Should Christians observe the Sabbath?

The Lord spoke to Moses about the Sabbath, and please note whom the Lord expected to keep the Sabbath,

“Therefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant. It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever; for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed” (Exodus 31:16–17).

The first sentence clears the matter for us, saying that the children of Israel were to keep the Sabbath, because, as the next sentence says, it was a sign between the Lord and the children of Israel, and the Lord wanted them to imitate His week of creation.

See also Deuteronomy 5:15 and Nehemiah 9:14 that show why the Sabbath was only for Israel, and when He first revealed it to Israel.

2 thoughts on “Should Christians observe the Sabbath?

  1. Luke 4:16 and other references in Luke come to mind. Are we, Christians, the Children of Israel? If not what was the last generation of Children of Israel?

    1. Jack, Luke 4.16 says that Jesus went into the synagogue, which as a Jew living under the Law of Moses, He should have done.

      Yes, Christians are the true Jews now, according to Romans 2.28, 29, that is, we are Jews in the heart, not in the flesh, which does not deny that there are those who are Jews in the flesh, and so an Israelite is still an Israelite, but that does not necessarily mean that he or she is one in the spirit.

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