According to Isaiah, what was Christ to do with the law?
"He will magnify the law, and make it honorable." Isa. 42: 21.
NOTES - In nothing, perhaps, was this more strikingly fulfilled than in the matter of Sabbath
observance. By their traditions, numerous regulations, and senseless restrictions the Jews had made the
Sabbath a burden, and anything but a delight. Christ removed all these, and by His life and teachings put
the Sabbath back in its proper place and setting, as a day of worship and beneficence, a day for doing acts
of charity and mercy, as well as engaging in contemplation of God and in acts of devotion. Thus He
magnified it and made it honorable. One of the most prominent features of Christ's whole ministry was this
great work of Sabbath reform. Christ did not abolish the Sabbath, nor change the Sabbath; but He did
rescue it from the rubbish of tradition, the false ideas, and the superstitions with which it had been buried,
and by which it had been degraded and turned aside from the channel of blessing and practical service to
man designed by its Maker. The Pharisees had placed the institution above man, and against man. Christ
reversed the order, and said, "The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath!' He showed
that it was to minister to the happiness, the comfort, and the well-being of both man and beast.
Because of the false ideas which the Jews held concerning the Sabbath and its observance, and the
conflict which Christ had with them in consequence, many of the professed followers of Christ a little later
were led into the error of rejecting the Sabbath itself as Jewish, and, without any divine command or
Scripture warrant, substituting another day in its place.
Can we close our ears to truth, and remain innocent before God?
Why were many attracted to Christ?
How was Moses taught during the days of his early childhood?
What has always been the result of religious legislation or a union of church a state ?
What is the burden of the threefold message of Rev. 14: 6-10?
What did David ask God to teach him?
27. What wonderful promises are made to those who thus minister to the wants and distresses of others?
Questions & Answers are from the book Bible Readings for the Home Circle