Changing the Signpost
judgments, and walked not in My statutes, but pol- luted My Sabbaths: for their heart went after their idols.” And in His appeal to them to return to Him, He called their attention anew to the importance of keeping the Sabbath holy. “I am the Lord your God,” He said; “walk in My statutes, and keep My judg- ments, and do them; 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.” Ezekiel 20:12, 16, 19, 20.
In calling the attention of Judah to the sins that finally brought upon them the Babylonian Captiv- ity, the Lord declared: “Thou hast . . profaned My Sabbaths.” “Therefore have I poured out Mine indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath: their own way have I rec- ompensed upon their heads.” Ezekiel 22:8, 31.
At the restoration of Jerusalem, in the days of Nehemiah, Sabbathbreaking was met with the stern inquiry, “Did not your fathers thus, and did not our God bring all this evil upon us, and upon this city? yet ye bring more wrath upon Israel by profaning the Sabbath.” Nehemiah 13:18.
Christ, during His earthly ministry, empha- sized the binding claims of the Sabbath; in all His teaching He showed reverence for the institu- tion He Himself had given. In His days the Sabbath had become so perverted that its observance re- flected the character of selfish and arbitrary men rather than the character of God. Christ set aside the false teaching by which those who claimed to know God had misrepresented Him. Although fol- lowed with merciless hostility by the rabbis, He did