Sunday Sacredness

Chapter 88

In what part of the New Testament is found the first mention of the first day of the week? "In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre." Matthew 28:1.

Where is the first day next mentioned?
"And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun." Mark 16:1-2.

NOTE: This is the same incident as that related by Matthew, and Mark wrote his gospel thirty-two years after the resurrection of Yahushua.

On what day was Yahushua raised from the dead?
"Now when Yahushua was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils." Mark 16:9.

On what day was Yahushua laid in the tomb?
"This man went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Yahushua. And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid. And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on." Luke 23:52-54.

What did the holy women do, after seeing where He was laid?
"And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment." Luke 23:56.

What work did they postpone till the first day because they would not do it on the Sabbath?
"Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them." Luke 24:1.

NOTE: Luke wrote his gospel twenty-four years after the events he records had occurred, and he, too, by Inspiration, calls the day before the first day of the week, the Sabbath.

How does John speak of these events?
"The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre." John 20:1.

NOTE: John wrote his gospel in 97 A.D., and yet he gives no title of sacredness to the first day. He gives substantially the same account as the other evangelists.

What took place in the evening of that same first day?
"Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Yahushua and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you." John 20:19.

Had Yahushua previously appeared to some of His disciples?
"After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country." Mark 16:12.

When they went and told the others who were assembled, how did they receive the news?
"And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed they them." Mark 16:13.

When Yahushua afterward met the eleven, what did He say to them?
"Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen." Mark 16:14.

NOTE: From this testimony it is plain that the eleven were not assembled together to celebrate His resurrection; for they did not believe He was risen.

Did Yahushua appear to the eleven while the two who had seen Him at Emmaus were relating their experience?
"And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them, Saying, The Master is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon. And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread. And as they thus spake, Yahushua himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you." Luke 24:33-36.

Were the disciples here assembled to partake of the communion?
"And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat? And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. And he took it, and did eat before them." Luke 24:41-43.

NOTE: Fish and honey are never used at the communion.

Where did the disciples live when in Jerusalem?
"And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James." Acts 1:13.

NOTE: They all abode in this room, and were probably at home, partaking of their evening meal, when the Saviour met with them. He knew their habits and their time of eating, and when He came, He found them with their doors closed for fear of the Jews.

When did the Saviour next meet with His disciples?
"And after eight days
again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Yahushua, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you." John 20:26.

NOTE: This is not the eighth day, but "after eight days," an indefinite expression.  (For meaning of such expressions, compare the text with Matthew 17:1 and Luke 9:28.)

On what day did Paul once meet with the brethren at Troas?
"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." Acts 20:7.

At what time of day was this meeting held?
"And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together." Acts 20:8.

How many accompanied Paul on his journey into Asia on this occasion?
"And there accompanied him into Asia Sopater of Berea; and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus; and Gaius of Derbe, and Timotheus; and of Asia, Tychicus and Trophimus." Acts 20:4.

While Paul was walking across the peninsula (nineteen and one half miles) to Assos, what were his companions doing?
"And we went before to ship, and sailed unto Assos, there intending to take in Paul: for so had he appointed, minding himself to go afoot." Acts 20:13.

NOTE: None of them regarded the first day of the week as anything more than an ordinary day.

What did Paul tell the Corinthian ekklesia to do on the first day of the week?
"Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store,
as Yahuwah hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come." 1 Corinthians 16:2.

What was the collection for?
"Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the ekklesia of Galatia, even so do ye." 1 Corinthians 16:1.

NOTE: This was not to be taken up in the public congregation. "let everyone of you lay by him in store." This is generally translated in other places as being with one's self, at home by himself, near himself, at his own house, etc..

The reason why we use Ekklesia and not church when referring to Yahuwah's faithful in WLC content is because the word "church" does not accurately convey the meaning of the original Greek, "Ekklesia." Throughout the New Testament, Ekklesia refers to the Called Out Ones. The word "church," which emphasizes a group, is therefore an erroneous translation and should never have been used. Christians are literally the Called Out Ones. The true followers of Yahushua are indeed the Called Out Ones from the organized denominations and religions of fallen Babylon. When the call to flee Babylon has been heard, none are to again return to Babylonian churches and forms of religion.

*Further proof that there is nothing sacred about Sunday is the fact that Sunday did not even exist in the 8-day Julian week of the first century.  Sunday is NOT synonymous with the first day of the Biblical week!