Neither add nor take away
God’s people must follow the words of God absolutely. What if we add anything to the words of God or take words away from them even though we claim we believe in God?
Rev 22:18-19 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.
If we want to believe in God and be saved, we must not add anything to God’s words or take anything away from them.
The origin of the Sabbath day and God’s commands
Today, let’s see about the Sabbath day among the absolute words of God.
Ge 2:1-3 Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.
God created the heavens and the earth from the first day to the sixth day, and rested on the last day―the seventh day. He appointed the seventh day as the Sabbath day, and set it as the fourth commandment of the Ten Commandments so that we can remember it and keep it holy.
Ex 20:8-11 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping 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, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.”
Is it okay not to keep the Sabbath as we please even though God commanded us to keep it?
What day is the Sabbath day?
Then, what day is the Sabbath, the seventh day of the week?
First, let’s look into the dictionary. Sunday is the first day among seven days of the week in the dictionary. Saturday is the seventh day from Sunday. Like this, the seventh-day Sabbath when we give service to God is Saturday, according to the dictionary.
The Bible testifies that the Sabbath is Saturday.
Mk 16:9 When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week ….
When was Jesus resurrected? It was the first day of the week.
Mk 16:9, TEV After Jesus rose from death early on Sunday….
When does the TEV Bible say Jesus was resurrected? It says it was Sunday. So the first day of the week, that is, the day after the Sabbath, is Sunday. What day is the Sabbath which is the day before Sunday? It is Saturday. Therefore, the biblical Sabbath is Saturday.
Then what do the churches, which keep the Sunday service, say about the Biblical Sabbath? Let’s look at a Catholic book, “The Faith of Our Fathers.”
“Not to mention other examples, is not every Christian obliged to sanctify Sunday and to abstain on that day from unnecessary servile work? Is not the observance of this law among the most prominent of our sacred duties? But you may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. The Scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday, a day which we never sanctify.” (The Faith of Our Fathers, pp. 72-73)
What day do they say the Biblical Sabbath is? Even a Catholic book says that the Sabbath is not Sunday but Saturday; it is because the fact is so clear even though they keep the Sunday service.
The aforementioned evidence tells us that the Biblical Sabbath is Saturday. Then, on what day should we have service to be blessed? We should have service on Saturday, not on Sunday.
The sign between God and His people
Let’s study how important the Sabbath is.
Ex 31:13 “Say to the Israelites, ‘You must observe my Sabbaths. This will be a sign between me and you for the generations to come, so you may know that I am the LORD, who makes you holy.’ ”
The Sabbath is a sign between God and His people. Then can we say that those who do not keep the Sabbath are the people of God? No.
Ex 31:14 “Observe the Sabbath, because it is holy to you. Anyone who desecrates it must be put to death; whoever does any work on that day must be cut off from his people.”
In the Old Testament times, there is a record that those who did not keep the Sabbath were stoned to death (Nu 15:32).
Jesus and His apostles kept the Sabbath
Some say that the Sabbath was abolished in the New Testament times. Are they right? First, let’s see if Jesus, who came as the Savior in the New Testament times, kept the Sabbath or not.
Lk 4:16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read.
Jesus set an example of keeping the Sabbath every week.
Some say that the Sabbath was kept before the Crucifixion but abolished after it. Let’s see the acts of the apostles after the Crucifixion.
Ac 17:2-3 As his custom was, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that the Christ had to suffer and rise from the dead. “This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Christ,” he said.
Apostle Paul kept the Sabbath, following the example of Jesus. So it is wrong to insist that the Sabbath day was abolished after the Crucifixion. The New Testament never says that we should keep Sunday instead of the Sabbath. The Bible only commands us to keep the Sabbath until the end of the age (Mt 24:20).
Then why did Jesus and the apostles keep the Sabbath?
Mt 7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’”
To keep the Sabbath on Saturday is the will of God. Therefore, only those who keep the Sabbath, following the Bible, can enter the kingdom of heaven.
The goal of our faith is to be saved and enter the kingdom of heaven. Let us all keep the Sabbath, the will of God, and enter the kingdom of heaven