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The Bible Sabbath - Commonly Asked Questions, 3
Acts 20:7 says, "Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight."  Isn't this evidence of Sunday sacredness?

During Paul's journeys in Greece, he spent a week in Troas before continuing on to Assos and Mitylene.  The reason this meeting is mentioned is because it was Paul's last meeting with the believers in Troas, and because of the incident that occurred during the meeting.

It is clear that the meeting took place during the dark hours of the first day of the week, which we would understand to be Saturday night, because the dark part of the day preceded the light part according to the reckoning of the time.  This practice goes back to the story of Creation (Genesis 1:5).

Because it is his last meeting with them, Paul continues talking late into Saturday night.  Young believer, Eutychus, is overcome with sleepiness, dozes off while sitting on the ledge of an open window, and falls three floors to his death (verse 9).  Pretty dramatic stuff, to say the least!

The meeting is interrupted, and when Eutychus is "taken up dead," Paul, behaving like the Old Testament prophet, Elisha, embraces dead Eutychus, and declares him to be just fine (verse 10).  Returning to the third floor meeting room with the restored Eutychus, the crowd takes a break to eat  before Paul continues to talk to them until daybreak.  It is at daybreak on the first day of the week that Paul departs for Assos.

This leads to a question: if Paul considered Sunday sacred in honor of the resurrection, why would he spend the daylight hours of the first day of the week traveling and not worshipping?  The obvious conclusion is that Paul did not consider it the day of worship, or sacred in the sense of the weekly Sabbath day.  The Biblical record makes it quite clear that Paul was a (seventh-day) Sabbath keeper.  (see Acts 13:42-44; 16:12, 13; 17:2; 18:4)

It is reasonable to conclude that this was nothing more than a Saturday night meeting with an Apostle of Jesus Christ who preached The Gospel of Christ everywhere and "everywhen" he could, but it doesn't make the first day of the week sacred. 

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