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Ralph's Daily Devotional - Thursday, July 19

Exodus 20:8-11 is a command from God.  The Sabbath was originally the 7th day.  The church today, with the exception of some, has changed its worship day to Sunday.  Why?

I recall as a brand new Christian being told by a cult leader that I needed to keep the 7th day Sabbath.  He went through all the arguments, pointing out the Old Testament commands to keep the Sabbath, how Jesus and His disciples kept it and that there are no verses telling us to change from Saturday to Sunday.  I was stumped to the point of trying for a short time to follow the Sabbath exactly as described in the Bible.  I would not even drive my car.

What got me thinking was that they said that if I did not keep the Sabbath, I was willfully breaking God's law and would never be saved from my sins.  I knew they were wrong on that point.  I had recently already come to a living and personal faith in Jesus, without even knowing anything about the Sabbath!  Still, I had no answer to give them. 

Then I learned of Colossians 2:16 which warned of these kinds of people who were threatening me.  I went on to study Romans 14:1-7.  I came to appreciate that the literal 24 hour Sabbath is now fulfilled in Christ who is our Sabbath rest (Matthew 11:28-29Matthew 12:8).

I also learned that as years passed, the church began to worship on Sunday, the day Christ rose.  They called it the Lord's day.  Paul speaks of collections for the saints on the first day of the week, presumably when Christians worshiped.  John was given his vision of Revelation "on the Lord's day."  By the second century the entire church worshiped on Sunday.  I had learned the truth and the truth had set me free.

Our final study to come on the Sabbath will deal with some practical application for Christians.

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