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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 sepulchre." Matthew 28:1.
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, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy
manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is
within thy gates." Exodus 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 sepulchre, 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
"But pray ye that your flight be not in the
winter, neither on the sabbath day." Matthew 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 Sabbath day.
"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 13:14.
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." Acts 13:42.
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
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." Acts 16:12.
What was Paul's
customary day for holding religious services?
"Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, 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; (because that Claudius had commanded all
Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto them. And because he was of the
same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupation they
were tentmakers." Acts 18:1-3.
What did he do on
the Sabbath days?
"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
"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 the Spirit?
"I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind
me a great voice, as of a trumpet." Revelation 1:10.
Who is Lord of the
"Therefore the Son of man is Lord
also of the sabbath." Mark 2:28.
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 holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the
LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor
finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words." Isaiah
Why does God call
it His day?
"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." Exodus 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." Hebrews 1:1,2.