Let's Consider It As Scientists

1/7/2007

speech bubble representing person 3 talkingSo as good scientists, let’s consider the concept of a “holy day.” It’s not in Acts 2. Why not? If we were recording the church honestly today in the world, we would have to include a “holy day” with a sermon from the “pastor.” We would have to! But it’s not there.

Do you know that in the Bible, the first mention of purposefully gathering on the first day of the week comes almost twenty years after what took place in Acts 1? That’s one time in the entire book of Acts. Not until twenty years after the church began are the words “first day of the week” ever mentioned. If I were writing a scientific study of today’s modern church, would I leave out the word “Sunday” for twenty years? If I as a scientist were writing about today’s modern church, would I just forget to mention “Sunday”? Acts 20 is almost two decades after Pentecost. If my life as a Christian centers on Sunday, why would I never think to mention it for twenty years? So should I build my whole doctrine around something that happens once every twenty years? I don’t think so. If someone today were to record my life in the church, they shouldn’t be writing about Sunday, either. “And then on Sunday, they did this” and “on Sunday they did that.” That’s the wrong covenant.

The so-called “Christian Sabbath” isn’t even a biblical idea. Sabbath means Saturday. We pushed it forward a day because Jesus did rise from the dead on Sunday. But that is Judaism laid over the top of Christianity. Islam moved the Sabbath to Friday. Christians moved it to Sunday. But that idea is not really in the Bible in that way.

So the first time Sunday is mentioned is twenty years after Pentecost. That’s in Acts 20:7. You can turn there if you’d like. In verse 7 we see that they came together to break bread on the first day of the week, on Sunday. Are we saying we should never break bread on a Sunday? Of course not. It’s ok to break bread on the first day of the week. There’s no problem with that.

But Jesus didn’t say, “When you take the bread and the cup on Sunday, do this in remembrance of me.” What did He say? Think about it. “Do this in remembrance of me.” What did He say right before that? “Whenever Sunday comes around, do this in remembrance of me”—is that what He said? Do you know this verse? What did He say? “As often as you do this, do it in memory of me.” Why did Jesus say this? Did Jesus get it wrong? Breaking bread together is a spectacular, wonderful testament. It’s a beautiful gift that we offer to each other. Jesus said, “I won’t break bread like this again until we do it together in the Kingdom.”

In that verse in Acts 2 they were devoted to the breaking of bread. They were devoted to fellowship and the apostles’ teaching. They were devoted to prayer. Did they only pray on Sunday, when they were devoted to prayer? Did they only have fellowship on Sunday if they were devoted to fellowship? If they only consider the apostles’ teaching on Sunday, were they truly devoted to the apostle’s teaching? No. In the same breath he said they were devoted to the breaking of bread. “As often as you do this, do this in my memory.”

“They were devoted to praying on Sunday.” No. “They were devoted to breaking bread on Sunday.” No. The scientist could have said that, but he didn’t. Instead we see that every day their lives were intertwined, and all of their lives were together. All of them were together and shared all things.

 

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