5 Responses to “Chapter 5. What About All Those “First Day of the Week” References?”

  1. There’s one verse Sabbath-keepers tend to overlook – Matthew 28:9. The women worshiped the risen Lord after encountering Him outside the tomb, “on the first day of the week” (verse 1). Jesus’s non-corrective answer in verse 10 tells me it’s acceptable to worship God on days outside the weekly Sabbath.

  2. John D Carmack on Facebook says:

    Richard Burkard: I would hope it is OK to worship outside of the Sabbath. We are told to pray every day, and that is an act of worship. We see scattered events throughout the OT where people celebrated after momentous occasions, and David even went as far as to dance in the streets. None of these replaced the seventh-day Sabbath in the OT or in the NT, for that matter.

    While I appreciate you pointing out the case of the women (and there were other people who worshiped Jesus after being healed, BTW), I’m not so sure about the implication that anyone would say worship can only take place on the Sabbath.

  3. Some COG preachers tend to address this topic as if worship IS wrong outside Sabbath. I know one who puts down worshipping “any old day, any old way.” They’re trying to make your point, but they do it in a way that can lead to misunderstanding – as if Sunday prayers are wrong.

  4. John D Carmack on Facebook says:

    Maybe I’ll go back and try to weave that into the article, then. For now, I’ll just say that it seems to be human nature to veer off into one ditch or the other.

  5. John D says:

    I have updated the article with references to spontaneous worship, including the incident of the women worshipping on their way back from the tomb on the first day of the week.