Most denominational churches worship on the first day of the week, but few know why. There are a few denominational churches which worship as if they were still under the law of Moses. These churches haven’t got the message yet that Christ ended the law of Moses. They haven’t received the understanding that the law of Christ is in full effect today. They haven’t obtained the knowledge that the law of Moses, and the law of Christ contradict each other. One of those contradictions is the day of worship. They don’t comprehend whether Christians worship on the 7th day or the 1st day? The Sabbath Day or the Lord’s Day? Nevertheless, what does the scripture say.
What Nation Did God Authorize The Sabbath Day of Rest?
The Sabbath was a sign between God and Israel Ex. 31:17. God made the covenant, the 10 commandments, with Israel only. This covenant was not made with their fathers (Abraham, Isaac, or Jacob), but with those alive on that day (the children of Israel). Ex 34:28; Deut 5:2,3 No Gentile nation was apart of Israel.
Why Were The Children Of Israel Commanded To Keep The Sabbath?
Israel was in bondage for 430 years under Egypt, and had no day of rest. They were slaves under a nation which allowed them no time to revive themselves. God delivered Israel by His mighty hand on this day, and because of this, God commanded Israel and Israel only to keep the Sabbath. Ex 13:3,4; Duet. 5:15
When Was The Sabbath Made Binding Upon The Jewish Nation?
God came down upon Mount Sinai, and made known His holy Sabbath by the hand of Moses. (Neh. 9:13-14).
Was This 7th Day Sabbath Law Ever To Be Taken Away?
“When will the Sabbath be gone?” (Amos 8:5). “In that day, the Lord God said, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day.” (Amos 8:6). When Jesus died on the cross there was darkness over all the land from the sixth hour (12 noon) until the ninth hour (3:00 P.M.) (Matt. 27:45. The death of Jesus on the cross was the time and place when the Sabbath was taken away.
Did God Really Ever Break The Covenant Which Contained The 7th Day Sabbath Law?
“And I took my staff, even Beauty (Christ), and cut it asunder, that I might break my covenant which I had made with all the people, and it was broken in that day” (Zech. 11:10-11). The day the Sabbath covenant was broken when Jesus was nailed to the cross. (Col. 2:14-17).
Were People Ever Told In The New Testament To Remember The Sabbath Day To Keep It Holy?
Absolutely NOT! The Jews who rejected Christ and his doctrine continued to meet on the Sabbath day. Some Gentile proselytes to Judaism also met on the Sabbath with the Jews. Paul and some others met at this time with them because it gave them an audience to preach the gospel of Christ, and to tell them that, THEY SHOULD WORSHIP GOD CONTRARY TO THE SABBATH LAW. Acts 18:13 Paul emphasized to the Jews that the things written and engraved in stones, THE ENTIRE LAW OF MOSES (Including the 10 commandments and the Sabbath), were done away in Christ. Col. 2:14-16; 2 Cor. 3:7-14
What Events Make The First Day Of The Week The Outstanding Day Of The New Testament?
Jesus arose on the first day. Mk. 16:9 Christ regularly met with his disciples after his resurrection on the first day. Jno. 20:1, 19, 26 Pentecost came on the first day, Lev. 23:15-16 therefore every event recorded in the second chapter of Acts happened on the first day of the week. The apostles were baptized with the Holy Spirit on the first day. The first gospel sermon proclaiming Jesus to be the Son of God was preached on the first day of the week. The first three thousand were added to the church on the first day. The church assembled on the first day to break bread or to observe the Lord’s Supper Acts 2:42, Acts 20:7, 1 Cor. 16:1-2, 1 Cot. 11:23-33, Heb. 10:25.
Paul wrote concerning the Lord’s supper, “Take eat, this is my body which was broken for you, this do in REMEMBRANCE OF ME.” Again he said, “This cup is the new testament in my blood, this do as oft as you drink of it in REMEMBRANCE OF ME.” Remembering the Lord’s death can only occur on the FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK, and shows the Lord’s death until he comes again. 1 Cor 11:24-26
Conclusion: The prophet Jeremiah declared that God made a new covenant with Israel, and wrote it not in tables of stone, but in their hearts (minds) because Israel, (who God married and divorced) had broken the first covenant. Jer 3:8-11
Because the law of Moses was not faultless, (blood of bulls and goats couldn’t take away sins, and a change in the priesthood) it was necessary the law also be changed. Heb 10:4; Heb 7:12 Therefore, the first covenant was made old and vanished away. Heb 8:13 Contained in that first covenant was the Sabbath, but was not contained in the new covenant, the law of Christ. In the new covenant, Christians remember the Lord’s death on the Lord’s day, (the first day of the week), Acts 20:7 and not the Sabbath day which perished the day Christ was crucified. Col 2:14