Saturday - January 28, 2017
BIBLE READING: Exodus 35:1-3
If we had lived 4,000 years ago, today would have been a very significant day for those of us that believed in God. It would be special because today is Saturday, and that meant it would have been the Sabbath Day. The Jews were taught to “Remember the Sabbath Day and keep it holy” (Exodus 20:8). They were to use this day to rest from their labors of the past week, to reflect on all that they have done, and, most importantly, to dedicate themselves to God.
There were strict guidelines for what you could and could not do on the Sabbath (Exodus 35). However, most scholars will tell you that of all the Ten Commandments, keeping the Sabbath was one that was kept the least. Why, you might ask? Because keeping the Sabbath typically interfered with what the people wanted to do.
The same could be said of today. We are not bound to keeping the Sabbath, but, as believers, we do have the privilege to worship on the first day of the week. If you take a moment to look around tomorrow at worship, you will notice that there will be some empty seats. Why don’t more people want to come to worship? The same reason people didn’t honor the Sabbath: It would interfere with their plans for the day. Father, we pray that we will never allow our plans to take precedent over our worship to You.
Application: Prepare yourselves Church, for tomorrow we worship!