The Sabbath Truth

           Jesus Christ taught us, “man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.” (Luke 4:4) Jesus also made it clear that the Bible does not contradict itself. The Sabbath Truth does not contradict itself. He showed that the teaching of Scripture is consistent. For Jesus said, “The Scripture cannot be broken.”

            The apostle Paul expanded on this theme, saying, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2nd Timothy 3:16-17)

            If you are willing to believe these inspired statements then you will have no problem understanding this vital subject. For the Bible teaches us about God’s true Sabbath day from Genesis to Revelation. In fact, it is one of the clearest and most easily understood subjects in the entire Bible—if you honestly look at the facts and are not fearful about “what other people think.” Remember that in Jesus’ day many of the religious leaders knew that He was the Christ, but would not confess Him for this very reason: “For they loved the praise of man more than the praise of God.” (John 12:43)

            Do you have the faith and courage to do what God clearly commands—regardless of what others think? All right. Let’s get down to clear, absolute proof regarding the Sabbath truth of almighty God.

            The Bible never commands anyone to observe Sunday as a weekly day of worship! Rather, it instructs us to work on that day. In fact, from Genesis to Revelation, many versus in the Bible clearly show that, rather than observing the first day—Sunday—it was the seventh-day Sabbath. (From Friday sunset to Saturday sunset) that was kept by all of God’s faithful servants in both Old and New Testament times. And this same seventh-day Sabbath will continue to be observed by Christians on this earth during Christ’s soon-coming. (Rev. 20:4-6)

            Notice the teaching of Jesus in Mark 2:23-28. Jesus allowed His disciples to pluck heads of grain to eat as they walked through grain fields on the Sabbath. He was challenged on this point by the Pharisees, who had added more than 60 legalistic “dos and don’ts” to the Sabbath—of their own human devising; but Jesus said, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.” Therefore the Son of man is also Lord of the Sabbath.

            Christ did not say that the Sabbath was made for the Jews—but for “man.” He said the Sabbath (not Sunday) is the day He is “Lord of.” Jesus did not give the slightest hint about abrogating the Sabbath commandment. Rather, He showed both here and in the verses that follow how to keep the Sabbath in a more meaningful way. Again, Jesus said that the Sabbath was “made for man”—for him to keep—long before the Jewish people even existed.

            God completed His work of creation by resting on the seventh day of the week. The word “Sabbath” is derived from the Hebrew word “Shabbat,” which literally means “rest” or “cessation.” God created the Sabbath by resting on this day and ceasing from creating material things, and He “blessed” and sanctified”—that is, set apart for holy use—this day and no other! It is so very clear. The true Sabbath is the seventh day and not the first. This is the Sabbath Truth.