Sign that Distinguishes God's People
also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they
might know that I am the Lord that sanctify them. Eze. 20:12.
As the Sabbath was the sign that distinguished Israel when they came out of
Egypt to enter the earthly Canaan, so it is the sign that now distinguishes
God's people as they come out from the world to enter the heavenly rest.
of the Sabbath is the means ordained by God of preserving a knowledge of Himself
and of distinguishing between His loyal subjects and the transgressors of
Sabbath] belongs to Christ. . . . Since He made all things, He made the Sabbath.
By Him it was set apart as a memorial of the work of creation. It points to
Him as both the Creator and the Sanctifier. It declares that He who created
all things in heaven and in earth, and by whom all things hold together, is
the head of the church, and that by His power we are reconciled to God. For,
speaking of Israel, He said, "I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between
me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord that sanctify them"--make
them holy. Then the Sabbath is a sign of Christ's power to make us holy. And
it is given to all whom Christ makes holy. As a sign of His sanctifying power,
the Sabbath is given to all who through Christ become a part of the Israel
of God. . . .
who receive the Sabbath as a sign of Christ's creative and redeeming power,
it will be a delight. Seeing Christ in it, they delight themselves in Him.
The Sabbath points them to the works of creation as an evidence of His mighty
power in redemption. While it calls to mind the lost peace of Eden, it tells
of peace restored through the Savior. And every object in nature repeats His
invitation, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and
I will give you rest." Matt. 11:28.
is a golden clasp that unites God and His people.
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