by Wally Fry

The Reason for the Sabbath

Genesis 2:1-3

“And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made,” Genesis 2:2.

There are probably some reading this who know a little bit about burning the candle at both ends. Many of us live lives of constant busyness with little or no concept of downtime or rest factored in. This is not God’s plan at all, and the way we miss out on this is so sad.

Even today the idea of the Sabbath gets wrapped up in a lot of legalistic and ritualistic baggage that destroys the reason God created a day of rest for His creation; in the beginning, He showed us that to work six days and rest on one is honorable and pleasing to God. God certainly does not need rest; He is omnipotent! God rested as an example for us to follow.

Unfortunately, the Pharisees, in the days of Jesus, had really messed up the entire concept of a Sabbath rest and made it about following their rules and meeting man-made expectations. Among many Christians even today, the Lord’s day is about what can be done and what cannot be done. As He did on so many things, Jesus told us the way on this as well, telling us, “And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27).

Friends, a day of rest, worship, service and fellowship is not a burden or an obligation. It is a wonderful gift from God, and the Father and the Son both showed us this by example. Will we follow it?

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