Why Saturday?


In the beginning when God created the heavens and earth, He gave Adam and Eve the gift of the Sabbath. In fact, the book of Genesis tells us that God did something very special to the Sabbath. It says that He rested, He blessed, and He hallowed or made holy, the seventh day (Gen 2:2,3). Thus, the Sabbath became a time set aside by God to fellowship with and to enjoy His human creation. Of every other day, God said, "it is very good" but of the seventh day, Saturday, he said, "it is holy."

God so longed for this special time with His children that He wrote it into the covenant of relationship that He made with them which we know as the Ten Commandments. Then throughout the Old Testament period, God raised up many prophets to remind His people to keep the Sabbath holy--or set apart for fellowship with God.

As the New Testament period dawns, we see Jesus worshipping in the temple on Saturday (Luke 4:16). The gospels also clearly teach that the disciples, like Jesus worshipped on Saturday. In the book of Acts, we see one of the greatest evangelists to the Gentiles, the Apostle Paul, keeping and teaching others to keep Saturday holy (Acts 17:2, 13:42).

In Romans 11:17-21 Paul tells us that we have been grafted into the olive tree of Israel by faith in Jesus. By faith we become part of true Israel, Paul continues, and we are invited into the covenants God made with Israel. God said, "Tell the people of Israel (that's all of true Israel) to keep my Sabbath day, for the Sabbath is a sign of the covenant between me and you forever. It helps you to remember that I am the Lord, who makes you holy. Exodus 31:13 (NLT) We keep the Sabbath because it is a privilege and a recognition that only God can make us holy. If God can make a day holy, He can trust Him to make us holy. The Sabbath is a sign that we identify ourselves with God's covenant people and that Jesus is our Lord--for Jesus said, "I am Lord of the Sabbath" (Matt. 12:8). The book of Revelation clearly identifies Gods faithful followers at the end of time, as those who keep the Commandments of God and have the faith of Jesus. (Rev 12:17, 14:12).

The Bible says that God will one day recreate this earth and dwell here with His people. It also says that every Sabbath all the redeemed will come together before the Lord to worship (Isaiah 66:22,23).

The Bible promises a special blessing to those that would honor God by honoring His Sabbath (Isaiah 58:13).
Have you ever felt that there is something more that God has for you? We invite you to experience the blessing of worshiping the Lord on the Sabbath.

While God accepts our worship on any day of the week, it most pleases Him when we honor the day He set aside as holy. It really boils down to a question of honoring God's authority to set the day of worship rather than following man's tradition. Some say it doesn't matter. If it doesn't matter, why not do it God's way?