Early in the twentieth century, a man and his wife came to understand that they had been ignoring an important commandment of God. They saw that God had commanded man to observe the seventh day of the week, the Sabbath, by abstaining from work. They realized that they had to obey the fourth commandment. The man had an inquisitive and analytical mind and began to study the Bible. Soon, he came to see that in addition to the weekly Sabbath, God had instituted seven other Sabbath days that occurred throughout the year on an annual basis.
The couple began to observe these annual Sabbaths as well as the weekly Sabbath. Now, the meaning of the weekly Sabbath was clear to the couple. It was a memorial of creation. God stopped working to observe the Sabbath and commanded man to follow His example. It was a pause in the normal routine that was necessary for the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of humans. They did not yet understand the significance of the annual Sabbaths, nevertheless, they obeyed God's word by observing them. They kept these observances faithfully for many years, not understanding what they meant or why they were important to God.
In doing this, they learned an important principle expounded in the Psalms:
Psalm 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments:
It is by doing what God commands that understanding and wisdom are gained. We don't always know in advance why God tells us to do something. After the couple had obvserved these annual Sabbaths for seven years, they began to understand their meaning and significance. They came to see that the annual Sabbath days lay down an outline of the incredible plan of God for the perfection of mankind and for bringing us into God's Kingdom.
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