One of the strangest things that I have encountered is the belief that Adam and Eve were Jewish. Funny you say? Try asking someone about the Sabbath and they will say, “It is for the Jews.” However, when God gave it, not a single Jew was around, just Adam and Eve and neither one was Jewish. Whose Sabbath is it anyway? And who was it given for?
1. When was the Sabbath instituted?
“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day _____ ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it.” (Gen. 2:1-3)
NOTE: The crowning act of creation was the Sabbath.
2. Who was it made for?
“The Sabbath was made for ______, and not man for the Sabbath.” (Mark 2:27)
3. How did God make it special?
“God ________ the seventh day, and __________ it.” (Gen. 2:3). “The LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and ___________ the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and ____________ it.” (Ex. 20:11)
NOTE: Only the seventh day Sabbath is blessed, sanctified and hallowed.
4. Can the blessing of the Sabbath be transferred to another day?
“Now therefore let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may be before thee for ever: for thou _________, O LORD, and it shall be blessed ___ _______.” (1 Chron. 17:27)
5. What is the Sabbath a sign of?
“Verily my Sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the _______ that doth __________ ___.” (Ex. 31:13)
NOTE: Besides circumcision which was given to the Jewish nation, the Sabbath is the only thing that is stated as a sign between God and His people.
6. What was Jesus’ Sabbath custom?
“And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, He _______ into the ___________ on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read.” (Luke 4:16)
7. What did the followers of Christ do on the Sabbath after His death?
“And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid. And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and _____ the ________ day according to the commandment.” (Luke 23:55, 56)
8. Which day did Paul keep, after Christ death, resurrection and ascension?
“And he reasoned in the synagogue every _________, and persuaded the Jews and the Greek.” (Acts 18:4)
9. Which day did New Testament Gentile Christians keep?
“And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the ________ besought that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath. And the next _________ day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God.” (Acts 13:42, 44)
NOTE: Some teach that New Testament Christians worshiped on a different day from the Jews; however, this is not true. Jews and Gentiles worshiped on the same day (Sabbath) and in the same place.
10. According to the Bible, the Sabbath is found between which two days?
“And that day was the ____________, and the Sabbath drew on” (Luke 23:54). “And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. And very early in the morning the ______ day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.” (Mark 16:1, 2).
NOTE 1: The Sabbath of the New Testament is found between Friday, the preparation day and Sunday, the first day of the week.
NOTE 2: Some ministers say that when the Scripture said, “When the Sabbath was past,” that the seventh day Sabbath had ended and a new Sabbath was instituted. The only problem, however, is that Paul; some thirty years later not only kept the seventh day Sabbath, but taught the Gentiles to observe it as well.
11. How do the wicked treat the Sabbath?
12. Does the Sabbath ever end?
“For as the ____ ________ and the ____ ______, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain. And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.” (Isa. 66:22, 23).
NOTE: Like God, the Sabbath is eternal. We will keep it in heaven and the earth made new.
13. Do you want to be among God’s people who believe Him and have His Sabbath sign?