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The Repairing of Sam Brown


Chapter 3 - part 4

          All this time the proprietor of Brown’s repair shop was casting uneasy and apprehensive glances at his friend the preacher; but the latter did not return them. To honest-hearted Sam it looked as if his ally was floundering about for some additional argument that would have some weight; and he found himself being a little ashamed of his pastor, and actually to be beginning to pity him. His idol of irrefutable Sunday argument was toppling. But the preacher was not giving up yet.
          "Anyway, my dear man," he took up the debate, "you must acknowledge that time may have been lost, and many calendar changes have been made; so there is no way of telling now just which is the seventh day of the week."
          "As to that," came back Richards readily, "there is no way to tell which is the resurrection day, either, if time has been lost. The two stand or fall together as to finding out which day of the week they came upon. For we all agree perfectly that the Old Testament Sabbath came just before the resurrection day, and you celebrate the latter on Sunday. I have heard that you are an ardent advocate of Sunday laws. And to think that you, a minister of the gospel of love and tolerance, would throw people into jail for refusing to keep a day about which there is no certainty at all as to whether or not it is the day you think it is. No, reverend sir, you are resorting to tactics unworthy of you, and your arguments eat each other up.
          "But I would fain save you from yourself. Truth to tell, time has not been lost. Referring to the Bible in which you trust, if time records had been lost up to the time when Israel came out of Egypt, time was found again then. God Himself set men right then, if they were wrong before that. For during a period of forty years, fifty-two times in a year, God performed a double miracle to denote which day was the Sabbath. For the first five days of the week a certain amount of manna fell; then on the sixth day a double amount fell, and on the seventh day, the Sabbath, none at all fell. Thus the definite seventh-day Sabbath was indelibly impressed on the minds, customs, and national records of from one to three millions of people for the period of a whole generation. And that people happens to be the only racial group that from ancient times has kept distinct and has had almost no mingling with other peoples. Today they are scattered far and wide throughout the world. So ask Jews anywhere, everywhere, which is the seventh day of the week, and without exception they will tell you it is Saturday.

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