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So they [the Jewish leaders] went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing
the stone, and setting a watch.
|Did Matthew announce
a new Sabbath?
I received an e-mail message from a kind gentleman who had seen my website. He invited me to look at his site relative to my understanding of the Sabbath. I studied it and prepared a response which follows in edited form. I do not think a large number of people would hold his position, but in case you do or you want to understand why you do not, you may find my thoughts helpful. And remember, any time you open the Word, pray for understanding. God always hears this prayer. The discussion follows.
|Dear Sir (responding
to the one who asked the question above-right),
I studied your web explanation of the Sabbath being changed to the first day of the week. Some very sincere people believe this, but I find no good biblical support for the idea. You quoted a translation of Matt. 28:1 as follows: "Now it is the evening of the Sabbaths. At the lighting up into one of the Sabbaths came Mary Magdalena and the other Mary to behold the sepulcher". I can see that this might be close to a possibility. The verse is more accurately (although not literally) translated in the NIV which reads: "After the Sabbath at the dawn of the first day of the week." The KJV is also correct but not so clear.
Let's begin by looking at the word which you show translated as "evening." Here is my lexicon definition.
a long time, long after, late
of "evening" a better choice would be "night after" or "after" which is
the reading of my Interlinear (although either after or evening is correct
for the word itself).
seventh day of each week which was a sacred festival on which the Israelites
were required to abstain from all work
I can see how
"lighting up of one sabbath" or "dawn of one sabbath" could also be correct
apart from the context.
"And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after,
and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid.
Luke, who wrote
well after the time of the resurrection, clarifies that he and those closest
to Christ considered the day before Sunday to be the Sabbath. Your interpretation
still has a few problems.
Next, consider the testimony
of the rest of the Bible
I pray that the eternal God of heaven will give you courage and wisdom.
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me
in heaven and in earth.
.19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
|A lady, studying a series of Bible lessons asked some important questions about baptism. I inserted responses into her question paragraph. Following is an edited version of the dialogue.|
|I noticed your good
questions. May the Lord lead you after His own heart.
I have not found my church, but do want to be baptized. I have never felt comfortable in a church. The people make me skeptical.
Your feeling is frequently expressed by others. Churches include people who are faulty and whose hearts are not ready for heaven. Jesus told a story about this. Read Matt. 13 noticing whose job it is to worry about who is ready and who is not. You will remember Jesus' first core "church" of twelve disciples. Peter denied Him, James and John were "sons of thunder." Thomas doubted Him, and Judas betrayed Him.
Thus far my journey has been very personal and private but honest. I have shared only with a few special people. I don't like being in the spotlight. Baptism is a personal matter for me.
This I can understand. A walk with the Lord must be primarily personal and private even when belonging to a church. Then as you begin to attend, sharing with others is fellowship which strengthens everyone. Your good experiences are for sharing with others. The dark ones where you were in rebellion against God and His word, are for you to turn over to the Lord as you ask for forgiveness and make changes in your life. See Prov. 28:13. Rehersing details of sins, may actually tempt others to practice them.
Also, does baptism in a church signify membership for those not already belonging to that church? Do you already have to be a member before you can be baptized there?
the church I'm affiliated with, membership and baptism go together. However,
not being a member does not exclude one from attending and enjoying the
fellowship of believers. Most churches are joined casually. But because
of the whole-Bible base of my church, we don't rush people into the baptism
and membership. We don't want people to accept doctrines just because the
church teaches them. It has to be their own choice after prayerfully considering
In conclusion, remember Jesus' words: "Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God: But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God." (Luke 12:8, 9.). When you follow Jesus in baptism, you witness to the church and to your friends and family that you are making a serious commitment to Him and that your example is good for them to consider.
| 1. The body is
still in the tomb before daybreak.
2. Mary Magdalene starts on her way to the tomb jn2001. The other women came as a group planning to meet Mary at about sunrise mr1602.
3. Before any of them arrived, the earth shook and an angel of the Lord descended and came to the tomb and rolled away the stone mt2802. The risen Lord and the angels departed.
4. The Roman soldiers who had witnessed the resurrection ran to the city to tell everyone.
5. Mary Magdalene then arrived at the empty tomb jn2001, and hurried back to tell the disciples jn2002.
6. The other women arrived mr1601, lu2401, lu2410 and discovered the angel sitting on the stone he had removed mt2802 and began to flee. He spoke to them mt2805, mr1606, They entered the sepulcher and saw another angel sitting where Jesus had lain mr1605, jn2012. The angels asked why they were looking for the living among the dead lu2405.
7. The women went to tell the disciples as the angels had asked them to mt2808, mr1608, lu2409. As they were on their way, the guards arrived at the home of the chief priests mt2811.
8. At the same time Mary Magdalene had found Peter and John and told them what they had seen. jn2002. The two hurried toward the sepulcher, John arriving first jn2003. Neither saw the angels jn2005, lu2412. Mary followedthem and remained after they left. jn2011.
9. Mary stooped to look into the sepulcher and saw the two angels seated on the stone slab jn2011.
10. She stood and heard the voice of Jesus who asked the question the angels had asked. She does not recognize Him. jn2014. He revealed Himself first to her mr1609 although the soldiers had seen Him. He spoke with her jn2015, and she hurried to tell the disciples jn2018.
11. Jesus ascended to heaven where the Father accepted the sacrifice completing the covenant between them jn2017.
12. When He returned, He appeared to the other women mt2809. This was while they were hurrying to report the resurrection to the disciples. This was apparently the last of the rapid succession of events of the resurrection morning although we are not sure when He appeared to Peter lu2434, 1co1505.
| 1. Appearance
to Peter, as in item 12 above. (He appeared only to believers after the
2. To the two followers on their way to Emmaus lu2413, mr1612.
3. To the ten in the upper room mr1614, lu2433, jn2019, 1co1505
4. To the eleven disciples with Thomas who had not been present in the upper room jn2026.
5. To the disciples in Galilee. This would have been after the Passover week and after travel time to go north to Galilee. During about three weeks He met with them twice as He had requested mt2816, mr1607, 1co1506. The first encounter was with seven disciples on the lake jn2101.
6. In the second encounter He appeared to about 500 people on a mountain in Galilee (implied in jn2101). At that time He spoke as recorded in mt2817.
7. He appeared to James 1co1507.
8. On Iyyar 25, Thursday, probably a month or more after the resurrection. He went with the eleven to the Mount of Olives and ascended to heaven mr1619, lu2450, ac0104, 1co1507.
it seems to Bible-believing Christians, many today teach that Jesus was
not resurrected. This position comes from a theological concept called
the historical-critical method of interpretation which looks at current
scientific reality in the world for understanding the past. Therefore miracles
are rejected. The idea of no resurrection requires doubting major concepts
of Scripture leaving us with no anchor in the sacred book. It leads people
to eternal darkness, the objective of Satan. Consider several passages
which confirm the Bible story:
1. The resurrection of the righteous and future life depend on the reality of the resurrection of Christ 1co1512. The link codes point to the first verses of passages.
2. Baptism, the testimony of those committed to Christ, is based on a factual resurrection ro0603.
3. Jesus promised that He would be resurrected jn1017, lu1833, mt2661.
4. Christ would be the first fruits of the resurrection (the beginning of the harvest). Then the faithful would follow 1co1520.
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