Sabbath - Genesis 2:1-4

Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation. These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens
— Genesis 2:1-4

It says that God rested from His work of creation on the seventh day. He rested not because he was tired, but because he was satisfied. The creation was very good, and he enjoyed it on the last day of the week (Saturday). This is called the Sabbath. The Jews celebrated this seventh day through the time of Christ. 

The Jewish Christians began celebrating the first day of the week, Sunday, as the new “Christian” Sabbath because it was the day that Christ was raised from the dead. God rested from His completed work of creation on the seventh day, and Jesus rested from His completed work of redemption on the first day of the week. It sort of began a new era, if you will.

Today we celebrate the Christian Sabbath, by resting from our worldly labors, and worshipping God in public and in private all day long. I don’t think that if you occasionally work on Sunday you should be stoned, but it seems to be a self-evident principle, as well as a biblical one, that you need rest! There are also works of necessity (cooking food to eat, etc…) and works of mercy (serving at the homeless shelter or helping yourself or someone else with a spare tire, etc…) which Jesus says are both acceptable “work” on the Sabbath. You also need a day that you can devote to reading the Bible and holy literature, spending some extra time in prayer, and worshipping the Lord at church with family and friends.

I have seen people who refuse to prioritize this, because they think they have something else “more important”, suffer spiritually mentally and spiritually. Take time to be in the house of the Lord with God’s people! You won’t regret it! Trust me, you won’t come to the end of your life and wish you had worked more Sundays.

We must do our best to prioritize the day of worship. We all fail. God loves us anyway. But let His grace show us how specifically we can honor this Sabbath principle which was there since the founding of the world!

Life Application Questions:

  1. What does your Sunday routine look like?
  2. Based on the above, are you satisfied with your Sunday routine?

Prayer Helps: Praise God that because He rested from the completion of His work, we also can rest in His completed work on our behalf.