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THE SABBATH

Sabbath

The Sabbath is the 7th Day of the week, which the Hebrews evidently began at 6 PM (or sundown) on we call Friday and ended at 6 PM (or sundown) on what we call Saturday. The Sabbath has nothing to do with the 1st Day of the week, which is Sunday.

The Sabbath law was only given to the nation of Israel, never to the gentiles or to the church. Actually the Israelites were commanded to keep not only the 7th Day as a day of rest, but also they were commanded to keep every 7th year as a year of rest. Besides these special days, there were other special "feast" days that required special observance under the Law of Moses, such as the Passover, Tabernacles, and the Great Day of Atonement.

But actually the entire Law of Moses only had rule over the nation of Israel and lasted only until the cross, at which point it fell out of effect. Nonetheless, there are many provisions of the Law of Moses which are also repeated in the scripture given to the church in the epistles of the New Testament, such as "love your neighbor as yourself."

As a matter of fact, there are warnings against keeping the Sabbath in the New Testament.

Consider Galatians 4

"4:1 But I say that so long as the heir is a child, he differs nothing from a bondservant though he is lord of all, 2 but is under guardians and stewards until the day appointed of the father. 3 So we also, when we were children, were held in bondage under the rudiments of the world. 4 But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 that he might redeem them who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. 6 And because you* are sons, God sent forth the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying: Abba, Father. 7 So that you= are no longer a bondservant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God. 8 Howbeit at that time, not knowing God, you* were in bondage to them who by nature are no gods. 9 But now that you* have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how do you* turn back again to the weak and beggarly rudiments, whereunto you* desire to be in bondage over again?" You* observe days
and months and seasons and years. 11 I am afraid of you*, lest by any means I have bestowed labor upon you* in vain.

Likewise, consider Colossian 2

"13 And you*, being dead through your* trespasses and the uncircumcision of your* flesh, you*, [I say], he make alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses; 14 having blotted out the bond written in ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us; and he has taken it out that way, nailing it to the cross. 15 Having despoiled the principalities and the powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it. 16 Let no man therefore judge you* in meat or in drink or in respect of a feast day or a new moon or a sabbath day, 17 which are a shadow of the things to come; but the body is Christ's."

The law [of Moses] has been nailed to the cross, that is, it ended at the cross as a covenant that required obedience by Israel.