No man has the authority to change the day. Yet, nearly all Christian organizations reason around the observance of this particular day. This commandment is set in the very middle of the Ten Commandments.
This central commandment protects men from false religion. Mankind must not rip it out from the other nine. We need to know this vital commandment. The Fourth Commandment ensures a close relationship with the only true God. The unique wording of this commandment sets it apart from all the rest.
God opened the commandment with the word remember. This bold statement shows that the Israelites had knowledge of the Sabbath day prior to the dramatic giving of the Ten Commandments. We will show you how they received that knowledge later in the article. Many ignorant scholars want to tie this commandment to the book of the covenant which was actually the civil law of Moses listed in Exodus chapters 20 through 24 and say that this commandment is done away because the Old Covenant is done away.
That argument cannot stand up to what the Bible reveals about the Sabbath day.
It is a matter of facing history. The saga of the Sabbath goes back to the time of the creation of man. Moses recorded the events of the very first Sabbath for us in Genesis. 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. To grasp the meaning here, we must wipe our minds clear of all prejudices. These verses are not myth or legend, but a record of sacred history. The revelation in these verses is truly wonderful.
God kept the first Sabbath day by ending His work of the physical creation. Yet His creative work was not completed. Genesis 1 outlines the supernatural creative acts of the preceding six days. Herbert W. Please request a copy of this important book.
It will be sent to you gratis. God restored a destroyed Earth as a home for man. Then He did something even more fantastic. He created the Sabbath day—not by physical work but by resting on the seventh day. The creation of the Sabbath was the means for God to begin His spiritual creation of man.
Bible history shows that the Sabbath is as much a part of the creation as the night, day, sky, animals or even man. Man cannot change what God has created! What man can change night into day or day into night? It is impossible! Study the record. At creation, God took the seventh day and blessed and sanctified it.
A classic and inspiring look at the Sabbath - God's loving but urgent attempt to keep the truth of His Creation before a world in need. When God said remember did He mean it? And if so, was it for all time or was there a limit to that command? An expiration date if you will .
The word sanctified means that God set apart the seventh day for holy use. Notice the specific day—it is the seventh day. God repeats the word seventh three times in two verses. God wanted no doubt. What is the seventh day of the week? It is Saturday. No clever arguments or human reasoning can make the seventh day to be any other day of the week.
Sabbath worship is essential for a healthy spiritual life. Prophecies can encourage us to keep pressing toward the vision, even when everything we see around us seems to scream otherwise. The biggest changes, though, occurred within me. Anger is another common symptom. God was angry with them and the entire nation—including Moses. Soon Obsolete? There are a couple of things that made Peter very focused….
Neither can a man call any other day of the week the Sabbath, or a Sabbath, and make that day blessed or sanctified by God. Some men argue that time has been lost and therefore we cannot know which day is the seventh. Bible history proves that reasoning false. God showed the Israelites which day was the Sabbath prior to their arrival at Mt.
Study Exodus Immediately after their escape from Egypt, the Israelites, like all refugees, struggled with their displacement. They suffered from the effects of nearly two centuries of hard labor. Being tired, hungry and fearful of the unknown, they desired to go back to slavery.
Not truly grateful for their newly gained freedom, they whined and complained to Moses and Aaron verse 2. They focused on their bellies rather than the fabulous future ahead. This was a huge problem. Of course, Moses and Aaron were overwhelmed. But God intervened for them. Through the miracle of manna, God wanted to show that He would never neglect the needs of His people. Most of all, He wanted to reveal which day was the Sabbath day and then test the people to see if they would obey. Remember that the Israelites were a slave people. The Egyptians kept no Sabbath.
Certainly they would have never let Israel keep one. They had limited religious knowledge. The Israelites had no formal religious training—there was no priesthood. So God taught them personally!
He used their hunger to teach with impact. God provided manna for the people every day except the seventh day, the day of rest. For six days, each family was to gather just enough manna necessary for each day. Any manna left over would stink and breed worms. But God instructed Moses to tell the people to gather a double portion of manna on the sixth day to supply their needs for both the sixth and seventh day.
This was an obvious miracle—food stored on the sixth day would not rot! And it came to pass, that on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for one man: and all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moses.
And he said unto them, This is that which the Lord hath said, To morrow is the rest of the holy sabbath unto the Lord: bake that which ye will bake to day, and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning. And they laid it up till the morning, as Moses bade: and it did not stink, neither was there any worm therein. And Moses said, Eat that to day; for to day is a sabbath unto the Lord: to day ye shall not find it in the field. Moses was emphatic. The Sabbath was not his idea. The people were to gather double on the sixth day so they could properly rest on the seventh.
They were to prepare each week—a day in advance—to keep the Sabbath properly. The correct day for the Sabbath is clearly established. The question is: Are we willing to admit it? God was angry with them and the entire nation—including Moses.
We must take special note here. This incident happened prior to the giving of the Ten Commandments. It proves that the Fourth Commandment along with the rest of the commandments was in full force before Mount Sinai and thus did not cease to be binding when the Old Covenant ended. This means the Sabbath law is still in force today! The people of that time experienced an incredible miracle with the manna. Yet some put no value on what God had given. God left His chosen nation with no doubts about which day was the Sabbath. God commanded them to never let it slip from their memory.
The miracle of manna continued each week until Joshua took them into the Promised Land Joshua For over 40 years, God drove the lesson home. God also gave His people, specifically the tribe of Judah, the responsibility of preserving the knowledge of the correct day Romans The Jews of our time have done this job well. There is no question as to which day is the Sabbath day to a Jew. Yet, it is not a Jewish day! Realize that the Sabbath began at a time when the tribe of Judah did not even exist. No one particular race owns it. God both owns and governs the Sabbath. He expects all men to preserve the gift He has given.