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Updated: Mar 6, 2020

This verse is often used to justify the changing and gathering of the church on Sunday. This should cause anyone to pause since we know that Creator doesn't change. He is the same yesterday, today and forever so what happened? This change was implemented by the Catholic church in the 4th century and is still a doctrine found in mainstream Christianity. Every protestant reformation was taking a step away from Catholic doctrine that had infiltrated its way into the foundation of the original Hebraic faith. We are living in a time of prophecy when a Holy Spirit led, worldwide reformation is taking place as The Body of Messiah continues to step away from the doctrines and traditions of men and back into the pure instructions of The Word.

I want to be clear that I am not condemning going to worship on Sunday because every day belongs to Him. However, it is not the Sabbath Day that was established as a set-apart day and as an eternal covenant between The Creator and His people; both physical and spiritual Israel. The prophet Daniel said this change would come and he also said that knowledge would increase in the end times. What we do with this knowledge is how we determine if we have been fed lies that rob us of blessings or if we have been indoctrinated to believe and live our lives in a way that contradicts what is written in The Bible. We know that we are not too add or take away from His Word, much less change it to suit our doctrine so let's examine what the original writings tell us.

Acts 20:6 "but we sailed away from Philippi after the days of Unleavened Bread, and in five days we came to them at Troas, where we stayed for seven days."

If we read the verse before Acts 20:7 we find that Paul and the disciples had just finished celebrating the Feast of Unleavened Bread. (Take note, another mention of a Feast of the LORD being celebrated in the New Testament after the resurrection). During this week-long celebration, only unleavened bread is eaten. Eating bread after this is over is very enjoyable as anyone can imagine.

In addition, during the 1st century, Breaking bread simply meant sharing a meal. We break bread every day of the week and it doesn't mean we are taking communion which also originates in the Catholic doctrine of the eucharist. Paul had gathered on the first Sabbath after the Feast of Unleavened Bread as was everyone's custom. They ate a meal together and as the first day of the week began, at sundown, they continued into the evening. Paul planned on leaving during the day because he would not have traveled on the Sabbath. It is very common today for people in Israel and around the world to stay up and discuss Scripture all night after the Sabbath ends just as we find this same tradition recorded in the Book of Acts over 2000 years ago.

The Greek word “heis” means “One.” also used as "First". Strong’s number G1520 which can be found in many more verses throughout the New Testament. We do find this word used in this verse which properly translated would be "The First Shabbath". In the KJV "Sabbath" was replaced with "day of the week." As you can see in KJV Strong's: "day of the week" in Acts 20:7 is the Greek word G3588 & G4521, "ton sabbaton."

Sabbaton has its Hebrew origin from H7676, "sabbath." Sabbath is from the root word H7673 meaning "rest." Yeshua berated the Pharisees for holding to the traditions and doctrines of man over the Word of God. Should it be any different for us today when we vehemently cling to the traditions and doctrine of men? We don't get a special pass to abuse His Grace when we know the Truth according to His Word lest we become just like those Pharisees.

Genesis 2:3 "Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done."
Hebrews 4:8-9 For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later ABOUT ANOTHER DAY. So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God.

Doctrines and traditions of men vs the eternal, unchanging Word of YHWH? Choose this day who you will serve.


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