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Hello everyone! What are some of your favorite things to do on Sabbath? I like to watch nature shows, listen to music, and read! :)

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I have friends who say it doesn’t matter which day you go to church. So why do Seventh-day Adventists think the Sabbath is so important?


Steve Answers:

Seventh-day Adventists think the Sabbath is so important because God thinks it is. Let me explain.

Sabbath goes all the way back to Creation. After Jesus created everything on this earth, He created the Sabbath. And He rested, blessed, and sanctified it (see Genesis 2:1-3).

Hereís my loose paraphrase: "After creating this earth, God made a special day that would be different from all the others. He filled it with joy and reserved it as quality time for us to be with Him each week."

Nowadays the majority of Christians consider Sunday to be Godís special day. They figure, "What difference does a day make? As long as Iím worshiping, who cares which day it is?"

The answer: God cares (and so would you if you realized the significance of who God is and how important your relationship with Him is).

Just as an example, letís say the leader of your country invites you to dinner on Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. Would it matter if you showed up Wednesday afternoon around 2:00 instead? To use common reasoning: "As long as you show up, who cares if it wasnít the time you were invited?"

But of course it matters.

Both the Old Testament and the New Testament record the analogy of the potter and the clay (see Jeremiah 18:1-6 and Romans 9:20, 21). God is considered the potter, and we are the clay in His hands.

Now, does the clay tell the potter what to do? Or does the potter mold the clay into what he desires?

Think about this analogy as it relates to the Sabbath. Yes, the Potter does have the right to say which day is the Sabbath. And throughout history Heís consistently kept it as the seventh day.

The worship change from Sabbath to Sunday came about by human decisions and traditions that followed. Seventh-day Adventists choose to follow Godís direction rather than human traditions.

God even taught the Israelites that the Sabbath hadnít changed since Creation (Exodus 16:13-34). As they journeyed from Egypt to Canaan, each morning God provided manna for them to eat. But they were instructed to gather only enough manna for that day. If they gathered extra, it got maggots as it rotted.

However, God instructed them to gather a double amount on Friday, so they wouldnít have to work on Sabbath (Godís special day of rest for us). And only then did the manna not rot!

Hereís one thing that I donít get. If God makes Himself available to us each week, why wouldnít we want to be available too? And maybe youíll want to ask your Sundaykeeping friends this question: If God created a special dayóSabbathófor us to be with Him, why wouldnít that day be important?

Godís always available to us. But letís not make the mistake of thinking that means we choose the day we worship Him. Letís keep Him as God, instead of our telling Him what to do and when to do it. 



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