|Q: Why do we keep Sabbath on Saturday and not on Sunday? I already emailed u and did not get a email back so I am trying it again.
|A: Dear Faith,
|Thanks for a great question! I’m sorry it took me so long to write back.
There are many reasons that we keep Sabbath on Saturday and not on Sunday. The main reason is that Saturday is the only day God or Jesus ever said was the Sabbath day. The Bible doesn’t use the words “Saturday” or “Sunday”, but “seventh day” and “first day”. The Bible tells us that in the beginning, when He first created the earth, “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. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation” (Genesis 2:2-3). In the Ten Commandments, God reminded His people of the importance of keeping the Sabbath. The fourth commandment says “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. ?Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the ?seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the ?sojourner who is within your gates. For ?in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy” (Ex 20:8-11).
Since the seventh day is the only day God set aside for worship, it is the only day that can truly be called the Sabbath Day, and it is the only day that the Bible calls the Sabbath. The Bible never says the Sabbath is on any other day except the seventh day. If you look at most any calendar, the seventh day of the week is Saturday. If you look up “Saturday” in the dictionary, it will say “the seventh day of the week.”
In the New Testament, we find that the custom of Jesus was to worship on the Sabbath (Luke 4:16). The apostles worshiped on the Sabbath, along with the Gentile (non-Jewish) believers (see Acts 13:42-44).
Historically, it was not until the second century A.D. that some Christians began to keep Sunday instead of Saturday because Saturday-worshipers were being persecuted for their faith, and because Sunday was the common day of worship for the pagan religions of the world. Over time, because of convenience, and because many people forgot the day God said to remember, most of Christianity started worshiping on Sunday. Today, the main reasons for Sunday worship are tradition and convenience, but the Bible still teaches worship on the Sabbath, and it is still one of the Ten Commandments. Jesus said the our worship is worthless if we are obeying the traditions of men instead of the commandments of God – “ ‘They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.’ ?You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men” (Mark 7:7-8, NIV).
We keep Sabbath on Saturday because that’s the day God said to keep, that’s the day Jesus kept, it is the day the apostles kept, and most of all, Jesus said “If you love me, you will ?keep my commandments” (John 14:15) – We keep the Sabbath day on Saturday because we love Jesus!
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