Scriptures Related to Loving God and Keeping the Sabbath
Genesis 2:2-3 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
Exodus 16:27-28 And it came to pass, that there went out some of the people on the seventh day for to gather, and they found none. 28 And the LORD said unto Moses, How long refuse you to keep my Commandments and my laws? (God’s children thought they could keep any day as the Sabbath and God was very angry and had only one response.)
Exodus 20:8-11 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 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. (The Sabbath was made Holy. Remember to keep it that way.)
Exodus 31:12-18 GNB The LORD commanded Moses 13 to tell the people of Israel, “Keep the Sabbath, my day of rest, because it is a sign between you and me for all time to come, to show that I, the LORD, have made you my own people. 14 You must keep the day of rest, because it is sacred. Whoever does not keep it, but works on that day, is to be put to death. 15 KJV Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death. 16 Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant. 17 It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed. 18 And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God. (All Christians are children of Israel and spiritual Jews. See Galatians 3:29 below and see also Romans 2:28-29.)
Exodus 35:2 Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be to you an holy day, a sabbath of rest to the LORD: whosoever doeth work therein shall be put to death. (Another reminder of the day to keep.)
Deuteronomy 6:5 And you shall love the LORD your God with all thine heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. (Loving God with all your heart was not a new law. See also Leviticus 19:18 and Romans 13:9.)
Deuteronomy 31:24-26 And it came to pass, when Moses had made an end of writing the words of this law in a book, until they were finished, 25 That Moses commanded the Levites, which bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, saying, 26 Take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, that it may be there for a witness against thee. (This book contained the ordinances and was stored on the side of the Ark. The Ten Commandments went inside the Ark.)
Leviticus 19:18 You shall not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD. (Loving your neighbour as your self was not a new law. See also Deuteronomy 6:5 and Romans 13:9.)
Leviticus 23:3 Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; you shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings. (Note how it is a holy convocation, that is, the Sabbath day is ideal for fellowshipping with other Christians. When we fellowship with other people in whom God dwells, we are in fact also fellowshipping with Him. See also Exodus 20:10 and 1John 1:3, 7.)
Leviticus 23:32 It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and you shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall you celebrate your sabbath. (The Sabbath is kept from evening to evening.)
2 Chronicles 8:13 Even after a certain rate every day, offering according to the commandment of Moses, on the sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the solemn feasts, three times in the year, even in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles. (This and some of the next verse refer to the Ceremonial law written in Moses handwriting. They are also called the ordinances.)
2 Chronicles 33:8 Neither will I any more remove the foot of Israel from out of the land which I have appointed for your fathers; so that they will take heed to do all that I have commanded them, according to the whole law and the statutes and the ordinances by the hand of Moses. (The Commandments and the ordinances are two distinct laws.)
Isaiah 58:13-14 If you turn away your foot from the sabbath, from doing your pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shall honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: 14 Then shall you delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause you to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father: for the mouth of the LORD has spoken it. (Note how God says that we are to find it a DELIGHT, not a BURDEN as many offend God by calling it so. When you spend quality time with someone you love the love relationship grows and this is what happens when we keep God’s Sabbath. See also 1John 1:3, 7)
Isaiah 66:22-23 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain. 23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD. (The Ten Commandment Sabbath was made at creation and will be kept for all eternity. This includes now! See also Exodus 31:16-17.)
Daniel 7:25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. (The Roman Catholic Church did do all these things.)
Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you, that you shall be no priest to me: seeing you have forgotten the law of your God, I will also forget your children. (Many Christians will perish because they reject truth and don’t keep God’s Commandments.)
Matthew 5:17-19 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least Commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (Forget all the excuses! Here are concrete words from Jesus. No change to the Law.)
Matthew 7:13-14 Enter you in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (Not many love God enough to take the strait and narrow way.)
Matthew 7:21-23 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? and in your name have cast out devils? and in your name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity. (Jesus will sadly have to say to many Christians that He did not know them because they practised lawlessness.)
Matthew 12:8 For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.
Matthew 12:12 Of how much more value then is a man than a sheep? Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”
Matthew 19:16-17 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? 17 And he said unto him, Why callest you me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if you will enter into life, keep the Commandments.
Matthew 22:35-40 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, 36 Master, which is the great Commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, You shall love your neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (ALL God’s law of love hangs on these two Commandments. ALL includes the Sabbath. See also Romans 13:9, Deuteronomy 6:5, Leviticus 19:18 and Matthew 22:35-40 the two greatest Commandments.)
Matthew 24:20-21 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: 21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. (More evidence the Sabbath was kept 40 years after Jesus was crucified.) See also is the Sabbath Commandment found in the New Testament.
Mark 2:27-28 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: 28 Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.
Mark 7:6-9 GNB Jesus answered them, “How right Isaiah was when he prophesied about you! You are hypocrites, just as he wrote: ‘These people, says God, honor me with their words, but their heart is really far away from me. 7 It is no use for them to worship me, because they teach human rules as though they were my laws!’ 8 “You put aside God’s command and obey human teachings.” 9 And Jesus continued, “You have a clever way of rejecting God’s law in order to uphold your own teaching. (Man cannot change God’s law such as changing the Sabbath to Sunday.)
Mark 10:17-19 And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? 18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest you me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. 19 You knowest the Commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour your father and mother.
Mark 12:28-32 A teacher of the Law was there who heard the discussion. He saw that Jesus had given the Sadducees a good answer, so he came to him with a question: “Which Commandment is the most important of all?” 29 Jesus replied, “The most important one is this: ‘Listen, Israel! The Lord our God is the only Lord. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ 31 The second most important commandment is this: ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ There is no other commandment more important than these two.” 32 The teacher of the Law said to Jesus, “Well done, Teacher! It is true, as you say, that only the Lord is God and that there is no other god but he. (See also Matthew 22:35-40. All the law hang on these two Commandments.)
Luke 1:6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the Commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. (The Commandments and the ordinances of the ceremonial law are two distinct laws.)
Luke 6:5 And he said unto them, That the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.
Luke 23:52-56, 24:1 He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 53 Then he took it down, wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid it in a tomb cut in the rock, in which no one had yet been laid. 54 It was the Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was just beginning. 55 So the women who had come with Jesus from Galilee, following close behind, saw the tomb and how his body was laid. 56 Then they went back and prepared spices and perfumes, and on the Sabbath they rested according to the Commandment. Luke 24:1 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.
John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my Commandments. (Pretty simple verse. Jesus saying that if we really love Him then keep the Commandments.)
John 14:21 He that hath my Commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
John 15:10 If ye keep my Commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s Commandments, and abide in his love.
Acts 17:1-2 When they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue. 2 As his custom was, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures. (Paul was a Jew and Pharisee since childhood and his custom therefore was to keep Saturday as Jews always have.)
Acts 18:4 And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks. (Jews and Gentiles kept the Sabbath and there was no conflict between them on which day to keep.)
Romans 3:31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.
Romans 5:19-21, 6:1-2 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. 20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: 21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:1-2 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
Romans 6:14-15 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. 15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. (God’s grace is not a license to continue sinning. Paul explains this well in the next verses.)
Romans 7:7-25 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. 8 But sin, taking occasion by the Commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead. 9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the Commandment came, sin revived, and I died. 10 And the Commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. 11 For sin, taking occasion by the Commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me. 12 Wherefore the law is holy, and the Commandment holy, and just, and good. 13 Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the Commandment might become exceeding sinful. 14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. 16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. 17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. 19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. 20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. 22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin. (Love the law, agree it’s good, try to keep it and when we fail, repent.)
Romans 13:9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other Commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. (See also Deuteronomy 6:5 and Leviticus 19:18.)
1 Corinthians 7:19 ISV Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but obeying God’s Commandments is everything.
Galatians 3:29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. (We are spiritual Jews. See Galatians and the law.)
Colossians 2:14, 16-17 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: 17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. (Colossians 2:16 are the ordinances.)
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. (You cannot earn your salvation but when you have it you allow Christ to change your heart to love more perfectly.)
2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
Hebrews 4:9-11 NIRV So there is still a Sabbath rest for God’s people. 10 God rested from his work. Those who enjoy God’s rest also rest from their work. 11 So let us make every effort to enjoy that rest. Then no one will fall into sin by following the example of those who didn’t obey God.
Hebrews 8:10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
James 2:10-11 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. 11 For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.
James 2:19-20 NLT Do you still think it’s enough just to believe that there is one God? Well, even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror! 20 Fool! When will you ever learn that faith that does not result in good deeds is useless? (Faith alone is not enough for salvation.)
1 John 2:3-4 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his Commandments. 4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his Commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. (Jesus is the TRUTH. If you have not truth you have no access to the Father.)
1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his Commandments: and his Commandments are not grievous. (We should desire to love.)
1 John 3:4 GNB Whoever sins is guilty of breaking God’s law, because sin is a breaking of the law. (Sin is breaking God’s Commandments.)
1 John 3:22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his Commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
1 John 3:24 And he that keepeth his Commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.
Revelation 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the Commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. (Satan especially hates this Church that keeps all God’s Commandments.)
Revelation 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the Commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they that do his Commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. (A very clear verse! The ones that get though the straight and narrow gate into heaven are those that keep God’s Commandments.)
For a very complete list with much more detailed commentary please see Seventh Day Sabbath scriptures.