Biblical Sabbath: Saturday or Sunday?

September 16, 2022

What do you think is the Biblical Sabbath? Most Christians think that Sunday is the day of rest God recorded in the Bible. Sabbath is not a new word to most people but the fact that the Biblical Sabbath is Saturday maybe shocking.

Origin of Sabbath Day

What is the Sabbath when we are blessed and worship God reverently?

Genesis 2:1-2 Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.

God created the heavens and the earth from the first day to the sixth day of the week. Then God rested on the seventh day, the last day of the week.
Most of us know that that the seventh day of the week is the so-called Sabbath day. In fact, the word “Sabbath” means rest.

Genesis 2:3 Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

The above verse meant that God established the seventh day sabbath as the blessed and holy day for the saints who are seeking for God’s blessings.
So, God set the Sabbath Day worship as the fourth commandment of the Ten Commandments.

Exodus 20:8-11 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God… For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.”

It is clear that people of God are to worship on the seventh day as the Sabbath (rest) day to receive abundant blessings from God the Creator.

What Day of the Week is the Seventh Day Sabbath?

To worship on the Sabbath day, we need to look at which day of the week is the seventh day.


These two pieces of evidence shows that Saturday is the seventh day sabbath.

The Bible too records Sunday as the first day.

Matthew 16:9 (NIV) When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene…

Matthew 16:9 (TEV) After Jesus rose from death early on Sunday, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene…

One version uses “first day of the week” and the other uses “Sunday”. We can understand that the Bible too proves Sunday as the first of the week. This is why the true Biblical worship day which people should keep as the Sabbath day is Saturday.

God established this day through which God’s people can receive abundant blessings from God.

So, we need to worship God on Saturday, the Biblical Sabbath.

Those Who Keep the Sabbath can Enter the Kingdom of Heaven

Some say, “It does not matter whether we worship on Sunday or Saturday. As long as we worship God, we are confident that God will accept our worship.” Do you think so?

Let’s see what God thinks about this.

Ezekiel 20:21 “ ‘But the children rebelled against me: They did not follow my decrees, they were not careful to keep my laws, of which I said, “The person who obeys them will live by them,” and they desecrated my Sabbaths. So I said I would pour out my wrath on them and spend my anger against them in the wilderness. ”

Our thoughts are really different from God’s thoughts. Jesus said:

John 8:47 “ Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God. ”

Can those who do not belong to God enter heaven? No.
Those who belong to God always listen to God’s words and obey them as they are, like the Sabbath.

God wouldn’t have established a day to worship if we can worship God anytime, right?

Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”

What kind of people can enter the kingdom of heaven? They are those who do the will of God. Sunday worship or Sabbath, Saturday?
Those who belong to God will observe Saturday as a day of worship for sure. They will be the ones who will receive the blessings that God promised on the Sabbath.

Let’s become the people who belong to God by humbly obeying God’s command, “Keep the Sabbath day holy” so that we can enter the kingdom of heaven.