Inspired by this question: What qualifies as work on Sunday?

I know some churches are very specific that we should commit one weekday to the Lord (Saturday or Sunday). Much like Jews celebrate the Sabbath.

The need to rest one day a week is very real for me. I really find it necessary to take one day off work, studies and all that. I usually do this on Sunday, as it's usually practical. However, if I need to do something on Sunday, I have no problem with instead taking the following Tuesday off, resting, reading and praying. This seems to work well for me.

I've never found a reason to specify the weekday I should spend like Lord's day. Are there any?

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    – Flimzy
    Commented Sep 18, 2011 at 21:16
  • You do not need to specify a day by yourself since the Bible is clear which day is the Sabbath. It is the seventh day of the week. If we were free to select a day out of the seven, I believe the bible would be clear about it. Unless we are guided by a source other than the bible, we can't find any scripture showing that (1) God put it upon us to choose a 'sabbath' for ourselves or (2) God transferred the sabbath from the seventh to another day. Commented May 31, 2014 at 23:40

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In Genesis 2:2-3 (NIV) it says,

2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. 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.

It would seem to indicate only the existence of 'a day of rest', but there is no reference to a certain day of the week being more deserving of said title. I only see evidence that we should observe 'a day of rest'; though whatever day of the week that might happen to be is of little to no consequence really.

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    I always had thought that this actually did coincide with the Jewish Sabbath, i.e. what we now know as Saturday. Yet the disciples started meeting on Sundays, which makes it seem the choice of day doesn't matter. Commented Sep 19, 2011 at 9:31
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    Your observation is good, but I just realized this: The early Christian disciples were still Jews. This means they would still be observing there Fri/Sat Sabbath day as there holy day. Then, perhaps as a sort of follow-up, they began to meet the following day(Sunday) to discuss there life transformations wrought by Jesus.
    – Hyprhare
    Commented Dec 3, 2011 at 15:30
  • What could be more specific than "By the seventh day"? And where do you think the 7-day week cycle started? Don't you think that God made it in such a way that none of us has a doubt which day is the seventh even after 6,000 years? Commented May 31, 2014 at 23:30

There is a situation where honoring the Sabbath would be difficult to do on any day besides Sunday. The conditions are:

  1. You believe that partaking of the Eucharist/Communion/Sacrament is an important part of Sabbath worship.
  2. Your church only offers Communion on Sundays.

If you don't fit those two conditions then its difficult to find biblical support against moving the Sabbath day around.

However, I would never personally do it. Besides the fact that I fit the two conditions described above, I would feel like I was saying, "The happenings of my life are of a higher priority than the Kingdom of God" (See Matthew 6:33). But that's just me. I know that's not your intention and its great that you strive to honor the Sabbath once a week.

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    I do see the importance of communion, but not in direct relation to Sabbath. Is there a link between the two? Commented Sep 18, 2011 at 22:49
  • That was actually the point of my answer, to explain a situation when there would be a link. I'll reword it.
    – user23
    Commented Sep 19, 2011 at 3:53
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    Actually I mean I could partake in communion on Sunday and work for the rest of the day, and then have my day of rest on Thursday. Does it matter that I get both, but on different days? Commented Sep 19, 2011 at 9:23

The Sabbath will always be Friday evening to Saturday evening since it is defined by being the seventh day (the very root of the word is seven).

"The Lord's day" is almost certainly Sunday (based on the day of the resurrection) though it is not exclusively so in all sources.

See my answer to the related question but it is a bit simplistic to say that the disciples started meeting on Sundays, since they met every day! See the other answer of that question for scriptural evidence that it is not important what you choose to do on which days, but "let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind".

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    Welcome to Christianity.SE! Thanks for answering the question! The point I'm most interested in is whether it matters which day I choose as my day of rest. I know something of the history of Sabbath and the Lord's day, and I just used the terms in the question to help readers understand what I'm meaning by spending a day like the Lord's day. Commented Sep 20, 2011 at 22:27

Since the disciples spent the previous 3 1/2 years living together they were often gathered on a daily basis. It is not unusual or special that they were together on the 1st day of the week or any other. Saying the Sabbath (which means seven) has now switched to sunday (which is the first day) because they were together is quite a stretch.

There are many verses that specify the Sabbath as the seventh day of the week and others that show examples of what is right and wrong, (work six days rest on the seventh, etc.).

To answer the question can the 7th day be any day of the week, well...The Hebrews counted their days, they didn't name them. So when it says to honor the Sabbath on the seventh day that is the name of the day. The Messiah also honored the Sabbath and taught how to observe it, and he too observed the Sabbath on the 7th day. It is pretty important too since it is the only sign between Our Father in Heaven and His children throughout our generations, see Exodus 31.

As for Communion it originated from the instructions the Messiah gave concerning the Passover meal. It does not relate to any of the Biblical instructions given on how to observe the weekly Sabbath.


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