Forty Bible Facts Concerning
the First Day of the Week
The very first thing recorded In the Bible is work done on Sunday, the first day of the week. (Genesis l: l-5.) The Creator Himself did this. If God made the earth on Sunday, can it be wicked for us to work on Sunday?
God commands men to work upon the first day of the week. (Exodus 20.8-11.) Is it wrong to obey God?
None of the patriarchs ever kept it.
None of the holy prophets ever kept it.
By the express command of-God, His holy people used the first day of the week as a common working day for 4,000 years, at least.
God Himself calls it a "working" day. (Ezekiel 46:1.)
God did not rest upon it.
He never blessed it.
Christ did not rest upon it.
Jesus was a carpenter (Mark 6:3), and worked at His trade until He was thirty years old. He kept the Sabbath and worked six days in the week, as all admit. Hence He did many a hard day’s work on Sunday.
The apostles worked upon it during the same time.
The apostles never rested upon it.
Christ never blessed it.
It has never been blessed by any divine authority.
It has never been sanctified.
No law was ever given to enforce the keeping of it, hence it is no transgression to work upon it. “Where no law is, there is no transgression.” Romans 4:15 (See also 1 John 3:4.)
The New Testament nowhere forbids work to be done on it.
No penalty is provided for its violation.
No blessing is promised for its observance.
No regulation is given as to how it ought to be observed. Would this be so if the Lord wished us to keep it?
It is never called the Christian Sabbath.
It is never called the Sabbath day at all.
It is never called the Lord’s day.
It is never called even a rest day.
No sacred title whatever is applied to it. Then why should we call it holy?
It is simply called “first day of the week.”
Jesus never-mentioned it in any way, never took its name upon His lips, so far as the record shows.
The word Sunday never occurs in the Bible at all.
Neither God, Christ, nor inspired men ever said one word in favor of Sunday as a holy day.
The first day of the week is mentioned only eight times in all the New Testament. (Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:2,9; Luke 24:1; John 20:1, 19; Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:2.)
Six of these texts refer to the same first day of the week.
Paul directed the saints to look over their secular affairs on that day. (1Corinthians 16:2.)
In all the New Testament we have a record of only one religious meeting held upon that day, and even this was a night meeting. (Acts 20:5-12.)
There is not intimation that they ever held a meeting upon it before or after that.
It was not their custom to meet on that day.
There was no requirement to break bread on that day.
We have an account of only one instance in which it was done. (Acts 20:7.)
That was done in the night-after midnight. (Verses 7-11.) Jesus celebrated it on Thursday evening (Luke 22), and the disciples sometimes did it every day (Acts 2:42-46.)
The Bible nowhere says that the first day of the week commemorates the resurrection of Christ. This is a tradition of men, which contradicts the law of God. (Matthew 15:1-9.) Baptism commemorates the burial and resurrection of Jesus. (Romans 6:3-5.)
Finally, the New Testament is totally silent with regard to any change of the Sabbath day or any sacredness for the first day.
Here are one hundred plain Bible facts upon this question, showing conclusively that the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord in both the Old and New Testament.*
*Reprinted from a tract published by the Review and Herald Publishing Association about the year 1885.
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