Discovery Study Guides
An Important Reminder
“Who am I? Where are we? / So much seems unclear. / Who am I? Where are we? / And where do we go from here?” So goes a pop song as Ross Ryan voices the big questions that plague our society in the 21st century. Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going? What is life all about? In other words, ‘Does life have meaning?’
The Biblical World View
1. What does the very first verse of the Bible tell us about where we came from? Genesis 1:1
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
The creation story gives humans our place in the universe and meaning for existence. God is sovereign; we are dependent, yet personal, like God. This is perhaps the most important passage in the whole Bible for us in the 21st century. It tells us God is there and He acts in space-time history.
2. When God had finished creating this world what did He do? Genesis 2:1-3
“By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy.”
A Memorial of Creation & Redemption
3. Of what is the Sabbath a reminder? Exodus 20:8-11
“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy… For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.”
If God had set His memorial of ownership on a mountain, people would have worshiped the mountain. God instead set it in time — as a weekly reminder of His Creatorship. The word ‘Sabbath’ means ‘rest’. Genesis one defines a day as “evening” and “morning”. As such the Sabbath is from sunset on the sixth day (Friday) to sunset on the seventh day (Saturday) as a day of worship. (See Leviticus 23:3, 32 & Mark 1:32)
4. Of what else is the Sabbath a reminder? Deuteronomy 5:15
“Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the LORD your God brought you out of there ... Therefore the LORD your God has commanded you to observe the Sabbath day.”
The Sabbath is a sign of redemption as well as creation. Jesus, after He cried “It is finished” on the cross (John 19:30), rested in the tomb on the Sabbath (Luke 23:50-24:1-8), forever linking it with the plan of salvation.
5. What significant call to worship is given to all people just before Jesus returns? Revelation 14:6-7
“Worship him who made the heavens, the earth …”
This is a reference to the fourth commandment. The word “worship” comes from Old English “worth-ship”. God, as Creator, is worthy of our adoration and allegiance. This gives us worth and meaning, in contrast with evolution that says life is just an accident.
For Our Benefit
6. What did Jesus say was made for our benefit? Mark 2:27, 28
“The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man [Jesus] is even Lord of the Sabbath.”
Jesus’ custom was to go to the synagogue on the Sabbath day. As the Lord’s Day it’s designed to be of benefit to us, as a day for doing good and to encourage each other spiritually. (Luke 4:16; Matthew 12:9-12; Hebrew 10:25)
Answers to the Big Questions about Life
The Sabbath tells us the most important things that we need to know. Life did not happen by chance, as evolution theorizes, we were created by a loving Creator, for close friendship with Him.
The Sabbath is a weekly reminder that we need to take time to be with God, family and friends. It tells us where we came from, what Jesus has done for us and that He is coming again so we can be with him forever.
Bible Discovery by Errol Webster. Reprinted with permission by SIGNS. Biblebay © 2001-2014, Westlake Village, CA.