Memory Text: “Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made” (Genesis 2:3, NKJV).
God made the seventh day from the beginning, this day seems to take a different form from the rest of the days because they were no new creatures. The seventh day is a very spectacular day, and it was created for us to rest from all our work in Eden. However, after the dismissal from Eden, the Sabbath still stands and will continue to remain till the end of time.
What was the prelude to rest?
Before the day of rest was formed, God had worked for six days, He created everything that we see on the earth and He termed them all as good. Man’s creation took another form because God did not speak them to existence rather He molded man in His own image and breathed life into his nostrils.
Was the Sabbath done away with after sin entered the world?
Certainly not, the Israelites after they were free from the captivity of sin, God reminded them of their identity when He commanded them to remember the Sabbath to keep it holy. God also further talked about the creation story on how the Sabbath was created. The Desire of Ages quotes, “God’s Sabbath is a memorial of the work of creation and a token of love and power of Christ”.
How did God remind the new generation of Israelites about the Sabbath?
One of the ways the Israelites were reminded of the Sabbath rest was in the manna. The manna fell for six days for the Israelites but on the seventh day it did not fall, on the sixth day there was enough manna available to be kept for the seventh day, and the mana did not stink whereas the manna that fell on other days if kept till the next day stank.
How does the Sabbath remind us of what Jesus will do for us when He comes the second time?
The Sabbath is a day of rest. The second coming of Christ in a sense marks the end of all labors and trials of this world, so when we think about the Sabbath, we remember that there will be a time when we will have everlasting rest from all the restlessness this sinful world brings.
What are the other reasons why we have to rest on the Sabbath day?
In Exodus 20:8 God tells us of how He created us and the Sabbath too. God tells us that we have to rest because He is the creator of everything. In Deuteronomy 5:15, God reminds them of how they were slaves in the land of Egypt and He delivered them from Egypt, because He delivered them from slavery He calls them to obey Him and rest. God is both our Creator and our Redeemer (John 1:1-13).
What atmosphere should we create and promote on the Sabbath?
The Sabbath is a time when we remember God as our Creator and Redeemer. This is worthy of delight and all our activities and focus should be centered on God because He is the One who created and redeemed us. The Sabbath is a day of rest, a time we stop our work, and pleasures, a time we reverence God. The Sabbath does not begin on the seventh day; it starts on Friday evening (Mark 15:42). The Sabbath is also a day when we show the love of the Father to others, one of the ways we show this love is by doing good to others, by so doing we experience and exalt God more.
The Sabbath is the day of the Lord and He made this day special for us to rest from all our labors. The Sabbath also serves to renew our relationship with our maker, it is a day when we keep aside our pleasures and glorify God only. It is a day of healing; it is a day of blessing for those who remember to keep it holy. Keeping the Sabbath rest the way well requires the Holy Spirit and I pray for the Holy Spirit to be in us to lead us into the truth on how the Sabbath is to be kept in a worthy manner that attracts the blessings the Sabbath holds for us in Jesus’ name.