Yes, I enjoy the Sabbath. I look forward to it each week. I rest from Friday sundown to Saturday sundown. As the Sabbath is a huge topic, there will be a couple posts about it.
We are told that we are made in God’s image, but what does it mean, “in His image?” To me, the Sabbath encapsulates two aspects of what it means.
One reason God gives for us to observe the Sabbath is that He created all in 6 days and rested on the seventh. (See Exodus 20:11.)
I, in celebration of being ‘in His image,’ can also rest from my work on the seventh day. What better way to honor and worship Him then to copy Him? I take a break, for a whole day, from my usual daily routines of work, stress, and worries.
Another reason that God gives for us to observe the Sabbath is that He brought us out of the land of Egypt, out of the bonds of slavery. (See Deuteronomy 5:15.)
I don’t have to be a slave to my daily routine or my continuous striving to earn a living. I can choose to rest one day a week, proclaiming, “I am free!” Once a week I can recall that Yeshua (Jesus) told us to be anxious for nothing as the Father supplies all. Once a week I can do something no other creature on the earth can do: I can choose to obey my God and rest for a whole day! I get to celebrate that I am not a slave, neither to my work nor to the business and activity of daily life.
“Above all you shall keep my Sabbaths, for this is a sign between me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I, the LORD (Yehovah), sanctify you.” Exodus 31:13 (ESV)
In observing the Sabbath every week, I am learning obedience, and learning how to choose what is right.
We are given two different commands regarding the Sabbath in the two places the 10 statements (10 commandments) are given. We are to guard and we are to observe. Guarding is a week long process; learning to order your week so that the Sabbath will be free. Observing is then choosing to keep the day free; a day of rest. I call this training in righteousness that has almost immediate rewards!
“The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” Mark 2:27 (ESV)
God made it for us to enjoy. I’m still learning, but I won’t give up observing the Sabbath for anything! I feel sorry for those followers of Yeshua who don’t observe the Sabbath – they are missing out on a real blessing; missing a chance to worship God through simple obedience; missing a chance to learn to choose what is right; missing a chance to be a light to the world by simply following Yeshua; …
And missing out on some simple joy and peace in this hectic world!