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TOPIC : SUNDAY WORSHIP IS NOT PRESENT IN THE BIBLE

First Instance : Now here is what the first instance says literally: Matthew 28:1 "Now after the Sabbath, as the first of the Sabbaths (plural) began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb."

            Now that's an odd expression isn't it? "After the Sabbath as the first of the Sabbaths began to dawn". What does it mean? Well there are seven Sabbaths between Wavesheaf Sunday and Pentecost. The day that is being mentioned here is the first day of the 50 days leading to Pentecost. It was the day when the first of the firstfruits were offered to God. It was also the day of Jesus' presentation to the Father as the first of the firstfruits from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:23). It was an important day, it was a festive day in the Jewish calendar, because up until this particular day, nothing of this year's grain crop could be eaten. The first thing they had to do was cut a sheaf of grain, prepare it, present it before God as the first of the firstfruits (Leviticus 23:9-16).

            Well, the morning after Jesus' resurrection when Mary tried to touch Him (John 20:17), He said "Don't touch me". Later in the same day, He did allow Himself to be touched (Matthew 28:9-10). He said don't touch me because I'm ascending to my Father and the presumption is that, since the New Testament tells us elsewhere that Jesus is the firstfruits from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:20), that He was presented to God the Father at the same time, the firstfruits of the ground were presented in the Temple before God. So consequently this day, this first day of the weeks leading up to Pentecost, is an important annual day. Not merely a day of the week, but a special day of the year, the day which was the beginning of the spring harvest.

As I said, there are eight of these references to the first day of the week. Maybe one of the others will clarify this matter.

            Now every one of these places in the New Testament where you find this expression "the first day of the week", the word "day" is not in any of them. Now this is a curious thing, and the word "week" isn't there either. As I said before, the word is "Sabbaths" in the plural.

Second Instance : So as we come to Mark 16:1 which is the next one, we can understand what they are saying: "When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. {2} And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun."

But literally what this says is: "Very early in the morning, the first of the Sabbaths". Now this was not the Sabbath Day, of course, it is an expression that basically means, the first of the weeks that lead up to Pentecost. It is day one of the seven week period.

Third Instance : Okay, here's number three, Mark 16:9: "Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven demons." Literally, it says: "Now when Jesus was risen early the first of the Sabbaths".

Another important thing to know is that this passage does not really say that Jesus was risen early Sunday morning. There were no witnesses to the moment Jesus' resurrection. It is giving us the time, not of His resurrection, but of the appearing to Mary. "Now when Jesus was risen, (comma) early the first day of the Sabbaths He appeared first to Mary Magdalene". This is what He is really saying here. So here we have, so far through three of these, there is not a thing in the world that would tell us one of the other about when the church ought to meet or what should be done with the Sabbath Day. All it is doing, all about the same time, is telling us about Jesus' first appearances to His disciples after His resurrection.

Fourth Instance : Number four is Luke 24:1: "Now upon the first of the Sabbaths, very early in the morning, they came to the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them." Nothing there. It's the same thing.

Fifth Instance : Number five is John 20:1: "The first day of the week comes Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, to the sepulchre, and sees the stone taken away from the sepulchre." It is the same thing. It is the same expression. The word "day" isn't there, the word "week" isn't there, it is the first of the Sabbaths.

Sixth Instance : Number six is John 20:19: "Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week (or the first of the Sabbaths), when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you." Now that is sixth of the instances, all referring to the events of the same day. That thins out considerably the argument that some new custom had started in the church. The disciples were meeting together late that afternoon, but there's nothing here to suggest that anything new was going on. They were frightened and confused and did the natural thing, they huddled together trying to make sense out of what had happened to them that day. So we haven't found anything here about a new custom of meeting on Sunday versus the Sabbath, have we? If I were one of those disciples, I would have found nothing here to change anything concerning the Sabbath Day, would you? If there were going to be anything, wouldn't someone have to explain something about this to us.

Seventh Instance : That leaves us with two to go. This one is in First Corinthians 16:2. This is an interesting passage because it has been widely misunderstood and widely misapplied. Sometime before this epistle was written a prophet of God had gotten a vision from God about an upcoming famine in Jerusalem. People were going to be starving in the streets and once this information got out to the church, the churches all over Asia and in Greece decided that they needed to get together and send help to Jerusalem.

Now if you know anything about famines, you know that sending money is not going to do anybody much good, because there's no food to buy. So what they had to do was to send food, and the way they're going to go about sending food was to send grain, which is shippable and transferable. It is a staple of life in this part of the world, because bread was more stable than what potatoes would be today. Okay, so they were going to send a shipment of grain from all over this area.

Collection for Saints in Jerusalem : Now in First Corinthians 16:1 Paul is writing to the church in Corinth about the offering or the collection for the Saints and about what they were planning to do. He says this: "Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do you. {2} Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come". Now let's stop. First of all Paul is not saying "On the first day of the week", he is saying "On the first of the Sabbaths". This is the same expression identically as everywhere else. The word "day" is missing, and the word for "weeks" is the plural for Sabbath. Okay. Literally Paul said "Upon the first of the Sabbaths let every one of you lay by him in store." Now this is not a Sabbath Day, this is a work day, of collecting the harvest of grain for shipment to Palestine. It was the first day of the harvest, it was not a regular first day of the week, the reason is important. This offering had to go to Jerusalem. Paul was going to be leaving and he did not want any delays involved in this and therefore he said "On the first of the days that you do the harvest, day number one, get out there and prepare this amount that you going to send to Jerusalem. Lay it by yourself in storage so that when I come you won't have to go into the fields to get it."

Simple isn't it? All that Paul is telling them to do is to get to work on the first day of the harvest, get out there and get this grain together, so that we can get it off more quickly when I get there.

An Offering on Sunday? : When you understand the background, and it's obvious to anyone who's read his Bible carefully, you really ought to spot this. The use of this passage for taking up an offering every Sunday is really quite thin to anyone who knows what is going on. I have gone into churches and pulled out little envelopes on the back of the pew and it has a Scripture on it. The Scriptures is "On the first day of the week let everyone of you lay by him in store what God has prospered him." So we are going to take up an offering in church on Sunday morning because of this Scripture? Well, not because of this Scripture, because that's not what the Scripture is even remotely about. You may have noticed, there's not a word here about a church meeting.

Eighth Instance : Well we have one Scripture left in the New Testament that mentions the "first day of the week". This one is Acts 20:7 "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."

Now this is the only passage in the New Testament that suggests the possibility that the church met on the first day of the week. And even here, it is a Saturday night, not Sunday, and it is also not merely the first day of the week, it is that particular first day of the weeks (Sabbaths) that led up to Pentecost.

 

 

 

Topic :: History & Origin Of Lent
    According to tradition Semeramis, the wife of Nimrod the King of Babylon, claimed she had been supernaturally impregnated by the Sun god and gave birth to Tammuz. One day while hunting, Tamuz was killed by a wild boar. Semeramis mourned for 40 days, at the end of which Tammuz was supposedly brought back from the dead.

        She proclaimed herself Queen of Heaven, founded a celibate priesthood to worship her son and declared its chief priest infallible, and memorialized her mourning in an annual 40 day period of denial.

       If you feel the Lord is leading you into a 40 day period of self-deprivation to draw nearer to Him, more power to you. But if you're just observing a tradition of man's religion it won't serve any purpose except to prove that you can go without something for 40 days.

 

Topic:: Gospel

1. What is real gospel?

2. Who preached the gospel for the  first time?

3. What is the gospel that Jesus preached?

4. What was the gospel that Jesus's disciples preach?

 

Toipc:: Birthday

1. Is it wrong to celebrate birth days?

2. Did ever Jesus Christ celebrate his birthday?

3. Did any of  Jesus's disciples celebrate his birthday? 

4. Did any of Jesus's disciples celerate their birthdays?

5. Did any believer in the Bible celebrate his/her birthday?

6. Did any bible personality celebrate birthday?  Yes Herod, a Gentile king

7. Then why the traditional christianity celebrating the Chistmas festival?