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Genesis 2:3 blesses covenant

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ELISA NORMAN

The Dallas MJ Examiner

In the wilderness, the Hebrews marked the seventh day by the presence or absence of manna. They gathered what they needed for five days, doubled the amount on the sixth day and rested the seventh day.

The cycle repeated itself every week for 40 years and although the calendar calculations went through various changes over the centuries with regards to dates and year markings, the days of the week have not been changed.

The Sabbath is still Friday sundown to Saturday sundown. Observing the Sabbath shows that we trust God to provide for our needs. Conversely, working on the Sabbath proves that we do not trust God to provide for us and that we are disobedient to him.

As a sign of trust and obedience, Sabbath observance is a sign of covenant relationship between God and followers of God. It is a sign that our Creator God makes us holy and separates us from what is common in this world. We are set apart to him as a wife is set apart to her husband at marriage. One who professes faith in God but does not keep the Sabbath is like a married woman who does not wear her ring.

Both Israelites and non-Israelites who follow God can be included in the covenant. Isaiah 56:6 says, "and foreigners who bind themselves to YHWH. All who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it and hold fast to my covenant these I will bring to my holy mountain." For a non-Israelite to come to God as part of his holy covenant, he must keep the Sabbath. Whether we are genetic or spiritual Israel, the Sabbath is the sign that we wish to be bound with YHWH in his covenant promises. Although salvation does not rest on whether or not we keep the Sabbath, when we break the Sabbath we are guilty of sin (Isaiah 58:13). Keeping the Sabbath is on Gods Top Ten List: the Ten Commandments. For someone new to Sabbath observance, the thought of the unfamiliar may be daunting, especially in the face of opposition, but becoming a new spiritual creation is a long and difficult process. If we do not change our own ways to follow God and cause ripples of change in our world as bearers of his light, then we must question whether we are really changing.


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