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Sunday, the First Day of the Week, is it Holy?

If you follow the truth, you will not be going with a majority; you will be traveling with a few. If you will notice, on Saturday, the majority of people are busy with just about every activity that can be imagined; while only a few go to church. And the majority of people who go to church are going on Sunday. The natural thinking of most people is that if the majority are doing it, it must be right. That way of thinking is why the world drowned and only eight people were saved during the flood of Noah's time.

I prayed for God to show me the truth, and guess what? I do not keep Sunday anymore. David prayed for the truth and he did not keep Sunday either.

Psalms 43:3 "O send out thy light and thy truth; let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles."

God answers prayers. If you are hungry for the right way, you will be filled.

Matthew 5:6 "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled."

But it does no good to pray for the truth if we have no intention to obey it when God shows it to us. When the Lord showed me the truth about the Lord's day, I followed it, and since then he has shown me a lot more truth. The truth will set you free. False will keep you in bondage.

Most people try to make the bible fit what they believe instead of believing what the bible teaches. The ultimate test for truth is not what we were taught as children, or what the majority is doing, or what our feelings and thoughts are, but what does the word of God say? Some people even think that if they are sincere that God will save them. The devil is sincere, but he is sincerely wrong! It matters what you believe. If it did not matter what you believe, why did God write a book, and send His Son to correct us? We must be willing to be corrected and to change. It is sad, but only a few will set aside their own stubborn ways and follow Jesus.

Matthew 7:13,14 "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in there at: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."

Truth has never been popular. To follow the truth, you will stand out as different in a world whose God is the devil. Even if we are different, we should go by the bible.

Now let us look in the bible and see what the bible says about Sunday keeping. Sunday is the first day of the week, so let us look at every verse that mentions first day, and see if we are supposed to be keeping the first day. There are only nine verses in the whole bible that mention the first day of the week. Now if we look at all of them, and find out that the bible says nothing about keeping that day, will you be honest with God and keep the day that the bible does say to remember? You would not lie to God would you? And would you tell him that you do not want to sin anymore, but you want to believe in His Son Jesus, and follow him? So let us check the verses and see if you are prejudiced toward sinning or not. I would be glad to keep Tuesday if that is the day the bible said to keep. But if Jesus is the only way to Heaven, then it would probably make good sense to follow Him. The word of God means it came from God. Let us see if God said to keep Sunday.

Genesis 1:5 "And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day."

Now do you see anything in that verse that says it is holy, or that we should keep it for the Sabbath?

Matthew 28:1 "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 sepulchre."

Here we see that the Sabbath was ending when the first day was beginning. So the first day cannot be the Sabbath. There was nothing in that verse that said the first day is holy. Let us go to the next one.

Mark 16:1-3 "And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and annoint Him. And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun. And they said among themselves, who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?"

Same thing. Nothing indicating that the first day is the Lord's day. The next one is in Mark also.

Mark 16:9 "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."

Still nothing about the first day being holy. People say "we keep every day holy". That is blasphemous. You can not make something holy. Only God can make something holy, and he only made the seventh day holy!

Luke 23:52-54 "This man (Joseph of Arimathaea) went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid. And that day was the preparation, and the Sabbath drew on."

The crucifixion day was called preparation day; the day before the Sabbath, the day we call Friday. The day before the Sabbath was the day to prepare for the Sabbath.

Luke 23:55,56 "And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid. And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the Sabbath day according to the commandment."

Notice, they rested the Sabbath, the day after Friday, according to the commandment. They would not even break the Sabbath to annoint the body of Jesus. So, Saturday, the day after Friday, is the day that the fourth commandment in the Ten Commandments is talking about. And then, Sunday, the day after the Sabbath was a work day for the women.

Luke 24:1,2 "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. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre."

Jesus rested in the tomb on the Sabbath from his work of redemption, just as He had rested from His work of creation, on the Sabbath. The Sabbath is Saturday, the day between preparation day Friday and the first day of the week, Easter Sunday. It is really too much when you ask someone why he keeps Sunday, and he says, "it is the seventh day". Then you ask him "what day do you keep Easter on"? And he says "Sunday". Then you ask "why"? And he will say "Because Jesus resurrected on the first day of the week." OH WELL! I will let you figure that one out.

John 20:1 "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 sepulchre."

So far, we have found no evidence that the first day of the week was made holy.

John 20:19 "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, (not to worship) came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you."

They were gathered there for fear of the Jews, not to worship. They did not believe Jesus was resurrected, so how could they have been celebrating his resurrection?

Mark 16:10-14 "And she went and told them that had been with Him, as they mourned and wept. And they, when they had heard that He was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not. After that He appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country. And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed they them. Afterward He appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen Him after He was risen."

They were fearful, depressed, and unbelieving. The bible does not give any recognition of the first day as being a time for worship, prayer, rest, or honoring the resurrection.

1 Corinthians 16:1,2 "Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. 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. And when I come, whomsoever ye shall approve by your letters, them will I send to bring your liberality into Jerusalem."

There was no religious meeting happening here. Paul was taking up a collection for the poor Jews in Jerusalem. Why would they be coming by and collecting, and travelling, if it was a rest day? There are those who seek to twist this verse in an attempt to excuse the sin of not keeping the Sabbath holy. The apostle Peter warned of those who would do such things!

2Peter 3:14-16 "Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of Him in peace, without spot, and blameless. (Keeping all God's commandments) And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest,(twist) as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction."

Would using 1Corinthians 16:1,2, or any other scripture, to excuse yourself from breaking God's 4th Commandment be considered twisting the scripture to your own destruction? Yes the wages of sin (Breaking any one of God's Ten Commandments) is death.

Now let us look at the last verse that mentions the first day or the week

Acts 20:6-13 And we sailed away from Philippi after the days of unleavened bread, and came unto them to Troas in five days; where we abode seven days. 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. And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together. And there sat in the window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead. And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said, Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him. When he therefore was come up again, and had broken bread, and eaten, and talked a long while, even till break of day, so he departed. And they brought the young man alive, and were not a little comforted. And we went before to ship, and sailed to Assos, there intending to take in Paul: for so he had appointed, minding himself to go afoot."

Paul was preaching on Saturday night, the dark part of the first day of the week. Here again some seek to twist Paul and make him a Sunday keeper. Was Paul a Sunday keeper? Not according to the Bible.

Acts 17:2 "And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three Sabbath days reasoned with them out of scriptures,"

Which day did the bible say Paul kept? The Sabbath. "As his manner was," Does that mean he only kept the Sabbath on those three occasions? Of course not.

Heb 4:4-8 "For He (Jesus) spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, AND GOD DID REST THE SEVENTH DAY FROM ALL HIS WORKS. And in this place again, IF THEY SHALL ENTER INTO MY REST. Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief: (disobedience) Again he limiteth (designates) a certain day saying in David, Today, after so long a time; as it is said, TODAY IF YE WILL HEAR HIS VOICE, HARDEN NOT YOUR HEARTS. For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.(Did Jesus ever give a commandment to keep the first day of the week in honor of His resurrection? No. Nor did Paul. Listen to what Paul says:

Heb 4:9,11 "There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. (The Sabbath) Let us labour therefore (be diligent) to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. (disobedience)

Paul kept the same day that Jesus, our example kept.

Luke 4:14,16 "And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of Him through all the region round about. And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up: and as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read."

Notice Paul "as his manner was," and Jesus "as his custom was," were Sabbath keepers! We should follow Jesus, our example and do as he did!

John 14:15 "If you love Me, keep My commandments."

Heb 13:8 "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever."

So, we have not found Sunday to be blessed or hallowed (Made holy by God) in any way, in the Bible. Only the Sabbath day, the seventh day, has been blessed and made holy by God the Father and Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, whom if we love; we will follow.

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