Friday, July 15, 2011
~ "Saturday or Sunday...well, which one is it???"
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. (Ex 20:8-11)
In this day and age, I don't really think God has any particular day in mind -- Matthew Henry writes: "God is to be served and honoured daily, but one day in seven is to be particularly dedicated to his honour and spent in his service."
The argument of whether it is Saturday or Sunday that we should observe, takes away from the purpose of the observation -- to give thanks and praise to our Heavenly Father, to rest -- why do we spend hours debating on which of those two days it should be? And who says it has to be one of those two days anyway???
One day in seven could be a Monday this week and maybe a Friday the same week, followed by a Thursday the next. As long as one day in seven is set aside for rest and honor of God - and this debate could go on for as many more decades as we have left on this planet. Being in "service" to God is not "working for God" - it's praying and resting, just as He commands us to do! It does not necessarily mean going to a church service either (although that is the custom and we are told to do that as well in the New Testament). God knows your heart! No work should be done on the sabbath. It's a time to take care of the soul! Obviously, works of absolute necessity or of mercy would alone be accepted. It's not a day designed to travel the countryside, take in a ball game or suck down some beers, get your nails done, pay your bills or go shopping - it's a day of rest - God says it's "hallowed" and He has set it apart and made it sacred. So once again, who are we to change what God has called "law"?
Remember, in Mark 2:27-28, Jesus said "The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: Therefore, the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath". God created the sabbath for our benefit, not His own. He derives no benefit from having us rest on the sabbath, but we are restored both phyically and spiritually when we take time to rest and focus on God. The intent of God's law is to promote love for God and others. So, in keeping with His law, take your one day and rest and focus on your Creator. The blessing and direction is to keep holy the "sabbath" day, not the sixth or the seventh day!