The Golden Clasp
The Sabbath Unites Us to God
By Ellen G. White
Igave 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, KJV).
As the Sabbath was the sign that distinguished Israel when they came out of Egypt to enter the earthly Canaan, so it is the sign that now distinguishes God’s people as they come out from the world to enter the heavenly rest.
The observance of the Sabbath is the means ordained by God of preserving a knowledge of Himself and of distinguishing between His loyal subjects and the transgressors of His law.
Sabbath Points to the Creator and Sanctifier
It [the Sabbath] belongs to Christ.… Since He made all things, He made the Sabbath. By Him it was set apart as a memorial of the work of creation. It points to Him as both the Creator and the Sanctifier. It declares that He who created all things in heaven and in earth, and by whom all things hold together, is the head of the church, and that by His power we are reconciled to God. For, speaking of Israel, He said, “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”—make them holy. Then the Sabbath is a sign of Christ’s power to make us holy. And it is given to all whom Christ makes holy. As a sign of His sanctifying power, the Sabbath is given to all who through Christ become a part of the Israel of God.…
Delighting in Christ
To all who receive the Sabbath as a sign of Christ’s creative and redeeming power, it will be a delight. Seeing Christ in it, they delight themselves in Him. The Sabbath points them to the works of creation as an evidence of His mighty power in redemption. While it calls to mind the lost peace of Eden, it tells of peace restored through the Savior. And every object in nature repeats His invitation, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28, KJV).
The Sabbath is a golden clasp that unites God and His people.…
Important to Remember
At the very beginning of the fourth commandment the Lord said, “Remember.” He knew that amid the multitude of cares and perplexities man would be tempted to excuse himself from meeting the full requirement of the law, or would forget its sacred importance. Therefore He said: “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy” (Ex. 20:8, KJV).
All through the week we are to have the Sabbath in mind and be making preparation to keep it according to the commandment.…
When the Sabbath is thus remembered, the temporal will not be allowed to encroach upon the spiritual. No duty pertaining to the six working days will be left for the Sabbath. During the week our energies will not be so exhausted in temporal labor that on the day when the Lord rested and was refreshed we shall be too weary to engage in His service.…
Preparing for This Special Day
On Friday let the preparation for the Sabbath be completed. See that all the clothing is in readiness and that all the cooking is done.… The Sabbath is not to be given to the repairing of garments, to the cooking of food, to pleasure seeking, or to any other worldly employment. Before the setting of the sun let all secular work be laid aside and all secular papers be put out of sight. Parents, explain your work and its purpose to your children, and let them share in your preparation to keep the Sabbath according to the commandment.
There is another work that should receive attention on the preparation day. On this day all differences between brethren, whether in the family or in the church, should be put away. Let all bitterness and wrath and malice be expelled from the soul. In a humble spirit, “confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another” (James 5:11, KJV).
Before the setting of the sun let the members of the family assemble to read God’s Word, to sing and pray.
We should jealously guard the edges of the Sabbath. Remember that every moment is consecrated, holy time.
The selection is drawn from the devotional book The Faith I Live By, pages 33, 34. Seventh-day Adventists believe that Ellen G. White(1827-1915) exercised the biblical gift of prophecy during more than 70 years of public ministry.