So, What About the 4th?

We all know that after six days of creating, Yahweh rested.  By the very act of resting, the seventh day Sabbath was created. 

Yahweh didn’t really need the rest, since the Word tells us He neither slumbers nor sleeps. (Pslam 121:4). He made the Sabbath for man (Mark 2:27). He knew man needed the rest after six days of labor, so in His infinite wisdom and kindness, He gave us a whole day off from working. 

Not only did He make the Sabbath for man during the creation week, He set the seventh day of the week apart by blessing it and sanctifying it.

And on the seventh day Elohim ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And Elohim blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which Elohim created and made. (Genesis 2:2-3)

The fourth of the Ten Commandments asks us to remember the 7th day Sabbath:

 ……and the seventh day is a sabbath to Yahweh your Elohim; you shall not do any work, you, and your son, and your daughter, your male slave and your slave-girl, and your livestock, and your stranger who is in your gates. (Exodus 2:10)

Now for some strange reason, the Christian church has convinced most of its members that Yahweh changed the 7th day Sabbath to the 1st day or SUNday.  I have yet to find one person that can give me scriptural proof that is okay to change and even ignore the 4th commandment.  Here are some of the popular reasons I have heard:

 “Every day is unto the Lord.”

Ok, so if you rest everyday, when do you work? If you want to worship on Sunday, that is wonderful and you should do so.  However, the 7th day (which is Saturday) is set apart by Yahweh for all men to rest. 

 “I rest in Jesus.”

Yahshua has taken our burden and we should rest in Him; however where is the authority and approval to willingly break the 4th commandment?

 “We are free from the Law.”

So, can I go break the other nine commandments?  Where is the authority given to break the 4th?

“Jesus was resurrected on the first day of the week.”

That may be true although the day He actually resurrected is hard to pinpoint in scripture.  Even if we could prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that He was resurrected on SUNday, this still gives no authority to change the Sabbath to the first day of the week.

“The 7th day Sabbath is for the Jews”

Really?  Where is THAT in scripture?  Maybe all the Jewish Sabbath traditions and rules are for the Jews, but just as Yahshua said in Mark, “The Sabbath for made for man….” And in Galatians 3:28, Paul tells us that there is no Jew or Gentile; that we are all ONE in Messiah.

Scripture simply does not support a SUNday Sabbath.

It was the Catholic Church, many years ago, that changed the Sabbath day from Saturday to SUNday. (That fact is very easy to confirm!)  In fact, the Catholic Church agrees that the Protestant’s Sabbath is Saturday and argues that if you worship on SUNday, you have put yourself under the authority of the Catholic Church!

As true believers, we are to be distinct from the rest of the world. Keeping the 7th day Sabbath will certainly set a believer apart from mainstream Christianity.  In fact, the 7th day Sabbath is the only commandment that cannot be kept in secret, at least not for long!  It is an outward sign of our belief in Yahweh and His Son Yahshua.

Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am Yahweh that doth sanctify you. (Exodus 31:13) 

Remember—if you claim the Elohim of Israel as YOUR Elohim, you are one of the children of Israel. 

Don’t ignore this.  Ask Yahweh to reveal to you His truth in this matter. As scripture promises in Hebrews 11:6, He is a rewards those who diligently seek Him.

For years, as Acts 17:30 declares, Yahweh has “winked” at our ignorance about these things.  But, now, that knowledge about these things has increased, He commands all men everywhere to repent.

Prove all things; hold fast to that which is good.  (I Thess 5:2)



3 Responses to “So, What About the 4th?”

  1. 1 David Moorman May 31, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Nice post.

    “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by EVERY word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”

  2. 2 emmilglenn March 12, 2010 at 12:01 am

    Well written and simple. Nice

  3. 3 Patrick Callaghan November 25, 2018 at 4:11 am

    the first century Christians met on the first day of the week, the anniversary of Christ rising from death; a pagan work day, we now call sunday.

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