The Sabbath

How significant is the Sabbath, the Saturday, to God?

Dear Reader,

The Bible shows the significance of the Sabbath in a variety of ways; here are a few. First, the Sabbath shows that God is the Creator. Man and all life did not evolve from gas. God is the Creator of the heavens and the earth. The physical universe, including earth, was created by God in seven days. Then the Creator of life and the universe is God, ruler of all systems and to whom mankind must bow, reverence and worship. This first of all is the significance of the Sabbath. We find this in Exodus 20:8-11. Secondly, the Sabbath is a sign of sanctification, that God has sanctified his people. Let's read this from the Bible, Ezek 20:12 (KJV) Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I (am) the LORD that sanctify them. In the Old Testament times keeping the Sabbath was a sign that one worshipped and gave allegiance to the one true God, and that therefore the believer was sanctified or holy. This was a witness to the other heathen nations. Today, keeping the Sabbath is still a sign of sanctification; it is also a sign of obedience and allegiance to God. Let's read again from Scripture, John 14:15 (KJV) if you love me, keep my commandments. Jesus says that if we love him we will obey him by keeping his commandments, one of which is the Sabbath commandment. Thirdly, the Sabbath shows that Jesus is God the Creator. Here is how the Bible puts it, John 1:3-4 (KJV) All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. Genesis tells us that god made all things in the beginning; John tells us that that God was Jesus. See also Colossians 1: 16, 17. Fourthly, the Sabbath tells us that we must worship God on the seventh day of the week for it is His holy day which he sanctified. -The Bible says, Levi 26:2 (KJV) Ye shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary.- I (am) the LORD. It is interesting to note that the only day that the Lord calls his day is the Sabbath. The Sabbath, the seventh day, is the Lord's day. Isaiah 58:13 says, 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, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, not speaking (thine own) words. These are just a few significances of the Sabbath. God bless.