Sunday: Creation and the Seventh-Day Sabbath
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In Exodus 20:8-11, the fourth commandment refers directly to the Creation week.

Image © Rolf Jansson from GoodSalt.com

Image © Rolf Jansson from GoodSalt.com

This is important, because it points back to Eden itself, to a world without sin, a perfect world coming fresh from the Creator. “The Sabbath is not introduced as a new institution but as having been founded at creation. It is to be remembered and observed as the memorial of the Creator’s work.”-Ellen G. White, Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 307.

Read Genesis 2:1-3. How is the seventh-day Sabbath tied directly to the Creation itself? How do these verses help to reinforce the idea that God did, indeed, create our world in six days, as opposed to the long ages postulated by theistic evolution?

In those three verses, it’s worth noting that reference is made to the seventh day five times: in three of these five it is specifically called “the seventh day” and twice the day is referred to with the pronoun “it.” In these verses, we are left with no ambiguity about either the day or what it is specifically referring to, and that is the six days of Creation that preceded the seventh.

Read Hebrews 4:34. To what event does the author of Hebrews point in his discussion of rest, and why is this important?

This is a clear New Testament reference to the Genesis Creation account, and it provides additional evidence for the historical truth of Creation in six days, followed by a day of rest.

Many today resist the idea that Creation took place in six days. They demand scientific evidence that the record is true. But science itself comes with many contingencies, uncertainties, and presuppositions. Plus, how could a literal six-day Creation be proved, anyway?

God “has not removed the possibility of doubt; faith must rest upon evidence, not demonstration; those who wish to doubt have opportunity; but those who desire to know the truth find ample ground for faith.”-Ellen G. White,Education, p. 169.What are the reasons you have for faith? Why do they trump all the reasons to doubt?

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Sunday: Creation and the Seventh-Day Sabbath — 5 Comments

  1. I believe that the Bible is true. I think of it as my foundation. Still, as I recently heard from Doug Bachelor, experience does come in to the picture. I see what the truth and God's Love has done in my heart. I know that the Lord is real to me. Still, I choose to follow the Bible as my rule to judge my experience. To me, the words of the Bible and my own experience trump the doubts. I just pray that the Lord will lead me and that I will be willing to follow all the way no matter what others say or my senses may tell me.

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  2. The Sabbath is one of the creations created at the creation week. However you cann't deiny it from the week it is there with its features different from any other day of the week. No dout about it.

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  3. The sabbath is part of creation and when God created everything which exist now unfortunately ommited the sabbath it means creation wouldn't had been perfect.

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  4. According to 6T 353.3 to 356.4 there is no provision for cooking on Sabbath. Friday is given as a preparation day. Ex 16:23 and Numbers 11:8 are giving us examples how God instructed Moses to tell the childern of Isreal how they are to prepare for the rest day of the Lord.The Bile is a perfect guide, if its pages are prayerfully studied by hearts willing to understand, none need err upon this question." on friday,
    let the preparation for the Sabbath be completed. See that all the clothing is in readiness and all the cooking is done. Let the boots be blacked and the baths be taken. It is possible to do this, if you make it a rule. the Sabbath is not to be given to the reparing of garments, to the cooking of food, to pleasure seeking, or any other wordly employment...... 6T355.3"
    We should jealously guard the edges of the Sabbath.

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  5. The Bible is telling us that the Sabbath was given to humans at the time of creation in Eden but not in the Israelite time, meaning that without the Sabbath creation is not complete.

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