However, we read that God required man to keep the sabbath in the Old Testament: Exodus 16:29; 20:8; 31:13-15; 34:21; 35:2; Leviticus 19:3, 30; 23:3; Numbers 15:32, 36; Deuteronomy 5:12; Isaiah 56:2.
In the New Testament, we are no longer obligated to keep the sabbath as it was kept in the Old Testament. Resting on the Lord’s day (Sunday) is still a great idea and provides a time for us to worship God, relax, and enjoy time with family and Christian friends. However, the sabbath is not a requirement as it was under the Law.
Regarding specific verses: In Isaiah 1:13, God was angry that the Israelites were keeping the sabbath but had evil hearts. God hates hypocrisy and would rather us be either clearly for Him or against Him, not “in between” as these Israelites were trying to be. In Matthew 12:2 and John 5:16, Jesus healed people who needed help, which was in the spirit of the sabbath day. Romans 14:5 and Colossians 2:16 establish that the sabbath is no longer a requirement in the New Testament.
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