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The New Testament/Injil does not mention Sunday by name. It refers to it as “the first day of the week”.

1. Matthew 28:1 “After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.”

It is very clear that this is speaking about Resurrection Sunday which was preceded by “the Sabbath”. This text, and others we will read, leaves no doubt as to which day is the Seventh Day Sabbath.

2. Mark 16:2 “Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb”

3. Mark 16:9 “When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons.”

4. Luke 23:54 - 24:1 “54 It was Preparation Day {Good Friday}, and the Sabbath {Holy Saturday} was about to begin. 55 The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. 56 Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment. 24:1  On the first day of the week {Resurrection Sunday}, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb.”

These verses show clearly that the Seventh Day of the week is The Sabbath! It is the Sabbath of the 4th Commandment as recorded in Exodus 20:8-11:  

“8 Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.”

These women delayed embalming Jesus’ body until after the Sabbath. Had Jesus changed the day of worship from the Seventh Day Sabbath to the first day of the week, Sunday as we know it today, the women’s action would have been directly against this so called “nailing of the Sabbath to the cross”. Jesus Himself, early on in His ministry, in His Sermon of the Mount said these words: “17 Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.” (Matthew 5:17-18).

When Jesus died on the cross he sealed everything with his blood and declared in John 19:30: “When he had received the drink, Jesus said, ‘It is finished’. With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” The word translated to “fulfill” in Matthew 5:17 (see above) is the same word translated “It is finished” in John 19:30 (see above).

No “Will” can be changed or altered after the death of its testator (the one who made the will).

5. John 20:1 “Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance.”

6. John 20:19 “On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”

Did you notice why the Disciples were gathered that evening? It was for “fear of the Jewish leaders”!

7. Acts 20:7 “On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight.”

Acts 2:46: “Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts; They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts.”

We can see from these texts that breaking bread with Paul was not a special occasion, because they broke bread every day in their homes.

8. 1 Corinthians 16:2 “On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.”

Notice that this money was to be set aside while preparing their weekly budget. Paul did not want to ask for money when he was with them!

The above eight texts are all that the New Testament/Injil tells us about the day we refer to as Sunday. Is there any indication in any of them that God blessed Sunday and hallowed it like He did the Seventh Day of the week “the Sabbath”?

The Seventh Day Sabbath was given to our father Adam and mother Eve as the first full day of their lives. They spent it fellowshipping with God and worshipping Him. Were Adam and Eve Jewish? No! The Sabbath was created for Man, regardless of ethnicity or religious affiliation, to rest and remember his Creator.

Why do we choose to forget the only Commandment that begins with “Remember”?

June 26, 2014 at 9:15 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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