The Great Sabbath Debate

I was raised a Protestant, have Messianic Jewish friends and have attended their services and they are on Saturday. How can the Christian Church and the Jewish (Messianic) people have such a difference?

Q. I was raised a Protestant, have Messianic Jewish friends and have attended their services and they are on Saturday. How can the Christian Church and the Jewish (Messianic) people have such a difference?

We should be on the same page. Please explain if you can. Thank you and God Bless.

A. This is what’s commonly known as a tempest in a tea pot.

In Romans 14:5 Paul wrote, One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.

And in Colossians 2:16 he said, Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day.

The Sabbath observance is the only Old Testament commandment that’s not repeated in the New. In fact Jesus went out of His way to violate the Sabbath Laws in public, even though as a Jew He was obligated the keep them. Yet God considered Him sinless.

In Hebrews 4 we’re told that the commandment to rest on the Sabbath was intended as a model of the believer’s life long sabbath rest, where we stop working for our salvation after we’ve accepted the Lord’s gift of pardon.

The Jews keep a Saturday Sabbath. The early Church began meeting on Sunday to commemorate the Lord’s resurrection. The verses above say it doesn’t matter which day you choose as long as you’re convinced it’s the right thing to do.

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