The Sabbath Rest

Make your Sabbath whichever day works best for you and your family.

Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God . . . 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. ~ Exodus 20:9-11 

READING: Hebrews 4 

Church planting leader, are you taking a Sabbath Rest? 

When God created the universe, He rested on the seventh day. Do you think that He needed to rest? No. God was not worn out from speaking the universe into existence! Rather, He set a divine example that once a week we are to rest our bodies, refresh our minds and renew our spirits in worship.

While we shouldn’t be legalistic in keeping the Sabbath, let’s remember it was so important to God that under the Old Covenant, the penalty for breaking the Sabbath was death! (See Ex. 31:14, 15.) Let’s not brazenly ignore what God has so clearly shown us is so important.

Under the New Covenant, it is left up to our discretion to choose which day to set apart for rest and worship. “Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath” (Col. 2:16 ESV). Make your Sabbath whichever day works best for you and your family.

And don’t try to pretend that Sunday is a “day off.” It is probably your most exhausting day. Choose another rest day and guard it religiously. Your ministry will be more fruitful, your body more healthy and your family happier as you follow this Sabbath rest principle. 

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Lord, Help me to honor the Sabbath principle of Scripture. Help me to rest in You, trusting that You can do more through me in six days than by myself I can do in seven. Amen. 

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  • Thulasizwe Desmond Goba

    Dear Saints,

    If we are Christians, we should follow the example of our Lord. This includes keeping the Sabbath as He kept it. He never gave any liberty to any of His followers to choose any day they want to keep as the Sabbath. Even the first church, under the tutelage of the disciples never changed the day of worship. The change only came after centuries during the time Constantine the Great. God’s law is immutable as His character. The whole Sabbath law has been adulterated as the marriage (allowing same sex marriages) and the baptism. If Christ was submerged during baptism, shouldn’t all followers follow the same example? Jesus never complained about the day that was kept during His earthly sojourn but challenged the way it was kept. The 4th commandment is the only one among the 10 commandments that give the 3 critical elements showing that the world is owned by God as Creator and having a right to be worshiped not as we please but as He has directed us to. The last message to the world before Christ returns warns the world to worship God the Creator and obey Him (Rev. 14:6,7). As you may appreciate, God’s approach to worship is not up to the worshiper but should be according to Gods way. This is the reason why obedience is the highest way of worship, unlike approaching God as Cain who chose his way of worship rather that as God had directed then. Let’ be careful lest our end be like that of Cain. It’s even worse if our non-biblical views are diffused to the readers and lead them anywhere but to God. If we teach what the Bible does not teach, and we do this knowingly, we automatically qualify as false prophets. As a man of the cloth, you know that God does not take this kindly.