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Q: Why did God make people? Is it okay to play on the Seventh day?
A: Dear Hevaen,
First of all God made people because He is the Creator, and that’s what a Creator does. An artist paints pictures. A mechanic fixes things. A creator creates things.

Secondly, God made people because He loves them. He told Jeremiah the prophet “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you…” (Jeremiah 1:5). David wrote “Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them” (Psalm 139:16). These texts tell us that even before we were born, God knew us and LOVED US and had a plan for us. He made us to fulfill that plan, because He wanted us to be with Him.

Regarding the Seventh day, the Bible gives us guidelines to keeping the Sabbath holy in the book of Isaiah, where He tells us “If you turn back your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on my holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight and the holy day of the Lord honorable; if you honor it, not going your own ways, or seeking your own pleasure, or talking idly; then you shall take delight in the Lord...” (Isaiah 58:13-14).

The Sabbath is a day to focus less on ourselves and more on Jesus and His love for others. Playing many of the games we usually play would be doing our own pleasure. We can find special games we save for Sabbath that help us to learn about Jesus and the Bible, and these would be okay. Jesus didn’t play on the Sabbath, but spent His time helping people. It would be good for us to think of people we could help on the Sabbath by visiting with them and sharing the love of Jesus. If I am playing with someone else on the Sabbath in order to show them the love of Jesus, then my playing would be okay, because I would not just be seeking my own pleasure. Even then, I should be careful to play Sabbath-appropriate games that would help me and my friends to grow spiritually. Again, it would be best if I could take my friends with me to do something kind for someone else on the Sabbath day. Jesus said “It is lawful to do good on the Sabbath” (Matthew 12:12). The Sabbath, then, is a day that we should serve God and do good for others.

Thanks for writing, and remember, there's never been a better time to share Jesus!

Your friend,
Pastor Howard

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*Note: All Scripture references are from the English Standard Version unless otherwise indicated.