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THE WEEKLY SABBATH – SATURDAY OR SUNDAY?
I would like to share what people of different religious have been questioning for some times.
RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES IN ANCIENT ISRAEL.
The ancient Jewish people celebrated religious ceremonies at four separate times:
- Daily sacrifices in the temple, as specified in Numbers 28: 1-8
- The “Weekly Sabbath” was the one day of each week set aside for special religious services.
- “Ceremonial Sabbaths” were each celebrated once per year, in remembrance of importance events in history of the Jewish people.
- Special ceremonies were conducted at each new moon.
- Genesis 2: 2-3, This passage describes how God rested on the seventh day, Saturday, after having spent the previous six days creating the world, its life forms and the rest of universe.
- Exodus 20: 8-11, The fourth of the Ten Commandments commands all to preserve in the seventh day, Saturday, as a day of rest.
Why and when the weekly Sabbath was moved.
During the period 30 CE to 313 CE, Christians lived in a predominately pagan world:
- The long established, official religion of the Roman empire was pagan.
- A strong competitor to Christianity in those days was a third religion. Mithraism the faith involved the worship of a Persian God Mithra, and was popular among Roman civil service and military.
In 321 CE, while a pagan sun-worshiper the emperor Constantine declared that Sunday was to be a day of rest. Relation between the Jews and Christians was hostile at this time. The early Christian church had suffered much persecution from the Jews.
CHRISTIAN SCRIPTURES REFERRED TO “THE FIST DAY OF THE WEEK,” AS SUNDAY.
- The resurrection morning
- John 20:19 describes events on what we call Sunday evening.
- Act 20:7, Paul is described as preaching on a Sunday evening.
- 1 Corinthians 16:2, Paul instructs the Christians at Corinth that each of them is to lay aside some money every Sunday that would later be collected for Christians at Jerusalem.
CHRISTIAN RELIGIONS CONTINUE TO CELEBRATE SUNDAY AS SABBATH UNTIL TODAY.
HAVE A BLESSED DAY!