Sunday, January 11, 2009

Needed: A day of rest

What does the Bible say about a day of rest?
I decided to do some research on the Sabbath, or a day of rest. Initially, I always believed that because God rested on the 7th day, that was traditionally known as the sabbath, day of rest, the 7th day, whatever...
I was quite surprised to find that there is so much out there contradicting this. Some people believe that this was part of the old covenant and therefore no longer applies. Here's what Scripture says:
"Remember the sabbath day and keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath of Yahweh your God: you shall not do any work—you, your son or daughter, your male or female slave, or your cattle, or the stranger who is within your settlements. For in six days Yahweh made heaven and earth and sea, and all that is in them, and He rested on the seventh day; therefore Yahweh blessed the sabbath day and hallowed it." (Exodus 20:8-11)

Okay, so that's just one example. Here's what another piece of scripture says:
"On six days work may be done, but on the seventh day there shall be a sabbath of complete rest, a sacred occasion. You shall do no work; it shall be a sabbath of Yahweh throughout your settlements. These are the set times of Yahweh, the sacred occasions, which you shall celebrate each at its appointed time" (Leviticus 23:3-4)

It is my opinion that I have gathered from scripture that there *IS* to be a sabbath day. But, which one? Saturday or Sunday? Or any other day, for that matter? I think it's Sunday, but why?
Also, what kind of activities are permitted on the Sabbath? Can we shop? Do homework? Leisure activities like golf and hiking? No work, I see...but I would take it to mean that the Sabbath is a day for GOD, not for man. Back in the day, Sunday was a day reserved for church activities, fellowship, and worship of our Lord and Savior. Why has that changed? Personally, I think it's awesome when businesses are closed on Sunday to honor God and the Sabbath. But, what about people who believe the Sabbath falls on Saturday?

Just some random nothings I was thinking about today!