Colossians 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
Ex 31:13 Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you.
14 Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people.
15 Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.
16 Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant.
17 It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.
So, the Sabbath, is from sun down on Friday, to sun down Saturday. If my schedule permits, I love to rest during this time, to honor the eternal record forever established in the heavens.
I like the way Dr. Brad Young says it: “Hey, we get a vacation day, every week!!”
Yet, we see hospital workers, retail, police, etc, all having to work Saturday’s in this society. Probably not God’s best, it would be good for us to all actually rest one day per week as a society. Seems God has blessed ‘Chik-Fil-A’ in their committment to close one day a week to go to church.
J. Vernon McGee tells this story about a man who wanted to argue about the Sabbath. The man said, “I’ll give you $100 if you will show me where the Sabbath day has been changed.” McGee answered, “I don’t think it has been changed. Saturday is Saturday, it is the seventh say of the week, and it is the Sabbath day. I realize our calendar has been adjusted, and can be off a few days, but we won’t even consider that point. The seventh day is still Saturday, and it is still the Sabbath day.” He got a gleam in his eye and said, “Then why don’t you keep the Sabbath day if it hasn’t been changed?” McGee answered, “the DAY hasn’t changed, but I have been changed. I’ve been given a new nature now, I am joined to Christ; I am a part of the new creation. We celebrate the first day because that is the day He rose from the grave.” That is what it means that the ordinances have been nailed to the cross, Colosians 2:14.
J. Vernon McGee
Now, we have theologians arguing about whether weekly worship services should be on Saturday, or Sunday when I hear the Spirit of God whisper:
The Sabbath is Saturday, but the spirit of the Sabbath is the love of God.
Used to hear a comment at minister’s conferences that made me smile: ‘Ever wonder why the weather is so good on Monday’s? It’s pastor’s day off, and God blesses it!’
Take a day off a week and relax! Recreation is RE Creation. Come back to your Creator and experience times of refreshing in His presence.
Too simple for most I guess…
‘Father, help us to rest, completely, one day/week, in your name I pray Lord Jesus, Amen’