22 Mar 06

How Do We Know Which Day Is The Sabbath Day?

Dear John:
When talking about the first day of the week and the Sabbath day, a gentleman asked how do we know that the Sabbath was originally Saturday and the first day of the week Sunday. It had to do with taking communion on the first day of the week. I know the verses that talk about the Sabbath being the 7th day, and I know how to teach about the first day, but can you give me any help on this idea of how do we know God started His creation on the first day, Sunday?

Dear Bro. Lanny:
Since God ordained that the Hebrews remember the Sabbath Day (Deut. 5:12-15), and since God revealed his will to them through Moses, (Deut. 29:1), it is reasonable to assume that God would have indicated to them the day he wished them to observe as their Sabbath. This is hinted at in Neh. 9:13-14 which says, "Thou camest down also up Mount Sinai ... and madest known unto them thy holy sabbath" Since the Sabbath day traces it roots back to the seventh day of creation, when God rested from his work (Gen. 2:2-3), it is also reasonable to think that the human race had some awareness of the day which he later called the Sabbath.  The day on which God's work of Creation began was called day one by the Holy Spirit (Gen. 1:5). The entire creation project was finished in six days and God rested on the seventh day. That established the weekly cycle of seven days. The day following the Sabbath would be another first day. God gave us the moon to calculate our months and the sun to calculate our years (Gen. 14)..  He gave us the seven day week as well.  Jesus was resurrected on the day following the Jewish Sabbath (Matt. 28:1; John 20:1). We know that the Jews observed the seventh day as their sabbath, thus we know which day is the day of the resurrection and our day of worship (Acts 20:7; I Cor. 16:1-2).

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