Sabbath Essay

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The Sabbath The Sabbath was introduced on the seventh day of creation week as a memorial of God's creatorship. On that day God rested; then He blessed the seventh day and set it apart for a holy purpose. Genesis 2:2, 3.After Israel left Egypt, God again made plain the obligation of the seveth-day Sabbath to His people, and included it in His Ten Commandments. Exodus 16:4, 5, 14-30; 20:8-11.In the centuries that followed, the obligation of the Sabbath was kept before Israel by the prophets. Ezekiel 20:12, 20.It was because of their violation of the Sabbath that Israel and Judah went into captivity. Jeremiah 17:27.After the Babylonian captivity, Sabbath reform was prominent among the needed changes as the people were established again in their homeland. Nehemiah 9:14; 10:31; 13:15-22.The life and teachings of Jesus highlighted the sacredness and significance of the Sabbath. Mark 27, 28; Luke 4:16.The coming of apostasy and turning away from the Sabbath was foretold in prophecy. Daniel 7:25; Revelation 13.Special emphasis is placed on the commandments of God and the restoration of the Sabbath among God's people in the last days. Revelation 14:7, 12; Isaiah 58:12-14.The sabbath is to be a test for the world in last days. Revelation 13:17.The Sabbath will be kept by God's people in the new earth. Isaiah 66:23.was instituted on the seventh day of creation week as a memorial to the Creator. Its observance is an acknowledgment of God's sovereignty as the Maker of all things. In His fourth commandment (Exodus 20:8-11) God enjoins His people to refrain from secular activities on the seventh day of each week in honor of their Creator. Seventh-day sabbath observance is therefore the sign of our allegiance to God.In the Bible, the words "sign" and "seal" are used interchangeably (Romans 4:11). Before God's angels loose the four winds (Revelation 7), He desires to "seal the law" among His disciples (Isaiah 8:16). Because "her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my...

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