Sabbath Keeping Basics
by Chris DeWeese
“Once we come to the conclusion that the Sabbath is for Christians then come the questions about how to keep it. This article takes a comprehensive look at the scriptures supporting the Sabbath and explains how it is kept in plain terms.
“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath of the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and made it holy” (Exodus 20:8-11).
The first word to key in on is “holy”. In this context “holy” means to be “set-apart, dedicated, hallowed, or consecrated.” This is a serious word. Think about the fine dishes or silverware that only come out for special occasions. Think about a special suit or dress you have that you only wear to the most important events. This is the same concept in which God has placed the seventh day of the week. It is a very special day that we are to treat specially. The opposite of “holy” is common. In other words, the clothing or silverware you use from day to day are commonly used, not set aside for special purposes. At the extreme opposite of holy is profane, which is something reprehensible that one would not consider using for anything. To keep the Sabbath holy is to treat it as something very special and precious.
The next concept in the commandment is…”
(This is an excerpt from the Nov-Dec 2013 edition of The Sabbath Sentinel)
To read the rest of this article, which starts on page 12, click this link: http://biblesabbath.org/media/TSS_2013_Nov-Dec_LowRes.pdf