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In what order do the
Sabbath and the first day stand in the week?
"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
sepulcher." Matt. 28:1.
After the crucifixion,
what day was kept by the women who followed Jesus?
"And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested
the Sabbath day according to the commandment." Luke 23:56.
What day is the Sabbath
"according to the commandment?"
"But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God; in it
thou shalt not do any work." Ex. 20:10.
How did the holy women
regard the first day of the week?
"Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they
came unto the sepulcher, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and
certain others with them." Luke 24:1.
What was the custom of
Christ in regard to the Sabbath?
"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. " Luke 4:16.
In predicting the
overthrow of Jerusalem, and the necessity of fleeing from Judea before that
time, what did He enjoin upon His disciples regarding the Sabbath?NOTE. - The
destruction of Jerusalem was accomplished by the Romans in 70 A.D.; and the
Sabbath, therefore, was certainly commanded by Christ as late as that period.
"But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the
Sabbath day." Matt. 24:20.
What title does
Inspiration give to the day on which the Jews met in the synagogues?NOTE. - The Jews read
Moses in the synagogue only on the seventh day, never on the first day. But
these days on which they did read Moses, are said in the text to include every
"For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being
read in the synagogues every Sabbath day." Acts 15:21.
To whom was Paul
especially commissioned to preach?
"But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way; for he [Paul] is a chosen
vessel unto me, to bear My name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children
of Israel." Acts 9:15 (Acts 22:21) (Rom. 1:5).
On what day did he and
Barnabas go into the synagogue at Antioch?
"But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia,
and went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and sat down." Acts
After the sermon had been
preached by Paul, and the Jews had all left the synagogue, what did the Gentiles
request of the apostles?NOTE. - This was as
late as 45 A.D. The Jews had all left the meeting, and as Paul was the minister
to the Gentiles, there was nothing to deter the apostle from announcing a
meeting for them on the following day, Sunday, if that was to be the Christian
Sabbath. But nothing to this effect is said in the text or its connection.
"And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles
besought that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath."
What was the result of
this request of the Gentiles?
"And the next Sabbath day came almost the whole city together to
hear the word of God." Acts 13:44.
On what day did the women
at Philippi hold their prayer meetings?
"And on the Sabbath we 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 16:13.
What shows that upon his
arrival in the city, the apostle waited for the Sabbath before attempting to
hold a meeting?
"And from thence to Philippi, which is the chief city of that part of
Macedonia, and a colony; and we were in that city abiding certain days."
What was Paul's customary
day for holding religious services?
"They came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews: and
Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three Sabbath days reasoned
with them out of the Scriptures." Acts 17:1, 2.
How did the apostle spend
the working days of the week when at Corinth?
"After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth; and
found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with
his wife Priscilla:... and because he was of the same craft, he abode with them,
and wrought; for by their occupation they were tent makers." Acts18:1-3.
What did he do on the
"And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded the Jews
and the Greeks." Acts 18:4.
How long did he continue
this work?NOTE. - Here were
seventy-eight Sabbaths on which Paul preached in one city. The record further
says that he worked at his trade, and we may justly infer that Paul worked at
tent making just as many Sundays as he preached Sabbaths. But if we place with
these seventy-eight Sabbaths, the three he spent at Thessalonica, the one at
Philippi, and the two at Antioch, we have a record of eighty-four Sabbaths on
which the apostle held religious services, while he held only one on the first
day, and that only a night meeting, immediately following the Sabbath. See
reading on "Sunday Sacredness."
"And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God
among them." Acts 18:11.
On what day was John in
"I was in the Spirit on the Lord's Day, and heard behind me a
great voice, as of a trumpet." Rev. 1:10.
Who is Lord of the
"Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath."
Who else besides Christ
claims the Sabbath as His day?
"If thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath, from doing thy pleasure
on My [God's] holy day." Isa. 58:13.
Why does God call it His
"For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that
in them is, and rested the seventh day; wherefore the Lord blessed the
Sabbath day, and hallowed it." Ex. 20:11.
But how did God create
the world?NOTE. - Then when God
rested from His creative work, the Son, by whom this work was performed, rested
also. He could therefore well claim, by right of creation, to be Lord of the
Sabbath, just the same as God Himself. It was doubtless from this consideration
that He said He was Lord also
of the Sabbath.
"God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto
the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son,
whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also He made the
worlds." Heb. 1:1, 2.