fourth Commandment says, “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy” (Ex. 20:8).
Moses said, “Six days ye shall gather it (manna); but on the seventh day, which
is the Sabbath . . .” (Ex. 16:26). God said, “Six days shalt thou labour, and do
all thy work: but the seventh day is the Sabbath . . .” (Ex. 20:9-10). The
seventh day of the Jewish week is Saturday. The Bible clearly states that God
told the Jews to worship on Saturday.
One day, Jesus was walking
through a corn field with His disciples and they were hungry. They started
plucking ears of corn to eat and the Pharisees accused them of not keeping the
Sabbath (Matt. 12:1-2). It’s a controversy that comes up in the Church today.
The vast majority of Christians worship on Sunday, but there is a minority that
accuses them of not keeping the fourth Commandment about the Sabbath.
It’s important to know that
the Old Testament contains Ten Commandments, but the New Testament contains only
nine. The New Testament tells the church not to kill, not to steal, not to bear
false witness, etc., but the New Testament never tells the church to keep the
Sabbath day holy. God is not forgetful. So many Christians believe He left the
fourth Commandment out for a reason and they believe that reason is because He
placed the church under grace not the Law
One reason why God set
aside the seventh day for the Jews to worship is because He wanted them to
remember the Creation. He said, “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).
The Creation is important.
Without it, none of us would be here today. But there is something else to
remember. We must be re-created in the image of Christ (II Cor. 5:17). Jesus
said it this way, “Ye must be born again” (Jn. 3:7). Without it, we would be
better off if God had never created anything.
So instead of worshipping
on the seventh or Sabbath day and remembering the Creation, many Christians
worship on the first or Lord’s day and remember what Jesus did so we can be
re-created. There are many reasons why they chose to remember Jesus on the
Lord’s Day and a few of them are given in the remainder of this article.
One, Jesus arose from the
grave on the Lord’s Day (Matt. 28:1). Two, the church began on Pentecost which
always falls on the Lord’s Day (Acts 2:1). Three, the church is instructed to
give on the Lord’s Day (I Cor. 16:2). Four, the church was given the Book of
Revelation on the Lord’s Day (Rev. 1:10). Five, the church took communion on the
Lord’s Day (Acts 20:7). Six, the Bible records at least five different
appearances of Jesus between His resurrection and ascension and all of them were
on the Lord’s Day. Seven, the early church leaders were the disciples and it is
clear that they often met on the Lord’s Day.
Worship the Lord every day
and, if you are able, attend church because the Lord wants you to do it. The
Scriptures stress the importance of attending especially as we see the day of
His coming approaching (Heb. 10:25). Many experts in Bible prophecy believe that
day is right on top of us. And don’t forget: It is not enough to attend church.
You MUST be born again.
Prophecy Plus Ministries
Daymond & Rachel Duck