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Remember the Sabbath

Remember the Sabbath

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Exodus xx. 8, 9, 10, 11.

Exodus xx. 8, 9, 10, 11.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Jul 11, 2013
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REMEMBER THE SABBATHWILLIAM STEEL DICKSO, d.d.Exodus xx. 8, 9, 10, 11.'' Rememler the Sabbath-day, to keep it holy. Sixdays shalt thou labourj and do all thy work,But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lordthy God. In it thou shalt not do any work; thou,nor thy son, nor thy daughter^ nor thy man-ser"vant, nor thy maid-servanty nor thy cattle, northe stranger that is within thy gates ; for, in sixdays, the Lord made Heaven and earth, the sea,and all that in them is, and rested the seventhday : wherefore, the Lord blessed the sabbath-day, and hallowed it.'*The vast extent of the works of God — theirmagnificence, beauty, and order — their mutualdependence, harmonious operation, and com-bined tendency to diffuse happiness, wide as thecapacity of enjoyment, impress the mind of theintelligent observer, with an irresistible con-viction of his boundless understanding, unerr-ing wisdom, almighty power, and kind inten-tion. And, as man is not only an intelligent,but a sentimental being, this conviction na-turally excites feelings of reverence, esteem.29love, gratitude, and humble confidence ; which,in the fulness of his heart, he naturally expressesin the language of adoration, praise, thanks-giving and prayer.
This observation is fully verified by the con-duct of every nation, and in every age, of whichany satisfactory record has been transmitted tous. The belief of a God lias universally pre-vailed ; and though reason, unenlightened byscience, and unaided by revelation, did notfully ascertain his unity, nor clearly discover thepurity and perfection of his nature, the princi-ples of his government, or his purposes and willrespecting man 5 yet temples were every whereerected, religious worship instituted, servicesprescribed, and stated times appointed for theircelebration. And, in all of these, the praisesof the object worshipped were sung with devo-tion, or proclaimed in pompous orations, thoughtheir characters, in the eye of reason, weredisgusting, nay, infamous, and the tendency of their worship hostile to the moral improvement,interests, and dignity of man, as it led to theimitation of their character, as the mean of se-curing their favour.Revelation, however, presents to our under-standings, and to our hearts, an object of wor-ship, the contemplation of whose perfections,30and the celebration of whose praise, are calcu-lated to produce effects w,idely ^different — nay,directly contrary. For this purpose, by liisspecial command, places of worship were erect-ed, solemn services appointed, and stated timesset apart for the public and social celebrationof them.Though these appointments must appear tothe calm, serious, and impartial observer, strong-
ly marked with propriety, and recommendedby their connexion with, and tendency to pro-mote the most important interests of men, theyhave often been, and still are, treated with ne-glect, or profanely perverted. The ignorant,mistaking their design, have foolishly substi-tuted their observance in place of that know-ledge, devotion and virtue, which they wereintended to promote ; the half-instructed havemistaken and misrepresented them, as uselessand impertinent j and, sometimes, those whoought to be the guardians of sacred institutions,have, through error, inattention, or somethingless excusable, given a seeming body to thedreams of superstition, or strengthened the pre-sumption of ignorance and profanity.As the Sabbath — the day, in seven, appoint-ed, under the Jewish dispensation, for religiousworship and religious instruction, holds a con-31spicuous place among these institutions, so hathit remarkably experienced the abuses to whichthey have all been exposed. And, as the Chris-tian Sabbath is consecrated to the same pur-poses, and occupies the same proportion of time, it hath undergone the same severe treat-ment. Sometimes, it hath been represented asuseless; sometimes, as unfriendly to the pre-sent interests of society, and its religious ob-servance totally laid aside ; and too, too often,it is devoted to such purposes, as totally defeatthe end of its appointment, and give plausibili-ty to the charges brought against it.To point out the real end and importance of 

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