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THE SABBATH AND
WORSHIP
Lesson 3 for July 16, 2011
THE SABBATH
MEMORIAL OF
AUTHOR OF
JESUS
"Speak also to the children of Israel,
saying: `Surely My Sabbaths you shall
keep, for it is a sign between Me and
you throughout your generations,
that you may know that I am the
Lord who sanctifies you”
(Exodus, 31: 13)
REDEMPTION
“And remember that you were a
slave in the land of Egypt, and the
Lord your God brought you out from
there by a mighty hand and by an
outstretched arm; therefore the Lord
your God commanded you to keep
the Sabbath day” (Deuteronomy, 5: 15)
SANCTIFICATION
“For in six days the Lord made the
heavens and the earth, the sea, and
all that is in them, and rested the
seventh day. Therefore the Lord
blessed the Sabbath day and
hallowed it” (Exodus, 20: 11)
JESUS
CREATION
THE SABBATH
“For by Him all things were created that
are in heaven and that are on earth,
visible and invisible, whether thrones or
dominions or principalities or powers.
All things were created through Him and
for Him” (Colossians, 1: 16)
“whom we have redemption through His
blood, the forgiveness of sins”
(Colossians, 1: 14)
“And you, who once were alienated and
enemies in your mind by wicked works,
yet now He has reconciled in the body of
His flesh through death, to present you
holy, and blameless, and above reproach
in His sight” (Colossians, 1: 21-22)
God is the Creator of everything
(Genesis, 1: 1)
In Hebrew language there is a
verb that only applies to divine
creation: bará.
No one can create anything
(bará) like God creates space,
time, matter or energy.
“By the word of the Lord were
the heavens made, their starry
host by the breath of his
mouth. He gathers the waters
of the sea into jars; he puts
the deep into storehouses. Let
all the earth fear the Lord; let
all the people of the world
revere him. For he spoke, and
it came to be; he commanded,
and it stood firm” (Psalm 33: 6-9 NIV)
“To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?" says the Holy One. Lift
your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out
the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name. Because of his great
power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing” (Isaiah, 40: 25-26 NIV)
When we worship our Creator on Sabbath, we avoid two wrong
concepts about God.
1. If God is the only one who can create, we didn’t come to
existence thanks to a spontaneous evolution.
“It is I who made the earth and created
mankind upon it. My own hands stretched
out the heavens; I marshaled their starry
hosts” (Isaiah, 45: 12 NIV)
2. If God created us, we
must not worship Him
through wood or metalmade idols that we
could create.
"To whom will you compare me
or count me equal? To whom
will you liken me that we may
be compared? Some pour out
gold from their bags and
weigh out silver on the scales;
they hire a goldsmith to make
it into a god, and they bow
down and worship it. They lift
it to their shoulders and carry
it; they set it up in its place,
and there it stands. From
that spot it cannot move.
Though one cries out to it, it
does not answer; it cannot
save him from his troubles”
(Isaiah, 46: 5-7 NIV)
“No-one stops to think, no-one has the knowledge or understanding to say,
"Half of it I used for fuel; I even baked bread over its coals, I roasted
meat and I ate. Shall I make a detestable thing from what is left? Shall I
bow down to a block of wood?"” (Isaiah, 44: 19 NIV)
Another reason why God told Israel to keep the Sabbath was that
they could remember how He had freed us from the slavery of
Egypt (Deuteronomy, 5: 15)
In the same way, we remember how God freed us from the
slavery of sin when we worship Him on Sabbath (Romans, 6: 1623)
God uses the same power He used to free His people from Egypt
to free his sons from sin and its slavery.
“But God be thanked
that though you were
slaves of sin, yet you
obeyed from the
heart that form of
doctrine to which you
were delivered. And
having been set free
from sin, you became
slaves of
righteousness”
(Romans, 6: 17-18)
“Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in
it He rested from all His work which God had created and made”
(Genesis, 2:3)
When we worship the One who sanctified the Sabbath, we are sanctified by Him.
We are called to a different life, living far from sin and consecrated to service God.
“But now having been set free from sin, and having become
slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end,
everlasting life” (Romans, 6: 22)
Accomplishing our
mission is an important
part of this process of
sanctification: we must
be living witnesses of
what God does in those
who worship Him, and
we must deliver the final
message to this world.
“Fear God and give glory to
Him, for the hour of His
judgment has come; and
worship Him who made heaven
and earth, the sea and springs
of water” (Revelation, 14: 7)
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest” (Matthew, 11: 28)
We rest in Jesus, accepting His invitation.
We rest emotionally, psychologically and
spiritually.
We get rid of the load of sin, fault and fear.
We enjoy physical rest.
We change the rhythm of our mind and spirit.
We feel relief of our burdens and the stress of
our daily life.
We strengthen our mental sharpness and
physical strength.
We acquire a feeling of identity: we are created
in the image of God and we belong to Him.
We become intimate with our Creator.
It gives us hope for the future (Isaiah, 66: 23)
“Great blessings are enfolded in the observance of the Sabbath, and God
desires that the Sabbath day shall be to us a day of joy. There was joy at
the institution of the Sabbath. God looked with satisfaction upon the
work of His hands. All things that He had made He pronounced “very
good.” Genesis 1:31. Heaven and earth were filled with rejoicing. “The
morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy.” Job
38:7. Though sin has entered the world to mar His perfect work, God still
gives to us the Sabbath as a witness that One omnipotent, infinite in
goodness and mercy, created all things.
Our heavenly Father
desires through the
observance of the Sabbath
to preserve among men a
knowledge of Himself. He
desires that the Sabbath
shall direct our minds to
Him as the true and living
God, and that through
knowing Him we may
have life and peace”
E.G.W. (Testimonies for the Church, vol. 6, sec. 6, “The observance of the Sabbath”, pg. 349)

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