Short Answers: What about Breaking Bread on the First Day?
Paul, in correcting the saints at Corinth concerning the taking of
the Lord’s Supper, or better, the Passover, said, “For I
received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the
night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke
it” (1 Co 11:23-24). The night Jesus was betrayed was the 14th
of Abib. The “days of Unleavened Bread” (Acts 20:6) which Paul kept
Breaking Bread is a Euphemistic Expression for Eating a Meal:
When going to an eighteenth
century French and Indian War reenactment in twenty-first century America, the
French re-enactors judiciously look for would be English spies by whether they
“break” bread (literally), or whether they slice a piece of bread
from a loaf. The custom of slicing bread had not yet caught on in
Luke used Unleavened Bread as a Recognizable Time Marker:
Paul and Luke sailed
Luke and Paul came to
Eutychus fell asleep and fell out the window sometime around midnight. He was taken up for dead, but Paul took him in his arms, and the young man lived. Then Paul proceeded to talk until dawn (Acts ).
If Paul had begun talking Sunday morning and had continued until dawn Monday morning, the story would be difficult to believe; for after talking all night, Paul walked approximately nineteen miles, the distance from Troas to Assos (Acts 20: 13-14). So if the account is accurate, and if Sunday were treated as the Sabbath, what the reader finds is that beginning Sunday on the dark or night portion of the day, Paul talked for most of 12 hours, then walked from Troas to Assos while Luke and the others sailed to Assos, where they took him aboard (the following day they went to Mitylene). If the account is accurate, it was really on one day that Paul talked all night and walked all day, not exactly how a disciple would rest on the Sabbath or would enter into God’s rest. But this feat of endurance is possible if the person had rested on the Sabbath, and was refreshed and ready to go when the Sabbath was over and the first day of the week began.
Disciples are to Imitate Paul:
Paul tells the saints at Philippi to imitate him (3:17), and if saints were to imitate Paul, they would speak and travel on the first day of the week … it is not believable that Paul considered the first day of the week as the Sabbath, especially since he said in his defense to Festus that he had committed no offense against the law of the Jews or against the temple (Acts 25:8). Paul had rested on the Sabbath so that he could travel the following day.
Nowhere in this account is there any command to cease observing the Sabbath and to begin observing Sunday.
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