"Remember the sabbath day"

[Original article in German]

To remember the Sabbath day continually, as we are enjoined in the fourth commandment, is a very important and blessed thing to do. What does this commandment imply? What is the meaning of this day? In the second chapter of Genesis we read: "And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made."

God's resting, then, embraced His blessing. This concept of resting, however, seemed to be lost for a long time, and mankind was satisfied with outward observance of the Sabbath rest. But Christ Jesus, in his great love, led us back to its true recognition. What did he do on the Sabbath? He healed. In Luke's Gospel we read that on the Sabbath day he released from false bonds a woman who was bowed together. He understood the perfect creation of his Father, who is the Father of us all. He saw the true selfhood of this daughter of Abraham as God's perfect spiritual idea. In the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy writes (pp. 476, 477): "Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Saviour saw God's own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick."

What, then, can hinder us from remembering continually the perfect creation of God, and from seeing our fellow men as Christ Jesus saw them? Nothing. Our sincere desire to understand more and more of God's nature will enable us to do so. Let us keep such remembrance holy, and be always preparing our thought to receive further blessings.

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Clear Thinking
May 30, 1936

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