Sabbath – In a Larger Context

Sabbath – In a Larger Context

By Steve Brightbill

“Without a doubt, man needs rest – and on a regular, weekly basis. That’s why God created the Sabbath in the first place. But the weekly Sabbath is but a part of a larger picture.

As God prepared the Israelites for entering the Promised Land, He provided a comprehensive set of laws and instructions which was to guide their worship, conduct, and their relationship with Him. Many of these laws and regulations are detailed in the book of Leviticus. Chapter 25 speaks of a Sabbatical Year and a Year of Jubilee.

The sabbatical year was a year of rest for the land itself. “But in the seventh year the land is to have a sabbath of rest, a sabbath to the Lord. Do not sow your fields or prune your vineyards” (verse 4). As explained later in verses 20 and 21, the sixth year would produce three years of abundance, which would be…”

(this article is an excerpt from the June 1990 edition of the Sabbath Sentinel)

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Judge Ye Not What is Right?

Judge Ye Not What is Right?

 by Richard Rives

“Each week I provide a video commentary entitled Biblical Christianity — “Just the Facts.” By way of my commentaries I provide indisputable evidence that while many aspects of contemporary Christianity are found among the traditions of paganism, they cannot be found in the Bible.

I tell people that we should keep the Ten Commandments, and that the combination of pagan precepts with the worship of the biblical Creator is in violation of the first four commandments which tell us how to love the LORD.

I tell people that while we are saved by grace through faith, sin is still defined as the transgression of the law — that the wages of willful and unrepentant sin is still death — and that we must not practice sin.

Some people just don’t like the idea of having rules by which we must abide; and, as you can imagine, I receive a great deal of criticism. Why am I criticized? Not for presenting information that is false, but for presenting factual evidence that they do not like…”

(this article is an excerpt from the March–April 2013 edition of the Sabbath Sentinel)

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The Sabbath Rest

The Sabbath Rest

by John T. Klassek

“Scientists predict that in approximately four billion years’ time, the sun will run out of the hydrogen that fuels it. As a result of the enormous gravitational pull inward, it will begin to collapse in on itself. The sun will then reach a point of critical mass, whereupon it will expand to become a red giant, and in doing so destroy not only the earth but the entire solar system.

The Bible also predicts that one day the earth will be destroyed by fire. God says that beyond that there will be a new heaven and new earth.

What does this have to do with the Sabbath? It’s all about time.

The weekly Sabbath rest is more than just a reminder that as physical humans we’re bound by constraints of space and time. It’s about holiness, it’s about REST, and it’s about being at one with God.

When this earth, as we know it, no longer exists, neither will the current parameters of days and nights, weeks, months or the years that help govern our passage through time….”

(this article is an excerpt from the March–April 2012 edition of the Sabbath Sentinel)

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In the Days of Noah

In the Days of Noah

by David Rives

In biblical history we learn that there came a time when wickedness filled the land. Even so, there was a righteous man who found grace in God’s sight. He was given instructions on the building of a ship which would preserve the lives of everyone on board. God revealed that He would send a flood to destroy everything that was not sealed in the ship.

Noah built the ark as commanded, and prepared for the coming flood, while the rest of the world continued as they were, too caught up in their daily lives.

The deluge that came wiped the earth clean, and after the waters had receded, the ark was opened, and life began anew.

We read that God “spared not the old world, but saved Noah…a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly” (2 Peter 2:5).

(this article is an excerpt from the Jan-Feb 2013 edition of the Sabbath Sentinel)

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