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Will You Be a Repairer of the Breach?

Will You Be a Repairer of the Breach?
Did you know that the Sabbath was instituted during the Creation week by the example of the Creator? (See Genesis 2:1–3.) Furthermore, God reiterated the holiness of the seventh day when He wrote with His finger the fourth commandment onto stone tablets. (See Exodus 20:8, 31:18.)

With such clear direction for humanity to follow, why is the Sabbath so obscure today in the minds of most Christians?

Throughout the centuries, God's spokespersons were often tasked with pointing people back to the Sabbath as a sign that they were in a committed relationship with Him: "I also gave them My Sabbaths, to be a sign between them and Me, that they might know that I am the LORD who sanctifies them" (Ezekiel 20:12). Tragically, those who claimed to follow God often openly despised the Sabbath (Ezekiel 20:13) and often made it a burden to others.

Part of why Jesus came to live on our planet as the Son of God was to live and demonstrate the true purpose of the seventh day. He attended formal worship services, yes—but He also healed the sick and emphasized that the Sabbath was a sign of God's love for humanity. In some of His final words to the disciples, Jesus highlighted why it was so vital for them to keep His commandments: "If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love" (John 15:10).

Sadly, in the centuries following the establishment of the Christian church, the influence of paganism and its tradition of keeping the first day of the week seeped into the church and gradually replaced the Sabbath of the Bible—once again creating a breach in the law of God that still reverberates to our day.

Yet it wasn't entirely lost. Small groups of believers continued to faithfully worship on the seventh day, but these Christians were also persecuted for this faithfulness and were forced to go into hiding. However, as the Reformation was born and its influence began to spread, earnest Bible students desired to repair this breach of God's law throughout the world. This effort exploded in strength following an intense period of the study of Bible prophecy that occurred in the nineteenth century.

Today, that effort continues for God's followers. Faithful Bible believers are still called to be repairers of the breach: "You shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, … and call the Sabbath a delight" (Isaiah 58:12, 13).

Will you join the call?

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