The author had been relaying the story of how her teen son had recently not been interested in attending corporate worship on Sunday mornings, saying he could worship God just as easily at home as he could at church - only he'd be able to sleep a little later. She told how she encouraged him to "Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy" and be sure he was in church on Sunday as God intended.
So here's what I said:
I agree with the author that corporate worship is important. It's our example all through the bible from the Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden to Jesus worshiping "in the Temple on the Sabbath as was His custom." (Luke 4:14) We're also told in scripture that we will continue to worship God on the Sabbath even after He returns and takes us to heaven. (Isa. 66:22, 23)
But like several others that have commented, I want to point you to the real Sabbath Day of Rest - Saturday, not Sunday. Sunday was man's idea, changed by the "authority" of the Roman Church and clearly stated, without apology, in their writings. (Dan. 7:25) (***Edited to add - the word Sunday isn't even mentioned in the bible, but the "first day of the week" is mentioned eight times. Ask any Christian what day of the week Christ was resurrected from the grave. Matt. 28:1, Mark 16:1 & 2, Luke 24:1, John 20:1. Jesus even rested on the Sabbath when He was crucified!)
It's a tradition of man to worship on Sunday - not the God that said He is the same now and forever more. Not the God that said not one "jot or tittle" would be changed in the unchangeable, inerrant law written in stone by His own finger. Not the God that said He came not to change the law, but to fulfill it. (Matt. 5:17-19) For those that say the Sabbath was given to the Jews, I respectfully disagree. The commandments were given at Sinai, but the Sabbath was given long before that at the end of God's creation week on the seventh day - long before there were Jews. (Gen. 2:1-3)
I once heard a Pastor preach that if anyone could show him ANY verse in scripture that showed where Sabbath observance was changed from the seventh day of the week (Saturday) to the first day of the week (Sunday) he would give them $25,000. That was a safe bet for sure.
I found this that sums it all up much better than I could, including the scriptural references to back it up:
The beneficent Creator, after the six days of Creation, rested on the seventh day and instituted the Sabbath for all people as a memorial of Creation. The fourth commandment of God's unchangeable law requires the observance of this seventh-day Sabbath as the day of rest, worship, and ministry in harmony with the teaching and practice of Jesus, the Lord of the Sabbath. The Sabbath is a day of delightful communion with God and one another. It is a symbol of our redemption in Christ, a sign of our sanctification, a token of our allegiance, and a foretaste of our eternal future in God's kingdom. The Sabbath is God's perpetual sign of His eternal covenant between Him and His people. Joyful observance of this holy time from evening to evening, sunset to sunset, is a celebration of God's creative and redemptive acts. (Gen. 2:1-3; Ex. 20:8-11; Luke 4:16; Isa. 56:5, 6; 58:13, 14; Matt. 12:1-12; Ex. 31:13-17; Eze. 20:12; Deut. 5:12-15; Heb. 4:1-11; Lev. 23:32; Mark 1:32.)(End of my blog comment)
There's a lot more I would like to say here about what a blessing the Sabbath rest is to me, how I look forward to it every week, how the fellowship and communion with my Creator renews my soul for a new week, how it's my most favorite day of the week, but instead I'll just leave you with two questions and the promise to save the rest for later:
1) Why were we instructed to "Remember the Sabbath day" and not remember to honor our parents, not to kill, steal , swear, covet, or bear false witness etc... Do you think God told us to remember because He knew we'd forget?
2) Some say "that was the old covenant - we're no longer under that, but now we're under the new covenant", but they agree that all of the commandments given in Exodus 20:2-17 still apply (don't have other gods, worship idols, use the Lord's name in vain, dishonor your parents, murder, cheat on your spouse, steal, lie or covet) except, it seems, for commandment #4. Is the day God set aside as blessed and holy optional?
Just some stuff to think about.
Happy Sabbath, friends!
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