THE REST ON SATURDAY
I want to start by congratulating all the Christians who stands firm as God asked to rest on the seventh day. As said the prophet; God does not change. And there are some Christian’s churches that preach and keep the rest in that day. In addition to the Jews, there were and there are still people who have not bowed to rest in the pagan day. I can mention the Seventh Day Baptists, Seventh-Day Adventists and many others; and also many people who has not decided to join to any denomination, but even so, they are guarding the biblical day of rest. I want to tell the story in a few words of the Bible Sabbath. I want to follow an ecclesiastical storyline.
It all started there in Eden! In fact, there is evidence that the rest on the seventh day is prior to Eden. God was already worshiped by angels and created beings by Him in that day. But let's take Genesis as a starting point. Chapter 2 and verses 1-3 are clear: "Thus were completed heaven and earth, and all that they contain. On the seventh day God had completed his work and this seventh day God rested of the work he had been doing. God blessed the seventh day and made it a holy day because it was the day that he rested from all the work of creating that he had done". From creation to Moses were passed more than 2000 years. All this time the Sabbath had been the day of rest and reserved for worship. This proves that the argumentation that the Sabbath is for a Jew does not work. Actually the Sabbath is for mankind and the Earth rest.
Among dozens of quotes about the Sabbath, I want to mention just one more of the Old Testament: "Keep my Sabbaths holy, to be a covenant sign between Me and you, to know that I am the Lord your God "(Ezek. 20:20). It is a strong statement! No one can deny.
The opinion that Jesus has changed the rest day is false. There are dozens of direct quotes on the Saturday and no regard to their change or cancellation. The person must be very bad in text interpretation to find evidence of canceling the fourth commandment. "For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath itself" (Mt 12: 8); He added: “The Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man has authority over the Sabbath itself"(Mark 2: 27,28); "There were people who wanted to see if he would heal him on Saturday in order to accuse him. Jesus then said to the man's crippled hand: ‘Get up and come here’. Then he said to another: ‘Our law requires to do well on Saturday or to do evil? The law orders to save a life or let her die'"(Mark 3: 2,4)?.
Another very weak argumentation is to say that the apostle Paul abolished the rest on Saturday. The only moment he speaks of Saturday was in Colossians 2:16, 17. And in this passage he was referring to the Jewish holidays that they were named Saturday. And this name Sabbath means rest, cessation of work. If you think or interpret that Paul was speaking of the weekly Sabbath; you will be putting in doubt the text of the same author registered on other passage: "As he was used to, Paul was there and for three Saturday spoke to them about the Scriptures" (Acts 17: 2).
Dear reader, if you do not keep the Sabbath, is your decision. You are sovereign. To say that the rest on Saturday, the seventh day of the week, is not biblical, it is a serious mistake that will weigh in the Final Judgment. Satan attacks that day instituted by the Lord because it (the day) is the sign of God. It is the sign of God's authority. Keeping the Sabbath is a sign of 1) compliance, 2) belonging, 3) love, 4) recognition of Creation and 5) freedom.
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