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"I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day…"
Rev 1:10

Under the Old Testament, the Jews were commanded to “remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy” (Exodus 20:8).  Under the New Testament, Christians are freed from the “Law of the Sabbath”, but are taught to esteem the first day of the week as the Lord’s day.

The objectives of this lesson are:
1)     To show that the law of the Sabbath has ended.
2)     To show that the Lord’s day is the first day of the week.
3)     To show what God wants Christians to do on the first day of the week, or Lord’s day.

The Sabbath

The Sabbath day is the seventh day of the week.

Exod 20:9-10 “Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the Sabbath …”

The Seventh day is first mentioned in connection with the creation story.

Gen 2:2-3 “And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it He had rested from all his work which God created and made.”

Though mentioned, it is not here called the Sabbath, and there is no command for man “to keep the Sabbath” on this occasion.

The first time the word Sabbath is applied to the seventh day and man was instructed to observe the Sabbath in any way was when Israel was commanded to gather manna.  On the sixth day they were to gather twice the normal amount because there would be no manna given on the Sabbath; it was to be a day of rest. (Exodus 16:23,29,30).

The command to “remember the Sabbath to keep it holy” was given to Israel as a part of the ten commandments—a covenant between God and Israel (Ex. 20:8-11).  It was not given to Israel before Sinai.”  Furthermore, this covenant was with no other nation.  Therefore, no other nation was commanded to keep the Sabbath by this law.

Deut 5:3  “The LORD made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day.”

Deut 5:12 “Keep the Sabbath day to sanctify it, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee.”

Neh 9:13-14  “Thou camest down also upon mount Sinai, and spakest with them from heaven, and gavest them right judgments, and true laws, good statutes and commandments: And madest known unto them thy holy sabbath, and commandedst them precepts, statutes, and laws, by the hand of Moses thy servant:.”

The Sabbath was a sign between God and Israel reminding Israel that God brought them out of Egypt.

Exod. 31:13 “Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my Sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you.”

Deut 5:15 And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the LORD thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the LORD thy God commanded thee to keep the Sabbath day.

When Paul spoke of the sins of the Gentiles, he made no mention of the breaking of the Sabbath (Rm. 1:28-32).

“Remember the Sabbath and to keep it holy” meant that the Jews could do no work on that day (Ex.35:1-3; Jer.17:21-27).


The law of the Sabbath has ended.
Col 2:14-16 “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holy day, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:”
Eph. 2:14,15



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