The meaning of the Sabbath

the meaning of the special holy day in the basis of its special observance lies and the fact that it is the indication of a special history of a covenant and salvation  in some sense embedded in the course of the general history of nature and the world, hidden but yet revealed in it, decisively determining its basis and its goal, and secretly its way also. The Omnipotent grace of God rules all world occurrence as Providence.  But it does so from this starting point.  It is at work here in this particular central sphere of history.  Even as general grace, it is the grace of God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the grace of God who speaks to Moses on Sinai and meets Isaiah in the temple at Jerusalem.  It is the grace in which God chooses David and calls prophets to be Watchmen to his people. It is the grace of God in Jesus Christ. It is the grace which is treasured in his community. It is not exclusive.  On the contrary it is inclusive.  It embraces and seek all men and all nations. But it does so from this starting point.  Its nature and its activities must be known here.  The particularity of the Holy Day is connected with the particularity of this history.

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