Latin Times Magazine Volume 13 No 2 - Page 22

ESPERANZA ROAD What, When and Why… Honor the Sabbath… By Jolie Gonzalez-Padilla WHICH DAY IS THE SABBATH - SATURDAY OR SUNDAY? Which day is the Sabbath? Since most churches observe Sunday as their day of rest and worship, many people assume that Sunday is the Sabbath. Since embracing what we believe to be our ancestral religious/spiritual and cultural background, that of our Sefardic Jewish ancestors who followed and continue to follow the true biblical Sabbath. The Sabbath is celebrated in most religions on Sundays, people go to church on Sundays, and prepare for the start of the week….. “Monday”., however the true Sabbath day is actually on Saturday, and to be precise the Sabbath or as it is called in Hebrew “Shabbat” starts on Friday at sun down. (15) Work shall be done for six days, but the seventh is the Sabbath of rest, holy to the Lord. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death. (16) Therefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant. (17) It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever; for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.’”-Exodus 31:15-17 God commanded that the seventh day be observed as the Sabbath. A glance at almost any dictionary, encyclopedia or calendar will show you that Saturday is the seventh day of the week, while Sunday is the first day of the week. According to God›s calendar, the seventh day is—and always has been—the Sabbath day. Although man has modified calendars through the centuries, the sevenday weekly cycle has remained intact throughout history. The days of the week have always remained in their proper order, with Sunday as the first day of the week and Saturday as the seventh. Time has not been lost in this regard, as some may think. “The oracles of God”— His divine words and instructions—were entrusted to the Jewish people (Romans: 3:12), and they have preserved the knowledge of the seventh-day Sabbath faithfully since well before Christ’s time to this day. Jesus/ Yeshua himself repeatedly confirmed that the day the Jews observed as the Sabbath. And since then the Jewish people, even scattered in many nations and in different sects, have all preserved the same day. Moreover, the mainstream Christian churches, though rejecting the Sabbath, indirectly confirm when it is by maintaining their early tradition of worshipping on Sunday, which they acknowledge to be the first day of the week. Obviously that makes the previous day the seventh—the biblical Sabbath. There is no biblical authorization for changing the Sabbath So how did Sunday become the primary day of rest and worship for most churches? Although the concept of rest has largely disappeared today, most denominations continue to hold their worship services on Sunday, however if you search throughout the Bible, you will find no authority to alter the day of worship. Change to Sunday was made after the New Testament was