WHY keep the Sabbath day? What is the object of the Sabbath? Who made
it? When was it made, and for whom? Which day is the true Sabbath? Many
keep the first day of the week, or Sunday. What Bible authority have
this? Some keep the seventh day, or Saturday. What Scripture
have they for that? Here are the facts about both days, as plainly
stated in the Word of God:
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- After working the first six days of the week in creating this earth, the great God rested on the seventh day. (Genesis 2:1.3.)
stamped that day as God's rest day, or Sabbath day, as Sabbath day
means rest day. To illustrate: When a person is born on a certain day,
that day thus becomes his birthday. So when God rested upon the seventh
day became His rest, or Sabbath, day.
the seventh day must always be God's Sabbath day. Can you change your
birthday from the day on which you were born to one on which you were
not born? No. Neither can you change God's rest day to a day on which He
did not rest. Hence the seventh day is still God's Sabbath day.
- The Creator blessed the seventh day. (Genesis 2:3.)
- He sanctified the seventh day. (Exodus 20:11.)
- He made it the Sabbath day in the Garden of Eden. (Genesis 2:1-3.)
- It was made before the fall; hence it is not a type; for types were not introduced till after the fall.
- Jesus says it was made for man (Mark 2:27), that is, for the race, as the word man is here unlimited; hence, for the Gentile as well as for the Jew.
- It is a memorial of creation. (Exodus 20:11; 31:17.) Every time we rest upon the seventh day, as God did at creation, we commemorate that grand event.
- It was given to Adam, the head of the human race. (Mark 2:27; Genesis 2:1-3.)
- Hence through him, as our representative, to all nations. (Acts 17:26.)
- It is' not a Jewish institution, for it was made 2,300 years before ever there was a Jew.
Bible never calls it the Jewish Sabbath, but always "the Sabbath of the
Lord thy God." Men should be cautious how they stigmatize God's holy
- Evident reference is made to the Sabbath and
the seven-day week all, through the patriarchal age. (Genesis 2:l-3;
- It was a part of God's law before Sinai. (Exodus 16:4, 27-29.)
- Then God placed it in the heart of His moral law. (Exodus 20:1-17.) Why did He place it there if it was not like the other nine precepts, which all admit to be immutable?
- The seventh-day Sabbath was commanded by the voice of the living God. (Deuteronomy 4:12,13.)
- Then He wrote the commandment with His own finger. (Exodus 31:18.)
- He engraved it in the enduring stone, indicating its imperishable nature. (Deuteronomy 5:22.)
- It was sacredly preserved in the ark in the holy of holies. (Deuteronomy 10:1-5.)
- God forbade work upon the Sabbath, even in the most hurrying times. (Exodus 34:21.)
- God destroyed the Israelites in the wilderness because they profaned the Sabbath. (Ezekiel 20:12, 13.)
- It is the sign of the true God, by which we are to know Him from false gods. (Ezekiel 20:20.)
- God promised that Jerusalem should stand forever if the Jews would keep the Sabbath (Jeremiah 17:24, 25.)
- He sent them into the Babylonish captivity for breaking it. (Nehemiah 13:18.)
- He destroyed Jerusalem for its violation. (Jeremiah 17:27.)
- God has pronounced a special blessing on all the Gentiles who will keep it. (Isaiah 56:6, 7.)
- This is in the prophecy, which refers wholly to the Christian dispensation. (See Isaiah 56.)