FROM: 3/2/03 Radio Program
You have removed an ancient landmark (Prov. 22:28) by saying that the Sabbath day is not for men today, but
we must worship on the first day. The Sabbath was created for rest for all mankind. (Adam and Eve were not Jews,
therefore the Sabbath rest is for all mankind.).
In making this charge, our friend has assumed too much. Let him show us where the Bible says that anyone in the
days of Adam/Eve, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, etc., observed the Sabbath day. Yes, the Bible teaches that the Lord
created all things in 6 literal, consecutive, 24 hour days (Genesis 1). The record then tells us that the Lord "rested"
on the seventh day (Genesis 2:2). Yet, there is no place in the Bible which says anyone was observing the Sabbath
before the generation of Jews which had left Canaan were told to observe the Sabbath day. (Exodus 20;
When God commanded that the Sabbath be kept, you'll notice that through Moses, it is said, "The LORD our
God made a covenant with us in Horeb." In the very next sentence, it is revealed, "The LORD made not this
covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day" (Deuteronomy 5:2-3).
Therefore, whatever is said is a covenant to which their "fathers" were not subject, nor were the Gentiles! Seeing
that this covenant was NOT observed by the "fathers" of those Jewish people, and it was NOT observed by the
Gentile world, how can one say that keeping the Sabbath day was/is for all mankind?
Now, to show that the emphasis on the first day of the week is not my doing, but God's, please consider the
emphasis God places upon the first day of the week in the New Testament.
- Christ was resurrected on the first day of the week (Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:9). In connection with this, He
was "declared the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness" on the first day of the week (Romans
- The gospel, containing the facts of Christ's death, burial, and resurrection were first preached on the first day
of the week (Acts 2).
- God's plan for salvation was first preached on the first day of the week (Acts 2:36-38).
- Men and women began to be added to the Lord's church on the first day of the week (Acts 2:41).
- The Lord's Supper was taken on the first day of the week (Acts 2:42, 20:7).
The emphasis placed upon the first day of the week in the New Testament was done by God, and not man.
Let us respect God's word, and be ready to "rightly divide" (handle accurately) "the word of truth" (II Timothy
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