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*** How are all
commanded to keep the Sabbath?
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” Ex. 20:8.
*** What constitutes a
“The evening and the morning were the first day.” Gen. 1:5, 8, 13.
*** When does the
“But the place which the Lord thy God shall choose to place His
name in, there thou shalt sacrifice the passover at even, at the going
down of the sun.” Deut. 16:6.
*** How does the New
Testament state this point?
“And at even, when the sun did set, they brought unto Him
all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils.” Mark 1:32.
*** When did the tenth
day of the seventh month begin?NOTE. It is
plain that if the tenth day of the seventh month began on the evening of
the ninth day, at the going down of the sun, then the seventh day of the
week, or the Sabbath, always began on the evening of the sixth day, at the
going down of the sun.
“Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day
of atonement... It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye shall
afflict your souls; in the ninth day of the month at even, from
even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath.” Lev. 23:27-32.
*** What kind of labor
is permitted through the week?NOTE. That
is, whatever secular yet lawful work presents itself to be performed, may
be done on any or all of the six working days. Such is called “thy
“Six days shall thou labor, and do all thy work.” Ex. 20:9.
*** Is any kind of
labor lawful on the Sabbath?
“Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the Sabbath days.” Matt.12:12.
*** What example did
the Saviour give to show the meaning of His words?NOTE.
Disinterested works of mercy toward man or beast are always in place. From
reading the entire chapter, it will be seen that the Saviour also classed
the work of the priests in the temple, though very arduous, as necessary,
because it was the Lord’s work, and was therefore not a violation of the
“Then saith He to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he
stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other.” Matt. 12:13.
*** What is the day
before the Sabbath called?
“And that day was the preparation, and the Sabbath drew
on.” Luke 23:54.
*** On which day did
the Israelites receive their Sabbath supply of manna?
“And it came to pass, that on the sixth day they gathered
twice as much bread, two omers for one man.” Ex. 16:22.
*** What instruction
did they receive regarding this double supply of food?
“And he said unto them, This is that which the Lord hath said,
Tomorrow is the rest of the holy Sabbath unto the Lord; bake that which
ye will bake today, and seethe [boil] that ye will seethe; and that
which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning.”
*** Was there any day
in which the manna did not fall?NOTE. God’s
dealing with His people in the wilderness shows that elaborate preparation
of food on the Sabbath is a violation of the Sabbath precept.
“Six days ye shall gather it; but on the seventh day, which is
the Sabbath, in it there shall be none.” Ex. 16:26.
*** What were God’s
ancient people to do on the Sabbath?
“Six days shall work be done; but the seventh day is the Sabbath
of rest, a holy convocation.” Lev. 23:3.
*** What example did
the Saviour set in this matter?
“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.” Luke 4:16.
*** How sacredly should
the Sabbath be observed?
“If thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath, from doing thy
pleasure on My holy day; and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy of the
Lord, honorable: and shalt honor Him, not doing thine own ways, nor
finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words.” Isa. 58:13.
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