1. WHAT is to endure throughout all generations?
"Thy name, O Lord, endureth forever; and Thy memorial, O Lord,
throughout all generations." Ps. 135:13.
Memorial: "Anything intended to preserve the memory of a person or
event; something which serves to keep some person or thing in remembrance, as a monument or a practise."-Webster.
2. What illustration of this is given in the Bible?
"And these stones shall be for a memorial unto the children of Israel
forever." Joshua 4:7.
3. What are these stones to commemorate?
"And he spake unto the children of Israel, saying, When your children
shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean these
stones? then ye shall let your children know, saying, Israel came over
this Jordan on dry land." Verses 21,22.
NOTE.-These stones were to be a standing memorial, or reminder, of
Israel's coming dry-shod over the Jordan.
4. What was another memorial instituted to
signal providence in behalf of the Israelites?
"And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a
feast to the Lord throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast
by an ordinance forever." Ex. 12:14.
NOTE.-This, the Passover, was a
periodical memorial, to be observed on
the fourteenth day of the first month of each year, the day on which the
Israelites were delivered from Egyptian bondage, and its celebration was
to be, with the seven days' feast of unleavened bread following and connected with it, in commemoration of that event. See Ex. 13:3-9.
5. Does God design that His great work of creating the heavens and the
earth shall be remembered?
"The works of the Lord are great, sought out of all them that have
pleasure therein. His work is honorable and glorious: and His
righteousness endureth forever. He hath made His wonderful works to be
remembered." Ps. 111:2-4.
6. What has He commanded men to observe in memory of this great work?
"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy; . . . for in six days the
Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested
the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and
hallowed it." Ex. 20:8-11.
7. Of what was this memorial to be a sign?
"And hallow My Sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between Me and you,
that ye may know that I am the Lord your God." Eze. 20:20.
8. How long was the Sabbath to be a sign of the true God?
"It is a
sign between Me and the children of Israel forever: for in six days the
Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day He rested, and was
refreshed." Ex. 31:17.
NOTE.-It is manifest that if the object of the Sabbath was to keep
God as the Creator in mind, and it had been faithfully kept from the
first, there would not now be a heathen or an idolater on the face of
9. What besides creation were Israel to remember when they kept the
"And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that
the Lord thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a
stretched-out arm: therefore the Lord thy God commanded thee to keep the
Sabbath day." Deut. 5:15.
NOTE.-There is a deep significance to this scripture not apparent to
those unacquainted with the facts. In Egypt, through oppression and
idolatrous surroundings, the keeping of the Sabbath had become not only
almost obsolete, but well-nigh impossible. See reading on "Reasons for
Sabbath-Keeping," under questions 9 and 10, on Chapter 93 of this
book. Their deliverance
from bondage was in order that they might keep God's law (Ps. 105:43-45), and particularly the Sabbath, the great seal, sign, and
memorial-institution of the law. The recollection of their bondage and
oppressed condition in Egypt was to be an additional incentive for
keeping the Sabbath in the land of freedom. The Sabbath, therefore,
besides being a memorial of
creation, was to be to them a memorial of their deliverance from
bondage, and of the great power of God as manifested in this
deliverance. And as Egypt stands as a symbol of the condition of
everyone in the world under the slavery of sin, so the Sabbath is to be
kept by every saved soul as a memorial of the deliverance from this
slavery by the mighty power of God through Christ.
10. Of what else does God say He gave the Sabbath to His people to be a
sign, or reminder?
"Moreover also I gave them My Sabbaths, to be a sign between Me and
them, that they might know that I am the Lord that sanctify them." Eze.
NOTE.-Sanctification is a work of redemption,- of making holy
sinful or unholy beings. Like the work of creation itself, this
requires creative power. See Ps. 51:10; John 3:3,6; Eph. 2:10. And as
the Sabbath is the appropriate sign or memorial of the creative power of
God wherever displayed, whether in creation, deliverance from human
bondage, or deliverance from the slavery of sin, it is to be kept as a
sign of the work of sanctification. This will be one great reason for
the saints' keeping it throughout eternity. It will remind them not only
of their own creation and the creation of the universe, but also of
11. Through whom do we have sanctification?
"But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom,
and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption." 1 Cor. 1:30.
NOTE.-Then, as the Sabbath is a sign or memorial of sanctification, and
as Christ is the one through whom the work of sanctification is accomplished, the Sabbath is a sign or memorial of what Christ is to the
believer. Through the Sabbath, therefore, God designed that the
believer and Christ should be very closely linked together.
12. What statement of the redeemed shows that they will remember God's
"Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power:
hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were
created." Rev. 4:11.
13. How often will they congregate to worship the Lord?
"For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall
remain before Me, saith the Lord, so shall your seed and your name
remain. And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another,
and from one Sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before
Me, saith the Lord." Isa. 66:22,23.
NOTE.-The Sabbath, which is the memorial of God's creative power, will
never cease to exist. When this sinful state of things shall give way to
the sinless new earth, the fact upon which the Sabbath institution is based will still remain; and those who shall be permitted to live in
the new earth will still commemorate the creative power of God, while
singing the song of Moses and the Lamb. Rev. 15:3. See Rev. 22:1,2.
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