Remember the Sabbath day, to Keep It Holy-The Importance and How to Keep Sabbath
In Exodus 20:8-11, YHWH asks us to remember the Sabbath day and to keep it holy. The correct Sabbath day begins on sundown on Friday evening to Saturday at sundown. In Hebrew, Yom Sabbath means Saturday, which starts at sundown on Friday. A lot Christians have this nudging by the Holy Spirit to keep the Sabbath holy, because this is part of the 10 Commandments. LORD YAHUSHUA (JESUS) said in Matthew 5:18:
Matthew 5:18 (NKJV) For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.
FATHER YHWH wrote His 10 Commandments with His finger on the tablets of stone, so that no one can erase HIS 10 Commandments:
Exodus 20:8-11 (NKJV) “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work,
10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates.
11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
Nehemiah 9:13-14 (NKJV) “You came down also on Mount Sinai, And spoke with them from heaven, And gave them just ordinances and true laws, Good statutes and commandments.
14 You made known to them Your holy Sabbath, And commanded them precepts, statutes and laws, By the hand of Moses Your servant.
Sabbath is not about doing, but about resting, and communion with God. About us wanting to spend time with God one on one.
What can we do on the Sabbath:
Pray, reading and studying the Word and worship God. It is okay to have fellowship on the Sabbath. It is allowed to do charity on Sabbath, such as visiting the sick at the hospital. Eating is okay, but not elaborate cooking. You must prepare your meals before the Sabbath starts (or the day before).
On Sabbath, He wants you to keep everything aside and have intimate time with Him. If you can fast during that day, it is a blessing so that your mind can focus on Him.
It is fine to worship on Sunday, as everyday is a good day to worship, but you must still keep the Sabbath on Saturday (starting at sundown Friday).
Sabbath is a memorial of creation.
Genesis 2:2 (NKJV) And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.
What we don’t do on the Sabbath:
We don’t work, we don’t clean, we don’t do elaborate cooking (prepare the meals beforehand), we don’t do gardening.
We do not performing any business transactions. We do not buy and sell on the Sabbath (including not paying bills or online shopping), and this is important as shown in Nehemiah 13:15-18:
Nehemiah 13:15-18 (NKJV) In those days I saw people in Judah treading wine presses on the Sabbath, and bringing in sheaves, and loading donkeys with wine, grapes, figs, and all kinds of burdens, which they brought into Jerusalem on the Sabbath day. And I warned them about the day on which they were selling provisions.
16 Men of Tyre dwelt there also, who brought in fish and all kinds of goods, and sold them on the Sabbath to the children of Judah, and in Jerusalem.
17 Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, and said to them, “What evil thing is this that you do, by which you profane the Sabbath day?
18 Did not your fathers do thus, and did not our God bring all this disaster on us and on this city? Yet you bring added wrath on Israel by profaning the Sabbath.”
Isaiah 58:12-14 (NKJV) Those from among you Shall build the old waste places; You shall raise up the foundations of many generations; And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.
13 “If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, From doing your pleasure on My holy day, And call the Sabbath a delight, The holy day of the LORD honorable, And shall honor Him, not doing your own ways, Nor finding your own pleasure, Nor speaking your own words,
14 Then you shall delight yourself in the LORD; And I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth, And feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father. The mouth of the LORD has spoken.”
Isaiah 56:1-2 (NKJV) Thus says the LORD: “Keep justice, and do righteousness, For My salvation is about to come, And My righteousness to be revealed.
2 Blessed is the man who does this, And the son of man who lays hold on it; Who keeps from defiling the Sabbath, And keeps his hand from doing any evil.”
Proof that the Sabbath commandment is still valid now, even in the new heavens and the new earth later on:
Isaiah 66:22-24 (NKJV) “For as the new heavens and the new earth Which I will make shall remain before Me,” says the LORD, “So shall your descendants and your name remain.
23 And it shall come to pass That from one New Moon to another, And from one Sabbath to another, All flesh shall come to worship before Me,” says the LORD.
24 “And they shall go forth and look Upon the corpses of the men Who have transgressed against Me. For their worm does not die, And their fire is not quenched. They shall be an abhorrence to all flesh.
In Revelation, it is written that the criteria for becoming saints are those who keep the commandments of God (including keeping the Sabbath holy) and the faith of Yahushua (Jesus):
Revelation 14:12 (NKJV) Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.
Yahushua (Jesus) early disciples initially keep the Sabbath on Saturday (starting at sundown Friday evening). The Roman Catholic Church then changed the Sabbath to Sunday, and made the change official in the council of Laodicea, AD 364. But the correct Sabbath day is on Saturday (starting at sundown Friday evening).
We will write more about this in the next post about the importance of keeping the Sabbath holy. LORD YAHUSHUA bless you.