The first day of the week! If we are to say the conclusion first, that day is the Resurrection Day,?not the Sunday service which is kept every week.
In the Old Testament times, the day when people offered sacrifice was the Sabbath, the Third Day, the Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Day of Firstfruits, the Feast of Weeks, the Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Tabernacles. There is no change of the worship dates even in the New Testament times. What was changed was just the manners in which we keep it.
The Resurrection Day is a feast of God, which comes after the Passover (the 14th of the first month sacred calendar) and the Feast of Unleavened Bread (the 15th of the first month sacred calendar). It is the first day of the week after the Feast of Unleavened Bread. In other words, it falls on the day after the Sabbath following the Feast of Unleavened Bread. So it is certain that the Resurrection day is Sunday.
- Ac 20:7 shows that the disciples had the worship service of the Resurrection Day after the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
“But we sailed from Philippi after the Feast of Unleavened Bread . . . On the first day of the week we came together to break bread . . .” (Ac 20:6-7)
Let us take a look at from the verse 26. What day is the first day of the week after the Feast of Unleavened Bread? It is the Resurrection Day. The Sabbath and the Resurrection Day are different in their dates and meanings. The Sabbath is the day of the Creator, which must be kept every Saturday. And the Resurrection Day is to commemorate Jesus’ Resurrection on Sunday every year after the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Jesus rose from the dead on the first day of the week, and after giving thanks He gave bread to His disciples when they did not recognize Him. After eating the bread, the disciples were able to recognize Jesus?(Lk 24:1-31). So the disciples kept the Resurrection Day by eating bread every year as Jesus had set the example.
- “my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. ‘Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children.’ ” (Hosea 4:6)
Let us fathom how distressed God is, and have knowledge about God.
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