PART of Satan’s strategy to
destroy humanity’s trust in God has been to attack His claim as the Creator.
Obviously, the theory of evolution is part of this deceptive and
soul-destroying effort. With its amoral humanistic emphasis, Darwin’s
doctrine has turned millions into religious skeptics and enshrouded in
darkness their need for the Savior.
Yet while many Christians rightly denounce this unscientific belief,
ironically, many are still falling into the devil’s trap of denying God’s
sovereignty over the earth. That trap is the ages-long effort to twist and
destroy the observance of the seventh-day Sabbath.
Through Satan’s false information and man’s trust in traditions over the
sure word of Scripture, millions of Christians have been led to discount or
even reject the importance of observing the Sabbath. “The seventh day is the
sabbath of the Lord: … in it thou shalt not do any work” (Exodus 20:10). No
one disagrees with the clear meaning of this text, yet millions are finding
ways not to follow it.
Why? The general Bible ignorance of the church and the clever arguments of
Satan have created a climate of prejudice against the holiness of the
seventh day in favor of the observance of Sunday. So in the interest of
promoting God’s law over the theories of men, let’s take a moment to
rediscover some amazing facts about the seventh-day Sabbath.
Fact #1: The
Seventh day Sabbath Establishes
Why does Satan hate the Sabbath so much? Because the Sabbath identifies the
true God and His claim of ultimate sovereignty.
God certainly anticipated the controversy over the Genesis account of
Creation. He knew that after the fall of man, there would be doubts about
His claims of manufacturing all the staggering mass of matter by merely
commanding it to exist.
To safeguard His sovereignty, He established a mark that denoted His
absolute right to rule as Lord. He chose to memorialize His display of
creative power by setting aside the seventh day of the Creation week as a
holy day of rest and remembering.
God wrote these words: “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days
shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath
of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work. … For in six days the
Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is: … wherefore
the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it” (Exodus 20:8–11).
Once a week, as the earth rotates on its axis, the Sabbath reminder travels
around the earth reaching every man, woman, and child with the message of an
instant creation and the one who did the creating.
Why did God say remember? Because to forget the true Sabbath is to forget
the true Creator.
Does it really matter that much? See “The One Unimportant Commandment?”
Fact #2: The Seventh day Sabbath Was Made for Everyone
(Not Just For The Jews)
A multitude of Christians call God’s fourth commandment the “Jewish
Sabbath.” But nowhere is this expression found in the Bible. The seventh day
is called “the sabbath of the Lord,” and it is never called “the sabbath of
the Jew” (Exodus 20:10).
Luke, a Gentile writer of the New Testament, often refers to things that
were particularly Jewish. He writes of the “nation of the Jews,” “the people
of the Jews,” “the land of the Jews,” and the “synagogue of the Jews” (Acts
10:22; 12:11; 10:39; 14:1). But he never refers to the “sabbath of the
Jews,” although he mentions the Sabbath repeatedly.
Christ also taught that “the sabbath was made for man” (Mark 2:27). Adam and
Eve were the only two people who existed when God actually established the
Sabbath. There were no Jews in the world until 2,000 years later, so it was
never meant just for the Jews. Jesus uses the term “man” in the generic
sense, referring to all mankind. The same word is used in connection with
the institution of marriage that was also introduced at creation. Certainly
no Christian can believe that marriage was made only for the Jews.
Fact #3: It’s Not About Just Keeping Any Day
Every word of God’s Ten Commandments was written by His own hand in stone.
Every word is serious and meaningful. No line in them is ambiguous or
mysterious. Sinners and Christians, educated and uneducated, are not
confused about the words “seventh day.” So why do they discount those words
if every other word in the commandments is considered to be ironclad?
Satan wants the world to accept Sunday as the day he has chosen for worship,
but any day will do for him so long as it means we’re breaking God’s
Genesis describes the origin of the Sabbath like this: “Thus the heavens and
the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day
God ended his work which he had made. … 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” (Genesis 2:1–3).
Which day did God bless and sanctify? The seventh day. How was it to be kept
holy? By resting. Could any of the other six be kept holy? No. Why? Because
God commanded not to rest those days but to work. Does God’s blessing make a
difference? Of course. Parents pray for God to bless their children because
they believe it makes a difference. The seventh day is different from all
the other days because it has God’s blessing.
Has God ever given man the privilege of choosing his own day of rest? No. In
fact, God confirms in the Bible that the Sabbath is a matter settled and
sealed by His own divine power. Read Exodus 16. For 40 years, God worked
three miracles every week to show Israel which day was holy: (1) No manna
fell on the seventh day; (2) they could not keep manna overnight without
spoilage; (3) but when they kept manna over the Sabbath, it remained sweet
But some Israelites had the same idea as many Christians have today. They
felt that any day in seven would be okay to keep holy: “It came to pass,
that there went out some of the people on the seventh day for to gather, and
they found none.” What happened? “And the Lord said unto Moses, How long
refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws?” (Exodus 16:27, 28).
God met them and accused them of breaking His law by going forth to work on
the seventh day. Would God say the same thing to those who break the Sabbath
today? Yes. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).
But why the seventh day, exactly? See “Why the Seventh Day?” below.
Fact #4: We Know the True Seventh Day
Some reject the seventh-day Sabbath over the belief that we cannot know
which day it falls on today, so picking any day should be okay. But this is
fallacy. Here are four proofs that identify the true Sabbath.
1: According to Scripture, Christ died on Friday and rose on Sunday, the
first day of the week. Practically all churches acknowledge this by
observing Easter Sunday and Good Friday. “This man went unto Pilate, and
begged the body of Jesus. And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and
laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was
laid. And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on. The women
also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the
sepulchre, and how his body was laid. And they returned, and prepared spices
and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment”
This is clear evidence that Jesus died the day before the Sabbath! The day
of His death was a “preparation day” because it was the time to get ready
for the Sabbath. Notice, then, that the women rested over the Sabbath
“according to the commandment.” The commandment says, “The seventh day is
the Sabbath,” so we know they were resting on Saturday. The very next verse
says, “Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they
came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared. … And
they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre” (Luke 24:1, 2).
2: The calendar has not been changed so as to confuse the days of the week.
Just as we know that Jesus and His followers observed the same day as Moses,
we can be positive that our seventh day is the same day Jesus observed. Pope
Gregory XIII did make a calendar change in 1582, but it did not interfere
with the weekly cycle. What did Gregory do to the calendar? He changed
Friday, October 5, 1582, to be Friday, October 15, 1582. He did not affect
the weekly cycle of days.
3: The Jews have observed the seventh day from the time of Abraham, and they
still keep it today. An entire nation of people, all around the world,
continue to observe a Sabbath they have known for more than 4,000 years.
4: Over 100 languages on earth use the word “Sabbath” for Saturday. For
example, the Spanish word for Saturday is “Sabado,” meaning Sabbath. What
does this prove? It proves that when those languages originated long ago,
Saturday was recognized as the Sabbath day and was incorporated into the
very name of the day.
Fact #5: The
Sabbath Is Not a Memorial of Deliverance
Out of Egypt
This is a belief taken and twisted out of the Old Testament: “The seventh
day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work,
thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy
maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy
stranger that is within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy maidservant
may rest as well as thou. And remember that thou wast a servant in the land
of Egypt, and that the Lord thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty
hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the Lord thy God commanded thee
to keep the sabbath day” (Deuteronomy 5:14, 15).
Some people suggest this means that God gave the Sabbath as a memorial of
the Exodus from Egypt. But the Genesis story of the making of the Sabbath
(Genesis 2:1–3) and the wording of the fourth commandment by God (Exodus
20:11) reveals the seventh-day Sabbath as a memorial of creation.
The key to understanding these two verses rests in the word “servant.” God
said, “Remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt.” And in the
sentence before, He reminds them “that thy manservant and thy maidservant
may rest as well as thou.” In other words, their experience in Egypt as
servants would remind them to deal justly with their servants by giving them
It was not unusual for God to harken back to the Egyptian deliverance as an
incentive to obey other commandments. In Deuteronomy 24:17, 18, the Bible
says, “Thou shalt not pervert the judgment of the stranger, nor of the
fatherless; nor take a widow’s raiment to pledge. … Thou wast a bondman in
Egypt, and the Lord thy God redeemed thee thence: therefore I command thee
to do this thing.”
Neither the command to be just nor to keep the Sabbath was given to
memorialize the Exodus, but God told them that His goodness in bringing them
out of captivity constituted a strong reason for them to deal kindly with
their servants on the Sabbath and treating justly the strangers and widows.
In the same way, God spoke to them in Leviticus 11:45, “I am the Lord that
bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt … ye shall therefore be holy.” No
one would insist that holiness did not exist before the Exodus or that it
would be ever afterwards limited only to the Jews!
Fact #6: The
Sabbath Is Not Meant to
Memorialize the Resurrection
It is true that Jesus rose on a Sunday. It is one of the pivotal moments in
the history of the world.
But nowhere does the Bible hint that we should keep Sunday holy. Many other
wonderful events occurred on certain days of the week, but we have no
command to keep them holy either.
There is, of course, a memorial of the resurrection commanded in the Bible,
but it is not to determine a new day of worship. Paul wrote: “Therefore we
are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up
from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in
newness of life” (Romans 6:4). Baptism is the memorial of Christ’s death,
burial, and resurrection. However, the Sabbath is a memorial of creation.
Still have a question about this? See “The Upper Room” below.
Fact #7: The Sabbath Will Be Celebrated for Eternity
The Sabbath is an arbitrary arrangement of God that serves a powerful
purpose. It is His claim — His seal — over the world and all human life. It
is also a sign of the redemption He offers to every single one of us.
Surely this is why God will preserve Sabbathkeeping throughout eternity.
That’s right! “For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make,
shall remain before me, saith the Lord, so shall your seed and your name
remain. And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and
from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me,
saith the Lord” (Isaiah 66:22, 23).
The Sabbath is so precious to God that He will have His people observe it
throughout all time in the beautiful new earth to come. If it is so precious
to Him, should it not be precious to us? If we are going to keep it through
all eternity, why not keep it now as our pledge of obedience to Him?
Trust and Obey: There Is No Other Way
It is easy to understand why the devil has waged a continuing, desperate
battle against the seventh-day Sabbath. He has worked through the pride of
tradition, misinformation, and religious bigotry to destroy the sanctity of
God’s special sign of authority — the Sabbath.
But with these Sabbath facts in hand, may God grant every Christian the
courage to honor the Sabbath commandment as His special test of our love and
It might be a duty to keep the seventh-day holy. But it should not be a
burden. In an age of false gods and spirituality, of atheistic evolution,
and the stubborn traditions of men, the world needs the Sabbath more than
ever. It is more than just a test of our loyalty to the Creator. It is more
than just a sign of our sanctification through His power. It is His promise
of a lasting, eternal gift of restoration.
More Interesting Facts!
The One Unimportant Commandment?
God made it very clear that, regardless of feelings, those who abuse the
Sabbath are guilty of breaking His law. James explains that it is a sin to
break even one of the Ten Commandments: “For whosoever shall keep the whole
law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. For he that said, Do
not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery,
yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law” (James 2:10,
Most of the commandments begin with the same words: ‘‘Thou shalt not.’’ But
the fourth commandment is introduced with the word “Remember.” Why? Because
God was commanding them to call something to memory that already existed but
had been forgotten.
Why the Seventh Day?
Why did God bless the seventh day as a day of worship? Because He had just
created the world in six days. It was a memorial to the birth of the world,
a reason to remember that mighty act.
So could the Sabbath memorial be changed? No. Because it points backward to
an accomplished fact. For instance, July 4 is Independence Day in the United
States. Can it be changed? No. Because the Declaration of Independence was
signed on July 4, 1776. Your birthday cannot be changed either. It is a
memorial of your birth, which happened on a set day. History would have to
run through again to change your birthday, to change Independence Day, or to
change the Sabbath day. We can call another day Independence Day, and we can
call another day the Sabbath, but that does not make it so.
The Upper Room
Those who believe that Sunday worship honors the resurrection of Jesus often
cite the upper room meeting of the disciples on the same day that He rose
from the grave. They argue that this gathering was meant to celebrate His
resurrection. But the Bible record of the event reveals another set of
Luke writes that even though the disciples were confronted with the
eyewitness story of Mary, they “believed not. After that he appeared in
another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country.
And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed they them.
Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided
them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not
them which had seen him after he was risen” (Mark 16:11–14).
Obviously, none of those upper room disciples believed that He was raised
from the dead, so they could not have been joyously celebrating the
resurrection. John explains their reason for being together with these
words: “The doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of
the Jews” (John 20:19).
by Joe Crews
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