Whenever I read the scriptures I would come across the word Sabbath and this particular word is often mentioned following a severe warning.
I grew up in a religious family so we held the Sabbath on a weekly basis although the notion or importance of it was never really explained, we would religiously attend the church each Sunday and would spend a great deal of the day there.
Recently as I found myself reading more and more of the scriptures, I felt the need to understand this particular notion.
The Sabbath is the seventh day of the week, which is a day of rest, it is proclaimed in the scriptures as a day that should remain holy.
When you look in the scriptures you see that the first Sabbath was observed in Genesis 2.1-3 when The Creator of all things Himself decided to take one day off to rest after creating the earth and all that is in it. He took the seventh day off and made it holy. Can you imagine that someone who is able to create light, the sun, the moon, fish and all kind of animals and also humans with His Word would need a day of rest? I mean in my human understanding, if you have the ability to do all this why even bother taking a day of rest? Because this means that you must be a super “human” right?
But according to the scriptures
The Creator of all things did just that, on the seventh day, He took a day off to rest after creating all that we humans couldn’t even accomplish in a life time. All through the scriptures in the time line that follows, people are seen to be observing the Sabbath. The next time where The Creator of all things Himself mentions the Sabbath is when He gives Moses the 10 laws. Note that this could have been 15 or even 20 but the scripures speaks of only ten rules that The Creator of all things gave to his people and within those ten comes the important notion of the Sabbath. Somehow keeping the Sabbath is of key importance, so much so that it is mentioned in the convenant that the Creator make with his people.
According to the scriptures not holding the Sabbath can bring a wrath up on the population, (can it be that a great deal of our world has neglected this and therefore we are facing with the current situation?) but keeping the Sabbath brings a blessing as mentioned here in Isaiah 58. 13-14:
“If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath
and from doing as you please on my holy day,
if you call the Sabbath a delight
and the Lord’s holy day honorable,
and if you honor it by not going your own way
and not doing as you please or speaking idle words,
then you will find your joy in the Lord,
and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land
and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.”
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken”
Further on in the scriptures we can see that this notion is applied as a firm law, and when this was neglected there was a firm follow up by those appointed to observe the law or by The Creator Himself, just as mentioned in Nehemiah 13.15-22.
In our modern day life, although there are still rests of the notion of rest on the seventh day, many don’t know what this truely entails and therefore may break the rule without even entending to. Most of us are given atleast one day off from work, but often we turn to do other work to keep ourselves busy. Although this may be with the best intentions, not keeping the Sabbath is breaking the Creator’s law.
Therefore I highly encourage you to observe the Sabbath and keep it holy.