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CHRISTIAN LIVING QUESTION 99
How true is the claim that Sunday is now the Sabbath day for Christians when the day was not commanded or made holy?
The Sabbath was never changed to Sunday. The Sabbath is the seventh and last day of the week, which is Saturday. Sunday is the first day of a new week. There is a lot of misunderstanding about the Sabbath, which has it’s beginning in the account of Genesis 2:2-3 where we read, “ And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.” For the next 2,400 plus years of Bible history the Sabbath is not mentioned, which ought to tell us something: Evidently, God had no rest during those years. Sin had entered His creation bringing a curse upon all. God finds no rest in that.
It was only when He redeemed a nation out of their bondage in Egypt that we read about the Sabbath again; “Tomorrow is the rest of the holy Sabbath unto the LORD: ...” (Exodus 16:23). Please note it is not the Sabbath of the Lord, but unto the Lord. It was given to Israel as a memorial to God of their rest from the bondage in Egypt from which they were delivered by God; “And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the LORD thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the LORD thy God commanded thee to keep the Sabbath day” (Deuteronomy 5:15). So, it was given to Israel, not to remember God’s rest in creation which was disturbed by sin, but their rest from the bondage of Egypt. It was a sign to them; “Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them” (Ezekiel 20:12). I don’t understand why Christians should think this means them. We are not Israelites. We were not redeemed from Egypt.
Now, the first day of the week (Sunday) is the day the Lord arose from the dead wherein God found rest and where ours is now found. We too have been delivered from the bondage of sin. The early Christians worshipped and gave of their substance on the first day of the week (cf. Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 16:2), and. down through the ages of time it has been so among many Christians.
Dear unsaved one. There is rest for you, only to be found in the One who said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”. (Matthew 11:28): rest from all your burdens of sin and labour in a wicked world that is full of troubles. This rest is for all, and it is free. Get it today by trusting Christ as your Saviour from sin.
All comments and questions to: Harold Smith
Updated February 8th, 2014 by Sandra Felix