20. Sabbath

20. The Sabbath

The gracious Creator, after the six days of Creation, rested on the

seventh day and instituted the Sabbath for all people as a memorial of

Creation. The fourth commandment of God’s unchangeable law requires

the observance of this seventh-day Sabbath as the day of rest, worship, and

ministry in harmony with the teaching and practice of Jesus, the Lord of

the Sabbath. The Sabbath is a day of delightful communion with God and

one another. It is a symbol of our redemption in Christ, a sign of our

sanctification, a token of our allegiance, and a foretaste of our eternal

future in God’s kingdom. The Sabbath is God’s perpetual sign of His

eternal covenant between Him and His people. Joyful observance of this

holy time from evening to evening, sunset to sunset, is a celebration of

God’s creative and redemptive acts. (Gen 2:1-3; Exod 20:8-11; 31:13-17;

Lev 23:32; Deut 5:12-15; Isa 56:5, 6; 58:13, 14; Ezek 20:12, 20; Matt

12:1-12; Mark 1:32; Luke 4:16; Heb 4:1-11.)