JESUS AND THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK
"If you love me, keep my commandments." [JOHN 14:15]
"..to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin." [JAMES 4:17]
"He that is not with me is against me." [MATT 12:30]
"Think not that I am come to destroy the Law or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill." [MATT 5:17]
"For whosoever shall be ashamed of Me and My Words, of Him shall the Son of Man be ashamed when He shall come in His own glory." [LUKE 9:26] MARK 16:9 Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.
Today's Christian churches feel it's permissible to ignore the Lord's Sabbath Day commandment. Does the Bible say to worship on Sunday? No. There are, in the new testament only 8 texts that mention Sunday, "the first day of the week."
- MATTHEW 28:1In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.
- JOHN 20:1The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.
- MARK 16:1-2And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.
- LUKE 24:1Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.
- JOHN 20:19Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
- 1 COR 16:1Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.
- ACTS 20:7-11And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight. And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together. And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead. And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said, Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him. When he therefore was come up again, and had broken bread, and eaten, and talked a long while, even till break of day, so he departed.
Not one of these texts says to "worship" on "the first day of the week." The only one that hints at worship is the eighth text, but ACTS 2:46 says the broke bread every day. So, clerly, the Bible God's Word, has absolutely no order for us to set aside Sundays for worship. Nowhere.
Now, can we trust that Saturday is still the "seventh day of the week?" Good point. Have our calendars gotten fouled up and out of order over the several past centuries? There has been only one major change in the calendar, and that was the switch from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar in 1582. The Julian calendar allowed too many leap years; as a result the calendar was out of sync with the solar system.
|The Romans gave us our modern calendar. Only one change has been made. In October of 1582, 10 days were dropped, but this did not affect the weekly cycle. "Friday" still followed "Thursday," "Sunday" still followed "Saturday."||
Even using other calendar systems where the date is adjusted, only the numerical date was altered. Never the order of the days of the week, nor did we ever skip over a day. ..think of the confusion it would cause worldwide!
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