What day did the disciples keep as the Sabbath?  Did they keep Sunday as most of the Christian world believes?  Or did they keep the true seventh day Sabbath?  Here the Bible truth is revealed.

What day did the disciples keep?


What Sabbath day did the disciples keep?  Did the disciples of Jesus change the Sabbath day from Saturday to Sunday?  To find out the truth, we need to forget what we have been taught by the tradition of man, and open our hearts to God, and let Him teach us through the truth of His Word.  Do you want to know the truth, or are you happy following tradition?  During these Bible end times that we are living in, we really need to be firmly rooted on the truth of God's Word, so that we are not deceived.  The majority of Christians believe that the disciples changed the seventh day Sabbath to Sunday (first day of the week) and that they now keep Sunday as Sabbath in honour of the resurrection of Christ Jesus.  But is there any command to do this?  Did the disciples actually change the Sabbath and start keeping Sunday as the Sabbath?


Luke 23:56 .....'And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.' ..... After Jesus had died on the cross, the women who had followed Him returned to their homes and rested on the seventh day Sabbath (Saturday) according to the 4th Commandment.  Now don't you think that as these women followed Jesus closely, that they would have known if the Sabbath Commandment was going to be done away with, or whether it would be changed to Sunday?  So we can see from the outset that the followers of Jesus kept the true 7th day Sabbath as per the Commandment, even after His death.


"The women rested according to the 4th Commandment"


Now you may say, "yes, but we keep Sunday in honour of the resurrection".  Well, can you show me one verse that gives us a commandment to keep the first day as Sabbath in honour of the resurrection?  The truth is, there isn't a single verse saying that.  Now we know that we have a Commandment from God to keep the 7th day Holy, but there is no commandment to tell us to change that and keep the 1st day Holy.  So logic tells us what day the Sabbath is - the Seventh Day, as per the fourth Commandment.


Acts 13:42 ....'And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath.' ..... The apostle Paul had just finished a sermon on the seventh day Sabbath (Saturday).  Did you notice what has happened in the verse above?  The Gentiles (non-Jews) asked Paul to preach to them again when?  Sunday?  No!  They asked him to preach to them the next seventh day Sabbath!  If the disciples were now keeping the first day of the week as Sabbath (remember, we are well into acts now, after the resurrection and of Jesus), why didn't the Gentiles ask Paul to preach to them then?  THE VERY NEXT DAY WAS SUNDAY!  Why didn't they ask him to preach to them then?  But no, they asked him to preach to them the next Sabbath day (Saturday).  We can see a couple of verses on that the almost the whole city came to here Paul preach the next 7th day Sabbath...... Acts 13:44 .....'And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God.' ...... Friend, this is the amazing Bible truth from God, not a compromised, twisted teaching of sinful man.  This is the truth of God, and we need open ears to hear it.


Note:  Please don't assume that when 'The Sabbath' is mentioned in the New Testament, it must refer to the first day of the week (Sunday).  In the New Testament, the first day of the week is called just that - 'the first day of the week'.  There isn't even the smallest hint at Sunday being called the Sabbath.  The only day that has ever been called the Sabbath, and ever will be, is the 7th day.


Now Paul preached in the synagogues every Sabbath day.  It was Jesus' custom to preach on the seventh day Sabbath, and also it was Paul's custom..... Acts 17:2 ....'And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures.' .....  But notice from the following verse that he didn't go there just to preach to the Jews, as many Christians would have you believe.  He also went there to preach to the Greeks (Gentiles)...... Acts 18:4 ....'And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.' ...... If the new Sabbath day was Sunday, then Paul would have preached to the Gentiles then, but no, he preached to them on the true seventh day Sabbath.


Paul preached to the Gentiles on the 7th day Sabbath


Acts 16:13 ....'And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither.' ..... What a great verse this is to show that the apostles and disciples of Christ kept the true 7th day Sabbath as per the 4th of the Ten Commandments.  Here we see that they wanted to go to a quiet place on the Sabbath to pray and worship God.  Not only did the disciples go to the riverside to keep the Sabbath day, but when they got there, there were some women also who went there to do the same.


Think about this!  If Paul was now keeping Sunday as the Sabbath day, don't you think that the Pharisees would had caused great uproar about it and accused him of breaking the law?  Take a good look at the following verse...... Acts 23:9 .....'And there arose a great cry: and the scribes that were of the Pharisees' part arose, and strove, saying, We find no evil in this man: but if a spirit or an angel hath spoken to him, let us not fight against God.' ...... Did you see what they said?  "We find no evil in this man".  They had nothing on Him, because He was keeping the Sabbath Day as per the 4th Commandment.  He wasn't keeping Sunday as the Sabbath, but Saturday (7th day).


Let's take a look at the verses Christians use for keeping Sunday as the Sabbath day:


Acts 20:7-8 .....'And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.  And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together.' .... Christians who use this verse for their Sunday keeping, forget that days started differently back in Bible times.  The start of a new day began when the sun went down the previous day.  We can confirm this from the creation account, when God said, "The evening and the morning are the first day".  So as we can see, a day starting in the evening after the sun went down.  This was Saturday evening that they came together, which back then would have been known as it says in the verse, "upon the first day of the week".  Now when did Paul finish his preaching to go on a journey? ...... Acts 20:11 ....'When he therefore was come up again, and had broken bread, and eaten, and talked a long while, even till break of day, so he departed.' ...... So Paul finished preaching and departed to go on his journey at dawn Sunday morning.  So how could this be seen as the disciples getting together on Sunday to keep the Sabbath, when they actually got together Saturday evening, and Paul actually went on a long journey DURING Sunday?


Many Christians also think that this gathering in Acts 20 was for a Holy communion, because it says that they 'broke bread', thus making Sunday the new Sabbath.  But, we can see from other verses that the disciples of Jesus did this on other days too! ..... Acts 2:46 ....'And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart.' ..... This was an activity that happened on a daily bases, on different days.  Is this breaking of bread Holy Communion?  Well, take a look at what Jesus did in Matthew 15:36 .....'And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.' ..... He 'broke bread'.  But we can all accept that this wasn't Holy Communion, it was simply an act of blessing the food and sharing it with those present.  In no way can Acts 20 be attributed to instituting a new Sabbath day.


See HERE for more truth about the Sabbath Day in the New Testament.


1 Corinthians 16:2 .....'Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.' ..... Firstly, does Paul call the first day of the week Sabbath in this verse?  No!  So how can we even think about calling Sunday the new Sabbath from this verse.  This is nothing but a twisting of scripture for man to get his own way rather than obeying God.  This verse is nothing more than Paul asking the Christians in Corinth to lay aside what they can to help others in need.  But notice the main aspect of this verse.  Paul asks them to do it on the first day (Sunday), because he DID NOT want them to do this on the Sabbath day (Saturday).  And this laying aside is not a collection in church, but basically a laying aside AT HOME whatever they can spare, food, clothing etc.  Don't forget, we have already established that they went to church on the 7th day Sabbath, so this letter would have been read out then, for them to put things aside the next day (Sunday).


We can see from the above verses, that when you look at them clearly, there is not even a hint at the 7th day Sabbath being changed to the 1st day.  Where is the command to honour the resurrection of Christ by keeping Sunday instead of Saturday?  Where is it?  Nowhere!  There was only two events commanded to honour and remember His death and resurrection, and that was Holy communion and baptism! ..... Romans 6:3-5 ....'Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.  For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection.' ..... It is clear from God's Word that only with Holy Communion and baptism we remember and honour what Jesus did for us, NOT changing a Commandment of God.  How can changing a Commandment of God honour Jesus?  It was sin against God's Law that put Him on the cross in the first place.


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There are only 3 occasions in the New Testament where the first day of the week (Sunday) is mentioned.  3 times!! Thats all!!  And yet the 7th day Sabbath is mentioned over 15 times!!  So how can we get from this, that the 7th day Sabbath was changed to the 1st day?  It's impossible!!  Friend, I hope you are getting the significance of this.  Put aside the teaching of man and let God guide you into all truth.  Do you want to obey God or man?  Let's start walking in the truth of God, rather than in the tradition of man.


To continue with this study of what day is the Sabbath, see Did Jesus Abolish the Sabbath