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Acts 20:7 and the Sabbath

NATSAB: The First Day of the Week and Acts 20:7

I read this article by Pete Rambo with a great deal of interest. He’s a thoughtful and passionate guy on his blog, and I’ve found he is well worth reading. It helps for me that he comes from a Reformed background, so I get what he’s saying and the journey that he has undertaken, as mine is somewhat similar.

A while back I had a big, drawn out discussion with the pastor from our old church *Reformed Baptist* regarding the Sabbath. I wanted to know what he thought about why the Sabbath had been moved Sunday instead of remaining on Saturday. Pastor Don believed strongly in keeping the Sabbath, as it was a part of the Big 10, like many of the Reformed churches, but felt just as strongly that it was on Sunday and used Acts 20:7 as a large part of his defense. I wish I had looked up the words in Strong’s at the time, as I think it would have bolstered what I had to say about the subject. My take is that the Sabbath was never moved BY GOD from Saturday, and as a person that believes that God is unchanging, and his word is the final authority I note that there is no Biblical support for the moving of the Sabbath. We as a family are always testing everything, and trying to root out man made traditions from what Scripture states.
Full disclosure: I am a Sabbath keeper, but far from perfectly. We are mindful that it is meant to be a day of rest, but we are not Jewish and don’t follow Talmudic law in the observance in any way.

Neither of us convinced the other, but it was a spirited and enjoyable evening. Pastor Don died unexpectedly last spring, and after a failed long search for a replacement the church closed a few weeks ago. Pastor Don will be sorely missed.
There’s a video this same blogger posted a day or so ago, that I think fits nicely with this that I am gonna stick here. I have had this same experience a WHOLE bunch of times, and it made me laugh.