The beneficent Creator, after the six days of Creation, rested on the seventh day and instituted the Sabbath for all people as a memorial of Creation. The fourth commandment of God’s unchangeable law requires the observance of this seventh-day Sabbath as the day of rest, worship, and ministry in harmony with the teaching and practice of Jesus, the Lord of the Sabbath. The Sabbath is a day of delightful communion with God and one another. It is a symbol of our redemption in Christ, a sign of our sanctification, a token of our allegiance, and a foretaste of our eternal future in God’s kingdom. The Sabbath is God’s perpetual sign of His eternal covenant between Him and His people. Joyful observance of this holy time from evening to evening, sunset to sunset, is a celebration of God’s creative and redemptive acts.
Questions & Answers
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- Didn’t Jesus do away with the Sabbath?
- Didn’t the Sabbath begin at Sinai?
- Why wasn’t the word “Sabbath” mentioned in Genesis 1 or 2?
- Doesn’t Colossians 2 say the seventh-day Sabbath was done away with at the cross?
- Doesn’t Romans 14 say that keeping the seventh-day Sabbath doesn’t matter?
- Why doesn’t the New Testament explicitly teach the seventh-day Sabbath?
- Is the Sabbath a Jewish ritual?
- Will a person be lost for not keeping the Sabbath?