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The Richness of Obeying

The Richness of Obeying
In an article titled, “Why Some Christians are Keeping the Jewish Sabbath,” Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz notes how a growing number of Sunday-keeping Christians are turning to the “Hebrew roots” of their faith and rediscovering the seventh-day Sabbath of the fourth commandment. One woman explains, “I knew that if I was going to be serious in my walk in following the God of Israel, that I needed to keep His commands as a sign of my love for Him.”

Another man who made the change from observing Sunday to Saturday explained, “After I began, I realized it gave me the richness of obeying the Ten Commandments in their entirety, and has had an enormously positive impact on my family.” A Reformed Presbyterian minister tells of his son’s study into the Bible over the seventh-day Sabbath and his conviction that at “no point, ever, does He even hint at a change. This is true even in the Apostolic writings (New Testament). Simply put, the day of the Sabbath never changed.”

While there is much we can learn from our Hebrew roots, the Sabbath was originally not a Jewish institution but was established at Creation long before a Hebrew (son of Abraham) ever existed. It is true that God chose the Hebrews to be a light to the world and gave them His law, but the essence of all the laws, feasts, and observances was the Messiah.

Jesus, who observed the seventh-day Sabbath, explained that the “Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27). Not only was the day a gift, but it was created for all mankind, not just a certain group of people. As believers in Jesus as the true Messiah, He rightfully interprets the Sabbath for “the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath” (verse 28).

Berkowitz reflects on Christians who make the change to keep the Sabbath on Saturday as keeping a practice which “immediately sets them apart pushing them into a no-man’s land between Christianity and Judaism.” But if one is truly following the Bible, then genuine Sabbath-keepers are not suspended between two opposing teachings of the Scriptures but are living in harmony with the original foundations of the Sabbath that were supported and kept by Jesus and the early church.

In one sense, those who keep the biblical Sabbath are a peculiar people. They will stand at the end of time as a remnant, a unique group who are described in John’s second gospel: “Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus” (Revelation 14:12).

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Listen to Pastor Doug Batchelor answer a caller on Bible Answers Live who asked, “Is the 7th day Sabbath a ceremonial feast day listed in Leviticus?”