A Sabbath of rest is one of God’s greatest gifts to mankind. Most Christians agree that the observance of a Sabbath is an essential part of the worship of God. Much was involved in the making of the Sabbath.
1. Who made the Sabbath?
It was Jesus Christ. Read John 1:1-3, 10, 14.
NOTE: It is evident according to Hebrews 1:1, 2 that God created the world through Christ. Since Christ was the active agent, He made the Sabbath.
2. When was the Sabbath made?
At the time of creation. Read Genesis 2:1-3, Exodus 20:8-11
3. How was the Sabbath made?
“Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.” Genesis 2:1-3
4. Of what was the Sabbath made?
God made the Sabbath out of a day. The day He used was the seventh day. Read Genesis 2:2, 3.
5. When did the days of creation week begin and end?
Read Genesis 1:5, 8, 13, 19, 23, 31. Each day of the creation week began at sunset with dark part, since darkness was here first, and ended with the following sunset. Therefore, the seventh-day Sabbath is to be observed from sunset to sunset. Evidently all days were reckoned from sunset to sunset.
6. For whom was Sabbath made?
“And He said to them, The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.” Mark 2:27
7. Who is Lord of the Sabbath?
“Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath.” Mark 2:28
8. For how long was the Sabbath intended to be kept?
It will be kept throughout eternity. Read Isaiah 66:22, 23
The seventh-day Sabbath was made by Jesus Christ at creation. It was to be kept throughout all time, and was to be observed from sunset to sunset.
Leviticus 23:32 mentions the observance of one of the ceremonial sabbaths, the Day of Atonement, and says it was to be kept “from even to even”.