Friday, January 4, 2008

The Sabbath

Growing up my parents always made sure we honored God in keeping the sabbath holy by doing quiet things and we never went out to eat or went shopping and we went to church twice, morning and evening. I have since learned to appreciate that in the fact I am now trying to teach those same things to my children now. I also am amazed at how much the Bible has to say about that very thing. We have been studying the Ten Commandments in sunday school and the devotional book that goes along with it has helped in leading me to verses that talk about the specifics that God expects for us on the Sabbath. Isaiah 58:13, 14 If thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honorable; and shalt honour him not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words. then shalt thou delight thyself to the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father, for the mout of the Lord hath spoken it. So many have forgotton what the sabbath is they are more interested in things of this world and finding pleasure for themselves. The sabbath is not for us, it is for the Lord. He will give us blessings for honouring his day. Nehemiah 13:15 In those days say I in Judah some treading wine presses on the sabbath, and bringing in sheaves, and lading asses; as also wine, grapes and figs, and all manner of burdens, which they brought into Jerusalem on the sabbeth day: and I testified against them in the day wherein they sold victuals. According The American Heritage Dictionary, victuals means ; food fit for human consumption. So if its in the Bible that we should not be buying or selling food on Sunday what do you think we should do. If the Word of God is eternal then we can't really say well that applied to that particular time in which they were in, we live in a diffrent world now. I just don't believe that it is any different. In our country we may not have slaves or servents but a waiter or waitress provides a "service", and a unessessary one I might add.

Sunday is not just another day of the week, it is a day set apart from our week. It has a whole other purpose and we should not take it lightly. I hope you will honour God by keeping the Sabbath holy.


Lisa said...

I just want to tell you that I enjoyed your post. I found out today that Don's work is trying to now make him work Sundays. We are both upset about this. Please help us pray that God will change the mind of his boss. We both love going to church together. Don said that he is going to talk to his boss and hopefully it will not put his job in jeopardy. Please ask all that you know to pray for our situation. God is able. Love, Lisa

Leslie Holloway said...

Hey sis,
I just wanted to say that I do believe what you said about the Sabbath Day and that we should do our best to keep it Holy, however sometimes even I forget that not everyone's Sabbath Day can be on Sunday. Some people have to work jobs that are necessary and are unavoidable therefore it is then up to us to decide what day we are going to set aside and keep Holy. It is up to us to choose to work for 6 days and then keep that 7th day as our day of rest. People may argue that Sunday is the only day but I don't believe that to be true simply because we all can't keep the same schedules and keep Sunday Holy even if we are working a job as a nurse, doctor, military etc... because when God says to take a rest from our work, He means take a rest even from what we call our necessary jobs. Work is work no matter how we look at it. The word we need to remember is Sabbath (the day we rest) and not Sunday. God is asking us to just set aside one day from our busy schedules and keep it as our day of worship to Him and He doesn't mind what day we choose. We all need to decide what day is going to be our Sabbath and stick to it! I appreciate you sharing your thoughts! It is so refreshing to see other Christians sharing their hearts and beliefs... though we may not all have the exact same perceptions of what the we believe the Bible says, most importantly I believe all true Christian believers are striving and working for the same goal and that is making Heaven our eternal home and not forgetting to take as many as we can there with us! Have a Blessed day! Give a hug to all. Love ya, Leslie