Sabbath Day Rules Apply Only To The Sabbath Day

By Pastor Bruce K. Oyen

      One of the ten commandments has to do with the sabbath day. This commandment very clearly tells us what day of the week is the sabbath day, and it also tells us the rules that govern the sabbath day. Before considering these two points, here in bold print, are the ten commandments as we read them in Exodus 20, verses 1 – 17. The sabbath is written about in verses 8 – 11.

 And God spoke all these words, saying:

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

“You shall have no other gods before Me.

“You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 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.

12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.

13 “You shall not murder.

14 “You shall not commit adultery.

15 “You shall not steal.

16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”

     Now, consider two main points about the sabbath from verses 8 – 11: 1.) The sabbath day is on the seventh day of the week. It is not on any other day of the week. Here is what we read: “the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God.” 2.) The rules that govern the sabbath day are easy to understand. Here is what we read: “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.

      Now here is the point I want to make from these facts: sabbath day rules apply only to the sabbath day, which is the seventh day of the week. Therefore, we cannot rightly say that sabbath rules must be followed on some other day of the week. Therefore, we who attend church services on Sunday have no Biblical basis for applying sabbath day rules to Sunday (or any other day except the seventh day of the week). We might have personal convictions about we can and cannot do on Sunday, but we cannot insist that others follow those convictions. That is between us and God. That is between them and God.

     Let put this in a syllogism, which has a major premise, a minor premise, and a conclusion:

Major premise: sabbath day rules apply only to the sabbath day, which is the seventh day of the week.

Minor premise: Sunday is not the seventh day of the week.

Conclusion: sabbath day rules don’t apply to Sunday (or to any day that is not the seventh day of the week).

The ten commandments were taken from the New King James Version, and from this website: www.biblegateway.com.  “Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

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