Hear, Israel, the decrees and laws I declare in your hearing today. Learn them and be sure to follow them. The Lord our God made a covenant with us at Horeb. It was not with our ancestors that the Lord made this covenant, but with us, with all of us who are alive here today. The Lord spoke to you face to face out of the fire on the mountain. (At that time I stood between the Lord and you to declare to you the word of the Lord, because you were afraid of the fire and did not go up the mountain.) And he said:
I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
I kind of remember how bothered (almost embarrassed… ) I became the day I found out this in the Bible. I had been brainwashed for so many years about the Sabbath being the seal, not noticing that the Bible identifies the seal, and it is the Holy Spirit, not the Sabbath.
I never bought the Sabbath seal because whenever the Bible wants to use the seal metaphor, it clearly does so with the word SEAL (OT, NT) and in connection with the Spirit in the NT or the believers as sealed in the NT. I don’t have to search for a metaphor that is mysteriously woven into a text without saying so. And don’t let me start if seals were even placed in the middle in a treaty in these times and in that place…
This is an ambiguous, confusing statement. Might lead lead to conclude that the sabbath is the only seal of god. To me it actually means that sabbath ‘itself’ (alone) is not the seal of God, that the Holy Spirit is also a seal of God. So both the sabbath and the Holy Spirit comprise the seal of God, like the bible + spirit of prophecy!