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Is it wrong to meet and have communion on a Saturday? I've read that Saturday was considered the Sabbath and that we meet together on Sunday because of tradition and not biblical reasons. - Amy

The Hebrew word, "shabbat," simply means rest. The Israelites were commanded to rest as God rested on the seventh day (Exo 20:8). They were to remember that God delivered them from slavery in Egypt (Deut 5:12). Anyone who did not keep the Sabbath was to be put to death because it was a sign of the covenant that God made with them (Exo 31:14).

First of all, we need to remember that we are not Israelites, nor were we slaves in Egypt. The law given at Sinai was not given for us. We were not commanded to offer up sacrifices, have a separate priesthood, etc.

Second, we need to remember that the Sabbath, along with burning incense, offering up animal sacrifices, kosher laws, etc. were all abolished when Christ died on the cross (Col 2:13-17). Christ transformed the covenant that God originally made with Israel (Heb 7:12, 22; 10:9). Therefore, whether we are of Jewish or Gentile ancestry, we are no longer obligated to keep the Sabbath.

Where did Sunday worship come from? There are that who claim that the early Christians kept the Sabbath until the Pope or Constantine changed it to Sunday. However, there is no evidence for this. In fact, many early Church leaders emphatically taught against the Sabbath because it had been abolished along with other Jewish practices. So we as Christians meet on Sunday, the day of Christ's resurrection, to worship and partake of communion (Acts 20:7).

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