By Carron Lake @ www.thelightoftheword.org

"from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath"
(Leviticus 23:32).

Hi P. S., Your first Bible reason on why Christians must worship on Sunday is not a Thus saith The LORD by HIS Word. You presented Acts 20:7, as a reason for Christians to worship on Sunday. The Scripture says, “And upon the first [day] of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight. And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together” (Acts 20:7, 8). What you believe to be as an early morning breaking of bread on the first day of the week, is not as it appears.

Notice that Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight. The Scriptures clearly says that there were many lights in the upper chamber. This was not and early morning gathering. The Jewish reckoning of when a day begins is based upon the example given to us in The Scriptures, according to Genesis chapter 1.

According to GOD’S work of creation, the phrase “And the evening and the morning were” (1st day. Gen.1:5) (2nd day. Gen.1:8) (3rd day. Gen. 1:13) (4th day. Gen. 1:19) (5th day. Gen.1:23) (6th day. Gen. 1:31) Notice that at the evening of one day, which comes to an end, that is the beginning of another day. According to Leviticus 23:32, it is “…from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your Sabbath.”

The day does not begin in the morning when the sun comes up. It does not begin at midnight, but at sunset. This is why, even to this day in time, Sabbath observers begin the Sabbath at sunset on Friday evening. So, if Paul preached all day Sabbath, which is The Seventh day of the week, and he continued even unto the first day of the week, which would be Saturday night, or the beginning of the first day of the week, which would be Sunday; he kept preaching even unto midnight, because there were many lights in the upper chamber. Why did he preach for so long unto midnight? The answer is clear. It was because he was leaving the day after the Sabbath, which would be Sunday, and he talked with them even unto the breaking of day, which would be sunrise, according to Acts 20:11. So this Scripture does not support a change from the Seventh day Sabbath to the first day of the week. You can check with any Jewish calendar to determine when the Sabbath beings.

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