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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…)

Who Changed The Sabbath? November 2, 2011

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Who Changed the Sabbath? – A Video Presentation