The Sabbath and The Lord’s Day

The Table below summarizes some of similarities and differences between the Sabbath of the Old Covenant and the Lord’s Day of the New Covenant.

The Sabbath

The Lord’s Day



Seventh Day of Week

First or Eighth Day of Week

Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy (Deuteronomy 5:12)

The seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, holy to the Lord (Exodus 31:15)

The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath; so the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath. (Mark 2:27-28)

This the day which the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it (Psalm 118:24)

Eschatologically represents the Present Age.

Eschatologically represents the inauguration of the Age to Come.

For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it (Exodus 20:11)

Jesus rose from dead on the first day of week (Matthew 28:1 and John 7:23)

Recalls creation and the day the Lord rested.

Recalls Christ’s resurrection, the eighth day of creation or first day of the new creation (of the Age to Come).

Commemorates Passover and Old Covenant — You shall remember that you were a servant in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out thence with mighty hand and outstretched arm; therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day.  (Deuteronomy 5:15)

Commemorates Christ’s Passover and New Covenant — For Christians the day of Christ’s Resurrection, the day following the Sabbath, The Lord’s Day, the first day of week, the first day the New Creation, the day Christians celebrate paschal mystery – the Eucharist; a day to keep holy and a day of solemn rest, holy to the Lord

A day for worshipping God.

A day to abstain from labor and concerns that impede worship of God.

This entry was posted in This & That and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s