The Sabbath

God thus commanded JACOB’S seed,
When, from EGYPTIAN bondage freed,
He led them by the way:
Remember with a mighty hand,
I brought thee forth from PHAROAH’S land;
Then keep my sabbath-day.

In six days God made heaven and earth,
Gave all the various creatures birth,
And from his working ceased;
These days to labour He applied;
The seventh He blessed and sanctified,
And called the day of REST.

To all God’s people now remains,
A SABBATISM, a rest from pains,
And works of slavish kind;
When tired with toil, and faint through fear,
The child of God can enter here,
And sweet refreshment find.

To this by faith he oft retreats,
Bondage and labour quite forgets,
And bids his cares adieu;
Slides softly into promised rest,
Reclines His head on Jesus’ Breast,
And proves the sabbath true.

This, and this only, is the way,
To rightly keep the sabbath-day,
Which God has holy made;
All keepers that come short of this,
The substance of the sabbath miss,
And grasp an empty shade.

– Bill Bryant

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