My only daughter (and youngest child) recently went off to college. Before she left, her mother and I gave her a mountain of advice and a metric ton of encouragement before she took that giant next step in her life. Being the kind soul that she is, she also gave me a bit of advice in return: "Dad, you should get a Fitbit. It can help you monitor your health."
So… I bought a Fitbit Flex. It’s a little band you strap on your wrist that, paired with an app on your phone, provides a simple reminder that I needed to watch what I eat, get outside and do some walking, and get enough rest.
In the first part of this series we examined Scripture that referenced the "first day of the week" to see if the Sabbath day was changed to Sunday in the New Covenant. In the second part of the series we examined Scripture that referenced the "day of the Lord" or "the Lord's day". In this third part of the series we will consider a few other points to discover the answer.
In the first part of this series we examined passages from Scripture that spoke of the apostles meeting on "the first day of the week". In this second portion we will examine Scriptural references to the "day of the Lord" to see if the Sabbath day was changed in the New Covenant.
Acts 2:20 is the first reference in the writings of the Apostles to "the day of the Lord". The particular "day of the Lord" noted in this passage mentions that the sun will be turned to darkness and the moon will be turned into blood before the "great and glorious day of the Lord shall come". This passage clearly references "the last days" (verse 17) and is not speaking of any weekly event nor does it make any mention of the Sabbath.
In a previous article we discovered the myth that Sabbath observance has been abolished does not match the testimony of Scripture.
In this series we will examine the question "Did the Sabbath Day Change to Sunday in the New Covenant?" I know the opinion of some is "yes!" and the opinion of others is "no!" Let's examine Scripture and see what it has to say on the matter:
The first verse of Scripture that uses the Hebrew word for Sabbath (shabbat) is found in Genesis 2:2-3. This passage tells us that G-d sanctified the seventh day... what we know as Saturday.
The first article of this series provided some reasons for observing Torah. First and foremost among them was the reason that Messiah Yeshua was Torah-observant and as his disciples we, too, should follow Torah.
This second article (and subsequent articles) in the series intends to address the myths and misinterpretations of Scripture that might confuse believers seeking the Truth of G-d's Word. Yeshua is "the Way, the Truth, and the Life" (John 14:6) so when we seek the Truth, we seek Him... in all His Torah-observant glory and holiness.
The Sabbath day began at the end of the first week of creation (Genesis 2:2). The Word of G-d tells us that He blessed the seventh day and separated it as a holy day (Genesis 2:3). If the Sabbath was given before Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob's time and was created for them for them to observe was it also not created for us? If we are to be doers and hearers of the Word, shouldn’t we observe the Sabbath just as our Lord and Savior did?