The Rabbinical Sabbath Restrictions

The trend towards a strict Sabbath observance increased during the intertestamental period, and reached its peak in the Mishna of the third century A.D. These ancient rabbinical sabbath restrictions impacted virtually every aspect of life on the Sabbath, and while they were intended to protect the sanctity of the Sabbath, they more frequently made the day a burden on the people. Jesus Christ referred to this legalistic keeping of the Sabbath when He said that the Jews “worship me in vain, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men” (Matthew 15:9). Many of Christ’s miracles on the Sabbath, while benefitting those healed, infringed in some way on the rabbinical Sabbath restrictions.

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

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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