Some make excuses saying “If everyone on the earth observe the Sabbath day, then this society will not function normally!” This 4th commandment is so important that it is part of the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments say that stealing, killing and lying are wrong, and so as dishonoring the weekly seventh day Sabbath.
Here is the 4th Commandment of GOD:
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, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. Exodus 20:8-11
New Testament mentioning of the Sabbath
Some say we are under the grace of GOD that there is no need to keep the Sabbath day holy. Would you say, “We are under the grace of GOD because of the cross, therefore we can steal, kill and lie.” This is the same equation for saying that keeping the Sabbath is optional. Some say this is just an Old Testament law, and it is not valid nowadays because everything are made new after the cross. The New Testament did quote about the Ten Commandments.
And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Matthew 19:17-19
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. Mark 2:27-28
Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath. For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. Matthew 24:20-21
In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulcher. Matthew 28:1
The bible tells us plainly that the people observed the 4th Commandment after JESUS died! Even though the bible says it this clearly to KEEP THE SABBATH DAY HOLY ON THE SEVENTH DAY, there are still people trying to refute this Sabbath keeping, by justifying that the people were slow to understand between the law and the grace of GOD. THIS IS NOT TRUE! The 4th Commandment is as IMPORTANT as the 1st Commandment and so on!
And 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.
Another chapter clearly points to observing the weekly Sabbath day:
Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest. Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief: Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. Hebrews 4:1-11
The Gravity of Dishonoring the Sabbath
Dishonoring the Sabbath day is punishable by death. The LORD is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8); HE is the same GOD in the Old Testament, and so as in the New Testament. There were many prophecies in the Old Testament that echo to the New Testament, such as the birth of our Savior JESUS CHRIST in Isaiah 9:6.
And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man that gathered sticks upon the sabbath day. And they that found him gathering sticks brought him unto Moses and Aaron, and unto all the congregation. And they put him in ward, because it was not declared what should be done to him. And the Lord said unto Moses, The man shall be surely put to death: all the congregation shall stone him with stones without the camp. And all the congregation brought him without the camp, and stoned him with stones, and he died; as the Lord commanded Moses.
Before the Ten Commandments tablets were given, even GOD HIMSELF observed the Sabbath day holy at the very beginning, and rested on the seventh day after the six days of creation. Who are we then to dishonor this day?
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. 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 2:2-3
The Perpetual Ten Commandments
The Ten Commandments are to be kept as Ten Commandments, not as Nine Commandments. The Sabbath day is to be kept from generations to generations.
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 66:23
Keeping the commandments of The LORD is not optional.
If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. John 15:10
Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. Revelation 22:14-15
The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure. They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness. Psalm 111:7-8
The 5 Common Excuses from Christians
There are always excuses from some self-professed Christians to justify themselves not to keep the Sabbath holy. If you are one of them, I hope you repent of this sin than later in the unknown future. Commonly, at the end of Sunday church services, the believers would happily gather in a group to eat out. There are even churches consist of cafeterias that sell food to the visitors. What an abomination! The Ten Commandments were written by the FINGER OF GOD (Exodus 31:18). It is very dangerous to only obey what tickles your ears by choosing and picking the commandments of The LORD like you do in a restaurant.
# Mentality 1 – “The Two Great Commandments have replaced the Ten Commandments”
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. Mark 12:30-31
The two great commandments are actually summing up the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments were separated into two tablets of stone for a reason. The first great commandment is to love GOD wholeheartedly is a sum of the 1st to the 4th commandment. The second great commandment is to love our neighbors as ourselves is a sum of the 5th to the 10th commandment. The Ten Commandments itself is a more detailed guideline of how to love GOD and people. Therefore, the Ten Commandments are still valid today.
# Mentality 2 – “You have no right to judge me about observing the Sabbath day”
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
The words “a shadow of things to come” have really changed the subject about the weekly Sabbath. This is suggesting about the 1,000 years millennium reign of CHRIST that will complete the 7,000 years timeline. Here it mentioned about Sabbath “days”, and the scriptures said that 1 day is as a thousand years in 2 Peter 3:8. The saying of “let no man therefore judge you…” refers to let not those who are of the world to judge you for being different, because you observe the sacred feasts of the old covenant.
# Mentality 3 – “JESUS had abolished the 4th commandment as we’re under HIS grace”
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. 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. Matthew 5:17-18
JESUS came not to destroy the law, but HE was setting a perfect example correcting the mistake of the First Adam. The Last Adam is sinless and blameless. HE came to fulfill the law and all righteousness, which through HIS sacrifice was made once and for all so that sins can be forgiven. Being under the grace of GOD doesn’t give us a ticket to sin.
What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Romans 6:15
That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Romans 8:4
For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. Hebrews 10:1
# Mentality 4 – “Those who profane the Sabbath day are guiltless”
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…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? Matthew 12:1, 5
Doing servile work for The LORD by the priests do not break the law. In Numbers 28:9, it was commanded by The LORD to sacrifice burnt offerings on the Sabbath day. In Deuteronomy 23:25, plucking the ears of the corn to eat was permitted. Therefore, JESUS and HIS disciples were guiltless, because they did not break the Sabbath rules.
In Matthew 12:10-12, even though doing work in the Sabbath is strictly forbidden, however if it comes to healing in emergency is allowable. For example, if there are people who are crashed in a car accident, they don’t have to wait until the end of Sabbath in order to be hospitalized.
# Mentality 5 – “Observing the Sabbath is based on personal choice”
One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. Romans 14:5
The whole chapter focuses mainly on vegetarianism and eating of meat, and have nothing to do with the Sabbath. There are some who mainly eat herbs, and would esteem one day above another through fasting from meat. There are some who eat meat, and view everyday the same. Paul’s target audiences consisted of those who were superstitiously refrained from meat because of idols, as during that time meat were mostly offered unto false gods.
As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one. Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled. But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse. 1 Corinthians 8:4, 7-8