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Nov. 7, 2009

Should Christians Keep The Sabbath?

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A listener writes in and asks if Christian’s today should keep the Sabbath? Discover what the Bible has to say, should you be going to church on Saturday instead of Sunday? What does the Bible say about Christian’s assembling on the first day of the week? What else is connected with the Sabbath and does it apply to Christians today?

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Sabbath Refs: Acts-Rev.
Acts 1:12 Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbathday’s journey.
Acts 13:14 But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the sabbathday, and sat down.
Acts 13:27 For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbathday, they have fulfilled themin condemning him.
Acts 13:42 And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath.
Acts 13:44 And the next sabbathday came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God.
Acts 15:21 For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbathday.
Acts 16:13 And on the sabbathwe went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither.
Acts 17:2 And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbathdays reasoned with them out of the scriptures,
Acts 18:4 And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath,and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.
Colossians 2:16 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:
*Only one mention of the sabbath in any of Paul’s epistles and this is it.
Colossians 2:16-17 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of anholyday, or of the new moon,or of the sabbath days:
{17}Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body isof Christ. 
This matches up with Ezek. 45:17 as the LORD gives Ezekiel instructions in regard to worship during the Millennial reign.  Which comes after the NT Church age – AND after the Tribulation period.
Ezekiel 45:17 And it shall be the prince’s part to giveburnt offerings, and meat offerings, and drink offerings, in the feasts, and in the new moons, and in the sabbaths*,in all solemnities** of the house of Israel: he shall prepare the sin offering, and the meatoffering, and the burnt offering, and the peace offerings, to make reconciliation for the house of Israel.
*Note “sabbaths” plural – can be a reference to “holy days” other than the normal sabbath.
**Holyday is also comprehended in “solemnities”.
a) holyday – can be the sabbath or a special sabbath
Exodus 35:2 Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be to you an holy day,a sabbath of rest to the LORD: whosoever doeth work therein shall be put to death.
Nehemiah 10:31 And ifthe people of the land bring ware or any victuals on the sabbath day to sell, thatwe would not buy it of them on the sabbath, or on the holy day:and thatwe would leave the seventh year, and the exaction of every debt.
Isaiah 30:29 Ye shall have a song, as in the night whena holy solemnityis kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the mountain of the LORD, to the mighty One of Israel.
Numbers 28:9 And on thesabbathday two lambs of the first year without spot, and two tenth deals of flour fora meat offering, mingled with oil, and the drink offering thereof:  (Note here also, the use of meat and drink together as a reference to offerings – It is the same type of  context in Col. 2:16.)
*No Scriptural command given after the resurrection of Christ to maintain public worship on the sabbath.
*The first mention of the word “sabbath” in the Bible after the resurrection: Matthew 28:1In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first dayof the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.
*How ‘bout the first mention of the word “sabbath” after the resurrection in the gospel of Mark?
Mark 16:1 And when the sabbathwas past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the motherof James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.
Luke & John, no mention of the sabbath after the resurrection.
Matthew 28:1 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the firstdayof the week,came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.
Mark 16:2 And very early in the morning the firstdayof the week,they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.
Mark 16:9 Now when Jesuswas risen early the firstdayof the week,he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.
Luke 24:1 Now upon the firstdayof the week,very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain otherswith them.
John 20:1 The firstdayof the weekcometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.
John 20:19 Then the same day at evening, being the firstdayof the week,when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembledfor fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace beunto you.
*Any theologian and most theology students know that the definition of a church is “a called out assembly”.
Acts 20:7 And upon the firstdayof 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.
I Corinthians 16:2 Upon the firstdayof the weeklet every one of you lay by him in store, as Godhath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.