Couldn’t we rest on the Sabbath but worship on Sunday?

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  • The idea of separate rest and worship days has recently started to catch on in some circles.

    For instance, singer/songwriter Michael Card and singer Steven Green have said they rest on Sabbath but worship with local congregations on Sunday. However, this was not the practice of either Jesus or the apostle Paul. They didn’t rest on the Sabbath and worship on Sunday (Luke 4:16; Acts 17:1, 2). We certainly applaud these men for recognizing the biblical truth of the seventh-day Sabbath rest, but, if we are going to worship the Creator (Revelation 14:7), why not do so on the day that He himself picked out? (Genesis 2:1).

    When we get someone a gift, we often pick out something that we ourselves would like. But if we really want to please the other person, wouldn’t it be better to find out what he or she would really like? Likewise, God has not left it a mystery as to which day He prefers, and He even promises:

    “Those who honor Me I will honor” (1 Samuel 2:30).

    When all other voices are hushed, do you not hear God’s voice calling through the Scriptures for you to spend time with Him? “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

    One writer puts it this way: Putting aside all [other] loyalties, can you not … give God His due by giving God His day? (Sabbath Rest, Kevin Morgan).


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