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Why God Made The Sabbath

“The Sabbath was made for man,” Christ said. (Mark 2:27) God made the seventh day Sabbath to be a day of rest. After six days of toil the human body needs relaxation. To help meet the physical needs of man God set aside His rest day (Genesis 2:3) to be man’s rest day as well. “In it thou shalt not do any work” (Exodus 20:10), He commanded. All the secular activities of the busy week are to be laid aside and this holy day especially dedicated to an intimate relationship between God and man so that this day of rest becomes  “a delight, the holy of the Lord, honorable.” (Isaiah 58:13.)

The seventh day Sabbath was given as a memorial to God’s  creative power. “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” “For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is.” Exodus 20:8,11. If, through the centuries, man had faithfully remembered the Creator on the day He set aside as a memorial to creation, there would today be no evolutionists, no doubters of the fundamental teachings of God’s Word. When man failed to “remember the sabbath,” he soon forgot the Lord of the Sabbath-the Creator-thus opening the floodgates of unbelief upon the world.

The seventh-day Sabbath was given as a memorial to God’s recreative, sanctifying power. The prophet Ezekiel transmits these words of the Almighty Himself: “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.

The same power of God is required to re-create and sanctify a sinful heart as was required to make man in the beginning. When we observe God’s Sabbath, Ezekiel points out, we acknowledge Him as both creator and Redeemer.

A friend of mine in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) called on the employer of a young African who had begun to observe the Biblical Sabbath.

“Some time ago,” the employer said, “I noted a change in Samuel’s life. At first I thought it would be short-lived. But the transformation continued. Samuel had been a totally different person since he was converted and began observing the Sabbath. His conduct impressed me so much that I found an old Bible and began to read it. When I look at his life, somehow I have faith in Christianity again.”

In Samuel’s life the Sabbath became a sign of his recreation-his new birth experience.

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