SABBATH

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sermon: Appointments


Clyde Finklea
Given 04-Apr-20; Sermon #1536A; 33 minutes

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God's revelation extensively discusses His Sabbaths and Holy Days throughout. God established the weekly Sabbath, sanctifying it on the seventh day of Creation (Genesis 2:2-3); He established His Holy Days (also called His Feasts, or appointed times—the "seasons" denoted by the Hebrew word moed) on the fourth day of Creation by configuring the sun and moon to reflect the coming of these Days (Genesis 1:14-15)—thereby instituting His calendar. God based this calendar on the moon; the new moon indicating the start of each month. God codified His Sabbaths and His Holy Days for modern man (as distinct from those living before the Flood) in Leviticus 23, providing there an outline of His plan of salvation through the annual progression of the appointed times. In Exodus 31, He makes it clear that the weekly Sabbath is the sign identifying His Own people. All the major events in Scripture, including Abraham's sacrifice of Isaac, the Passover, the crossing of the Red Sea, the incarnation of Christ and His sacrifice happened on these moeds—God's appointments with history. Likewise, the Scriptures indicate that we can expect future events of moment—the return of Christ, the cleansing of restored Israel, the Millennium, the second resurrection and the creation of the new heaven and new earth, to take place on these Days appointed from the beginning by the sovereign God.




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