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Significance of the Sabbath — 8 Comments

  1. Thank you for this article. I was reading in Peter the other day and he said something interesting that I always used to glance over until recently... (paraphrasing A LOT) "I will keep reminding you of these things as long as I'm alive so that when I'm gone you will always remember." [2 Peter 1:13-15]

    This is another one of those things! The beauty of the Sabbath the restoration of the Sabbath the rest and yes!!! the PROVISION of the Sabbath.

    Many of us Adventist (don't want to admit this) have a hard time giving totally over to worship devoid of our secular pursuits on the Sabbath. I know I've caught myself asking myself, "is this Sabbath material?" to dwell on, to talk about, even to listen. But just like the provision that God made for the Israelites when they would come to the feasts, He will take care of our secular pursuits...

    We must continually remember that God always has our best interest at heart and the Sabbath is an excellent way to show to Him that we believe His promises!

    Thanks again for this article.

  2. I found your articles very educating. Please help me on this matter. I am a new convet. I would like to learn if it is lawful for married couples to have sex on sabbath hours that (friday evening).
    Your answer will help me very much. Use my email address please.

    I am in Kasama Zambia-Africa

    • Isaiah 58 Verses 13 and 14
      13If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:

      14Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
      It says, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words. From this, sex making is a pleasure and does not sanctify the sabbath keeping it holy.
      Again, Exodus 19 verses 10-15
      10And the LORD said unto Moses, Go unto the people, and sanctify them to day and to morrow, and let them wash their clothes,

      11And be ready against the third day: for the third day the LORD will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai.

      12And thou shalt set bounds unto the people round about, saying, Take heed to yourselves, that ye go not up into the mount, or touch the border of it: whosoever toucheth the mount shall be surely put to death:

      13There shall not an hand touch it, but he shall surely be stoned, or shot through; whether it be beast or man, it shall not live: when the trumpet soundeth long, they shall come up to the mount.

      14And Moses went down from the mount unto the people, and sanctified the people; and they washed their clothes.

      15And he said unto the people, Be ready against the third day: come not at your wives.
      Verse 15 says clearly Be ready against the third day: come not at your wives.It is commanded that love making/sexmaking should be abstained until sabbath is over. Yahweh, our Father will teach, guide you and make you to bear it and give you understanding. Shalom
      Raphael Agwuncha

      • Along with the Sabbath, marriage is an institution that comes to us direct from Eden, and we read in Hebrews 13:4 that "Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled."

        Exodus 19 contains dire warnings against coming close to the mountain from which God would speak His Ten great Commandments. A fence was built around the mountain, and they were not even to come near it. The prohibition against marital relations was in this context and is not directly related to the Sabbath.

    • I did not reply earlier, Chisusu, because the request to use your e-mail address seemed to limit responses to the moderators of the website, and also because I do not know of any clear Biblical answer to your question.

      I respond now because, having read Raphael's reply, I still don't know of any clear Biblical answer. Isaiah 58 certainly is about Sabbath keeping, but just what would it mean for us to do our own "pleasure" on the Sabbath day? I understand that this prohibits the pursuit of our own business on God's holy day, as well as simply doing as we please by engaging in worldly matters, contrary to God's clearly revealed purposes for the Sabbath. However, I cannot believe that this is a blanket prohibition of anything that might happen to bring us pleasure, such as going for a walk in nature, for example. It seems to me that any implication that physical relations in marriage have anything to do with worldly business would tend to degrade the sacredness of the marriage relation. So I must respectfully object to Raphael's attempted application of this text.

      The passage from Exodus 19 does explicitly refer to the avoidance of sexual relations at a particular time. However, this particular time was not the Sabbath day. It was when Israel was preparing to have God descend upon Mount Sinai to audibly proclaim His law to them. Do you see any implications here for the Sabbath? If so, that's fine. But I certainly cannot see any command here, concerning Sabbath observance.

      May God bless you, and guide you by His word.

    • Greetings, Chisusu

      Thanks for your question, which is a popular one. Please see my full answer here (https://ssnet.org/blog/2011/09/Sabbath-and-the-Marriage-Bed/) with reference texts to help as you study this topic.


  3. In order to understand the relevance of Sabbath in our lives today, I bet one should study Apostle Paul's spiritual view of the sabbath. God does not require Sabbath keeping as a means for one salvation, but a clean heart that gives service to God in truth and in Spirit. Sabbath is only a shadow of the real thing to come, which is Gods salvation through Christ.

    Also Prophets Isiah and Hosea spoke of the promised salvation as the 'new creation' and the 'new exodus' respectively in which all the practices and things of the past, including the sabbath, shall come to pass and no longer be remembered. We are now leaving in the time of the new creation and the new exodus. Apostle Paul explicitly stated that the Sabbath was nailed on the cross when Jesus was crucified. Sabbath is no longer relevant once we receive Gods salvation through Christ Jesus.

  4. I have enjoyed the discussions so far. I just chanced here and know there will be others as well who might pass by to read the comments. The Ministry Magazine Published an article in April 2015 written by Michael W. Campbell, PhD, an assistant professor of Theological-Historical
    Studies, Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies, Silang, Cavite,

    Access the full article here. https://www.ministrymagazine.org/archive/2015/04/sex-on-the-sabbath

    It is helpful.


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