The True Significance of the Sabbath

MM900365299Too often, discussions about the importance, relevance, benefits of the Sabbath focus on what to do (or not to do) on the Sabbath. This inevitably leads to fights arguments which are usually unproductive. 

Instead of the Do/Don’t aspect of the Sabbath, let us briefly consider its significant and relevance to us today.

 
The Sabbath reminds us about who God is...

The Sabbath is not just about Creation (which happened a long time ago)Yes, God is the Creator, and remembering that is very important.  But, the Sabbath is also about the impact that God has in our lives right now.

The Israelites were commanded to keep three feasts onto God each year (Exodus 23:14-17), which required that ALL able-bodied men left their homes all throughout the land of Israel and went to the sanctuary to worship.  During their absence from their homes and family members, God protected them and their homes from their enemies.   In a similar fashion, each Sabbath we can fully put aside the cares of our daily lives, and God will keep things in check for us as we focus only upon Him during the Sabbath hours.  He is our glorious provider and sustainer, and we need not worry as we rely upon Him.  This is one key blessing of the Sabbath.

 
The Sabbath symbolizes restoration with God...

Not only does the Sabbath provide a time of physical recovery (and I don’t mean by sleeping away Sabbath afternoon), is a time of spiritual restoration as well.  Without the distractions of our daily cares, we are free to focus on our relationship with God.  We are free to reflect upon His desire for our salvation, and the work that He has already accomplished to that end.  The Sabbath should be like a pitstop in the journey to the Kingdom of God.

During the Sabbath hours, we can essentially practice what it will be like to worship God totally unencumbered by sin.  As we experience the joy of the Sabbath – a period of time that God has infused with His very presence, we can begin to prepare ourselves for an even more intimate experience with Him in Heaven and the Earth made new.

If we were more diligent in experiencing the benefits of the Sabbath that God has already prepared for us, we would have a far greater testimony about the beauty and relevance of the Sabbath that wouldn’t devolve to an argument about activities can or can’t be done during the Sabbath hours.  It’s almost as if God has given us the Sabbath as a high-definition BluRay video, accompanied by a super-crisp 50” high definition TV, but we insist on watching it on our 19” black and white TV – all the while saying, “I don’t see anything special here.”

The Sabbath is God’s, but it was made for us. There is still a little time left for us to experience its joys and blessings…

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Published 30 June 11 06:00 by ASB
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About ASB

Andrew S. Baker aka ASB

Since 2004, Andrew (along with his wife) has led and supported several ministries at his local church, including Family Life Ministries, Young Adult Ministries, Sabbath School, and Bible Study groups. He also serves as a volunteer moderator for the Sabbath School Network (SSNET) mailing list, and hosts several mailing lists and Facebook discussion groups pertaining to Bible Study and religion.

Additionally, Andrew is a certified Family Life Counselor, providing affordable pre-marital counseling, marriage preparation, and marriage enrichment services. It is his desire to ensure that the today's young people are given all of the training and nurture necessary to enable them to experience their own vibrant and fulfilling relationship with God.

Other major interests include Technology, Astronomy, Chess, Reading, Bible Study, Family Fun, and the great outdoors...

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