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 Issue #72 Mon, 13 Feb 2006

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PostSubject: Issue #72 Mon, 13 Feb 2006   March 11th 2007, 23:17

The Sabbath

Dear Youth,

You may have realized that for the past few weeks, I have been dealing with the first angels message. (See Devotionals #69, 71) This week, we will take a look at the very last part of this message. "Worship Him that made heaven and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters." (Revelation 14:7) I want you to notice, young people, that this is almost a direct quote from the fourth commandment which reads: "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. . . .For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested on the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it." (Exodus 20:8, 11)

This week, we will delve into some of the blessed truths regarding God's Sabbath and the fourth commandment, which the first angels message also encapsulates.

It seems strange to me that the only commandment which begins with the word Remember, is the very commandment which most people forget! The Sabbath was in place long before God gave the ten commandments to Moses. It was there right when God created the world! We are told: "And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work, which He had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it He had rested from all His work which God created and made." (Genesis 2:2-3) It was in place at the creation of the world, it was there when God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses, it's there all throughout scripture, yet somehow it is missed, skipped and forgotten.

Maybe a very important question to ask would be, "Which day is the Sabbath?" As Seventh-day Adventist Christians, we have always observed Saturday, the seventh day of the week, as the Sabbath, hence our name "SEVENTH-DAY Adventists", but maybe it is time for us to look at WHY we observe Saturday so that we may be further established in our faith.

The fourth commandment clears up most questions on this when it says: "The SEVENTH day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God." (Exodus 20:10) Further more, we read before in Genesis 2:2-3, that God blessed and sanctified the SEVENTH day, which is, of course, Saturday. Some people try to argue that the Sabbath was changed at some point from Saturday to Sunday, but no matter how hard you search, you will not find ONE text in the whole entire Bible that even suggests that the day was changed. In fact, Jesus said Himself: "Verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law." (Matthew 5:18 )

Furthermore Paul tells us: "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever." (Hebrews 13:8 ) We are also told that "The law of God is a transcript of His character." (Signs of the Times, April 23, 1896) If the law represents Christ's character, and Jesus is the always the same, then do you honestly think He could change His law? And if He did change the day of worship, don't you think the scriptures would clearly show this change? The evidence of a divine institution of a new day of worship is just not there friends, it's not there!

Strange and shocking as it may sound, Seventh-day Adventists aren't the only ones who acknowledge that the Saturday is the Sabbath.

Presbyterian: "There is no word, no hint in the New Testament about abstaining from work on Sunday. The observance of Ash Wednesday, or Lent, stands exactly on the same footing as the observance of Sunday. Into the rest of Sunday no Divine Law enters." (Canon Eyton, Ten Commandments)

Southern Baptist: "The sacred name of the seventh day is Sabbath. This fact is too clear to require argument [Exodus 20:10, quoted]. .On this point the plain teaching of the Word has been admitted in all ages. .Not once did the disciples apply the Sabbath law to the first day of the week,--that folly was left for a later age, nor did they pretend that the first day supplanted the seventh." (Joseph Judson Taylor, The Sabbatic Question, p. 14-17, 41)

Methodist: "It is true that there is no positive command for infant baptism. Nor is there any for keeping holy the first day of the week. Many believe that Christ changed the Sabbath. But, from His own words, we see that He came for no such purpose. Those who believe that Jesus changed the Sabbath base it only on a supposition." (Amos Binney, Theological Compendium, p. 180-181)

Anglican: "And where are we told in the Scriptures that we are to keep the first day at all? We are commanded to keep the seventh; but we are nowhere commanded to keep the first day." (Isaac Williams, Plain Sermons on the Catechism, p. 334, 336)

Roman Catholic: "It is well to remind the Presbyterians, Baptists, Methodists, and all other Christians that the Bible does not support them anywhere in their observance of Sunday. Sunday is an institution of the Roman Catholic Church, and those who observe the day observe a commandment of the Catholic Church." (Priest Brady, in an address, reported in the Elizabeth, N.J. News of March 18, 1903)

Roman Catholic: "Sunday is a Catholic institution, and its claim to observance can be defended only on Catholic principles. . From the beginning to end of Scripture there is not a single passage that warrants the transfer of weekly public worship from the last day of the week to the first." (Catholic Press, Sydney, Australia, August, 1900)

(The above quotations of the various denominations were cited from: Supplement: The Weekly Cycle, pg. 490-493 of The Great Controversy, Published by Harvestime Books.)

These are just a few of the many quotes from people of all different denominations who acknowledge the seventh day as the Sabbath.

"One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike." (Romans 14:5) It is quite clear that this is not referring to the Sabbath day, as some people believe, but of the Jewish ceremonial sabbaths. (See Colossians 2:16-17). It was the custom of both Paul and Jesus to go to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and nowhere in scripture do we get the impression that Paul ever did away with the Sabbath.

I've heard some people say that they worship God every day, and there is no distinction between any of the days of the week. Does the Bible make a distinction between the days of the week, and the Sabbath day? Yes, absolutely! Right there in the fourth commandment, we have a distinction: "Remember the Sabbath day to keep in holy. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work." (Exodus 20:8-9) While it is true that we should reverence, worship, and glorify God every moment of every day, the Bible clearly teaches that there is one specific day that we should set aside from the rest of the other six days.

The Sabbath is a memorial of the creation and the Creator. "Following the example of the Creator, man was to rest upon this sacred day, that as he should look upon the heavens and the earth, he might reflect upon God's great work of creation; and that as he should behold the evidences of God's wisdom and goodness, his heart might be filled with love and reverence for his Maker." (Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 47)

"The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath." (Mark 2:27) "God saw that a Sabbath was essential for man, even in Paradise. He needed to lay aside his own interests and pursuits for one day of the seven, that he might more fully contemplate the works of God and meditate upon His power and goodness." (Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 48 )

"God designs that the Sabbath shall direct the minds of men to the contemplation of His created works. . . The beauty that clothes the earth is a token of God's love. We may behold it in the everlasting hills, in the lofty trees, in the opening buds and the delicate flowers. All speak to us of God. The Sabbath, ever pointing to Him who made them all, bids men open the great book of nature and trace therein the wisdom, the power, and the love of the Creator." (Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 48 )

Young people, it won't be long before we will have to make a decision over who we will worship. The Sabbath will be the last great test before Jesus comes, but if we are not fully grounded in these truths and if we don't experience the blessing of the Sabbath NOW, we will never, EVER risk our LIFE for it, then!

Youth, let us keep before us this special memorial. May the Sabbath day always be a sacred and blessed day for us. May we observe it faithfully, and in the way in which God designed it to be observed! For "This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." (Psalm 118:24)

--Stephanie Fox

PLEASE NOTE: All Bible verses are taken from the King James Version, unless stated otherwise.
Dear Youth,

Stephanie and Talisa will be getting baptized together next Sabbath (Saturday, February 18, 2006). Next week, there will not be a devotional as such, just a script version of what Stephanie and Talisa will be sharing at their baptism. Please pray for us, as there will be several non-Adventist and non-Christian friends and family attending.

Yours, Looking to Christ,

Stephanie & Talisa

We have 3 new people who have signed up for the devotional this week! Welcome Earl, Hannah, and Marolyn! May the Lord bless you, and may you continue to find joy and fulfillment in your life, as you walk closely with your Savior!
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