Lesson 9 - Bible or Tradition


Introduction

In the previous lesson we discovered that the Sabbath is not only a Sign of True Worship, but a sign of God's authority over heaven and earth. The Bible calls us to worship “Him who made heaven and earth”, for He alone deserves our worship and allegiance. At creation, God established the Sabbath as a memorial of creation and a sign of His authority over all things. He has commanded us to keep the Sabbath holy as a sign of our allegiance and loyalty to Him.


The Sabbath (according to the Bible) is the seventh day of the week (Saturday). However, most Christians today consider Sunday to be Sabbath. In this lesson, we will seek to answer questions, such as ‘Why is it that most of Christendom keeps Sunday and not Saturday (the Seventh-day of the week) as the Sabbath?’ And ‘does it make any difference which day we keep?’

Are there any indication in the Bible that God is responsible for the apparent change of the Sabbath from the seventh-day to the first day of the week?

OLD TESTAMENT
Deuteronomy 4:2
“Ye shall not __________________ unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye ___________________ ought from it, that ye may keep the ______________________ of the LORD your God which I command you.”


NEW TESTAMENT
Matthew 5:17, 18:
“Think ___________ that I am come to _________________the ___________, or the prophets: I am not come to _______________, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one ___________ or one ____________shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.”

Luke 23:55, 56

“And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and ______________________ the _______________ ____________ according to the ______________________.”

Is there any commandment in the New Testament to observe the first day of the week as Sabbath? Matthew 28:1; Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:2

Yes

 No

If the apparent change of the Sabbath is not found in the Bible, then when, where and how did this change take place? 1 Timothy 4:1, 2; Acts 20:28-30; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4; Daniel 7:25

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What meaning do most secular encyclopedias give for the word ‘Sunday’?

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Does it matter whether or not I continue to keep Sunday as the Sabbath, though I know it is not commanded by God, but that it is only a human tradition? Matthew 15:3, 9

“But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also _____________________ the __________________ of God by your __________________?
“But in ________________ they do _________________Me, teach-ing for doctrines the commandments of _______________.”

James 2:10
“For whosoever shall keep the ____________ ___________, and yet offend in ________ ______________, he is ______________ of all.”

What about those Christians who keep Sunday ignorantly, how does God view them? Acts 17:30

“And the times of this _____________________ God _________________ at; but ___________ commandeth all men eve-ry where to __________________:”