Today is Sunday… A day to worship God… Don’t we worship God every day?
It’s an interesting question.
I have met many Christians over the years who have a different take on how the Lord’s day should be spent.
There are some that treat it like any other – apart from going to Church that is. Others have all kinds of rules and traditions. One thing that I have observed though, and we are told to ‘test all things’, is that those that honour the day as something special, something different, have by-and-large, closer knit families – although that not the goal… They are teaching children that this day is special – and not just so that they enjoy it for themselves.
Isaiah 58:13-14 has become a sort of ‘motto’ for me –
“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…
In ancient Israel, Sabbath-breakers were stoned to death (Exodus 31:14; 35:2; Numbers 15:32-36) and Jesus kept the Sabbath… Hewas born under the Old Covenant and did not sin. However, He never told anyone to keep the Sabbath.
In the New Testament, Jesus was accused of breaking the Sabbath in Matthew 12:1-12 when his disciples were breaking heads of corn. Jesus didn’t agree that they were breaking the Sabbath, rather He corrected their interpretation with an example from the Old Testament!
“Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He entered the house of God, and he and his companions ate the consecrated bread — which was not lawful for them to do, but only for the priests”
There are many examples of Jesus healing on the Sabbath to the disdain of onlookers. Jesus seemed to be reminding them that it is better to do good on the Sabbath than to be busy about prohibiting all kinds of work.
Our faith in Christ is what justifies us, not what we do or don’t do. We are told not to neglect coming together for worship which is so important for our spiritual well being. If we are walking in the Spirit, we are fulfilling all the requirements of the law, Romans 8 v 5.
We might have liberty but let us use that to the glory of God. I come back again to the earlier verses from Isaiah and see that this day is to be a delight.
It is a delight to rest from the normal routines but above all it is a day to delight in uncluttered praise and worship, talking (more) about Him with His people. Listening to His Word being preached. A day not filled with rules and regulations, not a day that I judge how others choose to spend it, but one of delight and to serve as Jesus did, in helping others in their hour of need.