You have to prioritize the big things in life. One of the big things God did right at the beginning was to create the Sabbath. God made the Sabbath to be a delight, not a burden. He made it as an opportunity for intimacy with Him.
Read Genesis 1:31 to 2:3. …Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy…
Holy = set aside for a holy purpose.
God created Adam and Eve on the sixth day and then immediately followed it with a day of celebration. This was 2,000 years before the Jewish nation was founded with Abraham. Sabbath was not just for the Jews.
Exodus 20: 8-11. Only the fourth commandment starts with “Remember” — because God knew we’d forget. God invites us to extend the joy of the Sabbath to all around us.
As Seventh-day Adventists, we may think we are keeping the Sabbath. But are we really setting the day aside for a holy purpose? Or are we just being legalistic?
Exodus 31:12 – 17 — What did God say to Moses? The Sabbath is a “sign” for generations to come. Sabbath is a celebration of God making us holy. God takes this very seriously. Sabbath is mentioned 51 times in the Old Testament and 58 times in the New Testament. Sunday is mentioned 9 times in all Scripture.
Check the calendar in September 1752 — there was a huge adjustment to factor in leap years which had formerly not been counted! But the calendar was not changed to change the seventh day, the Sabbath.
Luke 23: 52 – 24:1 — the Sabbath is clearly identified and was observed even after Jesus’ death.
The first civil law on Sunday observance was passed in AD 321, “On the venerable day of the sun let the magistrate and people residing in cities rest, and let all workshops be closed. In the country however, persons engaged in agricultural work may freely and lawfully continue their pursuits; because it often happens that another day is not so suitable for grain growing or for vine planting; lest by neglecting the proper moment for such operations the bounty of heaven should be lost.” —Schaff’s History of the Christian Church, vol. III, chap. 75.”
How did people change Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday? The Catholic church substituted Sunday for Saturday “by the plenitude of that divine power which Jesus Christ bestowed upon her!” according to Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine by Rev. Peter Geiermann, C.SS.R., (1946), p. 50.
Sabbath is for eternity. It is a blessing and a gift. Are we going to keep it or squander it?