The Protestant Reformation on Sabbath-Keeping

"The Scriptures mention the Sabbath much sooner than Adam fell into sin. Was it not appointed at that time that he should work six days and rest on the seventh? … Nature teaches that the working classes…who have spent the whole week in their work…absolutely require a day in which they can…rest and refresh themselves and…attend to the worship of God."2

"One also celebrates the Sabbath or Sunday not [just] from necessity nor for the sake of Moses’ command…. Also nature gives and teaches it. One should indeed rest for a while on one day. Man and beast should refresh themselves. It is this natural reason which also Moses places in his Sabbath. Christ too, in Matthew 12 and in Mark [2:27f], places the Sabbath among men."3