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Sabbath Blessings

Did you ever consider what this world would be like if all churches were gone? not one spire or steeple pointing heavenward? seven days of work and no Sabbath of rest and worship?

So important was the Sabbath that He made a most remarkable promise of blessings to the Jewish people. On condition that they properly honor His holy day, He gave them the bold assurance that the throne of David and the city of Jerusalem should stand forever. (Jeremiah 17:21-25.)

“Safely through another week

God has brought us on our way;

Let us now a blessing seek,

Waiting in His courts today;

Day of all the week the best,

Emblem of eternal rest.”

Had the Jews sincerely joined in the spirit of that song Sabbath by Sabbath, and accepted the Savior of the world, they would today be the chosen church of God.

The Jews failed. They chose the path of disobedience. They substituted the wisdom of man for the wisdom of God. When their beautiful city was destroyed, they remembered the words of warning:

“If ye will not hearken unto me to hallow the Sabbath day, and not to bear a burden, even entering in at the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day; then will I kindle a fire in the gates thereof, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be  quenched.” Jeremiah 17:27.

Gazing upon the broken and smoldering ruins, they sorrowed at the sight of sin’s wages. Some who were carried away to Babylon hung their harps upon the willows by the river Euphrates and wept when they remembered Zion. (Psalms 137:1,2.)

They saw that their love of money and their affection for this world had caused them to forget the God for whom the Sabbath stands, and to disobey His law. How they wished that they had been faithful, honoring the Creator in spirit and in deed.

“While we seek supplies of grace

Through the dear Redeemer’s name,

Show Thy reconciling face,

Take away our sin and shame;

From our worldly cares set free

May we rest this day in Thee.”

From the Jews and their failure we can learn the dangers for neglecting Sabbath observance and also the Sabbath blessings promised to those who keep the Sabbath.

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