A reader of mine pointed out that the Sabbath didn’t exist before the time of Israel. He mentioned that it was only a command given to Israel. Thus, the Fourth Commandment is not applicable to Christians today.
Is this true?
Is this something that we, as zealous followers of God and His Son, must believe?
I understand that what my reader believes is something that most Christians believe. Thus, it’s important for us to respond to his claim.
Let’s take a look at what the Scripture says.
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The Sabbath in the creation week
This is what we read in Genesis 2:1-3:
Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. 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. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.
If you looked into the Hebrew word “rested” here, it is “shabath.” It is the root word for “Sabbath.” This is where it all began. God showed us an example of how we must keep the Sabbath by resting on the seventh day.
Blessed and sanctified
The Genesis account tells us that Yahweh blessed the Sabbath. This means that He pronounced a SPECIAL blessing upon the Sabbath. It means that those who keep the Sabbath will also be blessed.
Now, notice, Yahweh didn’t simply bless the Sabbath, he also sanctified it!
Sanctify means to set apart for a holy and special purpose. Notice that God, in this case, didn’t choose other days, but He chose the SEVENTH day.
God was telling us that the Seventh day is a special and holy day that we must all keep.
Did Adam and Eve keep the Sabbath?
Most people argue that Adam and Eve didn’t keep the Sabbath.
However, is this really the case?
Remember that God just blessed and sanctified the seventh day. Now, why would God do that and will not expect Adam and Eve to observe it?
It is just illogical.
Surely, Adam and Eve would have kept the Sabbath.
I would even say that God used the Sabbath as a day for Him to teach Adam and Eve His way of life.
Was the Sabbath kept before the Sinai covenant?
A lot of Christians would argue that the Sabbath was barely mentioned before the time of creation to the time of Sinai. This proves that the Sabbath was insignificant.
Now, that’s a dangerous argument that won’t stand in court.
For one, if the Bible is silent about a particular topic, does that mean that it is not important anymore?
If this is the case, does this mean that God approves of Jacob having two wives? We don’t see God condemning Jacob for this. So, did God say that is okay?
The Bible didn’t mention gambling. Does this mean that gambling is acceptable?
In the same manner, if the Bible didn’t say a lot about the Sabbath from creation to Israel, does this mean that it is not important anymore?
Of course, not.
Notice Christ’s response when asked what must be done to receive eternal life (Mark 10:18-19):
So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. 19 You know the commandments: Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’ ”
Christ didn’t mention the Fourth Commandment.
Why? Because Christ knew that the Sabbath is commonly observed during His time and thus, it is not something that He needs to reiterate anymore.
Notice as well that Jesus or Yahshua didn’t mention the first, second, and third. Does this mean that we can now worship idols? We can now use God’s name in vain?
Of course not.
Remember the Sabbath
The Fourth Commandment starts with the word, “Remember.”
Why? Because the Sabbath has been being observed long before the giving of the Ten Commandments!
Moreover, the Ten Commandments were given in Exodus 20. Yet, prior to that, we find God teaching the Israelites about the Sabbath in Exodus 16.
Now, whether people were keeping the Sabbath or not, it doesn’t mean that the Sabbath wasn’t commanded yet.
God commanded them to keep the Sabbath and it is up to them whether to keep it or not. Their decision does not affect the existence of the Sabbath.
In the same manner, if the law says don’t cross the street, people don’t render it obsolete by breaking it.
There remains a Sabbath rest
For those Christians who don’t keep the Sabbath, let me just leave you one verse:
“There remains therefore a Sabbath rest for the people of God” (Hebrews 4:9).
Blessings come to those who keep Yahweh’s Sabbath rest.
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