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THE SABBATH §§§§§§§§§§§

Symbol of God´s rulership S][A][B][B[A][T][H] >>>
Q. HAS THE WORLD AND ITS INHABITANTS ALWAYS EXISTED? A. No. ´´In the beginning God created the heaven and earth"" ---> Genesis 1:1. ""For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is´´ ---> Exodus 20:11. [¤][¤][¤][¤][¤][¤]
Q. HOW DID THE HUMAN RACE ORIGINATE? A. ´´And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness´´ ---> Genesis 1:26. ´´And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul´´ ---> Genesis 2:7. ==============
A. ´´From everlasting to everlasting, thou art God"" ---> Psalm 90:2. ´´Thy years are throughout all generations.... Thy years shall have no end´´ ---> Psalm 102:24-27. Only God has always existed and contains inherent immortality. All other beings have derived their life from the Creator, which forever separates Him from them. §§§§§§§§§§§§§§§
Q. WHO WAS OUR CREATOR? A. ´´In the beginning was the word.... The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him´´ ---> John 1:1-3. The Word was Christ ---> John 1:14. ´´For by him [the Son of God, see verse 13] were all things created"" ---> Colossians 1:16; see also Revelation 4:11; Hebrews 11:3. ===============
Q. WHO MAINTAINS THE OPERATION OF THE UNIVERSE? A. ´´By him [Christ] all things consist´´ ---> Colossians 1:17; ´´in him all things hold together´´ (RSV). ´´upholding all things by the word of his [Christ´s] power"" ---> Hebrews 1:3. /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\
Q. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CREATOR AND CREATED BEING? A. The Creator is the Eternal Source of all life. The created being has not always been; he obtains his existence from God. ^~**~***~****~^
A. The Sabbath (Genesis 2:2-3). It reminds us that we are finite beings made and sustained by an infinite God. Forcefully keeping us aware of our inherent limitations, the Sabbath clearly points out God´s absolute right to rule over us and to receive our allegiance. Since Christ made all mankind,
the Sabbath is a Christian institution in the highest possible sense, and we must never consider it Jewish, as some do. <<*>><<*>><<*>><<*>>
Q. WHAT DAY IS THE SABBATH? A. ´´The seventh day is the sabbath´´ (Exodus 20:10). Saturday is the seventh day of the week. <~*~~*~><~*~~*~>
Q. WHAT SIGNIFICANCE DID THE CREATOR-CHRIST-GIVE THE SABBATH? A. He rested on it, blessed it, and sanctified it ---> Genesis 2:3. §§§§§§§§§§§§§§§
Q. HOW DOES GOD SANCTIFY, OR MAKE HOLY? A. By putting Himself personally in it. Speaking of the wilderness tabernacle, God said, ´´And there I will meet with the children of Israel, and the tabernacle shall be sanctified by my glory´´ ---> Exodus 29:43. God literally came into the sanctuary tent,
revealing His presence through the Shekinah. Something becomes holy because of God´s presence. For example, the ground near the burning bush was holy only because God was there ---> Exodus 3:5. [S[A]N][C]T][I]F][Y]
Q. HOW DID GOD BLESS AND SANCTIFY THE SABBATH? A. He made a special relationship with it that exists with no other day because-Christ our Creator places His personal presence in it. On the Sabbath He seeks to come closer to man, to have a more intimate communication then than during the rest of the week. Man and God rest and converse together. B][L][E][S][S][E][D]
Q. HOW IS MAN TO OBSERVE THE SABBATH? A. ´´Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, 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´´ ---> Exodus 20:8-10. ´´If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure [business] on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own pleasure,
nor speaking thine own words . . .´´ ---> Isaiah 58:13. The Sabbath is the day when man should become most receptive to the voice of God speaking to him, most responsive to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Man should avoid anything that will center attention on self, on the creature.
Instead he should concentrate his thoughts and activities on his Creator. It is a day of God-man communion. The Sabbath is a time for doing good, as Christ illustrated in His Sabbath observance ---> Matthew 12:8-14; Luke 13:10-17 & 14:1-6; John 9:1-38. *[R]*[E]*[S]*[T]*
Q. WHAT KIND OF DAY SHOULD THE SABBATH BE? A. ´´A delight´´ ---> Isaiah 58:13. It should be the most joyful day of the week. As the Sabbath brings us into the presence of God, of our Creator, Christ, we shall begin experiencing on earth a taste of the happiness we shall have with Christ in heaven. D][E][L][I][G][H][T]
Q. WHAT TIME DOES THE SABBATH COMMENCE EACH WEEK? A. ´´From even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath´´ ---> Leviticus 23:32; see also Nehemiah 13:15-19. Even means ""sundown". or ""sunset" ---> Mark 1:32. [S][U][N][S][E][T]
Q. DID MOSES ESTABLISH THE SABBATH AT SINAI? A. No. It began at creation ---> Genesis 2:1-3. Also God began sending a double portion of manna on the day before the Sabbath and none on the Sabbath itself long before He spoke the Ten Commandments on Sinai ---> Exodus 16:13-30.
During their slavery in Egypt the Israelites had become lax in their Sabbath observance, so God used the manna to forcefully remind them of it. ===============
Q. WAS THE SABBATH ONLY FOR THE JEWS? A. It was also for ´´the sons of the stranger,´´ everyone that wanted to worship the true God ---> Exodus 20:10; Isaiah 56:1-8. The Sabbath is universal, since God created all men, not just the Jews, and all men need the Sabbath memorial to remind themselves of their relationship to the Creator. 4][A]L][L]O][F]U][S]
Q. DID CHRIST OBSERVE THE SABBATH? A. Christ, ´´as his custom was, . . . went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read´´ ---> Luke 4:16; see also Mark 1:21; 6:2; Luke 6:6. <<*>><<*>><<*>><<*>>
Q. WHO DID CHRIST SAY WAS IN CHARGE OF THE SABBATH? A. ""The Son of man [Jesus Christ] is Lord also of the sabbath"" ---> Mark 2:28. ¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤
Q. WHY DID CHRIST HAVE AUTHORITY OVER THE SABBATH? A. He was the Creator, and the Sabbath is the memorial of His act of creation ---> John 1:1-3, 14; Hebrews 1:1, 2; Colossians 1:17; Genesis 2:1-3. ***************
Q. DID HIS FOLLOWERS DISCARD THE SABBATH AT THE TIME OF HIS DEATH? A. ""And they [the women] returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and served the sabbath day according to the commandment"" ---> Luke 23:56. ~<*>~~<*>~~<*>~
Q. HOW DID THE APOSTLES, THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH´S FIRST LEADERS, REGARD THE SABBATH? A. Paul and his companions ""went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and sat down"" ---> Acts 13:14. ""And when the Jews were good out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath. . . . And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God"" ---> Acts 13:42-44.

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