Saturday versus Sunday as the Sabbath

Saturday versus Sunday as the Sabbath

“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.” Genesis 2:1-3

“There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.”Hebrews 4:9-13

“I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet”Revelation 1:10

In Johns account, to be in the Spirit refers to be in the state of prayer or meditation. The Lord’s Day in this context, is Sunday rather than the Sabbath, which was previously observed on Saturday’s (Exodus 20:8-11). God gives the commandment to establish Saturday as the day of rest, however, in the New Testament, the church and all the people rested and began to worship on the first day of the week, which is Sunday.

In (Exodus 20:8-11) the basis for the commandment was that God rested on the seventh day, after his six days of work in creation. God then blessed the seventh day and sanctified it. Jesus corrected the distorted view of the Pharisees by saying,

“The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath” Mark 2:27-28

This to say the Sabbath was not instituted to enslave man, but to benefit him.

In (Colossians 2:16-17) the substance of the Sabbath is what Christ represents. The Sabbath was a type and shadow of things to come in Christ. The observance of the Sabbath was associated with redemption. Moses talked about keeping the Sabbath day (Deut. 5:15), which was a type and shadow of redemption that would come through Christ. It symbolizes rest from work and the rest provided by Christ’s finished work in the salvation of man.

The command establishing Saturday as a day of rest and worship is the only commandment not repeated in scripture from the Old Testament into the New Testament. The New Covenant or New Testament believers, are “NOT” under the Law or Old Covenant Testament Laws (Romans 6:14; Galatians 3:24-25).

Christ was resurrected on the first day of the week, Sunday (Matthew 28:1). Jesus continued to make appearances to people after his resurrection on succeeding Sundays (John 20:19 & 26). The decent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost was on a Sunday (Acts 2:1).

The early church was given this new pattern of Sunday worship (Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:2; Revelation 1:10).

The appearance of Jesus to John on the island of Patmos was also on a Sunday. The Lord’s Day, is Christ Day, because He established it as such from the time of his resurrection, which again was on a Sunday.

For these reasons, for over 2000 years and starting from the time at Pentecost, Christians began to observe Sunday rather than the Jewish Orthodox Sabbath of Saturday, all over the World.

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