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Keeping the Sabbath

Today’s reading: Exodus 30:22-33:11

12 And the Lord said to Moses, 13 “You are to speak to the people of Israel and say, ‘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, sanctify you.

 My reflections:

Q. If God told us to stand on the roof at sunset and gargle peanut butter, would you do it?

A. Yes, of course.

Q. So a divine command doesn’t have to be logical or rational in order for us to obey?

A. No, as long as God says to do it, we should do it. No questions asked.

God didn’t tell His people to gargle peanut butter but He did tell them to keep His Sabbaths on pain of death. Where do modern evangelicals get off totally disregarding the Sabbath? It is common for church goers to bolt out of worship and head for the restaurants. I hear of professing believers hitting the supermarkets or stadiums on Sunday afternoons or evenings without a second thought. Any suggestion that there may be something amiss with this will bring protests of Pharisaism.

This is not the place for a debate about keeping the Sabbath vs. keeping the Lord’s Day. My point is most church-going Christians are doing neither. Sadly, they are not only offending God’s law but also missing the blessing intended by keeping the Sabbath holy.

My challenge: What is your practice in keeping the Sabbath or the Lord’s Day? Are you overlooking one of His commandments? Is this why your life is frantic and you lack time for prayer, Bible study, and worship? Let us pray: Lord, awaken your people beginning with me to the priority of keeping your Sabbaths for worship, corporate and private, for rest and for service for your glory.

Tomorrow’s reading: Exodus 33:12-36:7

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