Is there Jewish worship on the Sabbath

Does God Require Christians to Keep the Sabbath?



In Colossians 2: 16-17, the apostle Paul explains: “Do not let anyone feel guilty about food and drink or about a holiday, a new moon or a Sabbath. All of this is only a shadow of the future; but the body is Christ's own. ”Romans 14: 5 says similarly:“ One thinks one day is greater than another; but the other considers all days to be the same. Let each one be sure of his or her opinion. ”These scriptures make it clear that for Christians observing the Sabbath is a question of spiritual freedom and not a command from God. Using the example of keeping the Sabbath, God's Word teaches not to judge one another. It is a subject where every Christian has to follow his own conviction.

In the opening chapters of Acts, Christians were predominantly Jews. As Gentiles were gradually redeemed through Jesus Christ, Jewish Christians faced a dilemma. Now, what aspects of the Mosaic Law and Jewish tradition should pagan Christians be taught to obey? The apostles met and discussed the subject in Jerusalem (Acts 15). The decision was: "Therefore I think that one should not complain to those of the Gentiles who turn to God, but write to them that they should abstain from defilement by idols and from fornication and from what is strangled and from blood" ( Acts 15: 19-20). The Sabbath commandment was not one of the commandments that the apostles deemed necessary to impose on pagan believers. It is unthinkable that the apostles would fail to include the Sabbath commandment if it had been God's command for Christians to keep the Sabbath.

A common mistake in discussing the Sabbath commandment is the concept that the Sabbath was the day of worship. Faith groups like Seventh-day Adventists say that God requires worship to be held on Saturday, Sabbath day. However, that is not what the Sabbath commandment was. The Sabbath command was that no work should be done on the seventh day (Exodus 20: 8-11). Nowhere in the Bible does it say that one should worship or worship God on the Sabbath day. Yes, Old and New Testament Jews and modern day Jews use Saturday as a day of worship, but that is not the core of the Sabbath commandment. Whenever there is a Saturday meeting in Acts of the Apostles, it is Jews - not Christians - who meet.

When did the early Christians meet? In Acts 2: 46-47 we find the answer: “And every day they were with one another in the temple, breaking bread here and there in the houses, having meals with joy and pure hearts, and praising God and finding favor with all the people . But the Lord added to the church that were being saved daily. ”If there was a specific day on which Christians met regularly, it was the first day of the week (our Sunday), not the Sabbath day (our Saturday) (Acts 20 Dec. , 7; 1 Corinthians 16: 2). In honor of Christ ‘Resurrection on Sunday, the early Christians did not consider Sunday a“ Christian Sabbath ”, but rather a day to honor Jesus Christ in particular.

Is it wrong to worship on Saturday, on the Jewish Sabbath? Absolutely not! We should honor God every day, not just on Saturday or Sunday! Many churches today offer services on Saturday and Sunday. There is freedom in Christ (Romans 8:21; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5: 1). Should Christians keep the Sabbath law by not working on Saturdays? If a Christian feels called to do so, he should do so (Romans 14: 5). However, those who keep the Sabbath should not judge those who do not (Colossians 2:16). Furthermore, those who do not keep the Sabbath should not be offensive to others who keep it (1 Corinthians 8: 9). Galatians 5: 13-15 sums up the theme: “But you, dear brothers, are called to freedom. But see that through freedom you do not give space to the flesh; but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in “one” word in which (Leviticus 19:18): “Love your neighbor as yourself! "But if you bite and eat one another, see that you are not devoured by the other."



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