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The Sabbath Day.

The Sabbath Day.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. HOLT OKES, D.D.


And God blessed the seventh day^ and sanctified
it : because that in it he had rested from all
his work^ which God created and made. —
Genesis, ii. 3.
BY REV. HOLT OKES, D.D.


And God blessed the seventh day^ and sanctified
it : because that in it he had rested from all
his work^ which God created and made. —
Genesis, ii. 3.

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THE SABBATH DAY. BY REV. HOLT OKES, D.D. And God blessed the seventh day^ and sanctified it : because that in it he had rested from all his work^ which God created and made. — Genesis, ii. 3. It has been asserted by many, that t^ iobservation of the Sabbath day is an in^ti^ tution which should rather be considered a6 belonging to the ceremonies of the Mpsfuc law, than of any general obligation. The words of the text, however, ^sufBcientiy shew^, tkattlm day whick immediately followed the six days of creation, was blessed and sanctified iby Ood himself: the command, Itherefore, given to Moses, respecting the Sabbath day, may be regarided as the revival of a custom which bad become neglected. The keeping of the Sabbath day must not be cixnfowidied with the Levitical ceremonies* The ^sa]|^3 reason is given for the institution of the Sab- Digitized by Google 88 bath, at the close of the fourth commandment, which is given in the words of the text, namely,
 
that ^' in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day : wherefore the Lord blessed the seventh day, and hallowed it/* We are thus informed of the reason for the appointment of the Sabbath day. If we refer to the second chapter of St. Mark, ver. ?7> 28, we shall find /or whose us^ it was appointed. A^s our Saviour went through the corn-fields on the Sabbath day, his disci- ples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn; upon which the Pharisees said unto bim^ ^* Why do they, on the Sabbath day, that which is not lawful V Our Saviour, in reply, instanced the example of David, and said unto them, ** The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath;*' a reply which, while it points out the object' for which the Sabbath was instituted, presents a safeguard against a superstitious appUcation of it. It may be objected that, at present, the first day of the week is observed instead of the seventh. This change was made by the primitive Christians; the first day being called by them th? J-ord's day, as a constant memoir Digitized by Google 89
 
rial of that confirmation of all their hopes,  —the resurrection of Christ from the dead. The observation of the first day being ap- pointed for the same purposes for which Ijbe seventh was instituted, and upon the hi^ authority of the Apostles, and immediate fol lowers of our Lord, it is equally incumbent on all who profess to believe in Christ, to keep it holy. To them it affords a constant memorial of that new creation which they receive in Christ Jesus. Whether the first day of the week, or the seventh, be observed, if the same good effects result, it would be an idle waste of time to dispute about the pro- priety of the peculiar day. We may, how- ever, draw this conclusion, that it is the will, and the command, of the Almighty, that a SEVETH part of our time should be allotted to his service, and for the improvement of our spiritual interests. The first day of the week is, by the general consent of all Christiaq communities, established as the Sabbath, that is, as a day of rest. Presuming,, then, that all who are now assembled, must regard the Sab- bath as of divine appointment, 1 shall proceed with offering some general remarks on the necessity of keeping it holy. Every violc^tiop of the Sabbath is in defi^ Digitized by Google

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