Why We Remember Shabbat

ONE commandment (instruction) starts with REMEMBER, and for some reason it is the first 1 we forget. It’s also the one that causes the most strife with fellow believer, family and friends when you start to REMEMBER it and to keep it set apart (holy).

All kinds of things are said, such as Yeshua is our Sabbath, that we are now Judaizers, we don’t believe in grace, we want to earn salvation, etc. But remember that Yeshua is also our bread of life, yet we still eat. And so He is also our Sabbath, therefor we choose to remember and observe it. We are not Jews and don’t want to be Jews, but we are grafted into Israel, God’s chosen people. We believe that none of us can earn salvation, but we show our love to God through obedience to Him.

We’re not teaching that you should observe the weekly Shabbat, but we’re explaining why we do.

We are instructed to walk as Yeshua walked. We know that He kept the Sabbath. This is further discussed in our reasons below.

Also discussed below, is the fact that the disciples kept the Shabbat after Yeshua’s resurrection. Their Sabbath keeping is mentioned 85 times in the book of Acts alone. So if the law was done away with and Sabbath keeping was such a burden, why would they still observe it?

Here are Our Other Reasons:

Reason #1: God finished His work of creation on the 7th day (Gen. 2:2-3, Ex. 31:17)

Reason #2: God uniquely blessed the seventh day (Gen. 2:3)

Reason #3: God made the 7th day “holy” — that is, “set apart” from all other days (Gen. 2:3, Ex. 31:14)

Reason #4: God rested from all His labors on the seventh day Sabbath (Gen. 2:2-3)

Reason #5: Man is made in God’s image, and since God rested on the 7th day, part of bearing God’s image means keeping the 7th day Sabbath (Gen. 1:26-27).

Reason #6: The seventh day Sabbath is one of the 10 commandments (Ex. 20:8-11 , Deut. 5:12-15).

Reason #7: God says “above all” believers are to keep his Sabbaths (Ex 31:13)

Reason #8: God tells his people to keep the 7th day Sabbath so that they know that God is the one who sanctifies them — that is, sets them apart from all other people (Ex 31:13)

Reason #9: God tells his people to keep the Sabbath “throughout your generations.” (Ex. 31:13, 16-17)

Reason #10: The seventh day Sabbath is a sign or a mark of God’s authority over his people (Ex. 31:13, 17)

Reason #11: God tells his people to keep the Sabbath “forever.” (Ex. 31:16)

Reason #12: The seventh day, Saturday Sabbath is an eternal covenant (Ex. 31:16-17)

Reason #13: The 7th day Sabbath commandment was written with the finger of God (Ex. 31:18, Deut. 9:10).

Reason #14: God does not change his mind (Numbers 23:19)

Reason #15: God commands His people to teach His Law/Instructions (Heb: Torah) diligently to their children, and His Law includes the commandment to keep the Sabbath on the seventh day. (Deut. 4:9, 6:7, 11:19, 32:46)

Reason #16: God says that his commandments (including the Sabbath) are not too hard for us to do (Deut. 30:11)

Reason #17: God sent Israel into captivity for breaking the Sabbath (Nehemiah 13:17)

Reason #18: Those who observe the 7th day Sabbath will be given “a monument and a name better than sons and daughters” (Isa. 56:5)

Reason #19: God promises to specially bless those who keep the seventh day Sabbath (Isa. 56:2)

Reason #20: God promises to not cut off those who keep the 7th day Sabbath (Isa. 56:3-6)

Reason #21: God promises that he will bring those who keep the seventh day Sabbath to his Holy Mountain (Isa. 56:7)

Reason #22: God promises to make joyful those who keep the 7th day Sabbath (Isa. 56:7)

Reason #23: The Sabbath is intended to be a delight (Isaiah 58:13)

Reason #24: God promises that we will “find our joy in the LORD” when we keep the seventh day Sabbath (Isa. 58:13)

Reason #25: God promises that those who keep the Sabbath on the 7th day will “ride on the heights of the land” (Isa. 58:13)

Reason #26: God promises that those who keep the seventh day Sabbath will “feast on the inheritance of our father Jacob” (Isa. 58:13-14)

Reason #27: In the future, after the Final Judgment, the Sabbath will still be in effect (Isa. 66:22-23)

Reason #28: God uses the Sabbath as a time marker when referring to the New Heavens and New Earth, showing that the Sabbath will still be in effect in the world to come (Isaiah 66:23)

Reason #29: Forgetting the 7th day Sabbath is a punishment (Lamentations 2:6)

Reason #30: The Lord gave the Sabbath as a sign or a mark between Him and His people (Ezekiel 20:12-24)

Reason #31: God mentioned Sabbath breaking in a list of indictments against his people, along with other “moral” issues (Ezekiel 22:8, 26, 23:38)

Reason #32: The prophet Ezekiel describes a future temple in which the Sabbath will still be in effect (Ezekiel 46:1-12)

Reason #33: The Bible warns that the devil will seek to change times, laws, Sabbaths, etc. (Daniel 7:25)

Reason #34: God takes away the Sabbaths and the Feasts as a punishment (Hosea 2:11)

Reason #35: God wouldn’t change the day of the Sabbath, or nullify it, without speaking this through the mouth of the prophets first (Amos 3:7)

Reason #36: God does not change (Malachi 3:6)

Reason #37: Yeshua [Jesus] did not come to abolish even the least of God’s commandments (Matt. 5:17-19)

Reason #38: Nothing will pass from the Torah until ALL is accomplished (Matt. 5:18)

Reason #39: Those who break the 7th day Sabbath will be called “least” in the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 5:19)

Reason #40: Those who teach others to break the Sabbath will be called “least” in the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 5:19)

Reason #41: Those who keep the Sabbath on the seventh day (along with God’s other commandments) will be called “great” in the kingdom of heaven. (Matt. 5:19)

Reason #42: Those who teach others to keep the 7th day Sabbath (among God’s other commandments) will be called “great” in the kingdom of heaven. (Matt. 5:19)

Reason #43: Yeshua will say he does not know those who practice lawlessness (Matt. 7:23)

Reason #44: Yeshua taught his disciples how to properly keep the 7th day Sabbath, with the expectation that his followers would keep it as he did (Matt. 12:10-12, Mark 2:27-28, 3:2-4, Luke 6:1-11)

Reason #45: Yeshua told his disciples to pray that they wouldn’t have to flee on the Sabbath (Matt. 24:20)

Reason #46: Yeshua taught that the Sabbath would be in effect after his death and before the great tribulation (Matt. 24:20-21)

Reason #47: According to many chronologies of Yeshua’s death, burial, and resurrection, Yeshua was entombed (he “rested”) on the seventh day. (Matt. 27:57-66; Mark 15:42-47; Luke 23:50-24:8; John 19:38-42)

Reason #48: Yeshua set our example by observing the Sabbath on the 7th day (Mark 1:21, 6:2, Luke 4:16, 13:10).

Reason #49: Even after his crucifixion, some women “rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.” (Luke 23:56)

Reason #50: Yeshua told his followers that the seventh day Sabbath was made for mankind (Mark 2:27-28).

Reason #51: Yeshua said “If you love me, you will obey what I command” (John 14:15), and Yeshua told his followers to keep the 7th day Sabbath (Mark 2:27-28, Matt. 5:17-19)

Reason #52: The disciples (including Paul) continued to observe the Sabbath after Yeshua’s death (Acts 13:14, 16:13)

Reason #53: The Jerusalem council gave gentiles four basic commandments because they knew they would learn the rest of God’s commandments in the Synagogues on the seventh day Sabbath (Acts 15:21)

Reason #54: It was Paul’s habit to keep the 7th day Sabbath (Acts 17:2)

Reason #55: Paul kept the Sabbath on the seventh day every week — even after the resurrection (Acts 18:4)

Reason #56: Paul taught his predominantly gentile congregations to uphold the Law of God (Romans 3:31), and the 7th day Sabbath is included in that Law.

Reason #57: Yeshua kept the seventh day Sabbath, and Paul was an imitator of Yeshua, teaching others to imitate both himself and Yeshua (1 Cor. 11:1)

Reason #58: Paul taught others to imitate himself (1 Cor. 11:1), and Paul kept the 7th day Sabbath (Acts 13:14; 16:13; 17:2)

Reason #59: All scripture is profitable for reproof, correction, and training in righteousness — and “all scripture” would include the seventh day Sabbath (2 Tim. 3:16)

Reason #60: The Author of Hebrews says, “There remains, then, a Sabbath-keeping for the people of God” (Heb.4:9).

Reason #61: We are to “walk as [Yeshua] walked,” and Yeshua kept the Sabbath on the 7th day (1 John 2:6)

Reason #62: We are told that love for God = obeying God’s commandments (1 John 5:3), and the seventh day Sabbath is one of those commandments.

Reason #63: God’s commandments are not supposed to be burdensome (1 John5:3), nor did God ever intend them to be (Deut. 30:14)

Reason #64: The Book of Revelation praises those living in the end-times who keep God’s commandments — which would include the 7th day Sabbath (Rev. 12:17)

Reason #65: The Sabbath was given to all mankind (Exodus 12:49, Leviticus 24:22, Numbers 15:16) as God has one law for both the native born and the foreigner; most importantly when Yeshua stated the “Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath” in Mark 2:27 (*important note: the word ‘man’ in the Greek is Strong’s G444 which is anthrōpos meaning all mankind).

Please don’t attack brothers and sisters, searching for truth and walking in the Light, because they walk this walk differently. None of us have all the answers.. but we’re figuring it out and will cling to Him until He returns for us.

Peace to all.

Downloadable PDF Resources on the Topic for Further Study

Response to Attack on Sabbath Observance

Shabbat – A Day of Rest

The Sabbath Day

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