Jesus and the Sabbath

Throughout His life on earth, Jesus observed the seventh-day Sabbath. Luke 4:16 records, “And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.” The reason for His Sabbath observance went deeper than the fact that He was a Jew, because He also stated, “The sabbath was made for man” (Mark 2:27), indicating that the obligations of the seventh day extend to all of humanity. Jesus also argued for a Sabbath observance focused on bringing blessings to other people, rather than a self-focused abstinence from normal work or selfish pleasures. On one occasion, when challenged about a Sabbath miracle He had just performed, Jesus said, “What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out? How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days” (Matthew 12:11-12).

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

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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

Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, attacked Jerusalem several times before its final destruction. Nebuchadnezzar’s second attack came on March 16, 597...

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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