A Sabbath Work Law in Ancient Egypt

As slaves in Egypt, the Israelites were not able to serve or worship God, and this was one reason that He delivered them from slavery. Psalm 105:43-45 says, “He brought forth His people with joy, and His chosen with gladness: and gave them the lands of the heathen: and they inherited the labor of the people; that they might observe His statutes, and keep His laws.” This passage makes it clear that the Israelites were unable to observe the seventh-day Sabbath as slaves in Egypt. Before Israel’s deliverance, Moses and Aaron attempted reforms and encouraged the Israelites to worship God (Exodus 4:29-31). This worship apparently included observance of the Sabbath rest, because in Exodus 5:5 Pharaoh angrily says to Moses and Aaron that they made the people “rest from their burdens.” That same day Pharaoh increased the burdens of the Israelites and required them to collect their own straw while making the same number of bricks. This increased oppression almost certainly included a prohibition from resting on the seventh-day Sabbath.

A Call to Worship the Creator

In Revelation 14, three angels fly over the earth with messages from heaven. The first angel calls all people to worship God as Creator: “And I saw...

A Day for All

Jesus made it clear that the Sabbath blessing was intended for all people, not just the Jews, when He said, “The sabbath was made for man” (Mark...

A Sabbath Coup

During the time of Israel’s divided kingdom, Athaliah, the daughter of Israel’s King Ahab and Queen Jezebel, seized power in Judah after the death...

A Sabbath Work Law in Ancient Egypt

As slaves in Egypt, the Israelites were not able to serve or worship God, and this was one reason that He delivered them from slavery. Psalm...

Anti-Sabbath Rhetoric Increases

Around the year 600 AD, Pope Gregory I denounced as preachers of Antichrist those who were teaching in Rome that work should not be done on the...

Babylon Attacks on the Sabbath

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Blessings of Sabbath Observance

Some of the Bible's richest blessings are promised for those that honor and reverence God’s holy Sabbath. In Isaiah 58 the prophet writes, “If thou...

Christ’s Death and the Sabbath

The Bible records that Jesus died on a Friday afternoon “at the ninth hour” (Mark 15:34), or 3:00 PM. His death came only six hours after being...

Christianity Begins Distancing Itself From the Sabbath

The anti-Jewish sentiments found in the writings of some early church fathers was simultaneously demonstrated in a gradual distancing of...

Church Fathers Write Against the Sabbath

In the early centuries of Christianity, some church fathers wrote against the Sabbath as part of their anti-Jewish rhetoric. For example, Justin...

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