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, 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.
Add to this what Jesus said in Luke 10:27 when He summed up the whole law by telling us to love the Lord God with all of one's heart, soul, and mind and our neighbor as ourself. Nothing is said about the day on which a person should worship.
Does this weaken the case made by those who insist that Saturday is the correct day? YOU can decide.
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