Keeping The Sabbath Holy

  Keeping the Sabbath holy means to use it for the purpose for which it was created. It was designed to be a day for public worship as well as private devotion. “The seventh day is the Sabbath of rest, a holy convocation.” (Leviticus 23:3) We have the example of Christ Himself in attending public worship on the Sabbath. “As his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day.” (Luke 4:16)

            Preparation for proper Sabbath keeping includes the cooking of food and the preparation of all other things that may be needful in order to be ready to close from secular, earthly employment when the Sabbath is beginning, and devote ourselves to sacred, heavenly things. (Exodus 16:22,23; Luke 23:54)

            When keeping the Sabbath Holy, you must be mindful that the Sabbath is not a day for ordinary labor, for idleness, for amusement. It is for rest, spiritual as well as physical; for meditation, for worship, private as well as public; for holy joy, and for mutual helpfulness. It was designed to be the happiest, brightest, and best day of all the seven.

            This day of rest occurs weekly, in order to keep always before us the act of God’s rest at the close of creation week. We are to remember God every day, but the Sabbath comes to us weekly, bringing larger opportunities for rest, meditation, and communion with the Creator. Before its blessed and precious effects have been lost, the approach of another Sabbath renews its hallowing influence. Thus it sweetens all days and extends its blessing to all our time, as we “remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.”

            The New Testament does not change in the smallest degree the obligation to keep the Sabbath holy by observing the seventh day commanded by God. Christ observed this day during the entire period of His earthly life. The disciples continued in keeping the Sabbath holy by observing this day uniformly during the period of their lives, while establishing the first churches. There is no occasion on record in the New Testament where any human being endeavored to keep the first day as a sabbath.

            The Sabbath of the New Testament is the Sabbath of the Old Testament, the seventh day of the week. It is just as true today that men love darkness rather than light as it was when Jesus spoke it. Just as in His day there was brought to the people the truthful message of His first coming, so today there is going to the world the true message of His second coming. Today it is true that “light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light.” It is not necessary to commit some gross sin to be lost. A refusal to follow Christ by keeping the Sabbath holy, to walk in the light, will surely result in the utter loss of the soul. Are you keeping the Sabbath holy, or, are you in darkness?