doing it or not.  Sabbath is not about me, it’s about God.  It’s a time to practice putting Him first in my life.  As soon as I start focusing on myself, I have lost sight of this purpose of Sabbath.

Amos 8:4-7 says:
We shouldn’t wait eagerly for Sabbath to be over so we can have personal gain.

After reading this verse, I had to say, “Ouch!”  I may not be as bad as those in the verse who wait for Sabbath to be over so they can take advantage of others and gain money and power.  But I certainly have been guilty of looking forward to the end of Sabbath so I can go do what I want to do.  I have to ask- Do I desire to know God more than anything else?

Mark 2:27 says:
“And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath.”

This is one of the most quoted verses in the Sabbath keeping community.  I have also found it to be one of the most misunderstood verses.  After much reading and examining, I have an illustration that I hope presents a clear picture.

A hammer is a tool.  What does it do?  It helps build.  That is the purpose and what it was designed to do.  In the same way, Sabbath is a tool for man.  For what purpose?  To help build my relationship with God (know Him).  So, a man’s sole reason for being created was not to use a hammer or to keep Sabbath.  But both are great tools to be used by man to help build.

Purpose #4
Sabbath is for Reflecting God to Others

I reflect God best to others when He is in me and I know Him well.  One of the purposes of God’s followers is to show Him to those who don’t know Him.  I don’t sacrifice this purpose on Sabbath.  It is a part of being a disciple.

Luke 13:10-17 says:
Jesus was teaching His ways to the crowds so people would know Him. (Know God)
He also healed a woman so the people would know who He is and what He stands for. (Reflecting God)

Luke 6:7-10 says:
Jesus, to prove His point to the Pharisees, asks if it is against Sabbath law for Him to do good and reflect God to others.  He then answers by healing a lame man.

Matthew 12:1-12 says:
Jesus reminds those who are hung up on Sabbath law that He sets the standard, not them.  He has all authority and desires us to know and reflect Him.  He says it IS lawful (by His authority) to do good on Sabbath.

John 7:21-24 says:
Jesus asks why some people are fine with circumcision on Sabbath but not making someone whole (doing good).  He tells them not to judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.

John 5:1-17 says:
Jesus healed again on Sabbath.  He explains to the Pharisees that His purpose and God’s purpose for the people of this world does not change on Sabbath day.  He came to heal (in every sense) and there is no reason to halt His purposes on Sabbath.

John 9 says:
Jesus healed a man who had been blind from birth.  He explains it was so God could be made manifest in the man.  Jesus said, “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”  The Pharisees threw a fit because the man was healed on Sabbath.  They condemned the man and Jesus.  The man told the Pharisees, “Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.”  The man believed in and worshiped Jesus.

Clearer Understanding of Sabbath
I hope that reading through these Sabbath scriptures has given you a clearer understanding of the purposes of Sabbath.  These purposes give me a greater focus as I approach each Sabbath.  I love how each one builds on the other!  It starts with God and is all about God.  I set apart the Sabbath day as holy out of obedience, then I find my rest and refreshment in Him, I also seek to know Him, and then I seek to reflect Him to others.

Is It Okay To Gather With A Group Of Believers Who Don’t Keep Sabbath – By Lisa Gleaves

Is it okay to gather with a group of believers who don’t keep Sabbath? It may seem like a silly question, but it is a subject that stirs up strong feelings.

Sabbath Is Firmly Established
Let me clarify first that I’m NOT talking about keeping Sabbath on any day other than the day God established. He never changed the day. While many people choose to keep Sabbath on a different day, God still keeps it on His established day.

With that out of the way, I AM talking about getting together with groups of believers on days other than Sabbath. Looking at scripture, it’s easy to see that Sabbath was an established time for believers to meet, read God’s Word and pray together. Naturally, Sabbath is a day set aside to focus on God, spend time with Him and get to know Him better. So it makes sense to get together with others who have set aside the day to do this.

Two Questions
But is it lawful to gather with a group of believers on a day other than Sabbath?
And is it lawful to gather with a group of believers who don’t keep Sabbath?

Let’s look at the first question: Is it lawful to gather with a group of believers on a day other than Sabbath?
The answer is a pretty easy yes. Believers in Bible times gathered on many different days at many different times for many different reasons. “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20

The second question is the one that causes problems: Is it lawful to gather with a group of believers who don’t keep Sabbath?
Of course I’m referring to believers who gather on Sunday. It is understood that most Sunday believers do not keep Sabbath. Most view Sunday as the “new Sabbath” or they really haven’t thought of Sabbath at all. It is not taught or it is simply explained as “done away with.”

What I have to keep in mind is that keeping Sabbath does not bring me salvation. It is an act of obedience and love after salvation. Whether I keep Sabbath or not does not add to or take away from my salvation. God sees the hearts of all believers. There are believers who love God but are ignorant of Sabbath (me a few years ago). There are believers who are aware of Sabbath but choose to believe a lie. There are believers who want to honor God by keeping Sabbath on Sunday. And there are believers who love God and honor Him by keeping His Sabbath on His established day. The common tie is that we are believers. We have been saved by God, undeservingly, from death.

My Story
When my family started keeping Sabbath, my husband was on staff (media minister) at a Southern Baptist church. So we were keeping Sabbath Friday sundown to Saturday sundown, then going to church on Sunday. We expected God to call us away from this church because they don’t keep Sabbath. We actively prayed and looked for other job opportunities. My husband was offered a job with a Sabbath keeping church, but heard God clearly say, “not now.” Instead, God asked us to stay and be an influence at our church. It’s not always easy having some different beliefs, but we have been surprised at the interest in Sabbath from people in our Sunday church. We share respectfully when God gives us opportunities and people have respectfully listened. We understand how they view Sabbath because we thought the same way two short years ago.

I understand that some believers and churches reject those who choose to keep Sabbath. I realize the pain and hurt that comes with rejection from those who are fellow believers. It just isn’t right. But keep in mind that rejection can go both ways. It is also not right to reject fellow believers who don’t keep Sabbath. If I see them as God’s fellow believers, I will want to share about Sabbath in love. I can’t control their response, only my motivation and actions.

The Answer?
I came to the conclusion that only God can give the answer to the question of whether to attend a non-Sabbath keeping church. For some, God will call them away. For others, like myself, God will ask them to stay. God knows the situation and how He can receive the most glory. Let Him be the one to guide you. You may face criticism and rejection from non-Sabbath keepers and Sabbath keepers alike, but you can’t go wrong when you keep your eyes on what God asks of you. Honor and obey God and you will find His blessings!

Can I Worship With Believers When It’s Not Sabbath? by Lisa Gleaves

Is it lawful to gather with a group of believers who don’t keep Sabbath? It may seem like a silly question, but it is a subject that stirs up strong feelings.

Sabbath Is Firmly Established
Let me clarify first that I’m NOT talking about keeping Sabbath on any day other than the day God established. He never changed the day. While many people choose to keep Sabbath on a different day, God still keeps it on His established day.

With that out of the way, I AM talking about getting together with groups of believers on days other than Sabbath. Looking at scripture, it’s easy to see that Sabbath was an established time for believers to meet, read God’s Word and pray together. Naturally, Sabbath is a day set aside to focus on God, spend time with Him and get to know Him better. So it makes sense to get together with others who have set aside the day to do this.

Two Questions
But is it lawful to gather with a group of believers on a day other than Sabbath?
And is it lawful to gather with a group of believers who don’t keep Sabbath?

Let’s look at the first question: Is it lawful to gather with a group of believers on a day other than Sabbath?
The answer is a pretty easy yes. Believers in Bible times gathered on many different days at many different times for many different reasons. “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20

The second question is the one that causes problems: Is it lawful to gather with a group of believers who don’t keep Sabbath?
Of course I’m referring to believers who gather on Sunday. It is understood that most Sunday believers do not keep Sabbath. Most view Sunday as the “new Sabbath” or they really haven’t thought of Sabbath at all. It is not taught or it is simply explained as “done away with.”

What I have to keep in mind is that keeping Sabbath does not bring me salvation. It is an act of obedience and love after salvation. Whether I keep Sabbath or not does not add to or take away from my salvation. God sees the hearts of all believers. There are believers who love God but are ignorant of Sabbath (me a few years ago). There are believers who are aware of Sabbath but choose to believe a lie. There are believers who want to honor God by keeping Sabbath on Sunday. And there are believers who love God and honor Him by keeping His Sabbath on His established day. The common tie is that we are believers. We have been saved by God, undeservingly, from death.

My Story
When my family started keeping Sabbath, my husband was on staff (media minister) at a Southern Baptist church. So we were keeping Sabbath Friday sundown to Saturday sundown, then going to church on Sunday. We expected God to call us away from this church because they don’t keep Sabbath. We actively prayed and looked for other job opportunities. My husband was offered a job with a Sabbath keeping church, but heard God clearly say, “not now.” Instead, God asked us to stay and be an influence at our church. It’s not always easy having some different beliefs, but we have been surprised at the interest in Sabbath from people in our Sunday church. We share respectfully when God gives us opportunities and people have respectfully listened. We understand how they view Sabbath because we thought the same way two short years ago.

I understand that some believers and churches reject those who choose to keep Sabbath. I realize the pain and hurt that comes with rejection from those who are fellow believers. It just isn’t right. But keep in mind that rejection can go both ways. It is also not right to reject fellow believers who don’t keep Sabbath. If I see them as God’s fellow believers, I will want to share about Sabbath in love. I can’t control their response, only my motivation and actions.

The Answer?
I came to the conclusion that only God can give the answer to the question of whether to attend a non-Sabbath keeping church. For some, God will call them away. For others, like myself, God will ask them to stay. God knows the situation and how He can receive the most glory. Let Him be the one to guide you. You may face criticism and rejection from non-Sabbath keepers and Sabbath keepers alike, but you can’t go wrong when you keep your eyes on what God asks of you. Honor and obey God and you will find His blessings!

Until next week,
Lisa G.

How To Answer Family, Friends And Other Church Members – By Lisa Gleaves

Do you have people ask you to explain Sabbath?

Most people that I know are unfamiliar with the term or meaning.  When they stop to give it some thought, they usually respond that Sunday is the modern Sabbath after Jesus’ death.  They assure me that Sabbath is outdated and was done away with on the cross.  Many are sure that keeping the Sabbath now would be acting against God and trying to keep laws to get into Heaven.

How would you respond?

I am not an expert in answering this question, but God has given me the words when I have had opportunity to talk with others.  The method of answering that I love the best is my personal example. When I share what God spoke and revealed to my family and the difference it has made for us, it makes it harder to offend the listener.  It is not accusing and they can simply chose to believe me or not.

I share that God encouraged my husband and I to read the entire Bible completely, with fresh eyes, and see how it all ties together (like a circle that connects together in every way).  When we did this, we saw that God never did away with keeping Sabbath.  It is a day of blessing He established from the beginning of our world and it will continue forever.  Since choosing to keep the Sabbath, my family has received the blessing of rest in our lives as we had never known it before.

What about the details?

We started with the Bible and let God lead from there.  It can be easy to look at a list of “do’s and don’ts” and get hung up on achieving a goal or looking like others who keep the Sabbath.  When that happened to me in the beginning, I totally missed the point of Sabbath.  I eventually learned that when I prepare for the special day, look forward to it, and treat it as a blessing, everything else just falls into place.

My family begins Sabbath at sundown on Friday evening and ends it at sundown on Saturday.  We concentrate on spending time with God (so many ways to do that!) and resting our bodies.  If a need or opportunity comes along to show God’s love to others on Sabbath, Jesus made it clear that we should take that opportunity.

What is the purpose?

I celebrate Sabbath because it is a command from God.  I trust that He knows what is best for me and He proves this through the rest and blessing He provides through Sabbath.  Keeping Sabbath doesn’t get me into Heaven.  That is not the purpose.  But it is a command that should be kept to honor and obey God.

Will you take the time to share about Sabbath?

I encourage everyone to take the opportunities that God puts in front of you to share about Sabbath with others.  There is a strong veil over most peoples’ eyes and few will have that veil lifted. Sharing a positive Sabbath experience with someone might make a difference in their life and encourage them to start asking questions that will lead them closer to God.