NO WORK ON THE SABBATH

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I remember when my now 24 year old grandson was just a child and already a Bible scholar. He carried his Bible almost everywhere he went. He knew all the commandments and when Sunday came, he knew he’d be going to church to praise God for all His blessings. He also interpreted  the part about no work on Sunday as truth. We had a discussion about that part of the commandment one Sunday when we had our family over to help with some raking and other chores that were difficult for us to do alone.

I explained that we definitely should be obedient to the commandments, but if he was doing something that was of help to his dear, old grandparents, he was also serving God. After that conversation, he became a little more willing to help on those special days.

Jesus talked about the Sabbath day on a few occasions. Once, while traveling through a field of grain, His disciples grew hungry and plucked a few heads of grain to nibble on.  Jesus was questioned by the Pharisees about working on the Sabbath.  I don’t exactly understand why snatching a piece of grain would be considered work, but apparently these guys were sticklers for the law.

From there, Jesus went on to the synagogue where He found a man with a withered hand.  In His mercy, He healed the man and was again questioned about working on the Sabbath.  These guys were ready to pin anything they could think of to make Jesus look bad.

In the books of the Gospel we read of these events and wonder.  Looking back at the Old Testament, the law is clear.  The Sabbath is a day of rest, as on the seventh day of creation, God Himself rested.  The day was intended to be a time of relaxation for a week of hard work, but the truth of this commandment lies in the action we often forget about, which is to set it aside as a day of thanksgiving, worship and praise for the One who created it all.

The time of rest doesn’t give us an excuse to forget about helping others or doing what is good in God’s name.  The Sabbath day is still to be considered holy and  devoted to our Creator.  Corporate worship is not commanded, but it is certainly something to look forward to.  We’re allowing the Word to rest on our souls.  We’re giving the Holy Spirit deserved time to work in broken hearts and bodies. We can sing His praises through hymns and Psalms.  We are called as a unified body to pray for our country, our families, our friends and even those we don’t know.  By giving our time to God, we’re honoring His name.  Don’t let the things that often consume our free time, interfere with our worship.

Our church family is an important factor.  When we fellowship with other believers, we have a chance to witness, to offer advice, encourage, to share the good news of God and to pray together.  We’re all in the same boat.  We go to church, because we need the encouragement of God’s Word to sustain us through the coming week.  We’re b3dlessed by the Sacraments.  We confess our sins together and we’re forgiven.

God deserves our praise, thanks and honor every day, but one day and a couple hours of being together with fellow believers isn’t asking for much. God loves us with an unconditional love. He shed His blood for our salvation.  He not only commands us to set one day aside for Him, He deserves it.

 

 

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About atimetoshare.me

As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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15 Responses to NO WORK ON THE SABBATH

  1. hatrack4 says:

    I had a friend in high school whose family went out for dinner on Sunday, so that they did not have to cook and clean dishes. When us other members of the church youth group discovered this, we asked why they were making the other people work on Sunday. The reply, “But they were already at work when we got there. They’d obviously skipped Sunday school and church.” Somehow, everyone, but that one family , found it wrong. Not to go out for dinner, but to go on Sunday for that reason.

    Oh, it is great that you are back going again. I have been praying. Tough when that kind of thing happens on a long weekend.

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      I avoided having to buy a new computer. It was wiped clean and upgraded to windows 10. It’s too bad these machines are planned for obsolescence. Usually about the time you get the hang of it you have to start learning all over again. Thanks for missing me. I was at least able to read my favorite sites.

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      • hatrack4 says:

        Oh? Since I got a couple of likes during that time, I feel honored. I may have to take a cold shower to keep my head from swelling…

        No, thank you very much for those likes. when I read on anything other than the computer, it becomes a chore.

        As for planned obsolescence, the car companies having been doing it since the beginning, falling apart the day after the warranty expires. I really think Bill Gates needs to be threatened under the monopoly laws, but then he’d shut down the government. Wait! Maybe that’s a good thing…

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      • atimetoshare.me says:

        Haha I think honk you have a good 😊 idea there.

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  2. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

    I don’t believe the Sabbath is a free for all day. I believe what needs to be done should be done. And of course, we should be faithful and obedient on this day the same as any other day.

    I think it’s a spiritual resting day upon which we should have a church family/body to go and praise and worship God and receive the Word He has for us. To include Sunday evening services too.

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  3. This is the only commandment i have had difficulty adhering to. the others are easy. and i have followed them. being single i have to work one saturday a month, so i use the friday before as my sabbath.

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  4. glad to see you back 🙂

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      Thanks.

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      • Just got home from keeping the kids for two days— just 2 days and I’m exhausted—- off to bed!!!

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      • atimetoshare.me says:

        This is why God intended young people to have children, but he often threw in a surprise time and again – Sarah & Elizabeth to name two. Get a few days of solid sleep before you do that again😳

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      • I couldn’t imagine such!
        Brenton got the job(I’ll email the details but I think I told you he’d had three interviews with the company, the final one last week -hence why we brought the Mayor home with us last week so he could be rested)— so we’re going back over Sunday to take them all out to eat to celebrate— despite stating no more attempts at eating out while the mayor is in the throes of the terrible twos at only 18 mos

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      • atimetoshare.me says:

        Yahoo. Now things may get back to normal whatever that is💕

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      • Well— he will eventually work from home— they could move.. but, that wouldn’t be for at least a year— being closer sure would make my life easier!!! But— I’m not moving to Atlanta— been there, done that and it is NOT the city I knew, loved and grew up in— I like it simpler here in smallville USA

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