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A Sabbath Day

September 9, 2015

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A Sabbath Day

It’s wonderful  that the LORD  commanded the Israelites  to keep Sabbath days  —  days of rest  and rejoicing.     At first,  the weekly sabbath  was to be held  on the seventh day  of the week  —  our Saturday.     Par for the course,  mankind wanted to perfect God’s word  by defining exactly what  a correct sabbath  was to be.     They added tons  of definitions  from how far a person could walk  to how meals had to be prepared the day before.

All the added rules  took all the joy out  of God’s day  of rest.     Jesus’ actions and preaching  set God’s word straight,  and therefore,  Paul said  in Colossians 2:16-18,

Therefore  no one  is to act  as your judge  in regard  to food  or drink  or in respect  to a festival  or a new moon  or a Sabbath day  —  things which are a mere shadow  of what is  to come;  but the substance  belongs  to Christ.     Let no one keep defrauding you  of your prize  by delighting  in self-abasement  and the worship  of the angels,  taking his stand  on visions  he has seen,  inflated  without cause  by his fleshly mind,  and not holding fast  to the head,  from whom the entire body,  being supplied  and held together  by the joints  and ligaments,  grows  with a growth  which is  from God.

Jesus had shown these truths  by healing people  on the Sabbath  and by allowing  His hungry disciples  to pick  and eat grain   from the field  on the Sabbath.

The New Testament also shows  that the Sabbath day  does not have to be  on the seventh day  of the week.     There are a number  of account  like  Acts 20:7,

On the first day  of the week,  when we were gathered together  to break bread,  Paul began talking  to them…….

To choose the day  of resurrection  as a day  of rest  and sharing God’s word  is appropriate  in the freedom Christ gives us.     It’s a matter  of faith,  love,  and heart.

As we gladly glorify  our risen Lord,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Thank You for setting us free.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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