April 21, 2016

Today you should read: Exodus 35

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

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

3 thoughts on “April 21, 2016”

  1. It’s interesting how often the phrase “whose hearts were stirred” is used with regards to work on the temple. No one worked or gave under compulsion, rather they all wanted to. It’s a cool contrast to the Israelites’ lives in slavery, but I also think it’s a lesson in how we approach giving and serving….out of willing hearts rather than feelings of compulsion.

  2. As I read this, the exact same thing stood out to me as did to John. God moves through willing hearts that give. I believe there was special blessing to those who were willing to give. The other thing that struck me was the seriousness of the Sabbath. I sometimes wonder if we have allowed the grace of the New Covenant and the pressures of our culture to water down our reverence for God’s Sabbath.

  3. Ditto, John & Mike! The same thoughts crossed my mind today. I pray that God will gives us willing & generous hearts to serve Him.

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