Excluding today’s actual date and focusing more on the day of the week, let’s dive in to the truth behind what the Jews and many Christians call the Sabbath.
According to Genesis 2:1-3, God created Earth and Heaven in six whole days but when the seventh day arrived, he did something totally different. He blessed, sanctified, and rested on this seventh day.
For him to be an all powerful God, we all know he did not need physical rest. However, he did this strange thing not for himself but for us. He knew in the future that we humans would need a day of rest from our labor. Of course at that time, he didn’t know that Earth would fall prey to sin, but good thing he planned ahead of time.
Everyone in the past and the present can agree that working has grown hard and money comes and goes like water filling in your palm and leaking through your fingers. And while our minds and bodies are laboring to provide for ourselves and our family, sometimes it’s difficult to give God our full attention. That is when the Sabbath Day comes into play. We can put aside everything and take a physical, spiritual, and mental rest. We can give God our attention and praise him and tell him thank you for our blessings of the week.
Even Jesus took the time to rest on the Sabbath by going to the temple (Mark 6:2, Luke 4:16-20) and ministering to those who wanted to hear. He also ate a meal (Matthew 12:1-8) and visited people who were in need of his blessing (Luke 12:14). His livelihood can be seen as an example of how we should use the Sabbath Day effectively. Spreading the gospel, teaching about living in Christ, visiting those who are ill or in prison, and above all giving God the praise in fellowship.
Many people believe that when Jesus came and died on the cross that he did away with the Ten Commandments and the fourth commandment to Remember the Sabbath Day. However, Jesus said, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven,“ (Matthew 5:17-19).
The Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath (Mark 2:27). God wanted to make sure we took the time to remember him. God is a loving and merciful god. Although, he encourages us to acknowledge him every single moment of our life, he only asked for one day to give him our full attention. That is a good and courteous god who at the end knows our circumstances and gives us grace to make our own decisions. He does not want to force worship, but he wants us to obey his commandments and give him praise because it is in our hearts and what we desire to do.
Thank you Jesus for your mercies, your love, and your grace. Without it, we would be lost.
-All sources are from the King James Version Bible.