therefore the Lord thy God commanded thee to keep the Sabbath day." Deut. 5:15.
NOTE.-There is a deep significance to this scripture not apparent to those unacquainted
with the facts. In Egypt, through oppression and idolatrous surroundings, the keeping of
the Sabbath had become not only almost obsolete, but well-nigh impossible. See reading on
"Reasons for Sabbath-Keeping," under questions 9 and 10, on Chapter 93 of this
book. Their deliverance from bondage was in order that they might keep God's law (Ps.
105:43-45), and particularly the Sabbath, the great seal, sign, and memorial-institution
of the law. The recollection of their bondage and oppressed condition in Egypt was to be
an additional incentive for keeping the Sabbath in the land of freedom. The Sabbath,
therefore, besides being a memorial of creation, was to be to them a memorial of their
deliverance from bondage, and of the great power of God as manifested in this deliverance.
And as Egypt stands as a symbol of the condition of everyone in the world under the
slavery of sin, so the Sabbath is to be kept by every saved soul as a memorial of the
deliverance from this slavery by the mighty power of God through Christ.
10. Of what else does God say He gave the Sabbath to His people to be a sign, or
"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." Eze. 20:12.
NOTE.-Sanctification is a work of redemption,- of making holy sinful or unholy beings.
Like the work of creation itself, this requires creative power. See Ps. 51:10; John 3:3,6;
Eph. 2:10. And as the Sabbath is the appropriate sign or memorial of the creative power of
God wherever displayed, whether in creation, deliverance from human bondage, or
deliverance from the slavery of sin, it is to be kept as a sign of the work of
sanctification. This will be one great reason for the saints' keeping it throughout
eternity. It will remind them not only of their own creation and the creation of the
universe, but also of their redemption.
11. Through whom do we have sanctification?
"But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and
righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption." 1 Cor. 1:30.
NOTE.-Then, as the Sabbath is a sign or memorial of sanctification, and as Christ is
the one through whom the work of sanctification is accomplished, the Sabbath is a sign or
memorial of what Christ is to the believer. Through the Sabbath, therefore, God designed
that the believer and Christ should be very closely linked together.
12. What statement of the redeemed shows that they will remember God's creative
"Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for Thou hast
created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created." Rev.
13. How often will they congregate to worship the Lord?
"For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before
Me, saith the Lord, so shall your seed and your name remain. And it shall come to pass,
that from one new moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, shall
all flesh come to worship before Me, saith the Lord." Isa. 66:22,23.
NOTE.-The Sabbath, which is the memorial of God's creative power, will never cease to
exist. When this sinful state of things shall give way to the sinless new earth, the fact
upon which the Sabbath institution is based will still remain; and those who shall be
permitted to live in the new earth will still commemorate the creative power of God, while
singing the song of Moses and the Lamb. Rev. 15:3. See Rev. 22:1,2.