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The First Day (Sunday)Texts

A re the scriptures filled with refereces to observance of the first instead of the seventh day of the week?

The first day of the week is mentioned only eight times in the New Testament. The first five of these – Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:1,2,9; Luke 24:1; John 20:1 – are merely factual accounts of what took place in connection with the thrilling resurrection of Christ on “the first day of the week.” No reference  is made in any of these passages to a change of the Sabbath.

In John 20:19 the apostle tells us that the disciples were together on the first day of the week, not for the purpose of a religious gathering but “for fear of the Jews.”

The author of the Book of Acts records a meeting on “the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread.” (Acts 20:7.) Does this prove that the followers of Jesus were observing a new rest day set aside by their Master? Notice the text more closely. Paul was on his third missionary journey. The people of Troas wanted to hear him preach, and because his boat was to sail from a nearby port, they called an evening service. This “breaking bread” was not part of the Communion service, nor did it automatically make the day on which it was broken a holy day, for in Acts 2:46 we read, “And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart.

The last reference to the first day of the week is in 1 Corinthians 16:2. This was no religious service. Rather, Paul was calling for the belivevers to put aside money in their own homes for the poor in Jerusalem.

Do any of these texts suggest that the Sabbath of the Lord was to be changed from Saturday, the seventh day, to Sunday, the firs day of the week, in honor of the resurrection?

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