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Observing the Sabbath
Are Christians really supposed to keep the Sabbath, or is that just an Old Testament idea with no meaning in our world today? If we did, what would be the effect on our families, our health, our consumption and our world? Matthew Sleeth helps us imagine what role the Sabbath might play in a restored life in the twenty-first century.
The Sabbath has been proven to be the day we call Saturday (in the Biblical measurment/cycle of time it is evening til evening from Friday sundown to Saturday sundown). It is THE SEVENTH DAY, not the FIRST DAY or Sunday. So let us understand and follow God's commandment on the day He made holy, appointed for us to be a blessing so needed in these times esp. AMEN
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It is so easy to get hung up on Sabbath as a day. To think along these lines, Sabbath has to be something that we do (or do not do) during a 12 or 24 hour period of time. If that is the case, then we must rest or "stop" doing work. Yet right along the same lines, Jesus was clearly active on the Sabbath, healing, doing good works, etc. Jesus got in trouble with the informed religious community because he violated this law.
The Gospel calls us to bring about a real change to this world, and most importantly, our greatest work, according to Paul's letter to the Corinthians, is to love. Are we to forsake the work that we are called, not "to do", but "to be?" If love is work, and it is God-ordained work, Do we take a day off of loving? Did Israel take a day off from reconciling the world to God?
It is indeed through Sabbath that we love. It is through Sabbath that we reconcile. It is through Sabbath that we heal. Maybe this includes rest because rest is important. But maybe this has more to do with "creation" than resting.
For more on 'creation,' I think Gabe Lyons gives a genius explanation in his book "The Next Christians." Without creation, there would be no Sabbath. If we do not take time to create, then what gives us the right, as God's children, to rest?
Although I often fail, I commit myself to creating, to healing, to reconciling, and to loving. My biggest hope is that the world can see this through my Sabbath.
Its sad to see people preaching about a law on a shadow (Saturday worship) that has already been fulfilled by the Jesus Christ (the Substance). They preach about the law, which is more than the 10 Commandments, but like 1 Timothy 1:7 says, "wanting to be teachers of the Law, even though they do not understand either what they are saying or the matters about which they make confident assertions."
For the truth about the law which the Savior FULFILLED and thus can offer us Salvation, which is what the Gospel is about, visit these links--
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