Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep
those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. Revelation 1:3

How to Keep the Sabbath

Lesson 17

Marking Code: KS
Marking Color: Blue
Key Text: Exodus 20: 8-10


  1. Exodus 20:8-10. True Sabbath keeping includes physical and well as spiritual rest. We are to cease all our regular labor and occupations in order to enter into fellowship with God.


  1. Isaiah 66:22,23. The Sabbath includes spiritual rest and fellowship. Sinless Adam and Eve didn’t need physical rest as much as they needed to cease from their own interests and pursuits in order to spend quality time with God. This will be one of the reasons for Sabbath keeping in the earth made new.


  1. Leviticus 23:32. The Sabbath begins at sunset on Friday and ends at sunset on Saturday. At Creation, the evening preceded the morning of each day. (Genesis 1:5,8,13). According to the Bible, each day begins and ends at sunset.


  1. Mark 15:42. The Bible calls the day before the Sabbath, the “preparation day.” Friday is the day to prepare for the Sabbath.


  1. Isaiah 58:12-14. We are to turn our feet away from tramping on God’s holy Sabbath by engaging in common business transactions. Rather we are to make the Sabbath a day of joy!


Jeremiah 17:21,22. Bear no burdens on the Sabbath; no work.

Luke 23:56. Rest on the Sabbath.

Exodus 34:21. Don’t plow or harvest.

Nehemiah 13: 15-22. Don’t buy or sell anything.

Isaiah 56: 6,7. Don’t pollute the Sabbath.


  1. Matthew 12:10-12. We can do good on the Sabbath-this includes all kinds of activities that help others and that build morality, integrity, and spirituality in us and our families-that draw us closer to God and to one another. Suggestions:


Leviticus 23:3. Rest physically and spiritually.

Proverbs 22:6. Teach our children spiritual values and interact with them.

Isaiah 40:26. See God’s works in nature.

Isaiah 66:22. Worship God.

Matthew 24:14. Preach, teach, and spread the good news of Jesus.

Matthew 25:35,36. Help the needy; feed the hungry, visit those in prison.

Luke 4:16. Attend worship services at church.

Luke 13:14-17. Do good to all God’s creatures.

Acts 17:11. Study God’s Word and fortify your mind with His truth.


  1. Deuteronomy 5:15. We are to keep the Sabbath as a sign of our redemption by God from the slavery of sin.


Ezekiel 20:12, 20.

Mark 2:27, 28.




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