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Chapter 24: The Sabbath Day,” Gospel Principles, (2009),138–43

Chapter 24: The Sabbath Day,” Gospel Principles, (2009),138–43

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  • The Sabbath Day“Chapter 24: The Sabbath Day,” Gospel Principles, (2009),138–43
  • The Meaning of the Sabbath Day• What is the Sabbath day?“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy” (Exodus 20:8; The Lord reveals the Ten Commandments - 4th Commandment: 8 Remember the asabbath day, to keep it bholy.  9a Six days shalt thou blabour, and do all thy work:  10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy astranger that is within thy gates:  11 For in asix days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord bblessed the sabbath day, and challowed it. see also D&C 68:29).  The Saints are to observe the Sabbath, labor diligently, and pray.29 And the inhabitants of Zion shall also observe the Sabbath day to keep it holy.The word Sabbath comes from a Hebrew word meaning rest. Before the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Sabbath day commemorated God’s day of rest after He finished the Creation. It was a sign of the covenant between God and His people. We read in the book of Genesis that God created the heavens and the earth in six periods of time, which He called days: “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 crested from all his work which God dcreated and made. ” (Genesis 2:2–3). The Creation is completed—God rests on the seventh day—
  • Now the Sabbath also commemorates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.The Sabbath day is every seventh day. It is a holy day ordained by God for us to rest from our daily labors and worship Him.
  • The Purpose of the Sabbath Day• How would you explain the purpose of the Sabbath day to someone who does not know about the Sabbath?Jesus taught that the Sabbath day was made for our benefit (see Mark 2:27)  Jesus forgives sins, heals a paralytic, eats with tax gatherers and sinners, and announces that He is Lord of the Sabbath.27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:28 Therefore theSon of man is Lord also of the sabbath. . The purpose of the Sabbath is to give us a certain day of the week on which to direct our thoughts and actions toward God. It is not a day merely to rest from work. It is a sacred day to be spent in worship and reverence. As we rest from our usual daily activities, our minds are freed to ponder spiritual matters. On this day we should renew our covenants with the Lord and feed our souls on the things of the Spirit.• WHAT can YOU do to keep the purpose of the Sabbath in mind as you prepare for the day each week??
  • History of the SabbathThe seventh day was consecrated by God as a Sabbath in the beginning of the earth (see Genesis 2:2–3). The Creation is completed—God rests on the seventh day—The prior spirit creation is explained—Adam and Eve are placed in the Garden of Eden—They are forbidden to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil—Adam names every living creature—Adam and Eve are married by the Lord“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 crested from all his work which God dcreated and made.  Since earliest times, the tradition of a sacred seventh day has been preserved among various peoples of the earth. God renewed a commandment concerning this day to the Israelites, saying, “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy” (Exodus 20:8). Keeping the Sabbath day was also a sign that the Israelites were His covenant people (see Exodus 31:12–13, 16;Israel is commanded to keep the Lord’s Sabbaths—The death penalty is decreed for Sabbath desecration—Moses receives the stone tablets.12 ¶And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,   13 Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my asabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the Lord that doth sanctify you. 16 Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual acovenant.Isaiah 56:1–8; Jeremiah 17:19–27).
  • However, some Jewish leaders made many unnecessary rules about the Sabbath. They decided how far people could walk, what kind of knots they could tie, and so forth. When certain Jewish leaders criticized Jesus Christ for healing sick people on the Sabbath, Jesus reminded them that the Sabbath was made for the benefit of man.Luke 6:6–11 (lawful to do good on the Sabbath) Jesus heals on the Sabbath 6 And it came to pass also on another sabbath, that he entered into the synagogue and taught: and there was a man whose right hand was withered.   7 And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against him.   8 But he aknew their thoughts, and said to the man which had the withered hand, Rise up, and stand forth in the midst. And he arose and stood forth.   9 Then said Jesus unto them, I will ask you one thing; Is it lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy it?   10 And looking round about upon them all, he said unto the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he did so: and his hand was restored whole as the other.    11 And they were filled with madness; and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus.  Luke 13:11–17; (Jesus’s example of doing good on the Sabbath)Jesus teaches, Repent or perish—He gives the parable of the barren fig tree, heals a woman on the Sabbath, and likens the kingdom of God to a mustard seed—He discusses whether few or many are saved and laments over Jerusalem. 10 And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath.   11 ¶And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.   12 And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.   13 And he alaid his bhands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.    14And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to awork: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day.  15 The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering?  16 And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the asabbath day?   17 And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by himALSO: John 5:1–18 (Jesus’s example of doing good on the Sabbath) Jesus heals an invalid on the Sabbath—He explains why men must honor the Son—16 And therefore did the Jews apersecute Jesus, and bsought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day.   17 ¶But Jesus answered them, My Father aworketh hitherto, and I bwork.   18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his aFather, making himself bequal with God. The Nephites also observed the Sabbath day according to the commandments of God (see Jarom 1:5). The Nephites keep the law of Moses, look forward to the coming of Christ, and prosper in the land—Many prophets labor to keep the people in the way of truth. About 399–361 B.C. 5 And now, behold, two hundred years had passed away, and the people of Nephi had waxed strong in the land. They observed to akeep the law of Moses and the bsabbath day holy unto the Lord. And they cprofaned not; neither did they dblaspheme. And the elaws of the land were exceedingly strict.   In modern times the Lord has repeated His commandment that we should remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy (see D&C 68:29).  25–28, Parents are commanded to teach the gospel to their children; 29–35, The Saints are to observe the Sabbath, labor diligently, and pray.29 And the inhabitants of Zion shall also observe the aSabbath day to keep it holy.
  • The Lord’s Day ♫♪ KING OF KINGS, LORD OF LORDS ♫♪ Hallelujah Chorus ♫♪• Why was the Sabbath changed from the seventh day to the first day?Until His Resurrection, Jesus Christ and His disciples honored the seventh day as the Sabbath. After His Resurrection, Sunday was held sacred as the Lord’s day in remembrance of His Resurrection on that day (see Acts 20:7; 7 And upon the afirstbday of the week, when the disciples came ctogether to dbreakebread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.   1 Corinthians 16:2).  Paul counsels, Stand fast in the faith;2 Upon the afirst day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath bprospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.From that time on, His followers observed the first day of the week as their Sabbath. In both cases there were six days of labor and one for rest and devotion.The Lord has given us a direct commandment in these days that we too should honor Sunday, the Lord’s day, as our Sabbath (see D&C 59:12- 14). 1–4, The faithful Saints in Zion will be blessed; 5–8, They are to love and serve the Lord and keep his commandments; 9–19, By keeping the Lord’s day holy, the Saints are blessed temporally and spiritually; 20–24, The righteous are promised peace in this world and eternal life in the world to come.12 But remember that on this, the aLord’s day, thou shalt offer thineboblations and thy sacraments unto the Most High, cconfessing thy sins unto thy brethren, and before the Lord.  13 And on this day thou shalt do none other thing, only let thy food be prepared with singleness of heart that thy afasting may be perfect, or, in other words, that thy bjoy may be full.    14 Verily, this is fasting and prayer, or in other words, rejoicing and prayer.• How can the remembrance of the Resurrection influence our worship on the Sabbath?
  • Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy• What does it mean to keep the Sabbath day holy?The Lord asks us, first, to sanctify the Sabbath day. In a revelation given to Joseph Smith in 1831, the Lord commanded the Saints to go to the house of prayer and offer up their sacraments, rest from their labors, and pay their devotions to the Most High (see D&C 59:8–12).1–4, The faithful Saints in Zion will be blessed; 5–8, They are to love and serve the Lord and keep his commandments; 9–19, By keeping the Lord’s day holy, the Saints are blessed temporally and spiritually; 20–24, The righteous are promised peace in this world and eternal life in the world to come. 8 Thou shalt offer a asacrifice unto the Lord thy God in brighteousness, even that of a broken heart and a ccontrite spirit.   9 And that thou mayest more fully keep thyself aunspotted from the world, thou shalt go to the house of bprayer and offer up thy csacraments upon my dholy day;    10 For verily this is a aday appointed unto you to rest from your labors, and to pay thy devotions unto the Most High;   11 Nevertheless thy avows shall be offered up in righteousness on all days and at all times;   12 But remember that on this, the aLord’s day, thou shalt offer thineboblations and thy sacraments unto the Most High, cconfessing thy sins unto thy brethren, and before the Lord. 
  • Second, He asks us to rest from daily work. This means we should perform no labor that would keep us from giving our full attention to spiritual matters. The Lord told the Israelites, “Thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle” (Exodus 20:10). Our prophets have told us that we should not shop, hunt, fish, attend sports events, or participate in similar activities on that day.
  • President Spencer W. Kimball cautioned, however, that if we merely lounge about doing nothing on the Sabbath, we are not keeping the day holy. The Sabbath calls for constructive thoughts and acts. (See Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball [2006], 170.)
  • Pres Spencer W Kimball: “Take time [on the Sabbath] to be together as families to converse with one another, to study the scriptures, to visit friends, relatives, and the sick and lonely. This is also an excellent time to work on your journals and genealogy.” (cont. See Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball [2006], 170.)
  • We should consider righteous things we can do on the Sabbath. For example, we can keep the Sabbath day holy by attending Church meetings; reading the scriptures and the words of our Church leaders; visiting the sick, the aged, and our loved ones; listening to uplifting music and singing hymns; praying to our Heavenly Father with praise and thanksgiving; performing Church service; preparing family history records and personal histories; telling faith-promoting stories and bearing our testimony to family members and sharing spiritual experiences with them; writing letters to missionaries and loved ones; fasting with a purpose; and sharing time with children and others in the home.In deciding what other activities we could properly engage in on the Sabbath, we could ask ourselves: Will it uplift and inspire me? Does it show respect for the Lord? Does it direct my thoughts to Him?There may be times when we are required to work on the Sabbath. We should avoid this whenever possible, but when it is absolutely necessary, we should still maintain the spirit of Sabbath worship in our hearts as much as possible.
  • --start at 7:50 on DVD Joy to the World–♫♪ Angels We Have Heard On High♫♪• Think about something you can do to improve in your efforts to keep the Sabbath day holy. If you are a parent or grandparent, think about something you can do to help your children or grandchildren understand the meaning of the Sabbath.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYXd9f9XY1oJoy To The World Segment 2 - Christmas around the world - Mormon Tabernacle Choir
  • Elder Dallin H Oaks explained thatwe need to make spiritual preparations for the events prophesied at the time of the Second Coming:What if the day of His coming were tomorrow? If we knew that we would meet the Lord tomorrow—through our premature death or through His unexpected coming—what would we do today? What confessions would we make? What practices would we discontinue? What accounts would we settle? What forgivenesses would we extend? What testimonies would we bear?  If we would do those things then, why not now? Why not seek peace while peace can be obtained? If our lamps of preparation are drawn down, let us start immediately to replenish them….[by keeping the Sabbath Day Holy]. We need to make both temporal and spiritual preparation for the events prophesied at the time of the Second Coming. And the preparation most likely to be neglected is the one less visible and more difficult—the spiritual. A 72-hour kit of temporal supplies may prove valuable for earthly challenges, but, as the foolish virgins learned to their sorrow, a 24-hour kit of spiritual preparation is of greater and more enduring value.    (Elder Dallin H Oaks, Preparation for the Second Coming, Gen. Conf. Apr 2004)
  • Blessings for Observing the Sabbath• What are some blessings we receive when we keep the Sabbath day holy?If we honor the Sabbath day, we may receive great spiritual and temporal blessings. The Lord has said that if we keep the Sabbath day with thanksgiving and cheerful hearts, we will be full of joy. He has promised:“The fulness of the earth is yours, … whether for food or for raiment, or for houses, or for barns, or for orchards, or for gardens, or for vineyards;“Yea, all things which come of the earth, in the season thereof, are made for the benefit and the use of man, both to please the eye and to gladden the heart;“Yea, for food and for raiment, for taste and for smell, to strengthen the body and to enliven the soul” (D&C 59:16–19). 1–4, The faithful Saints in Zion will be blessed; 5–8, They are to love and serve the Lord and keep his commandments; 9–19, By keeping the Lord’s day holy, the Saints are blessed temporally and spiritually; 20–24, The righteous are promised peace in this world and eternal life in the world to come. 16 Verily I say, that inasmuch as ye do this, the afulness of the earth is yours, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and that which climbeth upon the trees and walketh upon the earth;   17 Yea, and the herb, and the agood things which come of the earth, whether for food or for braiment, or for houses, or for barns, or for orchards, or for gardens, or for vineyards;   18 Yea, all things which come of the earth, in the season thereof, are made for the abenefit and the buse of man, both to please the eye and to cgladden the heart;   19 Yea, for afood and for raiment, for taste and for smell, to bstrengthen the body and to enliven the soul.  
  • The Lord has said that if we keep the Sabbath day with thanksgiving and cheerful hearts, we will be full of joy.Elder Bruce R. McConkie explained: “The elders of Israel are now issuing the invitations to the marriage supper of the Lord; those who believe and obey the gospel thereby accept the invitation and shall sit in due course … at the marriage feast” (Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 3 vols. [1966–73], 3:563–64).♪♫•♥ ‘Now let us sing with one accord to our Heavenly King and Lord’ ♫♪

24 Gospel Principles-The Sabbath Day 24 Gospel Principles-The Sabbath Day Presentation Transcript

  • The Sabbath Day
    “Chapter 24: The Sabbath Day,” Gospel Principles, (2009),138–43
  • Before the Resurrection of Jesus Christ,
    the Sabbath day commemorated
    God’s day of rest after He finished the Creation.
  • Now the
    Sabbath
    also commemorates the
    Resurrection
    of
    Jesus Christ.
  • The
    Purpose
    of the
    Sabbath Day
    …is to direct our thoughts and actions toward
    God.
  • History of the Sabbath
  • Jesus healed on the Sabbath
    for the benefit of man.
  • The Lord has given us a direct commandment
    in these days that we too should honor Sunday,
    The Lord’s Day,
    as our Sabbath
  • Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy
  • We should perform no labor that
    would keep us from giving our full attention to spiritual matters.
  • President Spencer W. Kimball cautioned,
    “The Sabbath is
    a holy day in
    which to do
    worthy and holy
    things. Abstinence from work and recreation is important, but insufficient. The Sabbath calls for constructive thoughts and acts, and if one merely lounges about doing nothing on the Sabbath, he is breaking it. To observe it, one will be on his knees in prayer, preparing lessons, studying the gospel, meditating, visiting the ill and distressed, writing letters to missionaries, taking a nap, reading wholesome material, and attending all the meetings of that day at which he is expected.”
  • Take time [on the Sabbath] to be together as families to converse with one another, to study the scriptures, to visit friends, relatives, and the sick and lonely. This is also an excellent time to work on your journals and genealogy.
  • RighteousThings We CanDoTo Keep TheSabbathDay Holy:
    • attending Church meetings;
    • reading the scriptures and
    the words of our Church leaders;
    • visiting the sick, the aged, and
    our loved ones;
    • listening to uplifting music and
    singing hymns;
    • praying to our Heavenly Father
    with praise and thanksgiving;
    • performing Church service;
    • preparing family history records
    and personal histories;
    • telling faith-promoting stories and
    bearing our testimony to family
    members and sharing spiritual
    experiences with them;
    • writing letters to missionaries
    and loved ones;
    • fasting with a purpose;
    • sharing time with children and
    others in the home.
  • Blessings for Observing the Sabbath
  • Elder Dallin H Oaks explained that we need to make
    Spiritual preparations for the events prophesied at
    the time of the Second Coming:
    What if the day of His coming were tomorrow? If we knew
    that we would meet the Lord tomorrow—through our
    premature death or through His unexpected coming—what
    would we do today? What confessions would we make?
    What practices would we discontinue? What accounts would we settle? What forgivenesses would we extend? What testimonies would we bear?  
    If we would do those things then, why not now? Why not seek peace while peace can be obtained? If our lamps of preparation are drawn down, let us start immediately to replenish them…[by keeping the Sabbath Day holy]. 
     
    We need to make both temporal and spiritual preparation for the events prophesied at the time of the Second Coming. And the preparation most likely to
    be neglected is the one less visible and more difficult—the
    spiritual. A 72-hour kit of temporal supplies may prove
    valuable for earthly challenges, but, as the foolish virgins
    learned to their sorrow, a 24-hour kit of spiritual
    preparation is of greater and more enduring value.   
    (Elder Dallin H Oaks, Preparation for the Second Coming, Gen. Conf. Apr 2004)
  • If we honor the Sabbath day,
    we may receive great spiritual and temporal blessings.
  • Our Invitation from the Lord of the Sabbath
    ‘Now let us all with one accord sing praises to our Heavenly Lord’
    Blessings for Observing the Sabbath