Acts 13:14-15,27 14but they went on from Perga and came to Antioch in Pisidia. And on the Sabbath day they went into the synagogue and sat down. 15After the reading from the Law and the Prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent a message to them, saying, “Brothers, if you have any word of encouragement for the people, say it” … 27“For those who live in Jerusalem and their rulers, because they did not recognize him nor understand the utterances of the prophets, which are read every Sabbath, fulfilled them by condemning him.”
Eight times in the Book of Acts, starting with the verse listed above, Paul is seen to gather on the Sabbath day for worship, prayer and/or the reading of the Law & Prophets. Nowhere in the entire Bible does Paul, or even God for that matter, ever command, decree or even suggest that the commandment to observe the 7th day Sabbath is to be disobeyed or abolished, much less replaced by a Sunday observance. Nowhere!
Acts 13:27 For those who live in Jerusalem and their rulers, because they did not recognize him nor understand the utterances of the prophets, which are read every Sabbath, fulfilled them by condemning him.
Acts 13:42 As they went out, the people begged that these things might be told them the next Sabbath.
Acts 13:44 The next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord.
Acts 15:21 For from ancient generations Moses has had in every city those who proclaim him, for he is read every Sabbath in the synagogues.”
Acts 16:13 And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to the riverside, where we supposed there was a place of prayer, and we sat down and spoke to the women who had come together.
Acts 17:2 And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures,
Acts 18:4 And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and tried to persuade Jews and Greeks.
What does the text say?
It says “every Sabbath”, “on the Sabbath day”, “on the next Sabbath”, “on three Sabbath days”.
What is critical to this dogma that the 7th day Sabbath observance is done away with and no longer binding, is the fact that Paul, James, and God’s Holy Spirit through Luke’s writing, acknowledges that there “is” a Sabbath day years after the resurrection of Christ!
When did they meet?
On the Sabbath day!
When does the Holy Spirit inspired Word of God states that they met?
On the Sabbath day!
If the Sabbath day observance had been done away with, ended, and abolished, why would Luke mention it as such a normal current event? Or why would Paul call it the “Sabbath day” if he, “supposedly”, knew that the 4th Commandment had been abolished? Why don’t we see him claiming that there’s no need to get together on Saturday anymore since it’s been replaced by Sunday worship?
Where is that documented in Scripture?
There’s no denying the truth of it. Paul the apostle admits that there still is a Sabbath day, by calling it “the Sabbath day”, in his dialogue in Acts 13:27 above. James, the head of the Jerusalem Council, calls it the “Sabbath day” in Acts 15:21!
Decades after the ascension of Christ, Acts 15:21 has the “Christian” leadership declaring that they expect new ‘gentile‘ converts to go to the synagogue every Sabbath, and to hear Moses taught no less! How could they possibly do this if the Sabbath is null and void?
Think logically, not emotionally.
Luke calls it the Sabbath day in numerous verses! And if you believe that the letter “Acts of the Apostles” is inspired by the Holy Spirit, then God Himself calls it the Sabbath day through Luke! Years and decades after the cross of Christ the Sabbath day is documented as being acknowledged, current, and observed! Not abolished; Not done away with; Not replaced!
A biblical fact that is little-known to the mainstream Christian community, is that the Sabbaths, including the 7th day Sabbath, are not the Jews. The Sabbaths are God’s; they are His Sabbaths that he has now given to his chosen people Israel to guard and observe. The “Jews” (Judah) were just one of the 12 tribes of Israel.
What does the text say?
Exodus 20:8-11 Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore, the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
The 7th day Sabbath was set apart as Holy by God at creation:
Genesis 2:2-3 2on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. 3So, God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.
The 7th day Sabbath was set apart as Holy by God before there was sin, before Moses, before Mount Sinai, before there was a kingdom of Israel and before there was a “Jewish” nation! It was set aside as Holy for all man-kind.
The Sabbath Day was observed by God’s chosen people before they even got to Mt. Sinai~
Exodus 16:22-23 22Now on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for each one. When all the leaders of the congregation came and told Moses, 23then he said to them, “This is what the LORD meant: Tomorrow is a Sabbath observance, a holy Sabbath to the LORD. Bake what you will bake and boil what you will boil, and all that is left over put aside to be kept until morning.”
God the Son reaffirms that it’s for all man-kind~
Mark 2:27 And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.
God the Son did not say it was made for the Jews nor did he say it was made for Israel.
What does the text say?
It says “The Sabbath was made for man”. It doesn’t say ‘Jews’ or ‘Israel’, it says “man”. The Greek word for man is Strong’s G444 ἄνθρωπος/anthropos which means: a human being, whether male or female, mankind.
In Matthew, the Son of God prophesies regarding the Sabbath Day in end times (right now), warning “us” about the coming tribulation ~
Matthew 24:20-21 20And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. 21For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.
How could the tribulation come on a Sabbath day if there is no Sabbath day anymore?
Was the Son of God confused? Maybe he was just misinformed???
Then there are the prophecies regarding the Sabbath Day being observed after the return of Jesus in His Triumphant Glory ~
Isaiah 66:23 And it shall come to pass that from one New Moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, all flesh shall come to worship before Me,” says the LORD.
So, am I to believe that the Sabbath Day was instituted as Holy by God at Creation, observed before the Law was given at Sinai, after the Law was given at Sinai and throughout the time of the Kings and Prophets. It was observed at the time of our Messiah and His ministry, observed by his disciples, the apostles and gentile converts but has somehow been abolished for the past 1,900 years only to be re-established right before the tribulation and then observed during the 1,000 year Reign of God???
What a whopper of a tale!
Another very little known biblical fact among the mainstream Christian community is that God’s inerrant Word says that they are His Sabbath’s:
Exodus 31:12-17 12And the LORD said to Moses, 13“You are to speak to the people of Israel and say, ‘Above all you shall keep my Sabbaths, for this is a sign between me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I, the LORD, sanctify you. 14You shall keep the Sabbath, because it is holy for you. Everyone who profanes it shall be put to death. Whoever does any work on it, that soul shall be cut off from among his people. 15Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, holy to the LORD. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day shall be put to death. 16Therefore the people of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, observing the Sabbath throughout their generations, as a covenant forever. 17It is a sign forever between me and the people of Israel that in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed.’”
Leviticus 19:3 Every one of you shall revere his mother and his father, and you shall keep my Sabbaths: I am the LORD your God.
Leviticus 19:30 You shall keep my Sabbaths and revere My sanctuary; I am the LORD.
His inerrant Word says that they are His Sabbath’s and the inerrant Word of God says that observing the 7th day Sabbath is now a covenant forever, a sign forever, between Him and His chosen people Israel!
What part of “forever“ was abolished or done away with?
Forever means forever.
Is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob a liar?
Is the God of Jesus and Paul a different God?
Once again, nowhere in the Old or New Covenant Scriptures will you ever find a verse that says do not obey the “4th” Commandment anymore; or to stop observing the 7th day Sabbath and/or start observing Sunday instead; it says this nowhere! The replacement of the 7th day observance for the 1st day observance is a man-made doctrine, not God’s.
If we claim that He is our God and our Sovereign, should we not keep the day He says to observe and not the day that man says??? Who is the Potter and who is the clay?
Final thought: Is Israel grafted into the gentile nations or is the gentile grafted into the Commonwealth of Israel? | Romans 11:17-24; Ephesians 2:11-12; Jeremiah 11:16