How do we know Saturday is the 7th day of the week?


Question: Does the Bible and history confirm that the first day is Sunday and therefore the Sabbath is Saturday?

Answer: Both the Bible and history show that the Sabbath is the seventh day (Saturday) and Sunday is the first day of the week. Let’s look at the facts:

1- From the biblical sequence of the crucifixion weekend we can locate the Sabbath: Jesus died on a day we call “Good Friday,” which was the day before the Sabbath (Luke 23:46, 54). And when the sun went down, the woman rested on “the Sabbath day according to the commandment” (Luke 23:56). Jesus rose on Sunday, “the first day of the week” (Luke 24:1, 6).

2- Jesus Christ knew which day is the seventh day of the fourth commandment (Exodus 20″8-11): Jesus “went into the synagogue on the sabbath day” (Luke 4:16).

3- The Jewish people have been observing the seventh day from the time of Abraham, and they still keep it today. A whole nation – millions of Jews – who have been counting off time perfectly week after week for thousands of years. Thus, there has been no change or loss of the Sabbath since God instituted it in Genesis (Genesis 2:2,3).

4- The calendar changed once, in 1582, from the Julian Calendar to the Gregorian Calendar. Thursday, October 4, was followed by Friday, October 15. This change did not affect the weekly sequence of days.

5- There are over one hundred languages of the earth that use the word “Sabbath” for Saturday. For example, the Spanish word for Saturday is “Sabado,” meaning Sabbath. This means that when those hundred languages originated long ago, Saturday was recognized as the Sabbath day and was incorporated into the very name of the day.

6- Webster’s Dictionary states that: “Saturday- (is) the 7th day of the week.” And “Sunday: (is) the first day of the week.”

7- The World Book Encyclopedia states that: “Sabbath … It comes on Saturday, the seventh day of the week.”

Would God say, “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy…” (Exodus 20:8-11) if it was impossible to discover which day we should remember?

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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