Bible Quiz

Quiz Question #3:

Where in the Bible was the first day of rest, the Sabbath, first established?

The answer is Genesis 2:1-3.

Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. And on the seventh day אֱלֹהִים Elohiym ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then אֱלֹהִים Elohiym blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which אֱלֹהִים Elohiym had created and made. (Genesis 2:1-3)

Of course, this is not the only place where the Sabbath is mentioned in the Bible. Here is another citation from one of the many places.

Then he said to them, “This is what יְהֹוָה Yehovah has said: ‘Tomorrow is a Sabbath rest, a holy Sabbath to יְהֹוָה Yehovah. Bake what you will bake today, and boil what you will boil; and lay up for yourselves all that remains, to be kept until morning.'” (Exodus 16:23)

En Español, Saturday is known as Sábado. If you are a believer that is more appropriate than our “Saturn” day. Now, I have not yet mentioned the “commandments” which I believe were not given to us to constrain us but to bless us. I will remind you that the Sabbath is required in the 4th commandment. There are theological land mines that I will tackle later. There is plenty of evidence in the Gospels that the Messiah expects us all to follow the law including setting apart the Sabbath.

The Sabbath is found in many more scripture passages than the 10 commandments but it was first established by YeHoVaH in Genesis 2. It was honored by Y’shua…

And He said to them, “The Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath.” (Luke 6:5 NKJV)

“Lord” of the Sabbath can be translated as יְהֹוָה or YeHoVaH. You could also translate this word as Creator of the Sabbath.

It is notable that in Messiah’s confrontations with the Pharisees it’s not apparent on the surface that this is a battle of 2 sets of laws. But it was and still is! It was all about the Pharisee man made “oral” law vs. the Mosaic God given written law. The Mishnah verses the Torah. The Pharisees vs. the Messiah.

And Sha’ul customarily kept the Sabbath and went to Synagogue…

Then Paul, as his custom was, went in to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures, (Acts 17:2 NKJV)

And it is commanded for us to observe it as a blessing to us.

And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: (Mark 2:27 KJV)

Thank you, Y’shua!


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