THE DIVINE IDEA AND THE SABBATH

Jesus' saying recorded in Mark, that the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath, suggests the divine purpose infolded in the command to keep holy one day out of every seven. The influence for the ongoing and upgoing of mankind due to this one command alone is incalculable. It is a serious question what would have become of the spiritual idea in human history, as presented in the Scriptures and illustrated by Christ Jesus,—what would have become of the unseen verities declared by the prophets and reaffirmed in Christianity,—without the institution of the Sabbath day.

Jesus' saying indicates that it is not the day itself, but the purpose for which it was set apart and the use which is to be made of it that is of essential value. The Sabbath stands for spirituality as opposed to materiality. The declaration reads thus, "The seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God." The concept that God labored six days materially and then needed one day—the seventh—in which to rest from His labors, and therefore commanded the man whom He had made also to observe that day as a rest-day, is an anthropomorphic picture in which the writer draws an otherwise deeply spiritual lesson. God is Spirit, and the Sabbath pertains to the things of the Spirit,—the things which must be spiritually discerned.

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