This teaching is our fifth session in our verse-by-verse study of the Book of Genesis by pastor Barry – given as part of our family service on 12th February 2017.
In this study, as we look at Chapter 2 of Genesis, we see God sanctify the Sabbath, i.e. set it apart. Why was God so insistent on Israel keeping the Sabbath? In Numbers 15:32-36 we have the account of an individual who was put to death for simply gathering sticks on the Sabbath! Now, there is not a person on this planet who would say they think that is a reasonable response, yet we know that God is good and does good (Psalm 119:68). In other words, God cannot do anything that is not good. So how do we make sense of this?
Later in Israel’s history, we find that God actually has Israel removed from their land for 70 years because they had failed to keep the Sabbaths for the land (every 7th year) – see 2 Chron 36:21
There is far more to the Sabbath than most are aware! As we study scripture we find there is a principle laid down here that has enormous implications. The Sabbath is about rest as opposed to work, and herein is the whole Gospel message!
We also look at the creation of Eve and make some interesting discoveries!
You can listen to the audio on this web page, or save it for later listening. We have also made available Powerpoint slides (in PDF format) that outline the key points of this study.
For those wanting to study further, verse-by-verse study notes are uploaded each week as part of the Pastor’s Blog section of this web-site. The Post accompanying this study is entitled “The Sanctified Sabbath”.
We hope and pray this teaching will bless you and encourage you to undertake your own personal study and adventure in God’s Word!