God’s Sabbath is a constant reminder of our origins, our liberation, our destiny, and our responsibility to the outcast and marginalized.
When Moses restates the Sabbath command to a new generation about to enter the Promised Land, he begins, “ ‘ “Observe the Sabbath day” ’ ” and concludes with “ ‘ “and remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day” ’ ” (Deut. 5:12, 15, NKJV).
The Sabbath is a sign of deliverance and freedom. The Israelites were held in bondage to the Egyptians for centuries. Miraculously, God delivered them.
They did not deliver themselves.
God delivered them by His “mighty hand.” The Sabbath is a reminder of the power of God to deliver us out of any situation.
In fact, the Sabbath is so important that instead of our coming to it, it comes to us, every week and without exception, a perpetual reminder of who we are, who made us, what He is doing for us, and what He will ultimately do for us when He makes new heavens and a new earth.
A holy God invites His human covenant partners to consider the rhythm that governs what really counts—the saving relationship between the Creator and Redeemer and His wayward creation.
Every week, and with the force and authority that comes from God, we are commanded to enter into the rest that we have been freely given in Christ Jesus, who is “the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross” (Heb. 12:2, NKJV).
How can the Sabbath become even more meaningful for you?
List at least three specific things you can do to bless others on the Sabbath.