If you grew up in the time before the 1970’s, you may remember that most businesses were closed on Sundays. No shopping at the mall. No buying groceries at the Supermarket. Closed.
A bakery might be open for a few hours so that people could come get their bread and special desserts for Sundays. You might see an open gas station every so often. But mostly, Sunday was a day off.
Sunday was spent with family and friends, and especially grandparents and cousins. Compare that to today, when many children don’t even know who their fathers are. Forget about spending time with grandparents, and learning the wisdom of the “olden days.”
There is something different about Sunday, it’s not supposed to be business as usual. It is supposed to be Holy (separate) unto the Lord.
We like to throw around 2 Chronicles 7:14. “If MY people, who are called by MY name, will humble themselves and seek my face and turn from THEIR wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven, and then I will forgive THEIR sin, and heal their land.”
It doesn’t take a Rocket Scientist to see that America is going down the wrong road. Judgment is falling all around us. It is not the job of the church to point to the world, and tell them what they are doing wrong. It is the job of the church to humble themselves, take the time to pray and seek God, turn from their wicked ways. And we can’t do that if we are spending Sunday at the Mall !! (unless of course you are there handing out tracts, bibles, and witnessing….)
When God first gave the Sabbath to Israel, he also gave them instructions for planning ahead:
Bear in mind that the LORD has given you the Sabbath; that is why on the sixth day he gives you bread for two days. Everyone is to stay where they are on the seventh day; no one is to go out.” Exodus 16:28-30
I remember growing up, my parents would figure out on Friday what they needed for the weekend, withdraw the money out of the bank, buy whatever food we needed for Sunday dinner, and fill the car up with gas.
Israel was to gather extra on the day before the sabbath, so that they would not have to work on the Sabbath.
Israel was instructed:
8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. Exodus 20:8 – 11
It was also the Sabbath that preserved the Jewish people through the ages, and kept them as a special people:
13 “Say to the Israelites, ‘You must observe my Sabbaths. This will be a sign between me and you for the generations to come, so you may know that I am the Lord, who makes you holy.
If we are the church, do we look any different to the world in this respect? Would anyone know we are Christians because we have a day we keep for the Lord?
Like I said, this is not about legalism–it’s about common sense. Obviously, nurses and doctors are needed on the Sabbath. You wouldn’t let someone die or hold back medical care.
Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one thing: Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy?” Luke 6:8-10
Jesus asked, “Which of you, having a donkey or an ox that has fallen into a pit, will not immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day?” Luke 14:4-6
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If the greatest problem of our society is the breakdown of the family, which in turn leads to abortion (which we know God hates), drug addiction (because people are hurting) and a host of other issues, wouldn’t it make sense to start by putting the family back together?
REST — Restore Enjoying Sundays Together.
What if WE, as the church, began to Honor the Sabbath Day, and Keep it Holy? What if WE stopped going to the Mall, grocery stores, and gas stations on Sundays? What if we spent time with family and friends, turned off the TV, and spent time praying and honoring God?
Would God then forgive our sin, and heal our land?
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- Sabbath Rest (thekindnesskronicles.wordpress.com)
- Remember the Sabbath Day by Keeping it Holy (communionwithjesus.wordpress.com)
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