1. In the beginning, what record is given of the first day of the week?
“And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: And God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day,” Genesis 1:3-5.
NOTE: By reading the first five verses of Genesis 1 we learn, that God worked upon the first day of time. It was on this day that light was brought about.
2. In the New testament, how many times do we find the first day of the week mentioned?
3. Do we find it spoken of as a holy or sacred day? Answer: No.
4. Did Christ use the words first day?
Answer: He did not.
5. How does Matthew speak of the first day?
“In the end of [R.V. late on] 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.
6. How does Mark speak of the same first day?
“And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun. 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 devils,” Mark 16:2, 9.
7. What does Luke say of the same day?
“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.
8. Concerning a visit to the sepulchre what does John say?
“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.
9. Does John tell of a first day meeting of Christ and His disciples?
“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 Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you,” John 20:19. Also Luke 24:29.
NOTE: By this scripture we learn that Christ met with his disciples a little while, real late on the first day of the week where they were assembled for fear of the Jews. If the reader will turn to the Bible and read Acts 1:13 and Acts 2:44 they will find it to be the custom of the disciples to live together, and beyond any question of doubt they were thus assembled when Christ appeared to them. Another thing, if Christ meeting with them was a sign of a holy day, we would gather from John 21:1-5, that they also had a holy fishing day.
10. In Acts 20 what do we find regarding the first day of the week?
“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.
NOTE: Here we find the second, and last first day meeting recorded in the Bible. It, as the other, was a meeting of the disciples in their own upper room. The context of shows it to be a night meeting, and Paul, after preaching during the night, makes his trip across to Assos the light part of this same day, which would not be an act of sacredness, but rather one of secular work.
11. In the eighth and last time the first day is mentioned, what is said of it?
“Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. 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,” I Corinthians 16:1, 2.
NOTE: This, the last time the first day is mentioned, stands on the same ground as does the other seven places, nothing said, to lead any one to believe that it is a sacred day of any kind, or that it should be kept holy by any one at any time. The people in this case were not commanded to meet together, but to lay by him (or himself) in store for the poor of Jerusalem.
12. Since Christ and the apostles did not keep the first day, then what day did they observe?
Paul _ “And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks,” Acts 18:4.
13. How long did he continue at this place?
“And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them,” Acts 18:11. Seventy-eight Sabbaths.
14. Was it Paul’s custom so to do?
“And Paul as his manner was, went in unto them, and three Sabbath days reasoned with them out of the Scriptures,” Acts 17:2.
15. What was Christ’s attitude toward the Sabbath?
“And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up: and as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read,” Luke 4:16.
16. Is it safe to follow Christ?
“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life,” John 8:12.