by William Wyne

Give the Lord His Day
William Wyne
Psalm 118, I Corinthians 16, Acts 20

Psalms 118: 24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

I Corinthians16: 2 On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.

Acts 20: 7 On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight.

The Old Testament clearly had an established time called the Sabbath, and during the observance of the Sabbath, many went to the Temple or the Tabernacle for a time of worship. Corporate assembly was a part of the Sabbath experience.

But the New Testament does not specify to those who were a part of “the way” (that was what early believers were called in Acts 9:2, 24:14), or the church, or who had become Christians (Acts 11:26) to gather on a certain day and at a certain time for worship.

However, it clearly appears that a habit had developed; a tradition was established in the early church. Those first-century believers began a custom, a tradition on a particular day for worship collectively. A lifestyle of time for worship on a particular day took on a life of itself in the body of Christ.

In Acts 20:7 we see it was the first day of the week (Sunday), Paul met with the disciples when they came together to break bread, and that word disciple does not limit it to the disciples (12).

In 1 Cor. 16:2, as Paul is planning to come to the faithful believers at Corinth, he says to them ultimately when he will come, and he indicates why he is coming. He evidently had asked that the churches (Galatians as well in verse 1), and perhaps the other assemblies would give to support the persecuted church in Jerusalem.

This was an offering being received to be given to the church because they were under great stress. H ...

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