of the Sabbath
How the Sabbath
When and by whom was the
Thus the heavens and
the earth were completed in all their vast array.
By the seventh day God had finished the work he
had been doing; so on the seventh day he
rested from all his work. And the Lord
blessed the seventh day and made it holy,
because on it he rested from all the work of
creating that he had done. Genesis 2:1,2.
What is the reason for
keeping the Sabbath day holy?
For in six days the
Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and
all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh
day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath
day and made it holy. Exodus 20:11.
Note The Sabbath is
the memorial of creation. God designed that
through keeping it man should forever remember
Him as the true and living God, the Creator of
Did Christ have anything
to do with creation and the making of the
Through him all
things were made; without him nothing was made
that has been made.
John 1:3. (See also
Ephesians 3:9; Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 1:2.)
Note Christ was the
active agent in creation. God rested on the
seventh day from the work of creation; therefore,
Christ must have rested on the seventh day with
the Father. Consequently, it is His rest day as
well as the Fathers.
After resting on the
seventh day, what did God do?
And God blessed the
seventh day and made it holy, because on it
he rested from all the work of creating that he
had done. Genesis 2:3.
Note By three
distinct acts, then, was the Sabbath made: God rested
on it; He blessed it; He sanctified
it. Sanctify means to make
sacred or holy, to consecrate,
to set apart as sacred.
Man and the Sabbath
For whom did Christ say
the Sabbath was made?
Then he said to them, The
Sabbath was made for man, not man for
the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord even of
the Sabbath. Mark 2:27.
Note Man here
means mankind. God instituted the
Sabbath to be a source of benefit and blessing to
the human family.
When did God bless and
sanctify the seventh day?
By the seventh day God
had finished the work he had been doing: so on
the seventh day he rested from all his work. And
God blessed the seventh day and made it holy,
because on it he rested from all the work of
creating that he had done. Genesis
Note If we had no
other passage than this of Genesis 2:3, there
would be no difficulty in deducing from it a
precept for the universal observance of a
Sabbath, or seventh day, to be devoted to God as
holy time, by all of that race for whom the earth
and its nature were specially prepared. The first
man must have known it. The words He
hallowed it can have no meaning otherwise.
They would be a blank unless in reference to some
who required to keep it holy.
The Sabbath Test in Israel
What does the Sabbath
Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you
shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh
day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it
you shall not do any work, neither you, nor
your son or daughter, nor your manservant or
maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien
within your gates. For in six days the Lord made
the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that
is in them, but he rested on the seventh day.
Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and
made it holy. Exodus 20:8-10.
How did God prove Israel in
Then the Lord said to
Moses, I will rain down bread from
heaven for you. The people are to go out each
day and gather enough for that day. In this
way I will test them and see whether they will
follow my instructions. Exodus 16:4.
On which day was a double
portion of manna gathered?
On the sixth day,
they gathered twice as much two omers
for each person and the leaders
of the community came and reported this to Moses.
What did Moses say to the
He said to them,
This is what the Lord commanded:
Tomorrow is to be a day of rest, a holy
Sabbath to the Lord. So bake what you want to
bake and boil want you want to boil. Save
whatever is left and keep it until morning.
What did some of the people do
on the seventh day?
of the people went out on the seventh day to
gather it, but they found none. Verse
How did God reprove their
Then God said to
Moses, How long will you refuse to keep
my commands and instructions? Verse 28.
Why was twice as much manna
given on the sixth day?
Bear in mind that the
Lord has given you the Sabbath; that is why on
the sixth day he gives you bread for two days.
Everyone is to stay where he is on the seventh
day; no one is to go out. Verse 29.
How then, did the Lord test
Over the keeping of the
Holy Day, Jehovahs Rest
Holy day, Jehovahs
Of creations week the
Last of all the chosen
Blessed of God, to man
First His six days
work is done,
Then the Sabbath was begun;
Thus He blessed the seventh
Thus in resting we obey.
Thousands have His plan
Resting now upon the first;
Search the Book and you
Theres no scripture
tells them so.
All who speak the truth must
It was man who changed the
In Gods word no change
Through the whole six
Thus I searched; and when I
Only one great Sabbath law,
Then I hastened to obey-
Plainly, twas the only
- F.E. Belden.
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