The Church teaches us that we are not under the Law, but has Paul not commended us to observe the Sabbath?

The Church teaches us that we are not under the Law, but has Paul not commended us to observe the Sabbath?

Posted by on Nov 17, 2018

Question: The Church teaches us that we are not under the Law, but has Paul not commended us to observe the Sabbath?

Answer: Yes, Paul has commended us to observe the Sabbath, because the Sabbath Commandment is a part of the Covenant of YHVH (see Exo 20:8-11) and as such it is a sign between Him and His children (see also Exo 31:13). We read his commendation in a verse that can be unlikely heard in the churches today,

So, there remains a Sabbath-keeping (σαββατισμός, sabbatismos) for the people of Elohim. For the one, having entered into His rest (Sabbath), has himself also rested from his works, as Elohim rested from His own. Let us therefore do our utmost to enter into that rest (Sabbath), lest anyone fall after the same example of disobedience (violating the Sabbath). (Heb 4:9-11)

The KJV translators conveniently changed Paul’s words about the Sabbath and rendered the Greek word sabbatismos (a Sabbath-keeping or Sabbath rest), which is the Greek transliteration of the Hebrew Shabbat, simply  “rest”:

There remaineth therefore a rest (σαββατισμός, sabbatismos) to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. (Heb 4:9-11 KJV)

In KJV it is not clear that Paul is talking about the Sabbath rest, but for his readers it was crystal clear: the Sabbath of YHVH. (Read more)