“Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the Lord thy God hath commanded thee,” by Louis A. Dole

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“Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the Lord thy God hath commanded thee.” – Deuteronomy 5:12

Readings

Deuteronomy 5:1-12 · Matthew 12:1-13 · Psalm 147

Sermon

In determining what ought to be done and what ought not to be done on the sabbath, the purposes of this day should be kept in mind. Each one must make this decision for himself when he reaches adulthood. On one occasion Jesus reminded the Pharisees of their own practice. If a sheep fell into a pit on the sabbath, would they not pull him out? How much better is a man than a sheep?

In determining how the sabbath should be kept, we should not look to self-desires, temporary pleasures, or apparent financial gain, but to the Word of God which, when rightly understood, is the true light of life.

It is written that the Lord made the universe in six days and rested on the seventh; wherefore He sanctified it. So man should do his work in six days and rest upon the seventh. Yet the fact that the world was not made in six literal days is sufficient to suggest that there is a meaning involved within the letter. What does rest mean?

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“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth,” by Louis A. Dole

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“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” – Genesis 1:1

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” – John 1:1

Readings

Genesis 1:1-13 · John 1:1-14 · Psalm 84

Sermon

No one who has observed the tendency of the popular literature of today and its influence on the public mind can have failed to note the widespread doubt that everywhere prevails as to the inspiration of the Scriptures.

Particularly the opening chapters of Genesis have been the cause of many controversies in the church and in the world. As soon as the natural sciences began to be developed, the opening chapters of the Bible came into question, as the rational man cannot reject the demonstrated facts of science. To meet this new advance in human development the Lord made His Second Coming in revealing the inner meaning of the Word. This was a final Divine revelation of spiritual truth essential to this new age.

The first eleven chapters of Genesis are a Divine allegory, and only as such can they be understood. In fact all of the inspired books of the Bible have a spiritual meaning within the letter. Heaven and earth are used in the Bible as symbols – heaven as the symbol of the spiritual mind and earth as the symbol of the natural mind. Regeneration, which is the subject treated of in the story of creation, is the orderly formation and development of the distinct planes of life that are involved in the structure of the two minds. The spiritual mind is formed of three distinct degrees, the celestial, the spiritual, and the natural. The natural mind is also constituted of three degrees, the rational, the scientific, and the sensual. These two minds, with their degrees of life, constitute the difference between man and the mere animal, for the mere animal possesses only the sensual degree, with something that makes an approach to the scientific, and is wholly without the rational and the three degrees constituent of the spiritual mind.

That is why it is said, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Regeneration is the opening of the spiritual mind, by which the natural mind is reformed and brought into order.

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“And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made,” by Louis A. Dole

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“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
“And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
“And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.” – Genesis 2:1-3

Readings

Genesis 2:1-17 · Matthew 12:1-13 · Psalm 92

Sermon

The creation story, with which our Bible begins, treats by correspondence of the spiritual development of the individual man and of the human race. In the “six days,” which represent states, is pictured the process of development from the first state of darkness and ignorance to that state in which man became a new creature, the image – in his finite measure – of his Creator.

But this did not complete the purpose of the Divine love, which was to make man not only into His image but after His likeness. This is the work of the seventh day. That the work was not completed in six days is evident from the words “And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made.”

The work described as done during the six days goes on with everyone who is regenerating. The six days of labor are the days in which we fight against our evils, until we come into a state of peace and rest – not rest from the activities of a useful life, but rest from the internal warfare through which we have been passing.

And because it is God who fights for man and enables him to overcome, it is said that God rested from all his work, and blessed, hallowed, and sanctified the seventh day. The sabbath is the state of willing and loving obedience to the Divine will and providence, which the Lord creates and blesses.

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