The First Day of the Week
Hi, Do you think the reason Paul said to lay aside money on the first day of the week (1 Cor. 16) was because that was the end of the work week, and so it was like payday? I’m not sure what the weekly schedule was back in the ancient Mediterranean world. In any case I see that this was an individual thing, and only for a season, not a Sunday morning tithe.
Hi…Wellllll, if it was a “church service sacrament” needing to be “done” by christians—why did Paul LIVE there in Corinth for a year and a half, and NEVER MENTION IT until he was gone for a year or two? Hmmmmmmmmmm. : ) Not possible, if it was ordained by God as a “weekly church sacrament,” is it? Nope. It apparently was NOT happening during Paul’s year and a half of living there, or he would have had no reason to mention it towards the end of a letter in such specificity, with no “asterisk” of “of course you already knew this because you’ve been doing it every sunday for three years now.” Didn’t happen. So, to MAKE it into a “sunday sacrament” when CLEARLY the Bible does not, and Paul did not, would be unreasonable, illogical, and “adding to the Scriptures.” Maybe it’s a Roman Catholic sacrament, carried over by “Protestants,” just as the priest/minister/pastor was carried over from the Roman Catholics by the “Protestants”?
Secondly, of course, there is no “New Testament tithe” unless we need to reinstate animal sacrifice and SATURDAY temple worship. Jesus IS the New Covenant!
Thirdly, my understanding is that the Roman Empire was built around a SIX day work week, including Sa—and Su was the “day off” for most workers. That would make sense for Paul’s mention of a mnemonic aid for the one-time accumulation of funds for the specific cause of the famine in Judea they were wanting to help respond to for the Saints there. There is NO other Scripture for “taking up a weekly collection” than this one time scenario in this one city, this one time, for this one specific requested task for Judea. Why not, I wonder?: ) I don’t know that I can recall the couple of places I’ve seen that information of the Mu-Sa work week over the years, but it is what I read in secular history books of the Roman era. I could find it if you needed it desperately for some reason. : )
So, you probably guessed correctly. The “Jesus rose on the first day of the week so we are supposed to make it a holy day” is nice, but it DOES NOT equate BIBLICALLY to “GOD ordained attending a meeting on Sunday for 2 hours”. There is NO Scripture ANYWHERE that “moves” the “Sabbath” from Saturday to Sunday. No way. It’s not in there. For something THAT important, the word or phrase for Sunday in only even used twice in the ENTIRE 60 YEARS of Acts 1 to Revelation 22? It’s essentially invisible as any “holy day” amongst the apostles and tens of thousands of Believers for two generations, and yet now it’s the central feature of “what we’re supposed to do” in modern religion? That makes no sense, and can’t be true since the book of Acts and Paul’s letters should mention meetings on Sunday and “services” on page after page of the New Testament Writings, if they REALLY centered their lives around “Sunday” as people try to do today. “And then, on the next Sunday, Barnabas said—” and “Three Sundays later, Cornelius visited the Thessalonica congregation, and they had a guest preacher and a music ‘special’.” It should be on virtually every page of the New Testament—if it were true then—as it is true now—that “christianity” is “centered around a meeting and speech on Sunday”.
A head-scratcher, eh?: )
May-haps there is a “reason” that “Sunday” is the center of religion today (or “Friday” if you’re Muslim), and yet the continual example and Teaching (of “DAILY” from the Apostles and Believers, and Jesus Himself) is not nearly as “hip” in these days of increasing darkness in both society and religion? As Leonard Ravenhill has been prone to say, “If God ignores the evil of our generation, He owes Sodom and Gomorrah an apology.”
Your question, and Leonard’s thought, are ironically very related:
7 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says:
“ Today, if you will hear His voice,
8 Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion,
In the day of trial in the wilderness,
9 Where your fathers tested Me, tried Me,
And saw My works forty years.
10 Therefore I was angry with that generation,
And said, ‘They always go astray in their heart,
And they have not known My ways.’
11 So I swore in My wrath,
‘ They shall not enter My rest.’”
12 Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; 13 but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end, 15 while it is said:
“Today, if you will hear His voice,
Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”
Notice, as you were obviously thinking, the word “DAILY” in Verse 13. And notice the connection in God’s Mind about “Quality of Life” and “Freedom from the power of sin” as it relates to “DAILY” instead of a choreographed weekly meeting, controlled by a human or two.
Jesus is SO WISE! He even MODELED daily LIFE in addition to Teaching it. : ) Jesus is Wisdom PERSONIFIED! There need be no additional “reasoning” about “daily” when one knows Jesus and His Life. It’s not only in the Gospels (daily LIFE with Jesus and His) and Acts 2:42-47 (again, predictably, daily LIFE with Jesus and His, and “taking up our cross DAILY” for and with others) in His People’s Lives, but the Spirit testifies with our spirit: ABBA!! Surely no one would think an ABBA relationship is “attended” weekly. : ) That’s not what He wants, so it MUST not be what we want or try to justify. : )
Hey! If this is “strange”—why is it that EVERYTHING of the Old Covenant was fulfilled by passionate Love and Life IN JESUS, THE SON OF GOD, EMMANUEL—but we would even WANT to “return to weak and miserable principles” of “here or there” and “obsolete and passing away” attendance and external religion—when we can have HIM and those HE LIVES IN in this Covenant…DAILY?: )
Thanks for daring to think, worship, pray, and LIVE. : )