What Day Is The Sabbath – Does It Really Matter?

Have you ever gotten into an argument with someone over what day is the Sabbath? I bet that this discussion was not very productive. You started out trying to correct your brother or sister in Christ and ended up doing more harm than good.

There is one argument that the Sabbath day is the day that was established in the Old Testament as the 7th day of the week. This corresponds with the day of our Roman calendar called Saturday. 

Another argument contends that Sunday is the Christian day of rest since Jesus was resurrected on this day, the first day of the week.

I believe that both of these arguments are equally valid. I would, however, like to propose that there may be a more important issue at hand.

Are you truly honoring the Lord with the Sabbath day of rest? If you are genuinely bringing honor to our Heavenly Father on this day of rest, I’m not so sure that it makes much difference whether you do that on Saturday or Sunday. I realize that this may upset some people, but Jesus put much more value on what was going on in someone’s heart as opposed to outward observances of rules.

Instead of making a big issue over what day is the Sabbath, try to put more energy into keeping this special and powerful day holy unto the Lord.

There are a number of simple ways that you can do this: 

1) The 4th Commandment tells us to keep this day “holy”. That simpy means to set it apart by giving it special significance in your life. One way to do this is to do your work on the other 6 days and keep it as a day of rest. I believe we will experience divine favor and blessing on the work of our hands if we do this. Look at Chick-Fil-A as an example. They are closed for business on Sunday’s to honor the Sabbath and they are very successful in the competitive fast -food industry.

2) Isaiah 58:13-14 gives us several keys and  a powerful promise. It talks about us NOT spending this day on just our own pleasures. Is it really too much of our Creator to ask that we set aside one day out of the week to devote to Him?

This passage also talks about focusing on speaking God’s words, not words from our own selfish hearts. We are to call His holy day a delight and a day of honoring Him.

It finishes with an awesome promise from God that if we do these things, He will cause us to come out on top of things. That makes us WINNERS!

 Don’t get stuck on trying to figure out what day is the Sabbath. We invite you and your family to learn more about the Lord’s special days and His Biblical feasts  and watch the doors of God’s blessings open up for you to enjoy.

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