Memory Text: “Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work on it; it is the Sabbath of the Lord in all your dwellings” (Lev. 23:3, NKJV).
Non-Seventh day Adventists Christians give reasons why they keep Sunday as the Sabbath day, some of those reasons include; Jesus changed the Sabbath to Sunday, Jesus abolished the Sabbath, Paul did, the apostles did, Sunday is kept to honour the resurrection. However, the idea of rest is still important to these people despite their arguments. Keeping the fourth commandment is enough to save us neither does it saves us more than any other commandment would but the rest is important.
Why is it important that we understand the distinction between us and other creatures?
It is important to understand this distinction because since we are made in the image of God, it makes us unique among all that God created in this world.
How do we relate to creation according to the creation story?
According to Genesis 2:15 God gave us dominion over every creature that He had made (not exploitation). He also had all the animals named as an exercise of dominion over them.
What form of slavery do we face today?
We face slavery to sin and there is a need for freedom from this bondage.
What role does the Sabbath play in our slavery to sin?
It reminds us that there is freedom from sin, not in our power but in the power of God, which is offered to us by faith. It also reminds us that we do not earn freedom.
What does Exodus 23:12 tell us about the Sabbath rest and how God views everyone?
This passage tells us that even the strangers in your Gates are entitled to rest, the servants, sons of the Sabbath and everyone. This tells us that the Sabbath was created for everyone and even though they had not yet been partakers of the covenant promise they should enjoy the Sabbath rest.
What mistake did the Jews make in trying to honour God’s sabbath?
They ignored the healing that Jesus gave to the paralytic by the pool of Bethesda on the Sabbath and they accused Jesus of causing Him to break the Sabbath as Jesus had told Him to take up his bed and walk (John 5:7-16).
How is the Sabbath meant to be kept according to Isaiah 58:2, 3?
The Sabbath is a time when we look out for those who are downtrodden, those who struggle, are captives, those who are hungry, naked, walk in darkness and those whose names no one seems to remember. It is a day when we forsake our own pleasures and think more about others. By so doing, God will cause us to ride on the high places of the earth and feed us with the heritage of Jacob.
What does the Sabbath signify?
Just as the road signs that are important in knowing the routes to places. The Sabbath is an important sign because it reminds us of our origin, our liberation, our destiny and our obligation to the outcasts and the marginalized. Not observing the Sabbath can be compared to when those road signs were removed in the second world war, it makes us forget our identity, responsibilities and where we are going to.
The Sabbath is not a day of useless inactivity, it is neither a day when we do what we do to earn money, or carry out our own pleasures, rather it is a day when we rest just as God rested after He worked for six days. The Sabbath was created for everyone, every Sabbath we are to do all we can to make sure everyone enjoys the Sabbath rest including the strangers in our Gates and enemies too. I pray that we delight in the Sabbath and keep it as God would want us to keep it so that the promises of the Sabbath will be Ours in Jesus’ name.