Institution of the Sabbath

The Open Door Bible Studies Number Twenty-one

When and by whom was the Sabbath made

"Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 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." Genesis 2:1, 2.

"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 2:3.


What is the reason for keeping the Sabbath holy?

"For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it."Exodus 20:11.

Note — The Sabbath is the memorial of creation. God designed that through keeping it man should forever remember Him as the true and living God, the Creator of all things.


Of what else does God say He gave the Sabbath to His people to be sign or reminder?

"Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them." Ezekiel 20:12.


How often will the redeemed congregate to worship the Lord?

"For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain. And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD." Isaiah 66:22, 23.


Which day is the Sabbath?

"The seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God:" Exodus 20:10.


Was the Sabbath intended as a day for public worship?

"Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation;" Leviticus 23:3.

Note — A convocation is an assembly of People.


When, according to the Bible, does the Sabbath begin?

"And the evening and the morning were the first day" "And the evening and the morning were the second day." etc. (See Genesis 1:5,8,13,19,23,31.) "

From even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath." Leviticus 23:32; Mark 1:32.


Did Christ, while on Earth, keep the Sabbath?

"As his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read." Luke 4:16.


Although Lord, Maker, and an observer of the Sabbath, how was he watched and spied upon on this day?

"And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against him." Luke 6:7.


How did Christ meet their false ideas of Sabbathkeeping?

"Then said Jesus unto them, I will ask you one thing; Is it lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy it?" Luke 6:9. "And they were filled with madness; and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus." Luke 6:11. "And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him." Mark 3:6.


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