The Sabbath, the seventh day of the week (Saturday), was set apart by God as a time of rest and spiritual rejuvenation. The Sabbath is a very special opportunity to draw closer to God the Father — yours and my Creator. I firmly believe the way we “treat” the Sabbath ultimately shapes the way we perceive and worship the Father.
Our God wants us to observe the Sabbath in order to focus on developing our personal spiritual relationship with Him. Contrary to what many believe, or want to believe, it is not a day to do nothing! It is the day to delight in the Lord. By seizing the opportunity afforded us on the Sabbath we strengthen our relationship with our heavenly Father. All relationships take time and effort (understanding) to develop. The development of our relationship with Father is no different. Understanding comes with a price so we must exercise our spiritual muscle. Time and personal effort are called for brethren.
Christ Jesus said,” The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27)-(emphasis is mine). The Gospel According To JOHN begins, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (2)The same was in the beginning with God. (3)All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made” (KJV). Christ Jesus stated that the Sabbath day was “made”.The Sabbath (Shabbat) is only for Israel. MJL wrote in Myjewishlearning.com, “The Sabbath (in Hebrew, Shabbat, pronounced shah-BAHT–or in some communities, Shabbos, “SHAH-bis”) may be Judaism’s most distinctive and characteristic practice, as well as one of its most pervasive and long-lasting gifts to Western civilization.
A weekly 25-hour observance, from just before sundown each Friday through the completion of nightfall on Saturday, Shabbat is more than just a day off from labor. It is a day of physical and spiritual delights that is meant to illuminate certain key concepts in the traditional Jewish perception of the world.
The Sabbath, the seventh day of the week (Saturday), was set apart by God as a time of rest and spiritual rejuvenation. The Apostle Paul wrote in Colossians, (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: (17) Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ” (Col. 2:16-17, KJV). No where in the New Testament do we find Christ Jesus or the Apostles commanding people to rest on the Sabbath. Christ Jesus did however observe the Sabbath. Consider the following:
The Example of Christ Jesus
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“So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read” (Luke 4:16).How did Christ Jesus observe Sabbath?
1) Christ Jesus gathered with other believers for Scripture study and worship. (Luke 4:16-21)
2) He experienced nature (Matt. 12:1-8)
3) He relieved human suffering (Matt. 9-14; Luke 13:15-16; John 5:16-17)
4) He rested from work (Gen. 2:1-3)
5) Because of Christ’s strict scriptural adherence, Jesus refrained from merchandising (Matt. 5:17-19; Neh. 13:15-22)
6) We may infer from Christ Jesus’ disciples conduct that He observed the preparation day (Luke 23, 24; Exodus 16)
Based upon Christ Jesus’ example, Christians should conscientiously craft Sabbath practice today.Christians are not under the dietary or ceremonial law of Moses, which includes the Saturday Sabbath.Paul wrote in Romans, “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes” (Romans 10:4, KJV).The ESV Study Bible unpacks Romans 10:4 as follows: “End probably includes the idea of both goal and termination.The Mosaic law has reached its goal in Christ (it looked forward to and anticipated Him), and the law is no longer binding upon Christians (the old covenant has ended).Since Christ is the goal and the end of the law, righteousness belongs to all who trust in Christ” (ESV Study Bible, p. 2174).In Christianity we are to preach Christ Jesus, not the day of worship.
By studying the Book of Genesis – Gen. 2:3 – it is written, “And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it….” (KJV). God honored no other day of creation in this way. Almighty God put His divine favor upon, and set apart (sanctified) for holy use and purpose, a certain space of the most enduring thing there is — time. (Source: Meredith, R.C.)
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy (Exodus 20:8).