1- The very first thing recorded in the Scriptures is work done on Sunday, the first day of the week (Genesis 1:1-5). The Creator Himself did this. If the Eternal made the earth on Sunday, can it be wicked for us to work on Sunday?
2-The Eternal commands men to work upon the first day of the week. (Exodus 20.8-11) Is it wrong to obey the Eternal?
3-None of the patriarchs ever kept it.
4-None of the prophets ever kept it.
5-By the express command of the Eternal, His holy people used the first day of the week as a common working day for 4,000 years, at least.
6-The Eternal Himself calls it a “working” day – Ezekiel 46:1.
7-The Etrnal did not rest upon it.
8-He never blessed it.
9-Yeshua did not rest upon it.
10-Yeshua was a carpenter (Mark 6:3) and worked at His trade until He was thirty years old. He kept the Sabbath and worked six days in the week, as all admit. Hence He did many a hard day’s work on Sunday.
11-The apostles worked upon it during the same time.
12-The apostles never rested upon it.
13-Messiah never blessed it.
14-It has never been blessed by any divine authority.
15-It has never been sanctified.
16-No law was ever given to enforce the keeping of it, hence it is no transgression to work upon it. “Where no law is, there is no transgression.” – Romans 4:15; 1 John 3:4)
17-The New Testament nowhere forbids work to be done on it.
18-No penalty is provided for its violation.
19-No blessing is promised for its observance.
20-No regulation is given as to how it ought to be observed. Would this be so if the the Eternal wished us to keep it?
21-It is never called the Christian Sabbath.
22-It is never called the Sabbath day at all.
23-It is never called the day of יהוה.
24-It is never called even a rest day.
25-No sacred title whatever is applied to it. Then why should we call it holy?
26-It is simply called “the first day of the week.”
27-Yeshua never-mentioned it in any way, never took its name upon His lips, so far as the record shows.
28-The word Sunday never occurs in the Scriptures at all.
29-Neither the Eternal, Yeshua, nor inspired men ever said one word in favour of Sunday as a holy day.
30-The first day of the week is mentioned only eight times in all the New Testament – Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:2,9; Luke 24:1; John 20:1, 19; Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:2)
31-Six of these texts refer to the same first day of the week.
32-Shaul (Paul) directed the saints to look over their secular affairs on that day –
(1 Corinthians 16:2)
(1 Corinthians 16:2)
33-In all the New Testament we have a record of only one religious meeting held upon that day, and even this was a night meeting. (Acts 20:5-12)
34-There is no intimation that they ever held a meeting upon it before or after that.
35-It was not their custom to meet on that day.
36-There was no requirement to break bread on that day.
37-We have an account of only one instance in which it was done – Acts 20:7)
38-That was done in the night after midnight. (Verses 7-11) Yeshua celebrated it on Thursday evening (Luke 22), and the disciples sometimes did it every day (Acts 2:42-46).
39-The Scriptures nowhere says that the first day of the week commemorates the resurrection of Messiah. This is a tradition of men, which contradicts the law of the Eternal (Matthew 15:1-9). Baptism commemorates the burial and resurrection of Yeshua (Romans 6:3-5).
40-Finally, the New Testament is totally silent with regard to any change of the Sabbath day or any sacredness for the first day.
*Reprinted from a tract published by the Review and Herald Publishing Association about the year 1885.
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