Hello family, We are continuing our devotion on the sabbath.
Read Mark 2:23-28
27 Then Jesus said to them, “The Sabbath was made to meet the needs of people, and not people to meet the requirements of the Sabbath. – Mark 2:27 NLT
The Pharisees made the sabbath a burden for the people. They could not properly enjoy the day God provide for them to rest because it had become legalistic. The sabbath was designed for our benefit it was never intended to lord over us. At this moment Christ shows His authority. He is Lord over the sabbath.
What that did was shift the focus from trying to be in line with all the regulations and traditions to being inline with Christ. Does this take way the fourth commandment? No! (see Matthew 5:17) God wants us to have a day of rest to be filled and restored by Him. We must rest other wise we will run our self into the ground spiritually and physically.
The Jews celebrated the Sabbath from sundown on the sixth day (friday) to sundown on the seventh (Saturday). Now today many of us work within this time frame. Does this mean we are sinning and can’t receive restoration from God? That is not the case because our sabbath rest and restoration is no longer found in a specific day or time frame but found in Christ.
Read Colossians 2
16 So don’t let anyone condemn you for what you eat or drink, or for not celebrating certain holy days or new moon ceremonies or Sabbaths. 17 For these rules are only shadows of the reality yet to come. And Christ himself is that reality. – Colossians 2:16-17 NLT
When gentiles (non Jews) came into the body of Christ some of the christian jews tried to get them to follow there traditions. The sabbath was not acknowledged by any other nation or people group, except the Jews it was and is a Jewish tradition. Paul sets things straight If we are not off from work on the sabbath and do house chores we don’t need to feel like we have sinned because we haven’t. Because our rest is found in christ. Our devotion to God and restoration is not reliant on a day.
Read romans 14
5 In the same way, some think one day is more holy than another day, while others think every day is alike. You should each be fully convinced that whichever day you choose is acceptable. – Romans 14:5 NLT
If you are off form work on Saturday by all means go and spend time with God, go and and be restored by Him go get your sabbath rest. But if you see another believer that rest and worships God on another day. Do not condemn him and say they are wrong, they are not sinning. They can be filled up and restored by God on a Sunday or Monday just as much as you are from sundown on friday to to sundown on Saturday.
Family if you celebrate the sabbath in the traditional time, go for it! Go and be filled by God. If you rest and devote time to God on another day don’t be condemned, go and serve God with all that is within you. And be restored by Him. i encourage you to Go to God and let him lead you, study this for your self.
Resources: What does it mean to remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy? https://gotquestions.org/Sabbath-keeping.html
How is Jesus our Sabbath Rest?: https://gotquestions.org/Jesus-Sabbath.html
What does it mean to remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy?: https://gotquestions.org/remember-the-Sabbath-day.html
Much Love & God Bless