Sabbath an Eternal SIGN between God and Christians

Sabbatarians falsely argue that the Sabbath is an eternal sign between God and Christians.

Since the Sabbath is a sign between God and Christians we must therefore keep the Sabbath today! The problem is that animal blood and circumcision are also spoken of as “eternal signs” between God and his People too! According to Adventist logic, circumcision and animal sacrifices should be practices along with the Sabbath.

The Sabbath was a sign only for Fleshly Jews, never Christians!


A. The Sabbath was a sign between God and Israel ONLY! Ex 31:13-17

  1. Ezekiel 20:12 “And also I gave them My Sabbaths to be a sign between Me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord who sanctifies them.
  2. Since the Sabbath is a sign between God and Israel, there is nothing requiring non-Jewish Christians to keep it!
  3. Why did not never command any Gentiles to keep it in either the Old Testament OR THE NEW TESTAMENT?

B. Three signs of the Old Covenant between God and Fleshly Jews:

  1. Circumcision a sign between God and Jews: “And you shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be the sign of the covenant between Me and you.” (Gen 17:11)
  2. Passover blood a sign between God and Jews: “And the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live” (Ex 12:13)
  3. Sabbath a sign between God and Jews: Ex 31:13-17; Ezek 20:12

C. Sabbatarians Shoot themselves in the foot and are not consistent:

  1. What reason do Sabbatarians give for not keeping the sign of circumcision?

Sabbatarian answer: “because it was a sign only to Abraham and the Jews, not Christians”

  1. What reason do Sabbatarians give for not keeping the sign of Passover blood?

Sabbatarian answer: “because it was a sign only for the Jews in Egypt, not Christians”

  1. Why should Christians not keep the sign of the Sabbath?
  • Sylvia49

    What about the Sabbath originating in the Garden of Eden, and that “Sabbath was made for man?”

    • The Sabbath, is absolutely the very best, ‘type’ or ‘shadow’ in all the Bible of “salvation by grace alone.”

      Adam did not have to do a single good deed in order to inherit the newly created Earth, and the Garden of Eden. God had done all the work Himself, and the work that He did, He declared was “very good,” After God finished His work, he gave what He had made to Adam freely as a gift. In the same way we do not add to the works of Christ in order to become joint-heirs with Christ and inherit the New Heavens and the New Earth. Jesus has done all the work Himself, and the work He has done on our behalf, the Father has accepted as ‘very good.’ Jesus offers us this finished work freely as a gift. Adam did not have to add to the work of God in order to complete the creation of this world, neither do we have to add to the righteousness of Christ in order to find true rest in Christ, and inherit eternal life.

      For more info please read my article “Why No Biblical 7th day (Saturday) Sabbath-keeping Exists Today”

      At the bottom of that article we discuss this in much greater detail, after first laying the foundation earlier in the article.

      Gill’s Bible Commentary
      “By “man”, is not meant all mankind; for the sabbath was never appointed for all mankind, nor binding upon all; only the Jews, who are emphatically called “man”, or “men”; see Eze_34:30, upon which the Jewish writers remark (o), that “they are called, אדם, “man”; but the idolatrous Gentiles, and nations of the World, are not called “men”;” but dogs, beasts, &c. Our Lord may here be thought to speak in their language, as he does in Mat_. 15:26; see Gill on Mat_15:26. And that the observation of the observation of the seventh day, was only designed for the children of Israel, seems manifest from Exo_31:16, “wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant; it is a sign between me and the children of Israel”; and not between him and the rest of the world: and in Exo_31:14, “ye shall keep the sabbath, for it is holy unto you”: on which the Jews (A) make this remark, עממין לכם ולא לשאר, “to you, and not to the rest of the nations”: nor did they ever think that the Gentiles were obliged to observe their sabbath, only such who became proselytes to their religion; even those who were proselytes of righteousness: for a proselyte of the gate, was not bound to observe it; for so says (B) Maimonides,

      “those who take upon them the seven commandments of Noah only, lo! they are as a proselyte of the gate, and they are free to do work on the sabbath day for themselves, openly, as an Israelite on a common day.”

      Yea, they not only say, they were not obliged to keep the sabbath, but that it was not lawful for them to observe it; and that it was even punishable with death them to regard it; for so they say (C),

      “a Gentile that keeps the sabbath before he is circumcised, is guilty of death, because it is not commanded him.”

      They judged them unworthy of having this precept enjoined them, as being not men, but beasts, and worse than they, and had not the privilege the ass has: hence one of their commentators (D) says, “concerning the rest of an ass, thou (E Israelite!) art commanded; but concerning the rest of a Gentile, thou art not commanded.”

      And not man for the sabbath; who was in being long before that was appointed and enjoined.

      (A) T. Bab. Bava Metzia, fol. 114. 2. Zohar in Exod. fol. 35. 4. (B) Zohar in Exod. fol. 26. 4. (C) Hilchot Sabbat, c. 20. sect. 14. (D) Debarim Rabba, sect. 1. fol. 234. 4. (E) Bartenora in Misn. Sabbat, c. 24. sect. 1.”

      Thank you for your question, do not hesitate to post more!

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