obligation, and that they were transgressing an existing law. And this view is certainly strengthened by the fact that no explanation ofthe institution was given to the people; a fact which indicates that some knowledge oftheSabbath was already in their possession. But how then did God give them theSabbath? He did this, first, by delivering them from the abject bondage of Egypt, where they were a nation of slaves. And second, by providing them food in such a manner as to impose the strongest obligation to keep theSabbath. Forty years did he give them bread from heaven, sending it for six days, and withholding it on the seventh, and preserving food for them over theSabbath. Thus was theSabbath especially intrusted to them. As a gift to the Hebrews, the Creator's great memorial became s sign between God andthemselves. "I gave them my Sabbaths, to be a sign between me andthem, that they might know that I am the Lord that sanctify them." As a sign, its object is stated to be, to make known the true God; 60
and we are told why it was such a sign. "It is a sign between me andthe children of Israel forever; for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed." (Eze. 20:12; Ex. 31:17) The institution itself signified that God created the heavens andthe earth in six days and rested on the seventh. Its observance by the people signified that the Creator was their God. How full of meaning was this sign! The Sabbath was a sign between God and children of Israel, because they alone were the worshipers ofthe Creator. All other nations had turned from him to "the gods that have not made the heavens andthe earth." (Jer. 10:10-12) For this reason the memorial ofthe great Creator was committed to the Hebrews, and it became a sign between the Most High andthemselves. Thus was theSabbath a golden link uniting the Creator and his worshipers. Notes: 1. Josephus' Ant., b. i. chap. iv. This took place in 61
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