1. Must we rest on the sabbath day? Yes: six days may work be done, but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, Exod 31:15. Must we rest from worldly employments? Yes: ye shall hallow the sabbath day, to do no work therein, Jer. 17:24. And from recreations? Yes: not finding thine own pleasure, Isa. 58:13. Is this to signify our being dead to this world? Yes: for he that is entered into his rest has ceased from his own works, Heb. 4:10. And to awaken us to think of' leaving it? Yes: for here we have no continuing city, Heb. 13:14. Must this rest be dedicated to God? Yes: it is a holy day, a sabbath of rest to the Lord, Exod. 35:2.
2. Must we spend time on that day in the public exercises of God's worship? Yes: for it is a holy convocation, Lev. 23:3. Must we do so every sabbath, as we have opportunity? Yes: From one sabbath to another shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord, Isa. 66:23. And must we not absent ourselves from public worship? No: Not forsaking the assembling of yourselves together, Heb. 10:25. Must we spend time on that day in the private exercises of religion? Yes: It is the sabbath of the Lord in all your dwellings, Lev. 23:3. Did the disciples of Christ thus spend the first Lord's day? Yes: for on the first day of the week the disciples were assembled, John 20:19.
3. Must we prepare for the sabbath day beforehand? Yes: It was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on, Luke 23:54. Must the sabbath be a day of holy joy? Yes: We will rejoice and be glad in it, Ps. 118:24. Must it be a day of praise? Yes: the psalm for the sabbath day begins, It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord, Ps. 92:1. Must we be spiritual in the duties of the day? Yes: I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, Rev. 1:10. And must we take pleasure in them? Yes: Call the Sabbath a delight, Isa.58:13.
4. Are works of mercy and charity proper for a sabbath day? Yes: Ought not this woman to be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day, Luke 13:16. And may works of necessity be done on that day? Yes: Do not you on the sabbath lead your ox, or your ass, to watering, Luke 13:15.