Sabbath observance and sanctity was instituted at the very beginning of time at creation: “And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made” (Genesis 2:2-3).
The weekly seventh-day Sabbath has frequently been considered a Jewish institution but the Bible declares that it was instituted more than two thousand years before any Jew was born. Let’s review the following points:
- 1Adam and Eve were not Jewish and they were the only ones in the Garden of Eden when “God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it” (Genesis 2:3) before sin entered.
- “The Sabbath was made for man” (Mark 2:27) in the Garden of Eden before it was “written” down on Mount Sinai.
- The other nine commandments are not “just for Jews.” God wrote the “Ten Commandments” on stone, not just nine (Deut. 4:12, 13; Ex. 20).
- “The seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God” (Exodus 20:10). God calls the Sabbath, “my holy day” (Isaiah 58:13).
- The Sabbath commandment is for the “stranger” too. “Strangers” are non-Jews or Gentiles (Isaiah 56:6). The fourth commandment itself says the “stranger” is to rest on the Sabbath (Exodus 20:10).
- Isaiah said Gentiles should keep the Sabbath (Isaiah 56:6, 7).
- “All” mankind will keep the Sabbath in the New Earth (Isaiah 66:22, 23).
- Gentiles kept the Sabbath in the Book of Acts (Acts 13:42-44 also Acts 16:13).
- “The law” [of Ten Commandments] is for “all the world,” not just for Jews (Romans 2:17-23; 3:19, 23).
- Jesus said, “For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day” (Matthew 12:8). Therefore, the Sabbath is for all that worship the Lord (Jews and Gentiles).
In His service,