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THE PROBLEM UNDER CONSIDERATION
"Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy... but the seventh day is a sabbath unto Jehovah thy God .... " (Ex. 20;8, 1 Oa). "Ye observe days, and months, and seasons, and years. I am afraid of you, lest by any means I have bestowed labor upon you in vain" (Gal. 4:10,11).
STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM
The problem seen. Above are given two Scripture passages, one from the Old Testament and the other from the New Testament. The former is part of a command to observe a day, "to keep it holy," while the latter is an obvious admonition against the observing of days and other such times. Here are two different approaches to the observance of a day, or as one considers the purpose of these "Days," it can be said that here are seen two different views concerning a day of worship. This difference is seen throughout the Old and New Testaments, respectively. It is also seen in the historic practices of observance of a day of worship during the centuries since the time of Christ. The Jews and certain other groups have stressed the seventh day of the week as the proper day of worship, while the main body of Christians observe the first day of the week for the assembling together for worship. A conflict has existed through the centuries because of this difference. This conflict is the basis for the purpose of this study.
Patterson, David Loren, "The Day of Worship for the Christian Church" (1967). Western Evangelical Seminary Theses. 155.