Remember the Sabbath

Exodus 4:8-11

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates.  For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.”

The Sabbath is a sticky issue.  We live in a 24/7 world today.  More so, an entire denomination holds to celebrating the Christian Sabbath on Saturday, the seventh day, instead of on Sunday when most Christians do in celebration of Jesus’ resurrection.

Some teach that Jesus did away with the Sabbath but this simply isn’t true.  The Pharisees and Jewish leaders had made the Sabbath into a bunch of rules and regulations about what could and couldn’t happen.  For instance a Jew could only walk so many steps on the Sabbath.  It was more work making sure that a person did not work on the Sabbath!  Following every rule about the Sabbath was exhausting and ruined the concept of rest that God had in mind.

Jesus didn’t eliminate the Sabbath but pointed out that the spirit of the law had to be considered.  It is acceptable to do good on the Sabbath as Jesus did when he healed.  There are emergencies that need to be taken care of and can’t wait for the next day.

On the other hand, doing good and handling emergencies is not the same as working and poor planning.  Some jobs are necessary on Sundays.  Hospital workers and emergency services are important things to have.  Livestock needs to be fed and cows must be milked.  But other jobs simply aren’t required.  While I wouldn’t advise anyone to quit their job over Sunday work, I do advise to consider whether Sundays are expected when searching for a job.  I believe that God will bless anyone who makes a decision not to work on Sundays.

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