Which Day Is The Sabbath?
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The vast majority of Christians make Sunday the day of worship. There are some, like the Seventh Day Adventists and others, who adamantly hold to Saturday. Is there a right and a wrong?
Even though God set a precedence in creation by resting on the seventh day, and the Ten Commandments mention the seventh day as the Sabbath, there are other verses in the Old Testament that indicate otherwise. I am also going to show some information from a book I read recently.
Exodus 12:16 very clearly states that there were 2 sabbaths. "And on the first day you shall have a holy assembly, and another holy assembly on the seventh day; no work at all shall be done on them..." Leviticus 23:3,7 says the same thing.
Now, verse 6 of Leviticus 23 connects the sabbath with the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Leviticus 23:5-7 reads, "In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight is the Lord's passover. Then on the fifteenth day of the same month there is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the Lord, for seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall have a holy convocation. You shall not do any laborious work."
According to these verses not only was the Sabbath on day one in addition to day seven, but it could fall on any day of the week. (The preceding insight was broadcast on the Hal Lindsey Report.)
There is more, and the following gives an interesting twist to how Saturday got changed to Sunday. The book, EVIDENCE FOR THE RESURRECTION, by the father and son authors, Josh and Sean McDowell, provides historical and cultural background on pages 228-232, as to why the change was made. In summary, the disciples and other early Jewish believers, including the priests, immediately after the resurrection of Jesus, changed the day themselves. They did it out of celebration of the resurrection. They were so awed by what had happened that they were willing to turn their back on centuries of tradition, institutions, and religious practices, without fear of not pleasing God or being condemned to hell. One of the beliefs they gave up was the binding authority of the law of Moses. Frank Turek and Norman Geisler, authors of I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH FAITH TO BE AN ATHEIST, agree with this position. Both books were written by highly respected Bible scholars. Three verses in the New Testament also support this: Acts 20:17, I Corinthians 16:2, and John 20:19.
The Seventh Day Adventists like to use the argument that the day of worship got changed to Sunday to accommodate those who were worshipping the Sun god, thereby compromising with paganism. Others say that the Roman Catholics changed the day. I am sure that in that day and age, just like the present time, there were individuals and groups who changed things, but that does not mean it was the general consensus.
Does this weaken the case made by those who insist that Saturday is the correct day? I believe it does, but the day on which we worship is not what is most important. There are individuals and groups, in addition to the Seventh Day Adventists, who are adamant about worshipping on Saturday. I have a friend who thinks I am going to hell because I worship on Sunday.
Let's lay this matter to rest, once and for all. Worshipping on a particular day is NOT a salvation issue, nor should it even cause division within the Church body. Keep the main thing, the main thing, which is salvation by grace through faith in the shed blood of Jesus, apart from any kind of works. Any person, or any group that teaches something else, is guilty of heresy.
With all of this said, it is impossible to keep a biblical Sabbath, no matter what day of the week it is observed. See my article entitled, IS IT POSSIBLE TO KEEP A BIBLICAL SABBATH DAY? (10/23/13)
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