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Why did Jesus say the Sabbath was meant for man?


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“The Sabbath was MADE for man and not man for the sabbath.” (Mark 2:27)

Just stop and have a real good think about this Bible verse concerning the Sabbath day. The majority of professing Christians today believe that the Sabbath only began when the ten commandments were given at Sinai. Is this true? No, and we can give solid, clear Bible evidence that the Seventh day Sabbath was in effect before the ten commandments. Notice that Jesus said the Sabbath was MADE. When was it made?

Genesis 2:2-3 …..’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.’

Why are there not just six days in a week? Think about it. Many professed Christians today like to ‘spiritualize’ away the seventh day of creation, saying that God left that day ‘open’ and has been resting ever since. Well, if that is the case, why don’t we just have six days in a week? What is the point of having the seventh day if it has no special status?

After the six days of creation work, God MADE another day, the seventh day. Now if God wanted to rest after His work of creating this earth, He could have done so without giving us another day. So why did He give us another day? Take another look at what Jesus said above. He MADE the sabbath day for man! Do you see this clear connection? Jesus said that the sabbath was made and He was pointing us back to the creation week where we can see the sabbath being made.

DID YOU KNOW? The only place we get the 7 day weekly cycle from is the creation week in the Bible. We can see months and years in the solar system that God put in place, but with the 7 day weekly cycle, we can only see it in the Word of God. Now what does this mean? It means we have to put our faith in God and His Word. I wonder if God intended it this way, so that He could see who were His true followers! Those who keep the seventh day sabbath of creation are putting their complete trust and faith in the Word of God.

Now let’s take a look at the 4th commandment, and we will see a clear reference to the seventh day of creation being the sabbath day.

“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 … 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)


The 4th commandment is so clear about what the sabbath day is. We can see that it is talking about the seventh day of creation as being the Bible sabbath. Now for some reason, many professing Christians will adamantly proclaim that the sabbath day was not instituted at creation week, and yet we have very clear Bible proof in the 4th commandment that says the seventh day of creation is the Sabbath day. Do you see the clear link between the sabbath day of the 4th commandment and the seventh day of creation? Take another look, it’s there!

Big deal!! you say, the Seventh day of creation is the sabbath, so what?! Well, do you know what this means? It means that the sabbath of the 4th commandment was instituted BEFORE sin even entered this world!! And what does THAT mean?

1. That God intended it to be observed for eternity.

2. That it could not be a “shadow” of anything.

3. That Jesus did not change or abolish it at the cross.

4. That niether the disciples nor any man could change it to another day.

You can take away the sabbath as a symbol of Israel’s freedom from the bondage in Egypt, but you STILL have the sabbath of creation. You can take away the ceremonial sabbaths in the laws of Moses, but you STILL have the sabbath of creation!

Unfortunately satan has brought something into many churches today that does away with the seventh day sabbath of creation, and that is, EVOLUTION! Many professing Christians are now embracing the wicked teaching of evolution, and say that God did not create the earth in six literal days as the Bible clearly teaches, but rather that He let it evolve over a “period” of time. How do they come to this conclusion? Because they put their trust in the teachings and foolish wisdom of men, rather than in the clear teaching and great wisdom our Creator GOD.

So how is it that the majority of Christians keep the first day of the week as the sabbath day, instead of the true Bible seventh day sabbath? See our page ORIGIN OF SUNDAY for the truth on this.

Who Was the Sabbath Made For?

Was the seventh day sabbath made for the Jews, as the majority of professing Christians claim? There is so much we can get from that simple quote of Jesus above in Mark. Not only does it point us back to creation and the institution of the seventh day sabbath then, but Jesus also confirms that the sabbath was made for who? MAN, ie. ALL of mankind. Now why doesn’t Jesus say that the sabbath was made for the Jews? Well, how many Jews were there at creation? None! There was MAN and WOMAN, Adam and Eve. So was the sabbath day made for the Jews? Of course not. It was MADE during creation week by God, for EVERYONE!

Lord of the Sabbath Day

“Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath.” (Mark 2:28)

What is it that entitles Jesus to be LORD of the sabbath day? It’s the fact that He is the Son of God and Creator! In John 1:10 and Colossians 1:16 we find that Jesus is the Creator of this world with His Father. Which means that it was Jesus Himself who created the seventh day Sabbath for mankind. This is how He is Lord of the sabbath.

Do you see this amazing Bible truth? Jesus created the heaven and earth. He created the seventh day sabbath. He never changed or abolished the seventh day sabbath during His ministry on earth, therefore the sabbath of the 4th commandment still stands and is binding on everyone today!

‘I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be forever; nothing can be put to it, nor anything taken from it.’ (Ecclesiastes 3:14)

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