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The Foundation of the Sabbath November 23, 2011

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The Foundation of the Sabbath

     OUR Savior says, “The Sabbath was made for man.”  Mark 2: 27.  The term man must here be used in its generic sense, comprehending the whole race.  If the Sabbath, then, was made for mankind, it must have been made at the time when man himself was created; hence we must go back to the creation for the institution of the Sabbath.

The first part of Moses’ record of the creation (Genesis 1 and 2) is devoted to the origin of the weekly cycle and the Sabbath institution.  Here God sets before us the result of each day’s work.  He carefully distinguishes between the days, stating that each was composed of an “evening and a morning,”–a dark part and a light part, thus describing the twenty-four-hour day.  After carefully enumerating the labor of six of these days, he declares that the work of creation is completed.

What he did on the next day, the seventh of this first week of time, is stated in Genesis 2:2, 3: “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.”

Here we have the origin of the weekly cycle, the Sabbath institution, and the distinction between the days of the week.  The Bible speaks of “the six working days” and the “Sabbath day.”  Ezekiel 46:1.  That brief narrative in the very first record of the world’s history, makes this distinction plain.  God himself employed six specific days of the first week in the labor of creating, and the seventh day of that week in resting.  The word ‘Sabbath’ means rest. (more…)

Autumn Days November 7, 2011

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Autumn Days – a video presentation

A poem celebrating the joys of Autumn!

I don't like Autumn

Autumn Days

I love winter’s chilly blow
Seeing footprints in the snow
Each blade of grass revealing spring
Summer’s sun warms everything

But what I love best of all
Are the reds and browns that tell of fall
Some green remains and that’s find too
Nothing diminishes that golden hue

Hay rides now, with friends in tow
Autumn’s blush on faces glow
Brilliant Maples now will be
A yellow-orange canopy

Cool breezes rustle the fallen leaves
As squirrels hide secrets in the trees
All make ready, for winter is near
Then these bright colors will disappear

God who changes the times and seasons
Has given us so many reasons
To marvel and to make us smile
And with Him come and rest a while

Cause now its harvest time again
Summer’s work has found its end
Time to reap what was sown
And thank the Lord who keeps His own

© by Wonda Elizabeth Perry

Image by Pyza

 

Who Changed The Sabbath? November 2, 2011

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Who Changed the Sabbath? – A Video Presentation