Should Christians keep the Sabbath
Should Christians keep the Sabbath if it was not made for them?
The Sabbath commandment, was a part of the Old Testament Law, and was a sign between Yahweh and the Hebrew nation (Exo 31:13-18).
Ex 20:10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of Yahweh thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
At the cross, Yahshua (the Savior) abolished in his flesh the Old Testament law of commandments contained in ordinances. He also made it possible for all of the faithful to become the Eternal Israel of Yahweh (Math 15:21-28, Gal 6:14-16, Eph 2:15).
Exo 31:15 Six days may work be done; but the seventh is the sabbath, a day of rest, holiness unto unto Yahweh; whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.
This Sabbath law, as well as the punishment for failing to obey it, is not applicable to the New Covenant Church.
Our Savior voided out (and thus eliminated), the ordinances or decrees that were given unto the Hebrews through Moses. These charges against them, as prescribed in the Old Law, would no longer be enforceable after the cross (Col 2:14, Rom 5:9, Eph 1:7, Col 1:14, 1 Peter 1:18-20).
Col 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days
The New Covenant Law of the Messiah is written on our hearts, and in our minds. A Covenant replacement occurs when a temporal contract (the Old Law and Covenants) is completed, and an eternal contract is established. The Ten Commandments were inseparable from the entire Law, that was given by Yahweh, unto Moses. The New Covenant contains two very unique, and all encompassing Commandments (Heb 10:16, Math 22:37-39).
Thou shalt love Yahweh with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself (Luke 10:26-27).
Eph 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of Yahweh
Christians not required to keep the Sabbath
The law of commandments contained in ordinances does not pertain to the New Covenant Children of Yahweh. Far too many reject the New Law, in order to keep their own man made traditions (Mark 7:9, 1 John 3:1-2).
2 Cor 4:2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of Yahweh deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth…
The new law of Messiah is not of a carnal commandment, but He is the means unto eternal life (Heb 7:16).
Eph 2:18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
All who have been washed clean by the blood of the Lamb, are the true Israel of Yahweh (John 12:13, Acts 9:15, Gal 6:15-16, Rom 9:6, 30-33).
Should Christians keep the Sabbath, even though Yahshua never commanded anyone to keep it?
Our Savior said, “My Father worketh up until this time, even now I work. Therefore the Judeans were even more determined to kill him. In their eyes, he had broken the sabbath; Messiah also declared that He was equal with Yahweh (John 5:17-18).
Messiah criticized the scribes and pharisees for all of their vain rules regarding what could be done on the Sabbath. He also purposefully, did many great works on the sabbath.
If the Sabbath was made for all men, then it would be lawful that Christians keep the Sabbath. The truth is that the Sabbath was made for a certain group of people, and for a set period of time (Mark 2:27).
Messiah (who is without sin) hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, putting an end to the curse for us (1 John 3:5, Heb 4:15, Gal 3:13).
Col 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
Rom 9:6 Not as though the word of Yahweh hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel.
None who are in the flesh, and without Yahweh’s Spirit, can rightfully claim to be justified. Nor are any of these even recognized by Him, that attempt to hold fast to that which has vanished. To hold to the false claim of justification, by attempting to keep the Old Law, is to forfeit the right to receive Messiah’s promise of eternal salvation (Gal 5:4, Phil 3:9, Romans 4:13-16).
It is this carnal nature that leads to death as it is a separation from Yahweh. The righteousness of the law may only be fulfilled in those who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit (Rom 8:4).
When so-called Christian denominations follow after the teachers of fables, they are involved in a system of religious beliefs and rituals. This is the identification of a Christian Cult (2 Tim 4:3-4).
Must a New Covenant Church keep the Sabbath? The answer is absolutely not.