Observing the Sabbath
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How are all commanded to
keep the Sabbath?
"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy." Ex. 20:8.
What constitutes a day?
"The evening and the morning were the first day." Gen. 1:5,
When does the evening
"But the place which the Lord thy God shall choose to place His name
in, there thou shalt sacrifice the passover at even, at the going down of the
sun." Deut. 16:6.
How does the New
Testament state this point?
"And at even, when the sun did set, they brought unto Him all
that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils." Mark 1:32.
When did the tenth day of
the seventh month begin?NOTE. - It is plain
that if the tenth day of the seventh month began on the evening of the ninth
day, at the going down of the sun, then the seventh day of the week, or the
Sabbath, always began on the evening of the sixth day, at the going down of the
"Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of
atonement... It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your
souls; in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall
ye celebrate your sabbath." Lev. 23:27-32.
What kind of labor is
permitted through the week?NOTE. - That is,
whatever secular yet lawful work presents itself to be performed, may be done on
any or all of the six working days. Such is called "thy work."
"Six days shall thou labor, and do all thy work." Ex. 20:9.
Is any kind of labor
lawful on the Sabbath?
"Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the Sabbath days."
What example did the
Saviour give to show the meaning of His words?NOTE. - Disinterested
works of mercy toward man or beast are always in place. From reading the entire
chapter, it will be seen that the Saviour also classed the work of the priests
in the temple, though very arduous, as necessary, because it was the Lord's
work, and was therefore not a violation of the Sabbath law.
"Then saith He to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched
it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other." Matt. 12:13.
What is the day before
the Sabbath called?
"And that day was the preparation, and the Sabbath drew
on." Luke 23:54.
On which day did the
Israelites receive their Sabbath supply of manna?
"And it came to pass, that on the sixth day they gathered twice as
much bread, two omers for one man." Ex. 16:22.
What instruction did they
receive regarding this double supply of food?
"And he said unto them, This is that which the Lord hath said, Tomorrow
is the rest of the holy Sabbath unto the Lord; bake that which ye will bake
today, and seethe [boil] that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth
over lay up for you to be kept until the morning." Ex. 16:23.
Was there any day in
which the manna did not fall?NOTE. - God's dealing
with His people in the wilderness shows that elaborate preparation of food on
the Sabbath is a violation of the Sabbath precept.
"Six days ye shall gather it; but on the seventh day, which is the
Sabbath, in it there shall be none." Ex. 16:26.
What were God's ancient
people to do on the Sabbath?
"Six days shall work be done; but the seventh day is the Sabbath of
rest, a holy convocation." Lev. 23:3.
What example did the
Saviour set in this matter?
"And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and, as His
custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for
to read." Luke 4:16.
How sacredly should the
Sabbath be observed?
"If thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath, from doing thy pleasure
on My holy day; and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honorable:
and shalt honor Him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own
pleasure, nor speaking thine own words." Isa. 58:13.