Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sabbath Keeping

Some people, women in particular it seems, have really gotten into trying to keep the sabbath. Trying being a key word there. After all, they will say, it's one of the ten commandments, right? Or is it?  What exactly does it say in the ten commandments about the sabbath?
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. — Exodus 20:8
Notice that God doesn't say to observe the sabbath, or to keep the sabbath. He says to remember the Sabbath. How did Jesus legally break the Sabbath?

Because he IS the Sabbath.

So when we remember the sabbath, we are remembering Jesus. Who he is, what he's done, what he's doing and what he's going to do. Remember him. And who we are IN him. Remember what he did in Egypt. Remember without him you are nothing. Remember him. Call upon him. Sup with him.

Another way of saying remember is "don't forget" or, as it's written in the KJB, "forget not". This phrasing is used 24 times in the Bible.

One of my favorite Psalms expounds on why and what we need to remember or "forget not". It's really good stuff, too. Check it out:

Psalm 103
Bless the Lord, O my soul:
and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits:
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities;
who healeth all thy diseases;
 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction;
who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things;
so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.
 The Lord executeth righteousnessand judgment for all that are oppressed.
 He made known his ways unto Moses,
his acts unto the children of Israel.
 The Lord is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
 He will not always chide:
neither will he keep his anger for ever.
 He hath not dealt with us after our sins;
nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
 For as the heaven is high above the earth,
so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
 As far as the east is from the west,
so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
 Like as a father pitieth his children,
so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.
 For he knoweth our frame;
he remembereth that we are dust.
 As for man, his days are as grass:
as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
 For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone;
and the place thereof shall know it no more.
 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him,
and his righteousness unto children's children;
 To such as keep his covenant,
and to those that remember his commandments to do them

Um, that is an AWESOME list of benefits!! We need to remember how our heavenly father pities us and remembers that we're just dust. We need to remember that his mercy is GREAT toward them that fear him.

So while I don't keep the Sabbath, I do remember the sabbath. I remember Jesus and don't forget his benefits. Remember what Jesus said would happen when we "Come unto" him?
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart:and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30
Jesus is our rest. He's our portion. He's done all the work and has asked us to remember him. And to rest in him. Our work is to believe in Him.

2 comments:

DeNiece Barnes said...

Pray you and the family had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Miss your words of encouragement in blog land my dear sister in Christ.

Simply Keeping Home said...

Thank you DeNiece! It's so nice to hear from you! I have been checking your blog a lot for new posts, too! It is a busy time of year for us as I'm sure it is for you, too. I hope to be around in blogland soon. Merry Christmas to you and yours!