Bible Study Helps and Lessons
By Pastor George Rice
a. Gen. 2:1-3 -- God blessed and sanctified the seventh-day at the time of creation.
b. John 1:1-3; Col. 1:16, 17; Heb. 1:2, 3 -- Jesus is the Creator of earth
Therefore, everyone who claims to be a follower of Jesus is obligated to worship upon the day that He chose, blessed, and sanctified at creation.
a. Luke 23:53-24:3 -- Jesus rested in the tomb between His two recreative acts--(1) death on the cross and, (2) resurrection
b. 2 Cor. 5:17 - in Jesus we are a new creation
Therefore, as Jesus the Creator rested on the seventh day of creation, so as Recreator He rested in the tomb on the seventh-day Sabbath in His work of making possible our recreation.
3. New Earth (Jesus does not change)
a. Isa. 66:22, 23 -- redeemed will observe the seventh-day Sabbath in the new earth
b. Heb. 13:8 -- Jesus never changes
Therefore, because Jesus chose the seventh-day Sabbath at the time of creation and this Sabbath will be observed in the new earth, this shows Jesus never changes. Because of this we are obligated to keep the seventh-day Sabbath today if we are His followers. Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
4. Ten Commandment Law
a. Exodus 20:8-11 -- the fourth commandment
b. John 14:15, 21 -- if we love Jesus, we are to keep His commandments.
c. Gal. 3:19 -- ten commandment law given through the hand of a Mediator.
d. 1 Tim. 2:5 -- Jesus is the only Mediator between God and man.
Therefore, because Jesus gave the 10 commandments and because the command to keep the seventh-day Sabbath is the fourth of these 10, as Christians we are obligated to obey Jesus, the law Giver, and to observe the seventh-day Sabbath.
5. Sabbath a Sign of Santification
a. Exodus 31:12-17 -- Israel was commanded to observe the Sabbath because it is a sign of sanctification by God
b. Who is Israel?
1) Gal. 3:6-14, 16, 26-29 -- those who believe in Jesus are Israel, even today.
2) Rom. 2:28, 29; 9:6-8 -- a Jew is not one who is a physical descendant of Abraham. A Jew is any human being who believes in Jesus.
c. Sign of sanctification
1) Exodus 31:13 -- sign that God sanctifies us or cleanses us from sin (see Ezekiel 20:12, 20).
2) Heb. 13:12 -- sinners are sanctified by the blood of Jesus.
Therefore, everyone who believes in Jesus is a child of Israel and Abraham, and is obligated to observe the seventh-day Sabbath as a sign that he has accepted the blood of Jesus for the forgiveness of his sins and is sanctified by Him.
To claim to be a Christian and to ignore the seventh-day Sabbath and observe another day is a contradiction.
If we abide in Christ, if the love of God dwells in the heart, our feelings, our thoughts, our actions, will be in harmony with the will of God. The sanctified heart is in harmony with the precepts of God's law. -- Acts of the Apostles, p.563:01