Sunday, September 6, 2015

Bruce R. McConkie on the blessings of Sabbath Day observance

Elder Bruce R. McConkie (July 29, 1915 - April 19, 1985) served as a Seventy from 1946-1972 when he was called to the Quorum of Twelve.  He served in that assignment until his death from cancer at age 69.
"The law of the Sabbath is so basic, so fundamental, that the Lord Jehovah named it as number four in the Ten Commandments themselves.  The first three commandments call upon men to worship the Lord and reverence his great and holy name.  The fourth gives us the Sabbath day as the weekly occasion on which we perfect our worship and put ourselves in tune to the full with Him by whom all things are.
"It is in no sense an exaggeration nor does it overstate the fact one whit to say that any person who keeps the Sabbath, according to the revealed pattern, will be saved in the celestial kingdom.  The Sabbath is a day of worship; the requirement to rest from our labors, to do no servile work therein, is simply an incident to the real purpose of the day.  Vital as it is to refrain from the toil and to turn away from temporalities, these requirements are for the purpose of putting men in a position to do what should be done on the Sabbath, that is, to worship the Father in the name of the Son, to worship him in Spirit and in truth.  True worship includes keeping the commandments, and those who devote their Sabbaths to true and proper worship obtain the encouragement that leads to full obedience."
- Bruce R. McConkie, "The Promised Messiah" pp. 390-391

This is an interesting analysis by Elder McConkie. He first places the Law of the Sabbath in doctrinal importance by noting its proximity in the Ten Commandments to the fundamental laws of worshiping God; the Sabbath is the day we "perfect our worship" of God as we "put ourselves in tune to the full with Him."

And the purpose of that worship is to lead to obedience — full and complete. Elder McConkie boldly states (as he often did) his belief that this one act can lead us to the full blessings of eternity.

The key, then, is to fill our day with "true and proper worship" and we will feel and see the blessings that follow.

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