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In what way is the true
God distinguished from all false gods?
"The Lord is the true God, He is the living God, and an everlasting
king... The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they
shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens. He hath made the
earth by His power, He hath established the world by His wisdom, and hath
stretched out the heavens by His discretion." Jeremiah 10:10-12.
How did Paul explain to
the idolatrous Athenians the identity of the true God?
"Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, Him declare I unto you, God
that made the world and all things therein." Acts 17:23, 24.
What did the apostles
tell the idolaters at Lystra?
"Turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven,
and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein." Acts 14:15.
(See also Revelation 10:6; 14:6, 7.)
What is the reason given
in the fourth commandment for keeping the Sabbath holy?NOTE. - The Sabbath
is the great memorial of the creative power of the true and living God. God's
design in making the Sabbath was that man might never forget Him, the Creator of
"For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that
in them is, and rested the seventh day." Exodus 20:11.
What is the Sabbath to
those who keep it holy?
"And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and
you, that ye may know that I am the Lord your God." Ezekiel 20:20.
How important is it that
we come to know God?
"And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only
true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." John 17:3.
Is there any danger that
the people of God may forget Him?
"Beware that thou forget not the Lord thy God, in not keeping
His commandments, and His judgments, and His statutes." Deuteronomy 8:11.
What other reason is
given for keeping the Bible Sabbath?
"Verily My Sabbaths ye shall keep; for it is a sign between Me and
you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the Lord that
doth sanctify you." Exodus 31:13.
What special reason did
Israel have for keeping the Sabbath?NOTE. - In their
bondage the Israelites had to some extent lost the knowledge of God, and
departed from His precepts. In consequence of the oppression, especially the
rigorous exactions made upon them by the Pharaoh of the Exodus, Sabbath
observance was doubtless extremely difficult if not entirely impossible.
Deliverance from this oppression was therefore an additional reason for their
keeping the Sabbath. Since Egyptian bondage is illustrative of the bondage of
sin, everyone who has been delivered from sin may regard himself as having the
same reason for keeping the Sabbath as had the Israelites who were released from
"And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and
that the Lord thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a
stretched out arm: therefore the Lord thy God commanded thee to keep the
Sabbath day." Deuteronomy 5:15.
As God brought the
Israelites out of bondage in Egypt, so He brings us out of the bondage of sin.
Why did He bring His people out of Egypt?
"He brought forth His people... and gave them the lands of the
heathen;... that they might observe His statutes, and keep His laws." Psalm
What does the word "sabbath"
mean?NOTE. - Previous to
the Fall, God designed that man's time should be occupied with pleasant,
invigorating labor. (Genesis 2:15.) Wearisome toil came in consequence of sin.
(Genesis 3:17-19.) Since the Fall the Sabbath may bring physical rest to both
man and beast of burden (Exodus 23:12) but physical rest was not its original
and primary design or purpose. Cessation from the ordinary labors of the week
was ordained, not because these are sinful in themselves, but that man might
have a frequently recurring period for the contemplation of the Creator and His
Was it God's plan that
the Seventh day Sabbath be used as a day for public worship?NOTE. - A convocation
is an assembly of people.
"Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of
rest, an holy convocation." Leviticus 23:3.