- The 7th Day Sabbath Remains

God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made. Gen. 2:3 (....)

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it. Ex. 20: 8-11 (.....)

And he said unto them, The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath. Mark 2:27-28 (....)

Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenantIt is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed. Ex. 31:16-17 (.....)

Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my Sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you. Ex. 31:13

And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD. Isaiah 66:23 (....)

But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: Matt. 24:20 (.....)

Yes Jesus, the disciples, and Paul all observed the Sabbath day.

Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. I Cor. 11:1 (Following Paul would include observing the Sabbath as he did.)

And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath. Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God. And the next Sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God. Acts 13:42-44 (Paul and Barnabus teach on the Sabbath to the Gentiles.)

And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks. Acts 18:4 (Paul attended “Church” on the 7th day of the week. And taught not just Jews, but Greeks also.)

For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath day. Acts 15:21 (Every Sabbath day, the law was preached to the Gentiles.)




And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: Dan. 7:25 (.....)


And he hath violently taken away his tabernacle, as if it were of a garden: he hath destroyed his places of the assembly: the LORD hath caused the solemn feasts and sabbaths to be forgotten in Zion, and hath despised in the indignation of his anger the king and the priest. Lam. 2:6 (......) 

I will also cause all her mirth to cease, her feast days, her new moons, and her sabbaths, and all her solemn feasts. Hosea 2:11 (.....)




One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. Rom. 14:5 (....
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Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. Col. 2:16-17 (The question is, who is doing the judging and why?)

Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain. Gal. 4:8-11 (The question is, what are the “weak and beggarly elements” that they were returning to that Paul is confronting them about?)

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 (There are a few ways to look at this, none of which involve Sunday. First, the word "day" is in italics which means it's an added word by translators. The word "week" is "sabbaton." This word could be justified as "week" or "Sabbath." So on the first of the Sabbath Paul preached. Secondly, the 1st day of the week back then was not Sunday, the Roman's observed an 8 day week and the Jews observed God's calendar which the weeks do not cycle continuously due to the new moons. So even if it was referencing a 1st day of the week church service, which it is not, then it still wouldn't apply to the day we know today as Sunday. Thirdly, even if you say that "sabbaton" should be translated as "week," this is not a problem at all because it says "upon." This means it was approaching. Paul preached into the night. The day begins at sunrise, not sunset. So the 1st of the week didn't begin until sunrise, which is when they left. Also breaking bread means eating a meal, not communion. Communion only happened once a year at Passover. So this in no way whatsoever is a doctrine changing verse to Sunday observance.)

Now about the collection for the Lord’s people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do. On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made. Then, when I arrive, I will give letters of introduction to the men you approve and send them with your gift to Jerusalem. If it seems advisable for me to go also, they will accompany me. 1 Cor. 16:1-4 (Is this Sunday worship with the weekly offering plate? No, firstly, the 1st day of the week does not equal Sunday. Secondly, there is no worship service spoken here for the 1st day of the week. And this is not a get together offering, but a setting aside at home as the 1st day of the week is the 1st opportunity to do so after the previous week is over. Thirdly, what is occurring here must be put into context. The converted Jewish christians in Jerusalem who sent out missionaries to the gentiles, were experiencing famine and needed material help. This collection of money or crops was to go to them as you can see in the surrounding verses. And notice the following verse in Romans...)
Now, however, I am on my way to Jerusalem in the service of the Lord’s people there. For Macedonia and Achaia were pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the Lord’s people in Jerusalem. They were pleased to do it, and indeed they owe it to them. For if the Gentiles have shared in the Jews’ spiritual blessings, they owe it to the Jews to share with them their material blessings. So after I have completed this task and have made sure that they have received this contribution, I will go to Spain and visit you on the way. I know that when I come to you, I will come in the full measure of the blessing of Christ. Rom. 15:25-29 (There you have it. The Gentiles owed it to them in exchange for the spiritual blessings they received.)
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