That He sanctifies His people, or makes them holy. See Ex. 31:13; Eze. 20:12;
and Chapter 92.
14. What does the "psalm for the Sabbath day" suggest as proper acts and
themes for thought and meditation on the Sabbath?
"It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises
unto Thy name, O Most High: to show forth Thy loving-kindness in the morning,
and Thy faithfulness every night, upon an instrument of ten strings, and
upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound. For Thou, Lord, hast
made me glad through Thy work: I will triumph in the works of Thy hands. O
Lord, how great are Thy works! and Thy thoughts are very deep." Ps.
15. What do the works of God declare?
"The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth His
handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth
knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not
heard." Ps. 19:1-3. See margin.
NOTE.-God designed that the Sabbath should direct the minds of men to His created
works, and through these to Him, the Creator. Nature itself speaks to our senses, telling
us that there is a God, the Creator and Supreme Ruler of the universe. The Sabbath, ever
pointing to God through nature, was designed to keep the Creator constantly in mind. The
proper keeping of it, therefore, must naturally tend to prevent idolatry, atheism,
agnosticism, infidelity, irreligion, and irreverence; and, being promotive of the
knowledge and fear of God, must of necessity be a deterrent to sin. In this may its value
and importance be seen.
16. Was the Sabbath designed to be a day for public worship?
"Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of rest, an
holy convocation." Lev. 23:3.
NOTE.-The word convocation means "a calling together," and is always used in
the Bible with reference to meetings of a religious character.
17. What example did Christ set in Sabbath observance?
"And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and
stood up for to read." Luke 4:16.
18. What else did Jesus do on the Sabbath?
"And it was the Sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his
eyes." John 9:14.
NOTE.-A large share of Christ's ministry consisted of miracles and acts of mercy
performed for the relief of suffering humanity; and not a few of these were done on the
Sabbath. On this day, as on other days, He "went about doing good." See next
19. With what words did He justify acts of mercy on the the Sabbath day?
"Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the Sabbath days." Matt. 12:12.
NOTE.-Not a little of Christ's earthly ministry was devoted to uplifting the Sabbath,
and showing the beneficent character of the Sabbath institution. It was not meant to be a
day of sorrow, austerity, or gloom. Disinterested works of love and mercy toward man or
beast are always in place on the Sabbath. Lawful means "according to
20. What day is especially indicated as the day to prepare for the Sabbath?
"And that day [the sixth day] was the preparation, and the Sabbath drew
on." Luke 23:54. See also Ex. 16:22,23.
NOTE.-In order to keep the Sabbath day holy, it must be remembered all through the
week; and on the sixth day, or the day just before the Sabbath, special preparation should
be made to be ready to welcome and observe the day when it comes.
21. How did the Israelites in the wilderness on the sixth day prepare for the
"And it came to pass, that on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two
omers for one man." Ex. 16:22.
NOTES.-The Sabbath should not be a day of either ordinary labor, idleness, or
amusement, but one of rest, reflection, holy joy, worship, and helpfulness. It should be
the happiest, the brightest, and the best of all the week. Such it should be made for
young and old. Very early the children can be taught the stories of creation and
redemption, and taken out amid the handiworks of God and taught to see Him and to commune
with Him through nature. Preparation for the Sabbath, therefore, is an essential to its
proper observance. God's blessing is upon the first moments of the Sabbath as well as upon
the last; and, as far as possible, everything should be got in readiness so that the
entire day may be devoted to God and humanity in the manner indicated.
In making the Sabbath, God rested upon, blessed, and sanctified the day. Ex. 20:11.
Whoever, then, keeps the Sabbath aright, may expect that there will be brought into his
life God's rest, blessing, and sanctification.