(Pause For Thought)

PAUSE FOR THOUGHT: The Sabbath Sign

The first words of the Bible in Genesis 1:1 tell us, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” He did it by speaking, and then it happened. It tells us in Psalm 33:6, 7: “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made…For He spake and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.” Powerful, eh? And He made it for all mankind to enjoy.

Genesis 1:2-31 tells us what was created from the first day to the sixth when man was created.

Then in Genesis 2:1-3, we read He set aside the seventh day as a special day of rest—a gift of time given to mankind in which to rest from daily toil and have close intimate communion with Him in a holy, love, relationship. He named it “Sabbath.” As a memorial of God’s creation, it was a sign or token of both the love and power of God.

On the Sabbath our thoughts are drawn to nature and communion with our Creator. We can “hear” His voice in the song of the birds, the sighing of the trees, the music of the sea, the beauty of the flowers. Beholding His power in nature, we can also be comforted in the knowledge that He who created all things with a word, can re-create new life into our sin-sick souls. Some encouraging promises are:

Isaiah 41:10: “Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you. I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

In Ezekiel 20:12, God tells us: “I also gave them My Sabbaths to be a sign between them and Me that they might know that I am the Lord who sanctifies them.”

If you have a question for Bible Mentor Marie Odell you can contact her by emailing: marieodell04@gmail.com

Marie Odell is a member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

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