What is the Sabbath?

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Imagine a day to spend with your family and friends, or out in nature, or doing something nice for someone else. Sound like a luxury? It’s not! In fact, God designed a weekly holiday and built it into our very nature at Creation.

This day is called the Sabbath.

God Started It
“On the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. 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 2:2, 3).

Because God rested on the seventh day, He designated it a holy day to be remembered for all time.

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy,” He says in the fourth commandment. “Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God” (Exodus 20:8–10).

What Is the Reason for the Sabbath?
God designed the Sabbath for two main reasons: to commemorate creation and as a sign of our salvation.

  1. “For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy” (Exodus 20:11).

  2. “I gave them my Sabbaths as a sign between us, so they would know that I the Lord made them holy” (Ezekiel 20:12).

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