Remember the Sabbath Day

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. Exodus 20:8‭, ‬11 KJV

This is a formal precept in the middle of a moral code. It covers verses 8-11. The word Sabbath means ”rest or a cessation from labour”. There has been a conjecture of its introduction into the Hebrew society. Some think it is from Genesis2:2, when God rested, others think its an extension of the instructions of Exodus 16:26. The use of ”remember”, is indicative of the fact that its not a new command. It typified the rest that remains for the people of God (Heb.4:9). The attempt to make a law of worship day out of this has been debated over the years that we have no intention of repeating them. In the new testament, most believe that the resurrection dealt a final blow to worship on Sabbath. Now don’t make any case out of this. Our concern today is the rest. John Mark Comer has a book titled, ”The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry”, which is written for this age where people do not understand rest. There is a biblical rest that the whole world can benefit from. It began with God. If God rested, what about you? The Jewish tradition seem to indicate that the departure from Egypt happened on a Sabbath. Would it by any chance be pointing to our eternal rest in God? There remains a day of rest in God. Just be ready.

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