A friend wondered why I kept the Sabbath on Saturday, and what I did in keeping it.
The fourth commandment, “Remember the Sabbath, to keep it holy,” (Exodus 20:8) was given to the tribes of Israel. Although I am not Jewish, from time to time I will write or say “shalom.” I love the meaning and the sound of Hebrew words.
I labored for a long time to understand what God had in mind regarding a special day of worship. Men didn’t help with their biblical opinions. Because their judgments seemed to be set in stone, and were mostly arguments, I asked God.
First, I knew that “One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord.” (Romans 14:5-6) But how do I choose?
Second, I knew that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13 :8) Jesus kept the Sabbath! Then I learned that “From one new moon to another and from one Sabbath to another, all mankind will come and bow down before me, says the Lord.” (Isaiah 66:23) There was also the living evidence: the Jewish folks. They are miraculously in agreement on this one thing. They agree that the Sabbath falls on the seventh day of the week which we happen to call “Saturday.” It has been this way in heaven and it will be this way on earth. I am convinced that I too should “remember… and keep it holy.”
How do I do that? By being joyfully relieved that I am given a day to spend with God and family. My mind is freed from distracting labors. Weather worshiping alone or with others, my mind is focused on that which truly matters. A country drive, a peaceful walk or taking time to share thoughts is His gift to me. It’s not a bunch of rules that must be followed. Just one. “Rest, the day is holy.” Men have added to God’s rule with rules that would make the Sabbath burdensome. A list of “don’t dos” was not what God intended. Rest from your labors aware that God has made this day holy. Think of it as an appointment you get to keep with God. And if you do He will speak to you with thoughts that are a blessings.
Thank you, Becky, for asking me to explain.