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    "Did you give me the same book both times?" her minister asked.


    "Did you still obey my command to take six books and to give me the seventh?"

    "Yes, I did. I understand, Reverend. Thank-you."

    Has the commandment to labor for six days and rest the seventh changed from the Old Testament to New Testament times? What has changed?

We are commanded to "Remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it holy" (Exodus 20:8); but how are we to keep the Sabbath holy? The Lord addresses this question through the prophet Isaiah in the following manner, "If thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on My holy day; and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honorable; and shalt honor Him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD" (Isaiah 58:13-14a).

Based upon these verses and others in Scripture, the following six practical guidelines regarding how to observe Sunday can be presented.

1. Prepare for Sunday's approach, treating it as a special day - Being involved late Saturday night with personal recreation or work is not good preparation; it will hinder alertness on the following special worship day.

    Terry was scheduled to have an important, one-hour meeting with the district supervisor of the firm for which he worked.

    "I can't," he told his friends who invited him out for a late night together. "I have an important meeting tomorrow morning and I have to be wide awake."

    How does the principle underlying Terry's reasoning apply to proper preparation for Sunday?

2. Arise on time Sunday morning - Get up early enough to avoid rushing. Allow extra time for Quiet Bible reading, meditation,

What spirit underlies the proper keeping of the Sabbath as taught in Isaiah 58:13-14?

  • Meditation - The act of serious thinking and contemplating

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