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Keeping The Sabbath

Forty Reasons Why The 7th Day Sabbath Should Be Kept

"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason for the hope that is in you with meekness and fear." - 1 Peter 3:15.

Often the question is asked, "Why do some people keep Saturday for Sunday?" Of course they do not keep Saturday for Sunday, since there is no Scripture for keeping any day for  Sunday, but those who are interested and inquire are entitled to know why the seventh day Sabbath should be kept holy unto the Lord.  Therefore the following reasons are given:

1.   God made the Sabbath, Mark 2:27

2.   It was made for man. Same verse.

3.   Since humanity is composed of men and women, the Sabbath was made for all mankind.

4.   God rested the seventh day from His labors. Gen. 2:3.

5.   Many years after creation, God commanded that the Sabbath be kept. Ex. 16:26

6.   God blessed the seventh day. Ex. 20:11.

7.   God sanctified it, apart from all others. Gen. 2:3.

8.   There is no record of God's having removed His blessing from the Sabbath.

9.   The Sabbath was a memorial of Creation. Ex. 31:17.

10. God ordained that man should keep the Sabbath. Ex. 20:8; Heb. 4:3,4.

11. God forbade work even in harvest time on the Sabbath. Ex. 34:21.

12. God promised that Jerusalem would stand forever if His people would keep the Sabbath holy. Jer. 17:24, 25.

13. God sent Israel into captivity for Sabbath breaking. Neh. 13:17, 18.

14. God promised the Gentiles a blessing if they kept it.  Isaiah 56:6.  (This blessing was to bring them into His holy mountain, or kingdom.) Read it.

15. God promised to bless any man who keeps the Sabbath.  Isa. 56:2.

16. God's people are to call it honorable.  Isa. 58:13.

17. God called it His Holy Day.  Isa. 58:13.

18. It was a sign between God and His people.  Ex. 31:17

19. It was one of the Ten Commandments which God gave unto His people to be observed. Ex. 20:8-11.

20. All of His commandments are to stand fast forever.  Psalms 111:7-8.

21. Jesus kept the Sabbath during His ministry.  Luke 4:16.

22. Christ is Lord of the Sabbath; therefore it is the Lord's Day.  Mark 2:28.

23. Christ recognized the Sabbath law as binding. Matt. 12:12, 5:17-18.

24. Christ taught His disciples how to keep it.  Matt. 12:1-13.

25. Christ warned His people not to violate it when fleeing from Jerusalem, which flight occurred in A.D. 70.  See Matt. 24:20.

26. The "Holy Women" kept it after the crucifixion.  Luke 23:56.

27. The Holy Spirit by inspiration still called it the Sabbath 22 years after the Cross.  Acts 17:2.

28. Paul still recognized it as the Sabbath after his conversion in 45 A.D.  Acts 13:27.

29. Gentile converts recognized it as the Sabbath in A.D. 45.  Acts 13:42.

30. Paul called it the Sabbath.  A.D. 45.  Acts 13:44.

31. James called it the Sabbath day. A.D. 51.  See Acts 15:21

32. Paul held prayer meeting on the Sabbath out by the river when no synagogue was available.  Acts 16:13.

33. It was Paul's custom to preach on the Sabbath day.  Acts 17:2-3.

34. At Corinth, Paul worked through the week; but preached every Sabbath to the people for 18 months.  Acts 18:4, 11.

35. The first day of the week is not the Sabbath; but Sabbath comes just before the first day, hence on the seventh day.  Matt. 28:1.

36. The Sabbath will be kept in the new earth.  Isa. 66:22, 23.

37. Christ made it obligatory for us to keep the commandments in order to enter eternal life.  Matt. 19:17; Rev. 22:14.

38. Jesus gave us no other day to take the place of the seventh day Sabbath.  Hebrews 4:8.

39. Therefore the Sabbath remains.  Heb. 4:9 (see margin).

40. Jesus arose from the grave on the Sabbath day.  Matt. 28:1-6.

For further information, please notice Psalms 89:27-34, where God spoke of Jesus Christ, His first born, and His children.  (Remember that Jesus spoke of His disciples as "My little children.")

"Also I will make him my firstborn, higher that the kings of the earth.  My mercy will I keep from for evermore, and my covenant shall stand fast with him.

"His see also will I make to endure forever, and his throne as the days of heaven.  If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my statutes, and keep not my commandments.  Then will I visit their transgression with the rod and their iniquity with stripes.  "Nevertheless my loving kindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail.  My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips."

But, perhaps someone will object that this prophecy deals strictly with God's covenant with David, and that we pervert the scriptures when we made it refer to Christ etc. Well, suppose that we accept that angle and examine the Scriptures further.

God's promises were made to Abraham, again confirmed in Isaac, and again in Jacob; both were descendants of Abraham.  David was of this Abraham stock and Christ was a descendant of David through His mother.  Then Christ was of the seed of Abraham, and was a partaker of the covenant which God made to Abraham. and we through Christ are made partakers of this same covenant made to David.  It must be noticed that this same covenant included the commandments which God spoke to the people and wrote upon the tables of stone. God declared that He would not alter the thing which had gone from His lips.  Then He has never changed the Ten Commandments and will never change or alter them.

If we are Christ's then we are Abraham's seed and heirs according to the promise made to Abraham. - Galatians 3:27-29.  Then if we are heirs to this promise we are subject to its provisions.  Now read again Psalm 89:27-34 and see if we are not obliged to keep God's commandments which He spoke, which came from His lips.

Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 A.D. by the Romans because the Jews  did not keep the Sabbath.  - Jer. 17:20-27

The Lord has fought the battle with the Jews in their War of Independence, when seven nations were defeated by a handful of Jews with few guns and little ammunition (1948).  The bees even fought again for Israel.

They are keeping the Sabbath now, very strict, here at Jerusalem, except in the Old City part of Jerusalem which is inhabited by many Arabs and 1st day Christians, and which will necessitate a partial destruction.  See Zech. 14:2.  Read also Jer. 17:21-27.

The Lord will keep his promise made through Jeremiah, long ago.

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Lessons - April 2014


Sabbath Date: Saturday, April 05, 2014

Scripture Reading: Acts 20

Memory Verse:

Acts 20:29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

Acts 20:30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

Weekly Proverb: Proverbs 25:28

Proverbs 25:28 He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.

Introduction: Throughout the history of God's church, it has been infested with evil leaders. Christ taught against the godless leadership of spiritual leaders. Finally, he was condemned to death by spiritual leaders who pretended to be godly persons. Wherever God has His sheep, the devil has his wolves.

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Sabbath Date: Saturday, April 12, 2014

Scripture Reading: Matthew 27

Memory Verse: Matthew 27:25 Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.

Weekly Proverb: Proverbs 28:27

Proverbs 28:27 He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.

Introduction: Was Jesus an innocent man? We need to question the eyewitnesses to his crucifixion. What do his accusers say?

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Sabbath Date: Saturday, April 19, 2014

Scripture Reading: Romans 2

Memory Verse:I Timothy 4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

Weekly Proverb: Proverbs 11:29

Proverbs 11:29 He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.

Introduction: This lesson is not so much about teaching by example as it is about why we cannot commit the same sins that we teach against. Being a good example teaches. Being a bad example also teaches; it destroys the teacher and the student. Let's study.

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Sabbath Date: Saturday, April 26, 2014

Scripture Reading: Matthew 13

Memory Verse:

Matthew 13:45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:

Matthew 13:46 Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

Weekly Proverb: Proverbs 22:24

Proverbs 22:24 Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go:

Introduction: Our daily food can be purchased for a small amount; a car for a year's wages; a house for many years' wages. What is the cost of eternal life? Are we willing to pay the price?

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