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OBSERVE THE SABBATH
Bro. Marc Sorongon   /   Aug 23, 2015
   

The last of the commands that talks about loving God is in Exodus 20:8-11, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” How does observing the Sabbath show our love for God?

Observing the Sabbath shows God as our Provider.

We are to devote the Sabbath day to the Lord and remove all distractions that would hinder your devotion. The Sabbath is a gift of love to meet man's need, not an oppressive burden to make him miserable or proud so we need not overwork. God is in control of everything; you are not. Do not worry, and do not think that the world depends on you to complete the work or solve the problems. God is bigger than your burdens. Take a break once a week. Remember that God is the provider of all your needs. Only those whom He has set free can truly observe the Sabbath rest, for we are no longer enslaved to anything or anyone. He promises to meet all our needs if we commit to Him and put Him first (Matthew 6:33).

Observing the Sabbath shows God we trust Him

The Sabbath was a sign that helped the Israelites to remember how God had delivered them from Egypt. Remember, they were to stand still and see the deliverance that the Lord would provide. They didn’t work for that deliverance; it was something that God alone did. So to rest is not only remembering God but also putting our trust in Him.

People whose hearts are more set on the pleasures of the world than on the enjoyment of God will always feel the Sabbath command as a burden and not a blessing. They want to control how they earn money. They want to control the success of their life. Obeying the Sabbath is putting your faith and trust in God that your life is in His hand and success comes from him.

Observing the Sabbath shows God as our Creator

God is our powerful creator. He is in control even if we don’t see or feel it. He created everything. When we observe the Sabbath day, we are reminding ourselves of our God who created the heavens and earth and everything in it. After six days of Creation, God rested not because He was tired but His creation was all complete and was very good.

By saying, "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath" (Mark 2:27), Jesus was restating the principle that the Sabbath rest was made to relieve man of his labors, just as He came to relieve us of our attempting to achieve salvation by our works. We no longer rest for only one day, but forever cease our laboring to attain God’s favor.

The Sabbath is a foreshadow of the ultimate rest we have in Jesus (Colossians 2:16–17, Hebrews 4:9–10). He died for our sins so that we may have eternal life (Ephesians 2:8–9). He invites all who are weary to come to Him and find the solution to the greatest restlessness of our souls which is the fear of death (Matthew 11:28). We no longer have to strive to prove ourselves acceptable to God for we can already rest in His finished work on the cross. When we know God intimately, we are naturally rested in Him and we delight to set apart the day of Sabbath.

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