Most 21st Century followers of Jesus are not really sure what to do with the God-designed provision of the Sabbath. Jesus spoke against the Pharisee’s use (abuse) of the Sabbath yet seems to honor the Father on the Sabbath, often teaching in the Synagogues. It is the one commandment, of the 10 Commandments given to Moses, that we write-off as being culturally irrelevant. Most Bible believing Christians would not dare strike the commandments forbidding idolatry, adultery, taking the Lord’s name in vain, or murder. In fact, Jesus didn’t lighten up on these laws, but exposed the root of the heart and thoughts that would condemn a man or woman (Matthew 5-6). For God, honoring the Sabbath and keeping it holy, is part of His moral law.
In order to understand how the Sabbath affects us and how we might honor the Lord through the Sabbath, the Scriptures must be examined and understood. As the passages below are read and truth is drawn from them, it is important to not make law from these truths, but rather to allow the truth to set you free. Never allow the Sabbath to put you into bondage; rather embrace the Sabbath to discover the abundant life. It is one way in which we worship the Lord. Let’s look at both the Old Testament’s teaching concerning the Sabbath and then teaching in the New Testament. You can click on each link below for a quick reference.
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2. Luke 14:1-6
Benefits of Keeping the Sabbath
- Keeping the Sabbath identifies God’s PLACE in our lives and the world
- Keeping the Sabbath protects righteous PRIORITIES
- Keeping the Sabbath provides opportunity to REST
- Keeping the Sabbath HONOR’S the Lord
- Keeping the Sabbath recognizes our LIMITS
- Keeping the Sabbath communicates our VALUES to our family and others.
- Keeping the Sabbath positions us to HEAR from God
Perhaps you have additional thoughts and insights about honoring the Lord, and keeping the Sabbath. I’d love to hear what you have to say.