Sabbath in the New Testament
The Sabbath and
What day immediately
precedes the first day of the week?
After the Sabbath, at
dawn on the first day of the week, Mary
Magdalene and the other Mary went to took at the
tomb. Matthew 28:1.
Note According to the
New Testament, therefore, the Sabbath passed when
the first day of the week began.
After the crucifixion,
what day did the women who followed Jesus keep?
Then they went home
and prepared spices and perfumes. But they
rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the
commandment. Luke 23:56.
What day of the week is
the Sabbath, according to the commandment?
But the seventh day
is the Sabbath to the Lord your God.
Jesus and the Sabbath
What was Christs
custom respecting the Sabbath?
He went to Nazareth,
where he had been brought up, and on the
Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was
his custom. And he stood up to read.
In what instruction to His
disciples did Christ recognize the existence of
the Sabbath long after His ascension?
Pray that your
flight will not take place in the winter or on
the Sabbath. Matthew 24:20.
Note The flight of
the Christians took place late in October, A.D.
66, three and one-half years before the fall of
Paul and the Sabbath
On what day did Paul and
Barnabas preach at Antioch?
From Perga they went
on to Pisidian Antioch. On the Sabbath
they entered the synagogue and sat down. Acts
When did the Gentiles ask
Paul to repeat his sermon?
As Paul and Barnabas
were leaving the synagogue, the people invited
them to speak further about these things on the
next Sabbath. Verse 42.
On what day did Paul
preach to the women at Philippi?
On the Sabbath we
went outside the city gate to the river, we
expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down
and began to speak to the women who had gathered
there. Acts 16:13.
On what day did Paul
preach to the Jews at Thessalonica?
When they had passed
through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to
Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue.
As the custom was, Paul went into the
synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned
with them. Acts 17:1,2.
How did the apostle spend
the working days of the week when at Corinth, and
what did he do on the Sabbath?
And because he was
a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and
worked with them. Acts 18:3. Every
Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to
persuade Jews and Greeks. Acts
Note Paul continued
there a year and a half teaching the word of God
among them. Verse 11. These texts do not
definitely prove that the apostle held
seventy-eight Sabbath meetings in Corinth, but
they show conclusively that it was his custom to
observe the Sabbath day by devoting it to
religious purposes. The careful student will note
that his reasoning in the synagogue every Sabbath
applies only to the comparatively brief time
during which he was permitted the use of the
synagogue. But the history of the apostles
work in the book of Acts fully warrants us in
believing that wherever he was, Paul utilized to
the full every opportunity to pursue his gospel
work on the Sabbath. The same is true, not only
of the apostles, but of most Christians during
the first three centuries.
John and the Lords Day
On what day was John in the
On the Lords
Day I was in the Spirit. Revelation
1:10. [Lords Day Sabbath Day]
Who is the Lord of the
So the Son
of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.
What, through Isaiah,
does the Lord call Sabbath?
If you keep your feet
from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you
please on my holy day, if you call the
Sabbath a delight and the Lords day
honorable and if you honor it by not going your
own way and not doing as you please or speaking
idle words. Isaiah 58:13.
Why does the Lord call
the Sabbath His day?
For in six days the
Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and
all that is in them, but he rested on the
seventh day. Exodus 20:11.
Through whom did God
create the world?
In the past God spoke
to our forefathers through the prophets at many
times and in various ways, but in these last days
he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he
appointed heir of all things, and through whom he
made the universe. Hebrews 1:1,2.
Note The Bible
recognizes but one weekly Sabbath the day
upon which God rested in the beginning; which was
made known to Israel at Sinai (Nehemiah 9:13,
14); was observed by Christ and His apostles; and
is to be kept by the redeemed in the new earth
The terms Sabbath,
Sabbaths and Sabbath days occur sixty
times in the New Testament and in every case but
one refer to the seventh day. In Colossians
2:16,17, reference is made to the annual Sabbaths
connected with the three annual feasts observed
by Israel before the first coming of Christ.
The sacred name of the
seventh day is Sabbath. This fact is too clear to
require argument. The truth is stated in precise
terms: The seventh day is the Sabbath of
the Lord thy God. This utterance is
repeated in Exodus 16:26, 23:12, 31:15, 35:2,
Leviticus 23:3, and Deuteronomy 5:14. On this
point the plain teaching of the word has been
admitted in all ages. Except to certain special
Sabbaths appointed in Levitical law, and these
invariably governed by the month rather than the
week, the Bible in all its utterances never, no,
not once, applies the name Sabbath to any other
The first day of the week is
mentioned but eight times in the New Testament,
six of which are found in the Four Gospels, and
refer to the day on which Christ arose from the
dead. (See Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:2, 9; Luke 24:1;
John 20:1,19.) The other two (Acts 20:7; 1
Corinthians 16:2) refer to the only religious
meeting held on the first day of the week after
the ascension, in apostolic times, recorded in
the New Testament, and to a systematic accounting
and laying by in store at home on that day for
the poor saints in Judea and Jerusalem.
It is evident, therefore,
that the Sabbath of the New Testament is the same
as the Sabbath of the Old Testament, and that
there is nothing in the New Testament setting
aside the seventh-day Sabbath and putting the
first day of the week in its place.
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