Is the Sabbath for today?


Many Christians, when asked if they believe in keeping the Ten Commandments, answer with a resounding "Yes!". Many will even have (often excerpts) of the Ten Commandments hanging on their walls in prominent places in house. All too often however, those ten commandments that they believe so much in keeping will stand there as a witness against them all the days of their life. Here is the fourth Commandment:

Exod 20:9 (NKJV) Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day [is] the Sabbath of the Yahweh your Elohim. [In] [it] you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who [is] within your gates. 11 For [in] six days Yahweh made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that [is] in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore Yahweh blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.

All throughout history man has profaned the day Yahweh sanctified for rest. It was true even in the days when Isaiah was a prophet of Israel. Yahweh told him to stand in the gates of Jerusalem and instruct the rulers and people in Sabbath keeping, and rebuke them for their Sabbath desecration. (Isaiah 56:2-6, 58:13, 66:23)

150 years later the prophet Nehemiah asked the people:

Nehe 13:17 (NKJV) Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, and said to them, "What evil thing [is] this that you do, by which you profane the Sabbath day? 18 "Did not your fathers do thus, and did not our Elohim bring all this disaster on us and on this city? Yet you bring added wrath on Israel by profaning the Sabbath."

He then put forth measures for proper Sabbath keeping

Today is no exception. Keeping the Sabbath is indeed not a popular thing. We find large numbers of people reserving the seventh day Sabbath for worldly things rather than for holy things. Many start out to work on Sabbath morning. Many others spend the day doing their dirtiest cleaning chores, attending sports activities, buying, selling and just overall ignoring the Sabbath commandment. In the last 50 years, even keeping the sabbath on the first day (Sunday) is ignored by those who believe in keeping it. Especially on days that it is inconvenient for them.