Making others work on the sabbath?

In response to an email received from a brother in Christ:

“Shalom PD, thank you for your strong faith and amazing teachings! I’ve just watched your video, “Sabbath is a burden” and wow, I’ve learned so much from it! I’ve been keeping the sabbath for over a year now, as do some of my fellowship members and there seems to be a slight difference on how we should keep and honour the sabbath. I realise from your teaching that we are not to add man made rules or traditions to God’s word, but to keep it as Yahweh as instructed and the one thing that keeps being discussed, is that some are saying that we don’t go into a cafe or restaurant and eat on the sabbath, or go into coffee shop and have a drink on the sabbath, or go and buy food on the sabbath…

My understanding, is that these appear to be added mans rules, that I don’t see in scripture, but I fully understand why some are saying this. I don’t do these things myself, because I don’t want to feel that I’m breaking the sabbath in doing these things, please, I would be grateful if you could share with me your thoughts on this,

Be blessed in Yeshua”


Hi Peter

The answer to your question is simple, because scripture tells us.

You are right, we are not to add man made traditions to the word of God, if that tradition will nullify the word of God.

However, going to a restaurant, or a coffee shop, most definitely is breaking the sabbath. It’s not a man made rule that defines that, but rather the commandment of keeping the sabbath itself. We are instructed to rest on the sabbath (abstain from work), but not only that, we are instructed to never let anyone else work (as to serve us) on the sabbath either:

“but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates.” Exo 20:10

So its not a man made teaching, it’s from God. Anything at all, that makes someone else or ourselves work, is not permitted by God on the sabbath. How can we say we keep His day holy by resting from our works – as He did from His – but we make others stumble by causing them to work? That is hypocrisy. Whether or not we are the main reason someone will work (coffee shops will remain open, whether we go or not), the same principle applies.

I hope that helps

Shalom and love


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6 thoughts on “Making others work on the sabbath?”

  1. My question is this. We run a business that involves taking care of animals on the Sabbath as well as Sunday. Our employee generally works Friday and Saturdays but I work Sundays so she can “go to church” which is what she wants. We specifically don’t work Friday/Saturday so we can keep a Sabbath but the animals can not go without care during the time we are “resting.” So this is our situation. Our business is being used to help the poor, the unfortunate and many ministries and we believe the Lord directed us to buy it. So was would Yeshua say about this situation?

    1. HI Chris, I think that taking care of animals is definitely in line with observing t he Sabbath, based on what Messiah said, that if you have an ox in the ditch, you pull it out, even on the Sabbath. The difference in taking care of animals on the Sabbath and on the workdays is what you do, on the Sabbath you do what is necessary for life, not what you regularly do. Hope that is clear?

    2. Hi Chris

      Since you describe your work to be caring for animals and helping the poor, then there would be no problem caring for them on the sabbath. The sabbath is to bring life, and if you were to forsook care on this day then the point of the command would be missed.

      Please continue caring for them on the sabbath, it is not a sin, but fall into the “helping an ox out of the pit” scenario, or also where Yeshua and His disciples picked grain on the sabbath. If it brings life, it is good.

      Blessings and shalom

  2. Jamie Nixon Garcia

    Nehemiah 10:31 might assist in this response. Not sure if you address buying and selling on the sabbath in other teachings.

  3. If you have a near friend that is in dire need of help in their little business is it totally wrong to help them on the Sabbath.?

  4. Hi Ronald, the question would be whether helping them is a situation that would bring life, which is a question you would need to pray about. But I would personally be hesitant of doing it casually. The biggest blessing for the business would be to let it rest of the day God declared as the day of rest. We have seen God bless businesses above and beyond numerous times when they have honored His day.

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