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Some years ago, it became popular for married couples to schedule a regular “date night.” Faced with the demands of modern life, many husbands and wives gured the only way they could get “quality time was to reserve one night a week during which they could spend meaningful time together. But what if your life is so busy that you find it hard to make time for God? When He created the world, God did something special to make sure His children could always have time for Him!

Has God demonstrated that He wants to spend time with His children?

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you ____________.


At the end of creation week, God set aside a day that would be a special time for His people to spend with Him. Knowing His people would be stressed and busy, He gave the Sabbath day as a release valve—as protection against the demands of life.
Was the Sabbath day intended only for Jews to keep?

The Sabbath was made for _________.

God created the Sabbath for the entire human race. That God made it “for” humanity indicates that God intentionally and thoughtfully made the Sabbath as a gift for people throughout the ages. Keep in mind: the Sabbath was made at creation—approximately 2,000 years before the existence of the first Jew. It was made for all people!
How important is the Sabbath in the eyes of God?

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it _____________.

God included the keeping of the seventh-day Sabbath in the Ten Commandments. God “sanctified” the Sabbath day (Genesis 2:3), which means He made it and set it apart for holy use. Anything made holy by God is something God regards as very special.
How is the Sabbath day important in our daily experience with God?

For in six days the Lord ___________ the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.

The seventh-day Sabbath is a memorial of God’s creative power. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)
The Sabbath is a forever reminder of God’s work of creation. It tells us that the world was purposely made by a loving Creator, who prepared a beautiful world for His children to enjoy. The Sabbath also tells us that human beings were carefully constructed by a Designer. The Sabbath day tells us there is a Creator!

Not only is the Sabbath a sign that God is our Creator, but it is also a sign that God is our re-Creator. Human beings who have fallen prey to sin have lost the holiness God intended for them to have. Isaiah 59:2 says that sin separates a person from God. Fallen sinners need to be remade. David’s prayer was, “Create in me a clean heart, O God.” (Psalm 51:10) Ezekiel wrote that the Sabbath is a sign that God is our Sanctifier. God alone can make us holy by creating in us the clean heart we need. The Sabbath is a sign of that great truth!
What day did Jesus keep holy?
So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the _________________ day.

Jesus—like Adam, Abraham, Isaac, Moses and the early Christian church— kept the seventh-day Sabbath day holy every week.

The Bible says Jesus died on the preparation day (Luke 23:54), the day that is commonly referred to as Good Friday. He rose from the dead on the first day of the week (Luke 24:1), the day that today is called Easter Sunday. The day in- between was the Sabbath day. Saturday is the day that comes between Friday and Sunday. The seventh-day Sabbath of the Bible is Saturday.

Jesus was adamant this His mission did not include making changes to the Ten Commandments. Jesus did not change the Sabbath day. God gave the Sabbath to the human family as a blessing and a joy. Nowhere does the Bible suggest that God ever intended to remove the blessing of the Sabbath.
Did Jesus intend for the Sabbath day to be kept holy after He died?
And pray that your ight may not be in winter or on the __________________.

Before Jesus died, He gave counsel regarding the destruction of Jerusalem, which would take place in AD 70, nearly 40 years after He died. Looking four decades into the future, Jesus told His hearers that the Sabbath day would still be important long after His death on the cross.

The Apostle Paul kept the Sabbath day holy. (Acts 17:2; 18:4) Along with the other apostles, he worshipped on the Sabbath with both Jews and Gentiles. On occasions when there was no synagogue in which to worship, Paul would meet by the riverside with Gentile believers. (Acts 16:13) The seventh-day Sabbath was certainly the day of worship for the early Christian church.
Does it really matter which day I keep as the Sabbath?

The ________________ day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God.

God specified the day we should keep as the Sabbath. In fact, it isn’t possible to keep any other day holy, because the seventh day is the only day that is holy.

Keeping the seventh-day Sabbath holy is a sign that we are prepared to love God on His terms. God has not asked us to keep a Sabbath of our own choosing. God specifically stated that the seventh day is the Sabbath.

While the Sabbath commandment is no more important than the rest of the Ten Commandments, it is no less important either! When a person breaks one of the commandments—whichever one it is—God regards that as being just as serious as breaking the rest of them.
Does God want His people living in Earth’s last days to keep the Sabbath holy?
Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who ___________ the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.

God’s children who are preparing for eternity keep His commandments. They realize that it is God’s will for people everywhere to keep all of the Ten Commandments.
Is a person who keeps the seventh-day Sabbath demonstrating that he or she believes in being saved by works?

If you ____________ Me, keep My commandments.

Jesus was very clear that obeying God is the inevitable result of loving God. Those who have accepted Jesus as their Savior nd it a delight to do His will. (Psalm 40:8)

Far from being a burden, a life of obedience to God is the natural consequence of love for God in a person’s life. God works in the life of a believer “both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13)

Irrespective of the views of the majority, the Christian is called by God to be a follower of Christ, and not a follower of other Christians.

In the New Earth, God’s people will still come together to worship Him on the Sabbath. The Sabbath was created before man sinned in Eden (Genesis 2:2, 3), and it will be kept holy after sin has been eradicated from the universe. The Ten Commandments are in the temple of God in heaven. (Revelation 11:19) Clearly, God intends for the fourth commandment to be eternal.

JOHN 14:15
If you love Me, keep My commandments.

Out of love for God, are you willing to remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy?