Does the Bible teach Sunday sacredness?

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The word “Sunday” is not mentioned in the Bible, but the phrase “first day” is mentioned only eight times. If the day of worship was changed from the seventh day to the first by Bible authority, then we must find that authority in one of these eight texts:

“In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulcher” (Matthew 28:1).

“And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun” (Mark 16:2).

“Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils” (Mark 16:9).

“Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them” (Luke 24:1).

“The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulcher” (John 20:1).

“Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you” (John 20:19).

“And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight” (Acts 20:7).

“Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come” (1 Corinthians 16:2).

None of the above verses teach of “the first day of the week” as a holy day of rest or being sacred. In none of these verses can we find a single hint of Bible authority for Sunday observance! So, when did the change happen?

The change from the seventh day Sabbath to the first day of the week came about 300 years after Jesus’ resurrection, partly because of hatred against the Jews. This change has no scriptural support.  Sunday-keeping is a tradition of men and is a clear violation to God’s law (Exodus 20:8-11; Genesis 2:2,3).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team


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