One of the ten commandments of the Bible is “keep my Sabbath.” How many different times is this stated in the Bible? The Sabbath is the seventh day of the week.  And it doesn’t say to keep my “Sundayath.” And many times after this commandment the next verse that follows is, “I am ” Shem Hamephorash” [ihvh] your God.”

The Sabbath day is so important that it was made one of the ten commandments.     Exodus 20:8 – 11 8


9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:

10 But the seventh day [is] the sabbath of the LORD thy God: [in it] thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that [is] within thy gates:

11 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.     Exod 20:9-11

 16 Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant.     Exodus 31:16

 3 Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work. It is a Sabbath to the Lord in all your dwelling places.     Leviticus 23:3

 21 Six days you shall work, but on the seventh day you shall rest. In plowing time and in harvest you shall rest.     Exodus 34:21

 14 You shall keep the Sabbath, because it is holy for you. Everyone who profanes it shall be put to death. Whoever does any work on it, that soul shall be cut off from among his people.     Exodus 31:14

 Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the LORD your God commanded you. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter or your male servant or your female servant, or your ox or your donkey or any of your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates, that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you.     Deuteronomy 5: 12 – 15

The new moons and Sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity.     Isa. 1:13

It is one of the Ten Commandments and is “a perpetual covenant.”

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.    Exodus 20:8

My sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations … for a perpetual covenant.      Exodus 31:13-16

Ye shall … keep my sabbaths: I am the LORD your God.     Leviticus 19:3, 30

Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the LORD.     Leviticus 23:3

Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the Lord thy God hath commanded thee.Deuteronomy 5:12

Blessed is the man … that keepeth the sabbath.     Isaiah 56:2

Whoever “defiles” it “shall surely be put to death.”

Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death.     Exodus 31:14

Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be to you a holy day, a sabbath of rest to the Lord: whosoever doeth work therein shall be put to death.     Exodus 35:2

And they found a man that gathered sticks upon the Sabbath day …. And all the congregation brought him without the camp and stoned him with stones, and he died; as the Lord commanded Moses.     Numbers 15:32-36

The new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity.     Isaiah 1:13


Christians don’t honor Saturday the Sabbath. They worship on Sunday. They call Sunday the day of rest. The Catholic Church says they have the authority to change the day of worship from Saturday to Sunday. The Protestants and Born Again Christians blindly follow whatever the Catholic Church says like good Christians. The people around Jesus observed the Sabbath and wouldn’t even anoint the body of Jesus until after the Sabbath as per Mark 16:1-2. 16:1

And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.     Mark 16:1-2. 16:1

Paul and his companions … On the Sabbath they went to the synagogue for the services. Acts 16:13 On the Sabbath we went a little way outside the city to a riverbank, where we thought people would be meeting for prayer …

 As was Paul’s custom, he went to the synagogue service, and for three Sabbaths in a row he used the Scriptures to reason with the people.     Acts 17:2

The Christians justify that they can do anything they want as stated in their vague verses. These verses seem to remove one of the ten commandments, the Sabbath commandment.

 In the same way, some think one day is more holy than another day, while others think every day is alike. You should each be fully convinced that whichever day you choose is acceptable. Those who worship the Lord on a special day do it to honor him.      Romans 14:5-6 5

 Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day.     Colossians 2:16-17 16

 So now that you know God (or should I say, now that God knows you), why do you want to go back again and become slaves once more to the weak and useless spiritual principles of this world? You are trying to earn favor with God by observing certain days or months or seasons or years.     Galatians 4:8-10 8

Sylvester I (314-337 A.D.) was the Catholic Bishop of Rome (later to become pope) during the reign of Constantine. He officially gave the Churches approval to the Constantine edict of 321 A.D. Here is what he thought of the Bible Sabbath:

“If every Sunday is to be observed joyfully by the Christians on account of the resurrection, then every Sabbath on account of the burial is to be execration [meaning loathing or cursing] of the Jews.”

–quoted by S. R. E. Humbert, Adversus Graecorum calumnias 6, in Patrologie Cursus Completus, Series Latina, ed. J.P. Migne, 1844, p. 143. The council of Bishops at the Council of Laodicea (363 A.D.) said;

“Christians must not Judaize by resting on the Sabbath.”

God did rest the seventh day from all his works. … There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.      Hebrews 4:4-9

And the “people of God they are talking about are not the Christians.”

And Jesus told his followers to pray that the end of the world doesn’t come on a Sabbath (since on that day they couldn’t run away from God’s wrath).

But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day.    Matthew 24:20


Jesus and his disciples didn’t bother much with the Sabbath, and they were criticized for it.

At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn and to eat. But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day.     Matthew 12:1-2, Mark 2:23-24

Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath. The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed.    John 5:8-10

And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day.     John 5:16

If a man on the sabbath day receive circumcision, that the law of Moses should not be broken; are ye angry at me, because I have made a man every whit whole on the sabbath day?      John 7:23

And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day.     Luke 13:14

And Jesus encouraged others to break the Sabbath, saying that the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath, and that he was Lord of the Sabbath. (So he and his followers are free to break it.)

And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day? And they held their peace. And he took him, and healed him, and let him go; And answered them, saying, Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the sabbath day? Luke 14:3-5

He said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.      Mark 2:27-28

Paul* told his followers to observe the Sabbath on any day they liked. It’s not important and no one should be judged for how they keep (or don’t keep) the Sabbath.

One man esteemeth one day above another; another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.      Romans 14:5

Let no man therefore judge you in meat and drink, or in respect of a holy day, or of the new moon; or of the sabbath days.       Colossians 2:16


There are many references in the book of Acts about the early Christian church meeting together on the Sabbath (Saturday) to pray and study the Scriptures. Here are some examples:

Paul and his companions … On the Sabbath they went to the synagogue for the services.     Acts 13:13-14

On the Sabbath we went a little way outside the city to a riverbank, where we thought people would be meeting for prayer …     Acts 16:13

As was Paul’s custom, he went to the synagogue service, and for three Sabbaths in a row he used the Scriptures to reason with the people.     Acts 17:2

However, some Christians believe the early church began meeting on Sundays soon after Christ rose from the dead, in honor of the Lord’s resurrection, which took place on a Sunday, or the first day of the week. This verse has Paul instructing the churches to meet together on the first day of the week (Sunday) to give offerings:

Now about the collection for God’s people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do. On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.     1 Corinthians 16:1-2

And when Paul met with believers in Troas to worship and celebrate communion, they gathered on the first day of the week:

On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight.     Acts 20:7


Therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the Sabbath day.     John 5:16

At that Time Jesus went on the Sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were a hungered, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat. But when the pharisees saw it they said to him, behold, your disciples do that which is not lawful to do on the Sabbath day. But he said to them, . . . . Have you not read in the law, how that on the Sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath, and are blameless?      Matthew 12:1, 2, 3, 5

While some believe the transition from Saturday to Sunday worship began right after the resurrection, the truth is it was changed by the Catholics at the meeting of the Council of Nicaea.

Today, the majority of Christian believe Sunday is the Sabbath day


The legal duty imposed by the consitution of Constantive in 321 AD that all courts of justice, inhabitants of towns, and workshops were to be at rest on Sunday (venerabili die Solis) with an exception in fovor of those engaged in agricultural labor.   Encyclopedia Britannica, ninth edition “Sunday”

Found in the Codes Justiniani lib 3, title 12, lex 3.

“Let all the judges and town people and the occupation of all trades rest on the venerable day of the sun.”   Edict of March 7, 321 A.D. Corpus Juris Civilis Cod. lib 3. tit. 12, Lex 3.

364 AD at the Council of Laodicea, the Catholic church transferred the soleminity from Saturday to Sunday.


Virginia 1610 —

“Every man woman shall repair in the morning to the divine service and sermons preached upon the Sabbath [Sunday], and in the afternoon to divine service, and catechizing, upon pain for the first fault to lose their provision and the allowance for the whole week following;  for the second, to lose the said allowance and also to be whipped; and for the third to suffer death.”   Laws and Orders, Divine, Politique, and Martial, for the Colony in Virginia, first established by Sir Thomas Gates, knight, Lieutenant General, the 24th May 1610.

–still on the books

Most States have enforced “Sunday Blue Laws” in the past and most are still on the books.


In the area of modern Germany the Teutons labeled the days of the weeks based on their gods;

Sun  = Sunday

Moon  = Monday

Tiu   = Tuesday

Wooden  = Wednesday

Thor   =  Thursday

Frigg  = Friday

Seturn  = Saturday