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Is the Weekly Sabbath a Feast Day? - Jan. 10, 2014

I was recently presented with the question: Is the weekly Sabbath a feast day like the other annual feasts in Leviticus 23?

Yes, the Scriptures certainly state that the weekly Sabbath is a feast day. In Leviticus:23:2 we read, "The feasts of the Lord, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts." The first of God's feasts is the weekly Sabbath in verse 3: "Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work on it; it is the Sabbath of the Lord in all your dwellings." Beginning in verse 4, the remainder of this chapter reveals the seven annual festivals. Leviticus 23 is the one chapter in the Bible that lists all of God's feasts - the weekly Sabbath as well as the annual Holy Days.

In our literature there is reference to the Sabbath being a weekly feast. For example, in the last chapter of our booklet, "Sunset to Sunset - God's Sabbath Rest," under "Our Appointment With God," there is clear reference to the weekly Sabbath as one of God's feasts. After quoting Leviticus:23:2-3, the next paragraph begins with the statement, "God plainly says these are His feasts, His 'sacred assemblies.'" This section of the booklet shows the weekly Sabbath as one of God's feast days and that it is a divine weekly appointment with God.

Both the weekly Sabbath and the annual Holy Days are wonderful feast days of God. They are spiritual feast days, and quite often they are also days when brethren feast together with food and fellowship. The weekly Sabbath is certainly a day of spiritual feasting and rejoicing, just as the annual Holy Days. It might be helpful to read the last chapter in our Sabbath booklet, "Sunset to Sunset - God's Sabbath Rest." You can read it online at www.ucg.org/booklets.

-David Mills