The word “Sabbath” appears 169 times in the Kind Jame Version Bible. English word, “Sabbath,” is derived from several different words in the original languages. In the Old Testament the usage of “Sabbath” is listed here in different forms: shabbath–“cessation” or “ceasing”–used 104 times, shabath–“to cease,” “to keep Sabbath”–used 1 time, shabbathon–“cessation” or “ceasing”–used 3 times, and mishbattim–“cessations” or “desolations”–used 1 time. And in The New Testament the usage of “Sabbath” in different forms  is listed here: sabbata–“Sabbath day“–used 20 times, sabbaton–“Sabbath day”–used 39 times, and prosabbaton–“day before the Sabbath day”–used 1 time. The term, “first day,” does not appear in Scripture. And, the term, “first,” appears many times in reference to subjects other than “day”. However, “first” as referring to “day” does appear 10 times in the New Testament. Two different words are used to refer to the first day: mia–“One” or “First”–used 7 times, and protos–“Foremost” or “First”–used 3 times. I am not going to list all 169 scriptures in this post, but they are in the Bible, believe me. But I will put the one verse that stands out the most to me and it should for you too is, “Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.” Exodus 31:15 KJV It is the sabbath of rest, holy to the Lord. It is separated from common use, for the service of God; and by the observance of it we are taught to rest from worldly pursuits, and devote ourselves, and all we are, have, and can do, to God’s glory. Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest. After the sixth day of creation, God rested. It says in the bible, “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.” Genesis 2:2 KJV  Jesus took His disciples to rest, as it says in the bible, “And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.” Mark 6:31 KJV Just as you need to take time to be with your family. With our busy schedules and our hectic pace of life, we too need readjustment. Demands of work, family, making sure to set aside time to rest and prayerfully refocus our priorities. One way we do that is by observing the sabbath principle to pray ask God to reset your spiritual calendar to His Word. This would be a good time to go to church and pray to God and reset your spiritual calendar. Don’t keep focusing on your work at the expense of the people closest to you. Take time out to rest and nurture your relationships, and follow the right example! Now would be the time to follow Jesus Christ as your Savior, as He is the one the died on the cross and paid the penalty for your sins so that you could have to free gift of eternal life. Amen

By: Jeff Ellinger




  1. chanceman4 says:

    I would agree with you, but do you think that a certain day is the Sabbath? If so, what are pastors and the staff of a church supposed to do? If not, what are your thoughts on it? Just wondering. Hey, if you get a chance, please come and check out my site at chanceman4. My name is Chris Chance and there is a link on my blog to listen to my CD, “Following You” featuring “You” and “His Prints Are in the Sand”. We are trying to get this project up and moving, so anything you can do and any way you could pass it on would be greatly appreciated. Also you can go to http://www.noisetrade.com/chrischance. You can download any or all of my songs for the price of your choosing…pretty good deal…you can even get them for free, as long as you put in an email address and zip code. Hope you enjoy and are blessed by it!!!!
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    • lnger says:

      The Sabbath was never just about physical rest. It also served, perhaps primarily, as a visible reminder to concentrate our hearts, bodies, and minds in love of God. The Lord’s Day is meant to be a day of activity, which is celebrated by fulfilling the commission the Lord has given us. Perhaps the worst way to keep the Sabbath is to take a Sunday afternoon nap (though that isn’t all bad—it actually sounds quite good). Idleness perhaps offers us physical rest, but it doesn’t unite us spiritually with our Lord. Historically, the Christian church used the Lord’s Day to care for the sick and poor, minister to prisoners, and comfort the afflicted.

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