- 60 Bible Facts on the
- Seventh day of the Week
1. After working the first six days of the week in
creating this earth, God rested on the seventh day. Genesis 2:1-3.
2. This stamped that day as
God's rest day, or Sabbath day, as Sabbath day means rest day. To illustrate: When a
person is born on a certain day, that day thus becomes his birthday. So when God rested
upon the seventh day, that day became His rest, or Sabbath, day.
3. Therefore the seventh day
must always be God's Sabbath day. Can you change your birthday from the day on which you
were born to one on which you were not born? No. Neither can you change God's rest day to
a day on which He did not rest. Hence the seventh day is still God's Sabbath day.
4. The Creator blessed the
seventh day. Genesis 2:3.
He sanctified the seventh
day. Exodus 20:11.
6. He made it the Sabbath day
in the Garden of Eden. Genesis 2:1-3.
7. It was made before the
fall; hence it is not a type; for types were not introduced till after the fall.
8. Jesus says it was made for
man, that is, for the race, as the word man is here unlimited; hence, for the Gentile as
well as for the Jew. Mark 2:27.
9. Not only is the Sabbath
made for man, but Jesus said that He was Lord of the Sabbath. Mark 2:28.
10. It is a memorial of
creation. Exodus 20:11; 31:17. Every time we rest upon the seventh day, as God did at
creation, we commemorate that grand event.
11. It was given to Adam, the
head of the human race. Mark 2:27; Genesis 2:1-3.
12. It is not a Jewish
institution, for it was made 2,300 years before ever there was a Jew.
13. The Bible never calls it
the Jewish Sabbath, but always "the Sabbath of the Lord thy God." Men should be
cautious how they stigmatize God's holy rest day.
14. Evident reference is made
to the Sabbath and the seven-day week all through the patriarchal age. Genesis 2:1-3;
8:10,12; 29:27,28, etc.
15. It was a part of God's
law before Sinai. Exodus 16:4,23-29.
16. Then God placed it in the
heart of His moral law. Exodus 20:1-17. Why did He place it there if it was not like the
other nine precepts, which all admit to be immutable?
17. The seventh-day Sabbath
was commanded by the voice of the living God. Deuteronomy 4:12,13.
18. Then He wrote the
commandment with His own finger. Exodus 31:18.
19. He engraved it in the
enduring stone, indicating its imperishable nature. Deuteronomy 5:22.
20. It was sacredly preserved
in the ark in the holy of holies. Deuteronomy 10:1-5.
21. God forbade work upon the
Sabbath, even in the most hurrying times. Exodus 34:21.
22. God destroyed the
Israelites in the wilderness because they profaned the Sabbath. Ezekiel 20:12,13.
23. It is the sign of the
true God, by which we are to know Him from the false gods. Ezekiel 20:20.
24. God promised that
Jerusalem should stand forever if the Jews would keep the Sabbath. Jeremiah 17:24,25.
25. He sent them into the
Babylonish captivity for breaking it. Nehemiah 13:18.
26. He destroyed Jerusalem
for its violation. Jeremiah 17:27.
27. God has pronounced a
special blessing on all the Gentiles who will keep it. Isaiah 56:6,7.
28. This is in the prophecy
which refers wholly to the Christian dispensation. See Isaiah 56.
29. God has promised to bless
all who keep the Sabbath. Isaiah 56:2.
30. The Lord requires us to
call it "honourable." Isaiah 58:13 Beware, you who take delight in calling it
the "old Jewish Sabbath," "a yoke of bondage," etc.
31. After the holy Sabbath
has been trodden down "many generations," it is to be restored in the last days.
32. All the holy prophets
kept the seventh day.
33. When the Son of God came,
He kept the seventh day all His life. Luke 4:16; John 15:10. Thus He followed His Father's
example at creation. Shall we not be safe in following the example of both the Father and
34. The seventh day is the
Lord's day. See Revelation 1:10; Mark 2:28; Isaiah 58:13; Exodus 20:10.
35. Jesus was Lord of the
Sabbath (Mark 2:28), that is, to love and protect it, as the husband is the lord of the
wife, to love and cherish her. 1 Peter 3:6.
36. He vindicated the Sabbath
as a merciful institution designed for man's good. Mark 2:23-28.
37. Instead of abolishing the
Sabbath, He carefully taught how it should be observed. Matthew 12:1-13.
38. He taught His disciples
that they should do nothing upon the Sabbath day but what was "lawful." Matthew
39. He instructed His
apostles that the Sabbath should be prayerfully regarded forty years after His
resurrection. Matthew 24:20.
40. The pious women who had
been with Jesus carefully kept the seventh day after His death. Luke 23:56.
41. Thirty years after
Christ's resurrection, the Holy Spirit expressly calls it "the sabbath day."
42. Paul, the apostle to the
Gentiles, called it the "sabbath day" in A.D. 45. Acts 13:27. Did not Paul know?
Or shall we believe modern teachers, who affirm that it ceased to be the Sabbath at the
resurrection of Christ?
43. Luke, the inspired
Christian historian, writing as late as A.D. 62, calls it the "sabbath day."
44. The Gentile converts
called it the Sabbath. Acts 13:42.
45. In the great Christian
council, A.D. 49, in the presence of the apostles and thousands of disciples, James calls
it the "sabbath day." Acts 15:21.
46. It was customary to hold
prayer meetings upon that day. Acts 16:13.
47. Paul read the Scriptures
in public meetings on that day. Acts 17:2,3.
48. It was his custom to
preach upon that day. Acts 17:2,3.
49. The Book of Acts alone
gives a record of his holding eighty-four meetings upon that day. See Acts 13:14,44;
16:13; 17:2; 18:4,11.
50. There was never any
dispute between the Christians and the Jews about the Sabbath day. This is proof that the
Christians still observed the same day that the Jews did.
51. In all their accusations
against Paul, they never charged him with disregarding the Sabbath day. Why did they not,
if he did not keep it?
52. But Paul himself
expressly declared that he had kept the law. "Neither against the law of the Jews,
neither against the temple, nor yet against Caesar, have I offended any thing at
all." Acts 25:8. How could this be true if he had not kept the Sabbath?
53. The Sabbath is mentioned
in the New Testament fifty-nine times, and always with respect, bearing the same title it
had in the Old Testament, "the sabbath day."
54. Not a word is said
anywhere in the New Testament about the Sabbath's being abolished, done away, changed, or
anything of the kind.
55. God has never given
permission to any man to work upon it. Reader, by what authority do you use the seventh
day for common labor?
56. No Christian of the New
Testament, either before or after the resurrection, ever did ordinary work upon the
seventh day. Find one case of the kind, and we will yield the question. Why should modern
Christians do differently from Bible Christians?
57. There is no record that
God has ever removed His blessing or sanctification from the seventh day?
58. As the Sabbath was kept
in Eden before the fall, so it will be observed eternally in the new earth after the
restitution. Isaiah 66:22,23.
59. The seventh-day Sabbath
was an important part of the law of God, as it came from His own mouth, and was written by
His own finger upon stone at Sinai. See Exodus 20. When Jesus began His work, He expressly
declared that He had not come to destroy the law. "Think not that I am come to
destroy the law, or the prophets." Matthew 5:17.
60. Jesus severely condemned
the Pharisees as hypocrites for pretending to love God, while at the same time they made
void one of the Ten Commandments by their tradition. The keeping of Sunday is only a
tradition of men.
- 40 Bible Facts
- First Day of the
- 1. The very first thing recorded in the
Bible is work done on Sunday, the first day of the week. Genesis 1:1-5. This was done by
the Creator Himself. If God made the earth on Sunday, can it be wicked for us to work on
2. God commands men to work
upon the first day of the week. Exodus 20:8-11. Is it wrong to obey God?
3. None of the patriarchs
4. None of the holy prophets
ever kept it.
5. By the express command of
God, His holy people used the first day of the week as a common working day for 4,000
years, at least.
6. God Himself calls it a
"working" day. Ezekiel 46:1.
7. God did not rest upon it.
8. He never blessed it.
9. Christ did not rest upon
10. Jesus 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
13. Christ never blessed it.
14. It has never been blessed
by any divine authority.
15. It has never been
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. See also 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 Lord wished us to keep it?
21. It is never called the
22. It is never called the
Sabbath day at all.
23. It is never called the
24. It is never called even a
25. No sacred title whatever
is applied to it. Then why should we call it holy?
26. It is simply called
"first day of the week."
27. Jesus 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 Bible at all.
29. Neither God, Christ, nor
inspired men ever said one word in favor 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. Paul directed the saints
to look over their secular affairs on that day. 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 not an
implication 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. Acts 20:7-11. Jesus celebrated it on Thursday evening (Luke 22), and
the disciples sometimes did it every day. Acts 2:42-46.
39. The Bible nowhere says
that the first day of the week commemorates the resurrection of Christ. This is a
tradition of men, which contradicts the law of God. Matthew 15:1-9. Baptism commemorates
the burial and resurrection of Jesus. 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.
Here are one hundred plain Bible facts upon this question, showing conclusively that the
seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord in both the Old and New Testament.
You may now be asking
yourself, is all of this important, does it really matter? Well, let me close with this
verse. "Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to
the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city." Rev. 22:14.
Reprinted from an
article published about the year 1885.
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