What is the meaning of the word "Sabbath"?


NOTE - Previous to the fall, God designed that man's time should be occupied with pleasant,
invigorating, but not wearisome labor. Gen. 2:15. Laborious, wearisome toll came in consequence of sin.
Gen. 3:17-19. While under the fall the Sabbath, therefore, may bring physical rest to both man and the
beasts of burden (Ex. 23:12) in a way not originally intended, physical rest was not its original and primary
design or purpose. Cessation from the ordinary labors and occupations of the week was ordained, not
because these are wrong or sinful in themselves, but that man might have an appointed time and a
frequently recurring period for the contemplation of the Creator and His works. Under the gospel, the
Sabbath is a sign of spiritual rest and freedom from sin. So we read, "For he that is entered into His rest, he
also bath ceased from his own works, as God did from His." Heb. 4:10.

In what other way is God's love sometimes shown?
Who are called to repentance?
In what way are both Jews and Gentiles to be justified?
Was the judgment still future in Paul's day?
How does Nehemiah describe the giving of the law at Sinai ?
How does it propose that the matter of \"Sabbath desecration\" shall be dealt with?
In what was shown the first tangible evidence of this \"falling away\" from the truth of God?

Questions & Answers are from the book Bible Readings for the Home Circle