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Sabbath Rest

Do you believe that the Lord gave us rules to bless us or stress us, free us or put us into bondage? Scripture tells us over and over that Christ died to set us free. If God loved us enough that Christ died to set us free, that should let us know about His motivations in regards to other things as well.

So, if God is telling us to keep Holy the Sabbath, then isn’t there a great possibility that it is for OUR GOOD?

Jesus even said that the Sabbath was made for us. To say that it is “Holy’ means that it is set apart and different from the other days because of the Lord and His directions. We honor Him when we acknowledge His directives.

Did He mean for it to be a day of staunch religiousness? No, God hates “religion” and had plenty
to say about those who were “religious” when He walked on earth. So why do we need a day like this? We need a day each week to rest, reflect, refocus & refresh. It should be a day to take a break from our “normal” work and focus on fellowshipping with the Lord, His family and ours. When we are busy all week, we can begin to look at even our time with the Lord as another “chore” or item to “cross off our list” as we complete it. Instead, it should be a time of refreshing and renewal. So no matter how busy we get throughout the rest of the week, the Sabbath should be a day to “let it all go” and focus on relationship.

The Jewish people and some others recognize Saturday as the Sabbath because it was the seventh day of the week and God rested on the seventh day. Most Christians started recognizing Sunday because Christ rose from the dead on Sunday. And then there are people who have argued that they need to work at
least some weekends and therefore can’t set aside every Saturday or Sunday totally. Does that mean that they don’t get a “Sabbath” to rest? I don’t believe that is true!

Set aside at least one day a week as your “Sabbath” Day. If you didn’t take that time this past weekend don’t feel guilty or pressured, set aside another day this week. Don’t do it as a point of “religious law” but as a step toward building your relationship with yourself, your God, your family and the destiny where the Lord is eventually taking you. Give yourself the freedom to enjoy it without guilt and without pressure to “accomplish” all those other things that cry out to you the rest of the week. As in all things, be led by the Holy Spirit rather than anything else.

8 ” Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.. (Exodus 20:8-11)

And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: (Mark 2:27)

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