Celebrating the Sabbath
Have you ever wished you could discover an island of peace in this world of stress? Are there times when your life seems filled with worry? Does the future trouble you?
God has created the very island of peace that our hearts long for. The Sabbath is His eternal symbol of His love for us. His Sabbath rest reminds us each week that He created us and has not forgotten us.
1. What three specific things did God do on the seventh-day Sabbath? Read the text below and list your answers.
“Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made” (Gen. 2:3).
Although it is possible to receive God’s blessing any day we worship, we can receive His Sabbath blessing only if we worship on His Sabbath. He placed a special blessing on the seventh day; it is the day He sanctified.
2. What does God promise to those who keep His Sabbath? Read the text below and fill in the blanks.
“Blessed is the man who does this, and the son of man who lays hold on it; who keeps from defiling the Sabbath, and keeps his hand from doing any evil” (Isa. 56:2).
God promises a ______________________________________for those who keep the Sabbath.
Write in your own words some of the blessings God gives to those who keep the Sabbath.
3. How did God describe the Sabbath? Read the text below and fill in the blanks.
“The seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work on it; it is the Sabbath of the Lord in all your dwellings” (Lev. 23:3).
The Sabbath is a day of solemn ____________________and a holy ______________________.
On Sabbath we rest from our labors and find peace and joy in God’s holy convocation. Convocation is a “coming together.” The Sabbath is a sacred, or holy, coming together of God’s people for worship.
4. How did Jesus observe the Sabbath? What was His weekly custom? Read the text below and circle the answers.
“So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read” (Luke 4:16).
The Sabbath was special to Jesus. Each Sabbath He spent time worshipping His heavenly Father. Jesus also performed many of His miracles of healing on Sabbath.
5. What do Christ’s healing miracles on the Sabbath teach us about celebrating the Sabbath? Read the text below and underline why Jesus healed on the Sabbath.
“But if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless. For the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath. . . . Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath” (Matt. 12:7, 8, 12b).
What do Jesus’ compassion, kindness, and good deeds on the Sabbath model for us? ______________
6. What does the Lord invite us to do today? Read the text below and fill in the blanks.
“If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on My holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy day of the Lord honorable, and shall honor Him, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words, then you shall delight yourself in the Lord; and I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth” (Isa. 58:13, 14).
The Lord invites us to:
a. Do __________________________________________________________________________
“To set your foot” upon something was a symbol of ownership or possession. Isaiah’s passage teaches that when we release the seventh-day Sabbath from our control and honor God with our words and activities, He will cause us to ride on the high hills of the earth. In other words, our lives will be blessed with a sense of His presence.
7. How will we spend our Sabbaths in heaven? Read the text below and circle the answer.
“‘And from one Sabbath to another, all flesh shall come to worship before Me’ says the Lord” (Isa. 66:23).
Imagine: All the heavenly beings and all the redeemed will worship at God’s throne on the Sabbath. They will sing anthems of praise and choruses of worship. Our Lord Himself will speak of His intense love for us. He will share His incredible joy that we will be with Him for all eternity.
Would you like to let Jesus know that the desire of your heart is to worship with the angels on that first Sabbath in heaven? Why not bow your head right now and tell Him?
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