The 7th Day Sabbath
Why do Seventh-Day Adventists worship on Saturday instead of Sunday?
Why Adventists worship on Saturday instead of Sunday is the most obvious question that should be answered. Seventh-Day Adventists worship on Saturday because Saturday is the seventh-day of the week and God created the Sabbath on the seventh day of the week. The Sabbath was meant to be a memorial of God’s creation as well as His salvation.
“And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.” Genesis 2:2,3.
The observance of the Sabbath was an expectation from the beginning of creation not merely when God re-presented it on the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments did not introduce a new law, but called for His people to remember an old commandment, to abide with Christ by faith on the day that God had established as a commemoration of His lordship as the King of Creation and as the Redeemer.
“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.” Exodus 20:8-11.
By honoring the Sabbath, one is essentially honor the doctrine of justification by faith by “doing no work” and resting in the righteousness that Christ has offered on behalf of man. Justification by faith is the renouncing of our own “good works” and accepting the righteousness that Christ has provided in our place. Therefore, by honoring the Sabbath, we testify that it is not our good “works” that will save us, but God’s works who has completed something for us that we could never accomplish by our own obedience. He has rendered to the Father an offering for sin and met the claims of an infinite law by His infinite life. The offering of Christ was not merely the offering of a creature, but it was the offering of God and it suffices for every man who ever lived.
The Sabbath was not merely a command given by God during the Exodus, but it was His command since creation as a memorial to honor the “work of God” as both Creator and Redeemer.
God did not just bless “a day” out of seven days, but specifically rested on the seventh day of the week. He again reminds His people how important it is to honor this day but doing no work in it when He gave this reminder through the Ten Commandments. Most Christians consider 9 out of the 10 Commandments to be immutable, never changing. They believe that it is never okay to lie, steal, kill, commit adultery, worship other gods, covet, etc. regardless of the New Covenant. Many Protestants will however, draw the line at the 4th commandment saying that this specific commandment was “done away” with. But the Sabbath has no more been “done away with” as God’s command to worship no other god, but Him. In fact the Sabbath is the sign of our covenant with the true God that we worship Him and none other.
The Lord has “blessed”, “hollowed”, and “sanctified” the seventh-day as a memorial of man’s salvation.
It is the day that Justification by Faith should be heralded the loudest for it is a day where we do not bring our good works, but rest in the works of Another man, in the righteousness of Christ.
There are a few essential questions that we should briefly undertake to answer.
- How do we know Saturday has continued to be the seventh-day?
- Hasn’t the “law” been done away with as well as the necessity of observing the 7th-day Sabbath?
These questions we will address in our upcoming broadcasts so stay tuned!