Letís review Heavenly
Fatherís efforts to get us to keep the Sabbath.
1. He modeled the importance of the Sabbath in His own
work of creating the Heavens and the Earth.
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) Bless and
sanctify means to consecrate or set apart as holy or perfectly excellent.
2. He made it one of the Ten Commandments.
Remember (fill your mind again and again with) the
Sabbath day to sanctify it (just as God had done during the creation). Six
days shall you work and accomplish all your work; but the seventh day is
Sabbath to the Lord, your God: you shall not do any work Ė you,
your son, your daughter, your servant, your animal, and
the stranger within your gates Ė for in six days the Lord made the
heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and He rested on the
seventh day; wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it
(regarded it as sacred or holy). (Exodus 20: 8-11)
God emphasizes He modeled keeping the Sabbath day holy from the
very beginning, and quite clearly includes everyone.)
3. He gave us, and
continues to give us, urgent reminders (Over 120 are in the Bible alone)
Remember the manna which God gave the Israelites to eat in the desert? Not on
the Sabbath! He gave twice as much the day before so they could eat on the
Sabbath without gathering.
4. He uses the word Keep when referring
to the Sabbath. The strongest part of a castle was called the keep.
If all other walls and fortifications were breached, the keep was built to
stand. The Sabbath is meant to be kept.