Correspondence: Sabbath; Giving Thanks Always; John 21:11

John 21:11  •  4 min. read  •  grade level: 7
Question 107: Why was the Sabbath changed from Saturday to Sunday? L. S. H.
Answer: The names of the days of the week, including Saturday and Sunday, are heathen names.
In the Word of God the days are numbered.
The Jews under the law professed to keep it; they blamed the Lord Jesus for doing works of mercy on the Sabbath day (John 9:1616Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them. (John 9:16)). They had rejected Him, the Lord of the Sabbath, whose pleasure it was to do good to men. He did not honor their keeping of the Sabbath, for they were living in sin, and He could not be bound by the law which He had given, from doing works of mercy (Mark 2:23-2823And it came to pass, that he went through the corn fields on the sabbath day; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn. 24And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold, why do they on the sabbath day that which is not lawful? 25And he said unto them, Have ye never read what David did, when he had need, and was an hungred, he, and they that were with him? 26How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the showbread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with him? 27And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: 28Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath. (Mark 2:23‑28)). He wrought with God, His Father (John 5:1717But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. (John 5:17)). In His death He was the whole Sabbath day in the grave. Then He arose triumphant from among the dead on the first day of the week (Matt. 28:11In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. (Matthew 28:1); Mark 16:99Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils. (Mark 16:9)). It was the same day He came in the midst of His disciples. (John 20:1919Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. (John 20:19)). It was upon the first day of the week the Holy Spirit came down and formed the church, (Pentecost means fifty), fifty days after Christ’s resurrection. Leviticus 23:1616Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the Lord. (Leviticus 23:16) calls it the morrow after the Sabbath. It was on the first day of the week the disciples assembled to remember the Lord in the breaking of the bread and in drinking of the cup. The Apostle John, by the Spirit, gave it its name when he wrote: “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day” (Rev. 1:1010I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, (Revelation 1:10)).
Christians, intelligent in the Scriptures, can see that the Sabbath is one of the shadows of things to come. It is a shadow of God’s rest when sin will be done away. In the Millennium Israel will again observe it (Ezek. 46). But Christians are not under law (Rom. 6:1414For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. (Romans 6:14)), they do not keep the Sabbath, the Sabbath was never given to them. They have the first day of the week, the Lord’s day, and if the heart is right, they will use it for the Lord, and not for worldly gain or pleasure.
“Let us therefore go forth unto Him without the camp, bearing His reproach” (Heb. 13:1313Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. (Hebrews 13:13)).
Answer: I do not know of any practical difference except the viewpoint of the different epistles, and in this we might include Colossians and Philippians.
What a benefit to the soul to be filled with the Spirit, as in Ephesians, enjoying our heavenly portion; and how it cheers us on our pilgrim way, as in Thessalonians, to know the hand and heart that guides us along, to rejoice evermore, to pray without ceasing, and in everything to give thanks, doing the will of God.
But Philippians 4:66Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (Philippians 4:6) tells how to gain such experience, for there are many and great difficulties to overcome, before we can be filled with thanksgiving. Notice then – we begin with prayer and continue until in deep supplication we make our requests known unto God; then the soul receives its answer, and is clothed (or garrisoned) with peace that passes all understanding. O, that our hearts and minds might be kept in this lowly, dependent, thankful condition.
Answer: We are right in saying some numbers in Scripture have meaning, but we must avoid letting our imagination put on meaning. (See 2 Cor. 10:55Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; (2 Corinthians 10:5)).
We are safe in drawing lessons in accordance with all Scripture. So, while we do not know any meaning to the number 153, we see that it represents a multitude (ver. 6), and we can think how precious we are to the Lord who has numbered us, yes, even the hairs of our head are all numbered. He knows each of us.
In Luke 5:66And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. (Luke 5:6) the net brake, here the net is not broken. It has been pointed out that now the gospel net breaks but at the beginning of the Millennial reign of Christ the net will not break. When the disciples came ashore they found that the Lord had some fish there, already caught; these represent the believers saved through the tribulation period, what is called the (believing) remnant of Israel.