Hidden Sabbath Truths Part 1 - Sabbath at Creation
These two lectures explore the creation and redemption meaning of the Sabbath. Many new insights are presented which have never been explored before. Clear answers to questions such as: Why didn’t God give Adam and Eve a direct command to keep the Sabbath in Genesis? Why doesn’t Genesis mention an evening and a morning of the seventh day? You can’t afford to miss this one!
The Sabbath has three dimensions in our reasons for keeping it. In this first presentation, Pastor Bohr covers the primary one in which the Sabbath points us back as a memorial to God who created us and to whom we owe joyous and grateful worship because of Him being the source of our very existence.
This lecture answers the question of why Genesis does not record God giving a direct command to Adam and Eve to keep the first Sabbath with Him when He rested. It also shows why God did not say after the Sabbath, as He had at the end of each of the other six days, that the evening and the morning were the seventh day. These things have caused some to erroneously think the Sabbath was only first given to the Jews at Sinai to keep.
God is the center of the creation story and the Sabbath is first of all His day, but it also was given to man as a gift to spend special time with their Creator. Pastor Bohr also discusses what God’s “rest” is and why He is said to still be resting, even though Jesus also said that He and His Father are always at work. This sermon shows why the Sabbath is such a blessing for all men, why it was needed even in perfect Eden, whySabbath is still valid and given to us to “enter His rest”, and why those who call it a curse and that it was meant only for the Jews just do not truly understand the character of God and His purpose for sharing the Sabbath with us.
And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. ~ Genesis 2: 2
God sanctified and blessed the day in which He had rested from all His wondrous work. And this Sabbath, sanctified of God, was to be kept for a perpetual covenant. It was a memorial that was to stand from age to age, till the close of earth's history.
God brought the Hebrews out of their Egyptian bondage, and commanded them to observe His Sabbath, and keep the law given in Eden. Every week He worked a miracle to establish in their minds the fact that in the beginning of the world He had instituted the Sabbath....
In the third month they came to the desert of Sinai, and there the law was spoken from the mount in awful grandeur. During their stay in Egypt, Israel had so long heard and seen idolatry practiced that to a large degree they had lost their knowledge of God and of His law, and their sense of the importance and sacredness of the Sabbath; the law was given a second time to call these things to their remembrance. In God's statutes was defined practical religion for all mankind. Before Israel was placed the true standard of righteousness.
“And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep.” Some, who have been anxious to make of none effect the law of God, have quoted this word “sabbaths,” interpreting it to mean the annual sabbaths of the Jews. But they do not connect this positive requirement with that which follows: “For it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the Lord that doth sanctify you. Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people. Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the Lord: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death. Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant. It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.” ~ The Review and Herald, August 30, 1898