Was Worship changed from Saturday to Sunday?

Q. Where does it say in the bible that the day of worship was changed from Saturday, the 7th day of the week to Sunday, the 1st day of the week?

No where in the bible is there a verse that says in so many words that it has been changed from the 7th day to the 1st day. The 7th day sabbath was never given to anyone except the Israelites who were at Mt Sinai after being delivered from Egyptian bondage. It was never given to Abraham, Isaac or Jacob, the ones that the Israelites looked to as their father. It was never given to the Gentiles.

It was a part of the covenant that God gave to Israel and Israel only, and it was to last only until Christ came who would give a better covenant.

When was the Sabbath given?

Nehemiah 9:13, ?Then You came down on Mount Sinai, And spoke with them from heaven; You gave them just ordinances and true laws, Good statutes and commandments.

14 ?So You made known to them Your holy sabbath, And laid down for them commandments, statutes and law, Through Your servant Moses.

Deut. 5:14. but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter or your male servant or your female servant or your ox or your donkey or any of your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you, so that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you.

15 You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out of there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore the Lord your God commanded you to observe the sabbath day.

Deut. 5:1, Then Moses summoned all Israel and said to them: ?Hear, O Israel, the statutes and the ordinances which I am speaking today in your hearing, that you may learn them and observe them carefully.

2 The Lord our God made a covenant with us at Horeb.

3 The Lord did not make this covenant with our fathers, but with us, with all those of us alive here today.

Deut. 5:12, Observe the sabbath day to keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you.

13 Six days you shall labor and do all your work,

14 but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter or your male servant or your female servant or your ox or your donkey or any of your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you, so that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you.

15 You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out of there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore the Lord your God commanded you to observe the sabbath day.

The Israelites were the ones that were slaves in Egypt, no one else therefore the law of the sabbath applied only to them.

The ten commandments were called the covenant:

Ex 34:28, So he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he did not eat bread or drink water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments.

Deut 4:13, So He declared to you His covenant which He commanded you to perform, that is, the Ten Commandments; and He wrote them on two tablets of stone.

The tables of stone, the ten commandments were the tables of the Covenant.

Deut 9:9, When I went up to the mountain to receive the tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenant which the Lord had made with you, then I remained on the mountain forty days and nights; I neither ate bread nor drank water.

10 The Lord gave me the two tablets of stone written by the finger of God; and on them were all the words which the Lord had spoken with you at the mountain from the midst of the fire on the day of the assembly.

The covenant was to be replaced in time:

Jer. 31:31, Behold, days are coming,? declares the Lord, ?when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah,

32 not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them,? declares the Lord.

33 But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,? declares the Lord, ?I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.

34 They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, ?Know the Lord,? for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,? declares the Lord, ?for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.?

That New Covenant has been made and is now in effect:

Heb. 8:6, But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, by as much as He is also the mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted on better promises.

7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion sought for a second.

8 For finding fault with them, He says,
?Behold, days are coming, says the Lord,
When I will effect a new covenant
With the house of Israel and with the house of Judah;

9 Not like the covenant which I made with their fathers
On the day when I took them by the hand
To lead them out of the land of Egypt;
For they did not continue in My covenant,
And I did not care for them, says the Lord.

10 ?For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel
After those days, says the Lord:
I will put My laws into their minds,
And I will write them on their hearts.
And I will be their God,
And they shall be My people.

11 ?And they shall not teach everyone his fellow citizen,
And everyone his brother, saying, ?Know the Lord,?
For all will know Me,
From the least to the greatest of them.

12 ?For I will be merciful to their iniquities,
And I will remember their sins no more.?

13 When He said, ?A new covenant,? He has made the first obsolete. But whatever is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to disappear.

The handwriting of ordinances has been taken away:

Col 2:14, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.

Col 2:14, KJV Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

The apostles were ministers of a New Covenant:

2 Cor 3:6, who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

The Old Covenant had no provision for the forgiveness of sins, the New Covenant does.

Gal 2:15, We are Jews by nature and not sinners from among the Gentiles;

16 nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified.

Gal 3:19, hy the Law then? It was added because of transgressions, having been ordained through angels by the agency of a mediator, until the seed would come to whom the promise had been made.

Gal 3:23, But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, being shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed.

24 Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith.

25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.

26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.

27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham?s descendants, heirs according to promise.

Christ arose from the dead on the first day of the week, (Matt. 28:1).

The church began on the first day of the week, (Acts 2:47)

The first century church worshiped and observed the Lords' Supper on the first day of the week, (Acts 20:7).

The early church gave of their means on the first day of the week when they came together to worship. (1 Cor 16:1-2)

All history, both church history and secular history show that the early church met for worship on the first day of the week.

The sabbath was a part of the Law of God, the Law of Moses which was ended when Christ died on the cross. (Col 2:14)

The observance of the first day of the week began when the church began, on the first day of Pentecost following the resurrection of Christ. (Acts 2).

Darrel Collins

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