"LET THERE BE LIGHT" Ministries
HOW TO OBSERVE GOD'S CHOSEN SABBATH DAY, part 2 quotes
1) “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 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: 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.” Exodus 20:8-11.
The Hebrew word for “labour” is “abad”, and it translates and means “to work in any sense, to serve, till, bondservant, execute, husbandman, labour, bring to pass, cause or make to serve, serving self, do or use service, till, work” (Strong’s, word #5647). The Hebrew word for “work” is “melakah”, and it translates and means “to despatch, employment or work, property, business, cattle, industrious, occupation, work, workmanship” (Strong’s, word #4399). The Hebrew word for “all” is “kowl” and it translates and means “the whole, all, any or every sense, all manner, any manner, everything, whatsoever, whosoever” (Strong’s, word #3605).
Putting all these meanings together reveals that God requires all forms of work to cease on the Sabbath, whether this work is in your regular employment, or in any type of non-employment work in or on your home, property, or even in serving self.
2) If you are a home or property owner, everyone living in your home, or on your property, are not to be allowed to work on the Sabbath. If these other individuals go outside of your property to work, that would be beyond your jurisdiction and control, and you would not be included in their Sabbath breaking. But while they are on your property, they are subject to your authority, and you must enforce these God-given Sabbath regulations upon them or you will be guilty of any Sabbath breaking they commit.
But what if you are not the owner of a home or property in which you live, and the owner is breaking the Sabbath: does that mean that you are also included in their sin? No, not unless you personally join in with their Sabbath breaking.
3) What if you are a co-owner of a business, or in a partnership, or any other business enterprise in which your fellow owners/partners/associates work on the Sabbath in that enterprise? As part owner you would also be guilty of breaking the Sabbath along with them. In this situation, if your partners will not cease doing business upon the Sabbath, then it would be best to sell your part of the business, or even just resign your share, so that you would no longer be a Sabbath breaker.
4) What if you own stock in a business or company? By owning stock you are a member and part owner of that business or company, and if they work or do business on the Sabbath then you would also be guilty of breaking the Sabbath along with them. In this situation, if that company will not cease doing business upon the Sabbath, then it would be best to sell all your stock so that you would not longer be a Sabbath breaker.
But what if you are not a co-owner, or partner, or own stock, but just an employee in a business or company who is breaking the Sabbath? As their employee, would you also be included in their sin? No, not unless you personally join in with their Sabbath breaking by working on the Sabbath. If they force you to work on the Sabbath, then you must stand for God and quit that job. He promises to take care of all those who put Him first in their life (see 1 Samuel 2:30; Matthew 10:29-33; Mark 10:29-30), and if you ask Him, He will open the way for you to find a much better work where you can keep the Sabbath.
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8.
5) What if you’re employed in the medical field and provide care or medical help to other human beings, and you have to work on the Sabbath? Since the help you provide deals with the health of others, God does not consider this to be sinful, but fully within the parameters of keeping the Sabbath holy.
“And he (Jesus) saith unto them (Pharisees), Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill? But they held their peace. And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.” Mark 3:4-5.
“And he (Jesus) was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. 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. The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering? And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?” Luke 13:10-16.
“Moses therefore gave unto you circumcision; (not because it is of Moses, but of the fathers;) and ye on the sabbath day circumcise a man. 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? Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.” John 7:22-24.
These verses reveal that there is nothing wrong with working on the Sabbath if this work is dealing with the health or healing of others and/or ministering to their spiritual needs. But if you are getting paid for this ministerial work, then the amount of money you make on the hours of the Sabbath should be donated to God’s cause. In doing this you avoid any financial gain made by helping others on the Sabbath, which will indeed preserve its sacredness.