In today’s chapter we read the instructions God gave His people for Sabbath. This is so important that these instructions are found in Genesis 7, Exodus 20, Leviticus 23, Deuteronomy 5, Ezekiel 20, 31, 34 & 35, Isaiah 56, 58 & 66, Nehemiah 13, Matthew 5 & 12, Mark 2, Luke 4 & 23, Acts 16 &18, Hebrews 4, Colossians 2, and more – over 170 times in the Bible! Do you think God is serious this?
What is Sabbath? What does it mean? Sabbath was the day each week that God instituted (and commanded) that His people rest and worship. It was a day that was to be different from the others. This day was to be given to the Lord.
Jewish people still practice this. If you travel to Israel – everything changes at 6p on Friday until 6p on Saturday. Christians continued this practice as well adopting Sunday as “the Lord’s Day” after the resurrection.
It is very important for you and I to understand this principle and apply it to our lives. We need a day that’s different from the others – a day to rest and worship. Our bodies need it and our spirit needs it.
Use this day to rest, attend church, read, and spend time with family.
Do you practice Sabbath? Do you set aside Sunday for rest and worship making it different than the others? Do you give it back to God?
- What does Sabbath look like for you?
- How do you lead your family to obey God in this area?
- Have you taken this day back for yourself – do you need to give it to God?
By: Tim Parsons