Jan Brueghel the Elder, Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, 1615
The Seventh Day
You left the final day for re-creation,
For art and song and festive feasts for all.
You knew we’d work and toil to our damnation,
So you left us space where we could wholly call
Upon your name. Our feasts and songs are sourced
In celebration of you, our only Lord.
You gave us life and yet we were not forced
To listen to your voice, your holy Word.
And when we fell, you did not take the space
You set aside to give us rest and play.
Instead you came and took from death our place,
So from the night we could find the final day.
The week is done, but soon that day is coming,
When we at last will have eternal Sonning.
David Russell Mosley
I was raised in a Sabbath keeping family, a Sabbath keeping church, Seventh Day Baptist. As an adult I have spent most of my life where I could not be a part of such a church. That was not bad because it caused me to think about what I believed and why. I still believe God blesses the Sabbath in a different way than he does the rest of the week. I do not think it is A, or THE critical thing required to be a believer in Christ. But, it IS one of the 10 commandments….the only one most think is no longer commanded. I understand the arguments and logic of fellow Christians who say the idea that Sabbath has been fulfilled in Christ. But what I have observed in myself as well as a lot (really most Christians I know) is that when we don’t keep Sabbath we lose the sense that it is a sacred 24 hours, kept as a reminder that we are in debt to a holy, loving, merciful and redeeming God. I need to be reminded of that at least once a week. Thank God for the Sabbath.
From one of my favorite preachers/teachers, Alistair Begg:
“The key to the Sabbath is not inactivity. The rest which God has ordained is a rest from labor and a rest toward Him (emphasis added)… to be released to the worship of the glory of God…a great day for acts of mercy….to enjoy the privilege of God’s presence, the study of God’s word, the fellowship of God’s people.”
I find it too easy to read quickly over familiar passages assuming I know the meaning without much, if any, further thought (it is so obvious!). Reading this from Dr. Paul Manuel, in Time to Reboot gave me a much richer, almost concrete, way to understand the idea of renewal in the gift of the Sabbath.
Whereas rest is a common reason to keep the Sabbath, God mentions another reason that is not common. In addition to rest…
B. It is for renewal.8
He says the individual will “be refreshed,” rejuvenated. Those are common terms in English, and they are good translations of the Hebrew. The Hebrew word, however, is unusual, at least the form it takes here, because a common noun—the word for “soul”—has become a verb, literally “to re-soul” as if the benefit this day brings affects the very core of one’s being (emphasis added).
Endnotes 8 and 9 from the PDF:
This is one of my Dad’s notes I found in one of his books.
I have not found this quote in context but was able to find an article written by Bacchiocchi. From that article:
The free offering of time to God is a supreme act of worship, because it means acknowledging God with the very essence of human life: time. Life is time. When “time is up” life ceases to be. The offering of the Sabbath time to God enables the believer to acknowledge that his whole life, not just one seventh, belongs to God. It represents the Christian’s response to God’s claim on his life. By bringing all routine work to a halt for one day, he acts out his commitment to the Lord of his life. A similar objective is accomplished through the return of the tithe to God, as a recognition of His ultimate ownership.