2 On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work. 3 And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation. – Genesis 2:2-3 NLT
Hello family, Their have been many arguments on this topic. This devotion is not about taking sides in fact it is intended to bring unity and peace of mind so we can serve God with all our heart mind and soul.
Genesis 2:2-3 Cast a shadow for what God would establish in the nation of Israel when he wrote the ten commandments. God set an example for us when he established this day of rest. God wanted us to have a day when we could rest from our work. and enjoy his presence and be filled up so we can serve him.
8 “Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. – Exodus 20:8 NLT
This is the fourth commandment that God wrote down on the tablets that Moses bought down from the mountain. Once again God established this so the people of Israel can be restored spiritually and physically. So from sundown on the sixth day to sundown on the seventh they rested and were restored by God. There work was much more labor intensive. They had to walk every place they went and they grew tired.
Its hard to serve God without any energy. So on the seventh day they did not travel they camped where they were. Cooking was definitely a chore so they ate the mana that was gathered the day before. When we see all the rules regarding the sabbath rest we have to look at the time they lived in a lot of the things we do today we much more strenuous than they are now.
By the time we get to the new testament the Pharisees had twisted this command and made it a burden for the people. Enter the Christ. Read Matthew 12:1-14 The priest had taken what was supposed to be a blessing and made it feel like curse. But Jesus set that straight. He is lord of the sabbath. His disciples were hungry they were permitted to pick the grain. There was a need that needed to be met Christ permits us to go and provide for those needs, even on the. Sabbath.
Part 2 tomorrow
Much Love & God Bless