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What God Wrote in Stone 4: Keep the Sabbath Holy

What God Wrote in Stone Day 4 – Keep the Sabbath Holy

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. (Exodus 20:8, ESV)

For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. (Exodus 20:11, ESV)

And when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” (1 Corinthians 11:24, ESV)

As discussed in Day 1, we are not under the Law today but under grace. But there are some principles we can learn from the Old Testament Sabbath that we can apply today. So what exactly was the Sabbath? First, it was the sign of the covenant God made with His people Israel (Exodus 31:12-17). It was a holy day, a day of rest, in which they were to do no work, reminding them that God also rested on the seventh day from His work of creation. Later, under Jewish Law, Rabbis identified 39 areas of labor that were prohibited on the Sabbath, including sowing, plowing, grinding, kneading, baking, sewing, shearing, writing, building, kindling fires, and so on. The people were to prepare ahead of time and do the extra work required the day before and, therefore, be able to observe the Sabbath and not break the Law. 

In addition, the Sabbath functioned as a picture of something to come: spiritual rest which comes from ceasing from our works and placing our trust in the finished work of Christ on the cross for us.  Jesus established a practice which we carry out on the first day of the week, Sunday, following the pattern in the New Testament, that brings our attention to Him. He met with His disciples in the Upper Room and, taking bread and wine, He asked that they remember Him in this observance regularly until He returned. It wasn’t a suggestion; it was a command, one that we still seek to follow in obedience to the One who gave His all for us.

He wants us to set aside time for worshiping Him and remembering His great sacrifice for us on Calvary’s cross. And considering what He has done for each of us, does He not deserve that we give Him priority when it comes to Sunday, and even in the whole pattern of our lives? We can so easily fill up our weekend with to-do lists and fun or relaxation, and fail to observe collective worship with our church family, giving Him time set aside for remembrance that is rightly deserved by Him.

Who can relate, when I say that Sunday can feel like the sleepiest morning of the week (with a little competition from Monday)? The alarm goes off and we may be tempted to hit snooze over and over again, until we find out we overslept and missed our opportunity to collectively worship. Why? Well, because we don’t make it the priority it should be and value ourselves over the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross—at least that’s what our actions reflect.

Is your Sunday one of remembering and honoring the Lord? Are you giving Christ a place of prominence when it comes to your own weekend schedule? Or are you filling your weekend with the things you want to do instead? Being an active member of a local church testimony is not only a privilege for a believer but also a responsibility. May we each set aside time to honor God in our lives and may that be reflected in our gathering together to remember Him collectively not only on Sunday but as often as we can be present. It should be our honor to give in this way to our Savior.

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