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by this argument Satan prepared the world to accept a substitute in place of the Sabbath God had commanded ~ upon the tablets of stone God wrote the great, unchanging law of the ages ~ every word was serious and meaningful ~ not one line was vague or mysterious ~ sinners and Christians, a child would have no problem understanding the simple, clear words of the Ten Commandments ~ no one has tried to void the law as too complicated to comprehend ~

most of the ten begin with the same words:  “thou shalt not” ~ but right in the heart of the law we find the 4th commandment which is introduced with the word, “Remember”

why is this one different?  God was commanding them to call something to memory which already existed but had been forgotten ~ Genesis describes the origin of the Sabbath in these words, “thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them, and on the 7th day God ended His work which He had made … and God blessed the 7th day, and sanctified it:  because that in it He had rested from all His work which God created and made” Genesis 2:1-3

which day did God bless and sanctify?  the 7th day ~ how was it to be kept holy?  by resting ~ could any of the other six be kept holy?  no ~ why?  God commanded not to rest those days but to work ~ does God’s blessing make a difference?  of course ~ this is why parents pray for God to bless their children ~ they believe it makes a difference ~ the 7th day is different from all the other six days,  because it had God’s blessing ~

more questions:  why did God bless the day?  because He had created the world in six days ~ it was the birthday of the world, a memorial of a might act ~ can the Sabbath memorial be changed?  never ~ it reminds us of where we came from, straight from the hands of God, His creation on the Sabbath day ~ July 4th is Independence Day ~ can it be changed?  No ~ the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776 ~ your birthday cannot be changed, either ~ it is a memorial of your birth, which happened on a set day ~ you would need to go back in time, somehow to change any of those commemorative dates mentioned ~ we can call another day Independence Day, you can make up any other day for your birthday, we can call another day the Sabbath, but that does not make it so ~ 

did God ever give man the privilege of choosing his own day of rest?  He did not ~ in fact, God confirmed in the Bible that the Sabbath was settled and sealed by His own divine selection and should not be tampered with ~ read Exodus 16 concerning the giving of manna ~ for 40 years God worked three miracles every week to show Israel which day was holy (1) no manna fell on the 7th day (2) they could not keep it overnight without spoilage (3) when they kept it over the Sabbath, it remained sweet and fresh ~

but some Israelites had the same idea as many modern Christians ~ they felt that any day in seven would be all right to keep holy:  “and it came to pass, that there went out some of the people on the 7th day out to gather, and they found none ~ and the LORD said unto Moses, how long will you refuse to keep My commandments and My laws?”  Exodus 16:27, 28

get the picture?  these people thought another day could be kept just as well as the 7th day ~ perhaps they were planning to observe the first day of the week, which is Sunday ~ or some other day, a more convenient day perhaps?  what happened?  God met them and accused them of breaking His law by going forth to work on the 7th day ~ would God say the same thing to those who break the Sabbath today?  yes ~ He is the same yesterday, today and forever ~ He changes not ~ God made it very clear that, regardless of their feelings, those who go forth to work on the Sabbath are guilty of breaking His law ~ “for whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all ~ for he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill ~ now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law”  James 2:10, 11



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