Ginrich's Devotional Blog

March 22, 2018

Sabbath

Exodus 20:8-11 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 (NIV)

Mark 2:27 27 Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. (NIV)

As the Hebrew religion grew and the religious leaders added more and more rules to the 10 commandments, it because wrong to do absolutely anything on the Sabbath.  Jesus corrected this misconception of man.  The Sabbath was made for man.  The Greek word from which Sabbath comes means “to breathe.”  It was made for a day of rest.  A day to catch our breath..  We are to work for 6 days then, as the Father, God, did, we are to rest on the 7th day.  God created everything in 6 days through His spoken Word.  He spoke and everything came into existence, except for mankind which He actually made and breathed His own breath of life into.  When you speak, you exhale.  The day of rest was meant to catch your breath and rest from your labors.  Today we have a hard time with resting from our labors.  With all the electronics at our disposal, we think we must work 24 times 7.  This attitude has led to poor physical and emotional health.  We are to take one day a week as our Sabbath and rest from our work.  For some of us that day is Sunday.  For some of us, Sunday is one of our busiest days.  It doesn’t matter what day we take to rest but we must take one day for our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.  It is in resting our minds, bodies and emotions that we clear out the cobwebs which prevent us from hearing what our Father has to say to us.  Let us not give into the temptation to use that day to play catch up.  If we catch up with anything, let it be ourselves and our relationship with our Father through a day of rest and relaxation in His Presence.

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