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As well as reminding us of God's awesome ability, Sabbath is a memorial of Israel's deliverance from Egypt (Deut. 5:15). It also foreshadows our future redemption from European tyranny and portrays our ongoing deliverance from sin (Isa. 14:3; Ga. 5:1). The plagues God sent against Egypt identified Him as Creator God: One who could control forces of nature and intervene in affairs of nations. When God pours out seven last plagues on Europe's Babylonish system, bringing it to its knees, it'll reveal Him alone as Most High God and Holy Father (Dan. 2:44; Rev. 14:7)!
The Sabbath day, a memorial of creation and Israel's liberation, reminds us relief from sin is coming. We'll finally be able to rest from temptation and enjoy righteousness (II Pet. 3:13)! When we're truly born again we'll be free from sin; it'll be a thing of past (I Jn. 3:9). This serenity awaits us in Promised Land of God's Kingdom (Heb. 4:1- 11). God is reproducing Himself - Christ in us - and will add "finishing touch" at our resurrection (Rom. 8:21-23).
Jesus cut through all red tape of entangling human traditions, and kept Sabbath day as God intended (Mk. 7:7). Yet it was prophesied that some would tamper with how and when we're to observe God's Sabbath day, and forcibly attempt to replace it with their own (Dan. 7:25; Rev. 17:5). This Sabbath question is destined to become a bloody issue again (Rev. 13:17; 14:13). But for those who really want to know truth, God's entrusted Jews to keep knowledge of true Sabbath day (Rom. 9:4). And Jews don't worship on Sunday! They follow Biblical practice of celebrating Sabbath: from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset. God even pronounces a blessing on everyone who's properly keeping Sabbath just before Christ's return, despite political pressure to do otherwise (Isa. 56:1-2).
Why not take time out to get to know God? Although He enjoys our contact daily, God's set aside every seventh day as a special opportunity to learn more about Him and life. Don't settle for counterfeits or attempt to adopt days copied from others (Deut. 12:30).
GOD'S RESERVED THE SEVENTH DAY FOR HIS PEOPLE. It was a regular part of Jesus' life and early Church's custom. In fact, all righteous priests and prophets, patriarches and kings, throughout Biblical history, have kept God's holy Sabbath. Why not follow their example? Don't forget!
David Ben-Ariel, an American author who has travelled widely and who has lived throughout Israel, shares a special focus on the Middle East and great interest in Jerusalem, reflected in hard-hitting articles that help others improve their understanding of that troubled region that is destined to affect us all. Check out http://www.benariel.com and http://www.pushhamburger.com/david.htm/