Do you know the difference between the “Sabbath” and “The Lord’s Day?” They are not one and the same.
The Sabbath is considered the day of rest that God took after the six days of creation. He rested on the seventh day (Saturday). In the Ten Commandments, we are told to observe the Sabbath day.
Here’s the command from Exodus.
8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the Lordmade heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
Yet, Jesus violated this commandment.
Of the 10 commandments, Jesus observed them all except the Sabbath. The Sabbath was simply a foreshadowing of the coming “Lord’s Day.” The Lord’s Day is the first day of the week (Sunday). It’s the day Jesus rose from the dead. Thus it’s the day Christians worship and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.
Remember, Jesus had been talking about the fact that there was rest in Him. He called all the people to come to Him and take His yoke upon them and they could find rest. Well, that’s exactly what the Sabbath means. The word “sabat” means “rest or repose.” This explains why Matthew introduces this next account at this point in his narrative to his Jewish audience.
At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. 2 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, “Look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath.” 3 He said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, and those who were with him: 4 how he entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, which it was not lawful for him to eat nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests? 5 Or have you not read in the Law how on the Sabbath the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath and are guiltless?
The Pharisees were angry at Jesus because He broke their laws about the Sabbath. The Pharisees had dozens and dozens of additional laws they added to the Law. In their laws you could only walk so far on the Sabbath. They called it a “Sabbath day’s journey.” You could cut a melon in half, but you couldn’t cut it in quarters. Why? They considered it “work.” Well, we are not under those laws. Jesus shows us that by this account we just read.
Jesus reminded the Pharisees of the account where King David and his men ate the bread in the Temple that had been consecrated and was only to be eaten by the priests (1 Sam 21). David broke the law and was not condemned. Jesus was breaking this tradition of man and He was not wrong in doing so either.
Jesus was teaching very clearly that external laws could never save a person or make them holy. True righteousness has to come from the heart.
So, I don’t have a problem with doing something on the Sunday that needs to be done, because Sunday is NOT the Sabbath. We are not under that command, according to Jesus’ teaching. However, I do believe in the principle of a “Sabbath rest.” So, I try to rest on Sunday. Again, Sunday is NOT the Sabbath, yet God showed us in the creation week that rest should be a part of that. It’s good for the body and the soul.
One more quick thought. Did you know that we get our seven-day week only from the Bible? Nowhere else in history is there an explanation for a seven-day week. Think about that when your evolution friends want to say there is no God. Ask them where we got the seven-day week.
Blessings on a wonderful day!