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Bricks Without Straw

The Story . . .

Exodus 4:29-5:19

Before Moses approached the king of Egypt

to seek freedom for the children of Israel, he and his brother,

Aaron, met with the oppressed leaders of Israel. During this

meeting, Moses and Aaron encouraged the people to consecrate

themselves to the Lord and told them God was about to

deliver them from slavery with a mighty hand.

The Israelites had been laboring seven days a week to

maintain their heavy workload for the Egyptians. But after this

meeting with Moses, they apparently

decided to begin resting again every

seventh day. This is why the furious

Pharaoh later said to Moses and Aaron:

"Ye make them rest from their burdens."

Exodus 5:5. (The Hebrew word for "rest"

used here is "shabath." It means "to cause

to keep sabbath.")

The angry king knew that he must

do something drastic to hold this nation

of slaves under his control, so he decided

to drown them with work and crowd

both God and worship from their

thoughts. He said, "You shall no longer

give the people straw to make brick as

before. Let them go and gather straw for

themselves. And you shall lay on them

the quota of bricks which they made

before. You shall not diminish it." Exodus 5:7, 8, NKJV.*

As in the days of Moses, God is about to do great things

for His people. Soon they will be delivered from the slavery of

sin and journey to the heavenly Canaan. And once again, God

is now trying to turn the minds of His people toward the

importance of the Sabbath rest.

The Study

Fill in the blanks after reading each Bible text.

1. Did God make the Sabbath rest only for Israelites?

Mark 2:27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was _______________

for _______________, and not man for the sabbath.

NOTE: When Jesus says that the Sabbath was made for man, the word "man"

means all "mankind"-for all people, for all time, in every place.

2. When did God establish the Sabbath?

Genesis 2:1, 3 Thus the heavens and the earth were _______________,

and all the host of them. ... And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified

it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and


NOTE: The Sabbath was established at the close of Creation week.

3. What day of the week is the Sabbath?

Genesis 2:2, 3 And on the _______________ _______________

God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the

_______________ _______________ from all his work which he had

made. And God blessed the _______________ _______________, and

sanctified it.

NOTE: Three times in Genesis chapter 2, God tells us that He made the Sabbath

from the seventh day of Creation week. He also "sanctified" it, which means "to

set aside for a holy use." God made the Sabbath as a 24-hour period of time,

because time is what it takes to develop a true love relationship with Jesus. The

devil, like Pharaoh of Egypt, wants to keep us so busy working that we don't think

about God. Knowing how overly busy end-time people would be, God set aside

24 special hours weekly to spend with His people, getting acquainted. He has

made that weekly appointment with you. Don't fail to meet Him!

4. How has God demonstrated the importance of His holy


Exodus 20:8-11 Remember the sabbath day, to _______________ it

holy. ... The Lord _______________ the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

NOTE: Exodus 20:8-11 is the fourth commandment of God's law. By making the

Sabbath one of His Ten Commandments, He demonstrated its extreme

importance. Verse 10 calls it "the sabbath of the Lord thy God." Only the fourth

commandment begins with the word "remember," indicating God knew that

people would forget. Breaking God's Ten Commandment law is sin (1 John 3:4).

But Jesus died to save His people from their sins, or law-breaking (Matthew 1:21).

5. Of what two precious things does God say the Sabbath

is a sign?

Exodus 31:17 It [the Sabbath] is a sign between me and the children of

Israel forever: for in six days the _______________

_______________ heaven and earth.

Ezekiel 20:12 I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me

and them, that they might know that I am the Lord that

_______________ them.

NOTE: God says the Sabbath is a sign, or mark, of His power as Creator and

Redeemer. In Revelation 14:6-14, God gives three important messages that are

to be proclaimed to "them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and

kindred, and tongue, and people." Verse 6. The first message is found in verse 7:

"Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and

worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of

waters." This appeal for a return to true worship is drawn right from the fourth

commandment: "For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and

all that in them is, and rested the seventh day." Exodus 20:11.

6. Which day did Jesus keep holy?

Luke 4:16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up:

and, as _______________ _______________ was, he went into the

synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.

NOTE: Jesus is our example (1 Peter 2:21) in everything, including

Sabbathkeeping, which was His custom. A "custom" is a regular habit.

Christians are to walk as He walked (1 John 2:6).

7. What was Paul's custom regarding the Sabbath?

Acts 17:2 And Paul, as _______________ _______________

was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them

out of the scripture.

Acts 18:4 And he reasoned in the synagogue _______________

_______________, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.

NOTE: It was also Paul's custom to keep the seventh-day Sabbath.

8. Did the apostles also meet with the Gentiles on the


Acts 13:42 And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the

_______________ besought that these words might be preached to

them the next _______________.

NOTE: On another occasion, the disciples met on the Sabbath with a group of

Gentile women by the riverside, because the city had no synagogue (Acts


9. Did Jesus intend for His people to keep the Sabbath

after He died for their sins?

Matthew 24:20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither

on the _______________ day.

NOTE: Jesus was here predicting the fall of Jerusalem, which He knew would

take place in A.D. 70 (about 40 years later). But He suggested they pray that

they would not have to flee from the invading army on the Sabbath. It is

clear that Jesus expected His people to be keeping the Sabbath holy long after

His death.

10. Does the Bible teach that God's end-time people would

also keep His seventh-day Sabbath holy?

Revelation 12:17 And the dragon [devil] was wroth with the woman

[church], and went to make war with the remnant [remainder] of her

seed [children], which _______________ the _______________

of God.

Revelation 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that

_______________ the _______________ of God.

Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they that _______________ his

commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and

may _______________ in through the gates into the city.

NOTE: The above Scriptures obviously refer to God's end-time church, and

each passage states plainly that God's end-time church keeps His commandments-

which, of course, include the fourth commandment, the Sabbath.

11. Will all of the saved in heaven keep the Sabbath?

Isaiah 66:22, 23 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 sabbath to

another, shall _______________ _______________ come to worship

before me, saith the Lord.

NOTE: The Bible says that all the redeemed of all ages will keep God's Sabbath

together in heaven and in the new earth.

12. Can we be certain that the present seventh day of the

week (Saturday) is the same Sabbath day that Jesus

kept holy?

Luke 23:54-24:1 And that day was the preparation [Friday], and the

sabbath drew on. ... And they returned, and prepared spices and

ointments; and _______________ the _______________ day

according to the commandment. Now upon the _______________

_______________ of the week, ... they came unto the sepulchre.

NOTE: Jesus was crucified on Friday (preparation), the day before the Sabbath

(Mark 15:42). Jesus rested in the tomb on the Sabbath of the commandment

(Luke 23:56), then rose on the first day-the day after the Sabbath (Mark 16:1-6).

Christians around the world still celebrate that day as Easter Sunday. The Bible

clearly shows that the Sabbath was the day after Friday and the day before Sunday.

It's easy to locate that day of the week on any calendar. (See supplements entitled

"What the Dictionary Says" and "Hasn't the Calendar Been Changed?")

13. Does God allow anyone to change His holy day?

Proverbs 30:5, 6 Every word of God is pure: ... _______________ thou

_______________ unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found

a liar.

NOTE: Just before God gave the Ten Commandments, as described in

Deuteronomy chapter 5, He solemnly warned that no one should "add unto" or

"diminish ought from" them (Deuteronomy 4:2). Rather, they were to be kept

precisely as He gave them. God blessed His Sabbath (Exodus 20:11), and when

He blesses something, it is blessed forever (1 Chronicles 17:27). God says, "My

covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips." Psalm

89:34. Misguided men admit that they changed God's holy Sabbath to Sunday.

But God will not accept men's teachings when He gave the Bible as our guide.

14. When does the Sabbath begin and end?

Leviticus 23:32 From _______________ unto _______________,

shall ye celebrate your sabbath.

Mark 1:32 And at even, when the _______________ did


NOTE: The Sabbath hours begin at sundown Friday and close at sundown Saturday.

15. What day is the Lord's day of Revelation 1:10?

Exodus 20:10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the

_______________ thy God.

Isaiah 58:13 If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy

pleasure on _____________ _______________ _______________.

Mark 2:28 Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the


NOTE: In both the Old and New Testaments, God calls the Sabbath the Lord's

day. He also commands that people be warned against committing the sin of

trampling God's Sabbath (Isaiah 58:1, 13). God declares that His holy Sabbath is

for all people (Isaiah 56:2-7). The Bible never refers to Sunday as the Lord's day. It

is simply one of the six working days of the week (Ezekiel 46:1). That's all it has

ever been.

16. What blessing is promised by the Sabbath commandment?

Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden,

and I will give you _______________.

Exodus 33:14 My _______________ shall go with thee, and I will give

thee rest.

Hebrews 4:5 If they shall enter into ___________ _______________.

NOTE: Each one of the Ten Commandments has a spiritual meaning. Some

legalistic Christians focus on the letter of the law and neglect the spirit of the law.

Jesus wants us to have both to maintain balance (Matthew 5:21, 22, 27, 28). The

Bible often uses the term "rest" to refer to salvation. Hebrews 4:1, 4, 9, 10 says

that those who have truly been led to the "rest" of conversion and who abide in

Christ will keep the seventh-day Sabbath as a symbol of the Christian rest.

Your Response

Because Jesus has given the Sabbath as a sign of His power to create and sanctify,

would you like to begin receiving the blessings of this holy day by keeping it in

His honor?

ANSWER: _______________



This section provides additional information for further study.

What the Dictionary Says

Look up the following entries in almost any dictionary, and notice

what you'll find:

Saturday (noun) The seventh and last day of the week.

seventh-day (adjective) Of the seventh day (Saturday).

Sunday (noun) The first day of the week.

First day (noun) Sunday.

Hasn't the Calendar Been Changed?

The calendar was changed once in October 1582, but it did not alter

the weekly cycle. Ten dates were omitted from the calendar following

October 4, 1582. What would have been Friday, October 5, became

Friday, October 15. The diagram below will help you to visualize the

change. You will see that it did not change the order of the days of the



Sun. Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat.

1 2 3 4 15 16

17 18 19 20 21 22 23

24 25 26 27 28 29 30



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