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Making Sense of the Sabbath Issue
Compiled by Bob De La Torre




1. Question: Did Jesus Christ sin while on Earth?

2. Question: Was Jesus a Sabbath keeper during His time on Earth?

3. Question: If He was, Why then were the Jews accusing Jesus of breaking the Sabbath? (John 5:16-18)

16 And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day.
He answers for Himself, and reproves them, showing by the testimony of His Father
17 But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.
18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.

4. Question: What does Jesus say to them in His response to their accusations?
(John 5:19-21)

19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.
20 For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.
21 For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.

5. If Christ is our example and His Father is His example, what does that do to the Sabbath question?

6. See also:

John 9:16 —

16 Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them.

Genesis 2:1,2

1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.

Hebrews 4:4

4 For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.

Psalms 95:11 —

11 Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.

Matthew 11:12,13

12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.

Luke 16:16 —

16 The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.

Romans 7:14

14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.

Acts 13:39 —

39 And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.

Hebrews 7:12 —

12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.

Hebrews 8:7 —

7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.

1 Timothy 1:8-10

8 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;
9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;

A Couple of very interesting Scriptures came up while researching this article:

Romans 13:8

Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

Romans 13:10

Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

7. Question: How does Christ define the Sabbath?

Mark 2:23-28

23 And it came to pass, that he went through the corn fields on the sabbath day; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn.
24 And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold, why do they on the sabbath day that which is not lawful?
25 And he said unto them, Have ye never read what David did, when he had need, and was an hungred, he, and they that were with him?
26 How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the shewbread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with him?
27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:
28 Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.


The point that is being made in all of these texts is that God is waiting until HIS Hosts have been made Complete, or Perfected as Christ was on the Cross, before He celebrates the occasion by keeping the Seventh Day as a Day of Rest, which of course does NOT happen until they are ALL in Heaven. This singular event will only happen to the 144,000, who ALONE are allowed entrance into heaven without seeing Death. The others, will be taught BY THE 144,000, what it means to be Perfect In Jesus, as He was Perfect on the Cross. (see 1 Corinthians 2:1,2)

It would appear that the Bible does
NOT support nor teach Sabbath Sacredness, Denominational Creeds do that when they make their Church as God in their thinking - Salvation is for those that have Hearing EARS - We are ALL given a


There is nothing spiritually wrong with attending church on the Sabbath,
but, on the other hand, there is nothing to be SPIRITUALLY gained by it, as well.
(Put yourself in God's shoes for a moment - If you have the guts to think that you CAN THINK like Him - Isaiah 55:8-11)


Understanding what is to be taken Literally vs Spiritually IS a BIG Salvational Issue!



For Further References:

Bible Texts - The Law & Judgment

All Texts in the KJV & YLT - It is strongly suggested to have a Strong's Concordance at hand when using the KJV Bible as a study tool


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Updated 2015/12/09