came out of Egypt they were under obligation to keep theSabbath in consequence of existing law. The argument therefore is certainly more conclusive that there were no Sabbath-keepers from Moses to David, than that there were none from Adam to Moses; yet no one will attempt to maintain the first position, however many there will be to affirm the latter. Several facts are narrated in the history of this period of five centuries that have a claim to our notice. The first ofthese is found in the record ofthe siege of Jericho. (Josh. 6) By the commandof God the city was encompassed by the Hebrews each day for seven days; on the last day ofthe seven they encompassed it seven times, when by divine interposition the walls were thrown down before them andthe city taken by assault. One day of this seven must have been theSabbathofthe Lord. Did not the people of God therefore violate theSabbath in their acting thus? Let the following facts answer: 1. That which they did in this case was by direct commandof God. 2. That which is forbidden in the fourth commandment is OUR 154
OWN work: "Six days shalt thou labor, and do ALL THY WORK; but the seventh day is theSabbathofthe Lord thy God." He who reserved the seventh day unto himself, had the right to require its appropriation to his service as he saw fit. 3. The act of encompassing the city was strictly as a religious procession. The ark ofthe covenant ofthe Lord was borne before the people; and before the ark went seven priests blowing with trumpets of rams' horns. 4. Nor could the city have been very extensive, else the going round it seven times on the last day, andtheir having time left for its complete destruction, would have been impossible. 5. Nor can it be believed that the Hebrews, by God's command carrying the ark before them, which contained simply the ten words ofthe Most High, were violating the fourth of those words, "Remember theSabbath day, to keep it holy." It is certain that one of those seven days on which they encompassed Jericho was theSabbath; but there is no necessity for supposing this to have been the day in which the city was taken. Nor is this a reasonable conjecture when all the facts in the case 155
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