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The Sabbath Thoughout The Bible

The Sabbath was Created at the Beginning

"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. 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." (Gen. 2:2-3)

The Sabbath Was Reinstated at Sinai

"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 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." (Ex. 20:8-11)

The Purpose of God’s Sabbath

"Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, ‘Verily My Sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the Lord That doth sanctify you. Ye shall keep the Sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: everyone that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people. ‘Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the Sabbath of rest, holy to the Lord: whosoever doeth any work in the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.’ Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant. It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day He rested, and was refreshed." (Ex. 31:13-17)

Note: The word "sign" used in verses 13 and 17 is owth and can be translated "a signal," "a flag," or "a mark." Clearly, it is something that sets God’s people apart from all others.

"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." (Ezk. 20:12)

"I am the Lord your God; walk in My statutes, and keep My judgments, and do them; And hallow My Sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between Me and you, that ye may know that I am the Lord your God." (Ezk. 20:19-20)

Israel Polluted the Sabbath and God Punished Them for Their Rebellion

"But the house of Israel rebelled against Me in the wilderness: they walked not in My statutes, and they despised My judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; and My Sabbaths they greatly polluted: then I said, I would pour out My fury upon them in the wilderness, to consume them." (Ezk. 20:13)

"... they despised My judgments, and walked not in My statutes, but polluted My Sabbaths: for their heart went after their idols." (Ezk. 20:16)

"Notwithstanding the children rebelled against Me: they walked not in My statutes, neither kept My judgments to do them, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; they polluted My Sabbaths: then I said, I would pour out My fury upon them, to accomplish My anger against them in the wilderness." (Ezk. 20:21)

Note: It is interesting to note that in the book of Revelation, God pours out His wrath in the form of trumpet plagues and vial plagues on those who have the mark of the beast. (Rev. 14:9-10)

The Sabbath Will be Kept During the Last Days

"But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day..." (Mt. 24:20)

The Sabbath Will be Kept During the Millennium

"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." (Isa. 66:23)

The Sabbath Was Honored by Jesus Christ

"And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the Sabbath day He entered into the synagogue, and taught." (Mk 1:21)

"And He said unto them, ‘The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath.’" (Mk. 2:27-28)

"And when the Sabbath day was come, He began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing Him were astonished, saying, "From whence hath this man these things? And what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?" (Mk. 6:2)

"And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up: and, as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read." (Lk 4:16)

"And came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the Sabbath days. And they were astonished at His doctrine: for His word was with power." (Lk. 4:31-32)

"And He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath..." (Lk 13:10)

The Sabbath Was Honored by Paul

"But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and sat down." (Acts 13:14)

"And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath. Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God. And the next Sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God." (Acts 13:42-44)

"For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath day." (Acts 15:21)

"And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three Sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures." (Acts 17:2)

 
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