Memory Text: “Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant” (Exodus 31:16).
The Sabbath is the sign of the covenant we have with Christ. The covenant reminds us of God’s covenant. As the Sabbath is a constant event, the covenant will always remain and be remembered.
What is the origin of the Sabbath?
The origin of the Sabbath can be traced back to creation when God rested on the seventh day from His six-day work. Although, it was not identified as Sabbath then but we know in Exodus 16:26-29 that the seventh day is the Sabbath.
What kind of day should the Sabbath be?
The Sabbath is a day of rest, a day where we acknowledge God as our creator and worship Him. It is not a day for our pleasures. As in the time when God fed manna to the Israelites, Friday serves as a preparation day for the Sabbath, the Israelites will have to pack a double ration of manna on the preparation day that will be preserved for the Sabbath.
What makes the Sabbath an appropriate sign of God’s covenant?
The Sabbath is a sign of God’s saving grace and not works. Deuteronomy 5: 13-15 reminds the Israelites of their life of slavery and how they were redeemed and commanded to keep the Sabbath.
What does it mean to know the Lord?
Knowing the Lord entails that we serve Him as in 1 Chr. 28:9, fear Him (Isa. 11:2), believe Him (Isaiah 43:10), trust Him, seek Him (Psalm 9:10), and call on His name (Jer. 10:25).
What other thing does the Sabbath stand as a sign for?
The Sabbath is also a sign that imparts the knowledge of God as the Sanctifier (Lev. 20:8).
Why the call to remember the Sabbath in Exodus 20:8?
We are called to remember the Sabbath because first because the Sabbath had already existed, it also calls us to remember how it is kept, it also calls us to remember the promises that come from the weekly relationship with God on the Sabbath.
The Sabbath is a covenant sign that points us to the great hope of those who keep the covenant. The Sabbath is a sign of knowledge and sanctification. I pray that We remember the Sabbath and the way it should be in Jesus’ name.