I am curious to see what you guys think about this subject, working on the Sabbath. In more detail I am curious to see what you guys think about doing homework and working out on the Sabbath. Is it wrong to do home work and/or workout on the Sabbath, because isn't the Sabbath supposed to be the day of rest? Please support your claims with Bible verses. For example with working out, according to 1 Corinthians 6:19-20,  "Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies," it seems that keeping your temple/body in shape is a good thing a biblical thing, but does it go against do so on a Sunday?

Thanks, Rush

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You really have two problems that need to be addressed first. 1. The Sabbath isn't Sunday, note Matthew 28.1 'Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week'. Sabbath in Jewish culture is Saturday and the Christian communities never made Sunday the Sabbath. Also, in Jewish culture, Sabbath begins the night before see Luke 23.54 '54 It was the day of Preparation, and the Sabbath was beginning' on the evening of the day on which Christ was Crucified.

2. Even if one were to keep a Sabbath, a day of rest and worship, which is a good idea, there certainly seems no reason to be dogmatic about it. Note Mark 2.23-28: 23 One Sabbath he was going through the grainfields, and as they made their way, his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. 24 And the Pharisees were saying to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?” 25 And he said to them, “Have you never read what David did, when he was in need and was hungry, he and those who were with him: 26 how he entered the house of God, in the time of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to those who were with him?” 27 And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. 28 So the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.”'

It would seem to me that a Christian Sabbath ought to focused around resting from the things that normally occupy one's week. So, if you don't normally work-out during the week, then doing so on a day of rest would (or could) be restful. As for homework, I suppose that depends on what the homework is, when it was assigned, and when it is due. A Homework assignment assigned on Friday, due Monday, and that will take two full days to complete will have to be done on Saturday and Sunday.

This is a great analysis of it. I just have a hard time in really setting aside Sunday and making it the Sabbath. Something always crops up, or i never prepare well during week and then Sunday rolls around and we've forgotten something at grocery. 

In boarding school, our minister had a sermon on it and talked about us trying to get our homework done Saturday so we could begin to experience what keeping the sabbath really meant.

The Sabbath isn't Sunday, or Saturday, or Friday.  The Jewish calender, as layed out in Leviticus, is based on the lunar cycle.  As such, the days of the week rotate when transposed over our modern solar cycle calendar.  Nobody really observes the sabbath except in years in which the days just happen to overlap.


Nobody really observes the Sabbath except in years in which the days just happen to overlap?

What does that mean?

Matthew 12:11-12 

He said to them, “Which one of you who has a sheep, if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not take hold of it and lift it out? Of how much more value is a man than a sheep! So it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”


Do your homework. 

Perhaps more to the point is Romans 14:5-6. "one person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it." 

Whatever you do, do to the Lord. I think a verse more to the point of working out is 1 Timothy 4:8, but don't forget that this verse isn't mainly about working out, but following God. If you like 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ... honor God with your body by presenting it to Him (Romans 12:1). Make sure that you aren't putting things into your life or doing things that bring darkness to your body (matthew 6:22-23) which is the temple of God. 

All things are lawful to me, but not all things are expedient.

I tend to think it would be expedient for me to actually take a day off and focus on God.  But I haven't done it.  My life moves full tilt 7 days a week.  But... wouldn't it be a good idea to have some time in which God is focus, and quietness allows that focus?  It could be any time, but I don't think those of us who are busy on Sundays are that way because we have another day for quiet reflection.  Well, except those who have Sunday employment.

I think the Ingalls and Liddel views of sabbath-keeping have no real support in the Old or New Testaments. Even today's observant Jews allow for review of studies and quiet games on Sabbath. An enforced rest or quiet is not really restful, as we've all felt on rainy days. The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath. For more on this, see "Leisure the Basis of Culture" by Pieper.

In my own life, I do feel better when Sunday is reserved as a day of leisure, rather than for chores and errands. I try to get to the gym and grocery store on Saturdays, and do the laundry, etc. But I consider this a luxury arrangement, not one I'd recommend to all Christians. If I had children, or my husband didn't work from home, it just wouldn't work.

I think that in the Sabbath it is a call to place the material things of the world aside. For one day we are called to Discern, to take in to account what has transpired in our lives. It is not onlt a commandment but a rather dignified, and abundance for society. If everyday was a work day man would be made for work instead of work made for man. There is a lot of dignity in having a day of rest. If we are to keep it holy it must be a day where we can stop and say "oh hello lord I stopped to be with you as you are with me". This does not mean we can not chop would or make things. But if we do this keeping in mind the graces that are given to us and how God is in everything then we have done a rather good job in keeping the Sabbath. It is by putting the trivial things aside we see better our goal. Which is to be with God. When one does things on the Sabbath it allows them to have this day to orient thier lives to so as to live a more integrated Faith. Michael Naughton's "A Divided Life" is extra helpful as well.

I always thought the Sabbath was one of the Jewish laws that was superseded by Christ.  Its more of a suggestion than a law for Christians ... its a good idea to set aside first fruits for God, and a great first step when you get off track.  But, it isn't a moral edict or a hard rule.


God created our bodies. In the Torah - the first five books of the bible, are given many laws whose soul purpose is to keep us healthy. There are comments about mold on a tent and discolored skin, dietary laws and how to rotate crops.  Keeping the Sabbath is a commandment because God knows that our bodies and our minds and our psych need to rejuvenate, rest and replenish if we are to function efficiently and enjoy life as He meant it to be. We will never truly feel 100% if we consistently miss the Sabbath - our maker knows that and told us 'how to' care for ourselves.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday - He is not a respecter of days. It is the 'setting aside' of this time to relax, read, make love, study His word, pray, enjoy one another - With the recognition of Him in all that we do.  Is it wrong to work out? Maybe for me, but maybe not for you. What is your intention, your focus? Does doing so glorify Him or is it just another day in your life.

Doing home work or house work - I would say that by putting these off or getting them done before the Sabbath brings a new energy and purpose to these activities.

Preparing for the Sabbath, which should go from sunset to sunset is a great part of making it special and not a chore. The Sabbath is looked forward to as preparations are made. By making it sunset to sunset you go to bed in the Sabbath and wake up in the Sabbath, (Sabbath rest) - then when it ends on Saturday night (a good reason to make it on Saturday & not Sunday - but either is good) you go out and enjoy a night of socializing and pleasure with a whole new and different attitude.

Yeah Steve I think you bring  up a good point with asking what the intention is and our focus. It is more about Discernment, and really when you take time to do that on a Saturday night into Sunday you really are in a way setting aside time for God. It shows that  a person at least tries to put Him in the center of their lives.


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