I wish to make it clear because I have many friends with whom I have grown up with, gone to school with, even some who are pastors today as well as many who are not believers but should read this message, too, regarding the question whether or not the Sabbath is Sunday or Saturday. Or, does it matter what day one worships God? The short answer to that particular question is: “No”. It does not matter on what day one worships God. In fact, I would hope you would worship God EVERY DAY! So, the issue is not about “worship” as much as it is about “holy”.
Therefore, the question should be: “Is Sunday holy?” The short answer would be: “Nope”. Conversely, is Saturday holy? Again the short answer would be: “Yep”. Is there any text in Scripture which states proof regarding Sunday and/or Saturday? Short answer: “There is no, none, nada, zip, text establishing Sunday as being any other than an ordinary day, in Scripture. Whereas, there is an insurmountable proof of Bible text establishing Saturday being made holy. We’ll just toss the very first verse found in Genesis:
“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 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.” Gen 2:1-3 (KJV)
For the naysayers, this was before Israel, before Abraham, and after the seventh day was kept by God as an example to the very first two people He made. Now, many don’t like the Old Testament, so let us use a good text found in the New Testament. Bro. Mark, would you comment on this:
“And He (Jesus) said unto them, The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath.” Mark 2:27-28 (KJV)
Here Jesus is claiming when and for whom the Sabbath was made and He should know, He made it! Isn’t interesting there are many who claim Sunday as being the “Lord’s Day”, when He never said it was! Again, the issue is not about “worship” but the “day”. What about THAT day which no other day can claim? The Bible said it was “sanctified” and “blessed”. No other day can make this claim. Can you show me just one Scripture where Sunday was “sanctified” and/or “blessed”? Nope. It is not found anywhere. Now, there is this interesting text found in Leviticus:
“Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the Sabbath of the Lord in all your dwellings.” Lev 23:3 (KJV)
Again, we see the “seventh” day, (Saturday) has been given preference. God tells us it is for “a holy convocation”. What does convocation mean? Let’s let Webster provide guidance:
“a large formal meeting of people (such as church officials)”
Is there any text in Scripture where God tells us, commands us, suggests to us, or even makes a hint about Sunday, the first day of the week, being a “holy convocation”? Is there anywhere in Scripture where any of the prophets of the Old Testament, Christ or the Apostles of the New Testament tells us to meet on Sunday, at all, for a “holy convocation”? Short answer: “Nope”.
So, I guess the next and obvious question would be: “Then why do we/most people, not me, of course, but most likely you go to church on Sunday?”
Short answer: Because you’re following tradition which was set up by man, not God, because He does not forget what He does and say, but many of you have, and haven’t even bothered to know why you are attending church on Sunday, which the Bible never countenance. Now, remember, I mentioned earlier, it is not about the “worship” aspect but it IS about in keeping a period of time, a day, holy. Can anyone keep Sunday holy? “Nope”. It is IMPOSSIBLE! Why is it impossible? Because how can you keep something “holy” which was never made “holy”?
I think I’ll stop right there and let you think about that last question. If God made “you” holy, would you be “holy”? If God did not make you holy, would you be holy? So, who made Sunday holy if God didn’t do it? Only God is able to make anything, anyone and any day holy and what He hasn’t done, neither you nor I can do it!
So, why are you attempting to keep Sunday holy, or do you? Can you do the impossible?
No WONDER why God told us in Exodus 20:8 to “remember”, because He knew way back then many of you would not!
When will you begin? Hurry, there is not much time left.
August 13, 2016