This year, I completed my reading of the Bible form Genesis to Revelation. I believe I started in 2011 or 2012, and it was so worth the read. My understanding of the Holy Trinity today is very different from what it was before I started the journey through God’s Holy Word. I read history, drama, action, comedy, romance - everything I could have possibly wanted in a book series poured into one Book. I discovered stories I’d never heard before, fell in love with many Bible characters, and grew in knowledge of the simplicity and depth of who God is, what He encompasses. Out of everything my eyes fell upon, the one theme that stood out the most to me was the sabbath, or the seventh day.
I never truly knew how often the sabbath/seventh-day was even mentioned in the Bible until I read it for myself. Of course, you don’t have to take my word for it. It was just what I noticed. Feel free to conquer this awesome Book on your own and see what your own findings are.
But I was quite shocked to find it referenced in almost every book of the Bible, as early as Genesis 2:2, 3.
I read about it in the Old Testament as being important before Jews were even a group of people.
I read about it with Moses on the Mount Sinai when God’s people fled Egypt.
I read about it when Isaiah shared that it will be kept in heaven, even when the earth is long gone.
I read about it when Jesus went to the synagogue to preach, when He and his apostles were being stalked by the Pharisees in the fields, when He wanted to just help someone and do good, and when He hoped that times to flee during the last days wouldn’t fall on such a sacred day of rest for our sake.
I read about it when Christ was crucified and His followers couldn’t even finish preparing His body because it was approaching and work needed to cease in reverence of its holiness.
I read about it when the Son of Man didn’t wake up until the first day, keeping it holy in His very own death.
I read about it when the apostles continued to keep it holy long after their Master’s death and resurrection.
I read about it when Paul urged me, as a Gentile, and the Jews to not forget it and to keep it the way it has been meant to be kept since the beginning of the age.
Long before, during, and long after the time of Christ, the sabbath/seventh-day was a thing. I couldn’t run from it. I couldn’t hide from it. But it wasn’t a scary theme, but a peaceful theme. “Rest… rest… rest… rest…” So much calm came with it.
It was created here, meant to be kept throughout the ages, and to be taken up with God’s people in the end. A perpetual sign of God’s love, grace, and mercy for His people brought every sixth day sunset to every seventh day sunset. A gift that is never to leave us:
Genesis 2:2, 3
And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
Remember the sabbath day [seventh day], to keep it holy.
Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath [seventh day] of rest, an holy convocation; you shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings.
Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath [seventh day] from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil.
If you turn away your foot from the sabbath [seventh day], from doing your pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shall honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words.
Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths [includes fourth Commandment], to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them.
For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day [seventh day].
And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days [seventh day]? that they might accuse him. And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day [seventh day], will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out? How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days [seventh day].
Mark 2:27, 28
And he said unto them, The sabbath [seventh day] was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath [seventh day].
And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath [seventh day].
And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days [seventh day] reasoned with them out of the scriptures.
Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days.
For he spoke in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.
Hebrews 4:9 NIRV
So there is still a Sabbath rest [seventh day] for God’s people.
With that, I do wish you a happy sabbath. May you find the rest that our Lord and Saviour meant for us to have.
"Dios nos dió un día a la semana para descancar y meditar. Separado, bendecido, santificado, día de loor. Día lindo, escogido como el verdadero memorial. Recordando constantemente al eterno Dios y Creador. Libres de afanes de esta vida, nos reunimos con el Salvador; estudiamos la Palabra, aprendemos más de su amor. Es un día tan precioso, dedicamos tiempo a servir a quien tanto necesita atención y un poco de amor. De un sábado a otro sábado adoraremos juntos al Señor. Y en al tierra nueva, por la eternidad exaltaremos su amor. El sábado es un día de esperanza, de alabanza, de reposo de nuestra labor. Es día de esperanza, de alianza, entre un pueblo y su gran Señor. Es día de alegría, de harmonía. Es día de canción y poecía. Día separado, día consagrado, día incomparable, santo día del Señor."
“God gave us one day a week for resting and meditating. Separated, blessed, sanctified day of praise. Nice day, chosen as the true memorial. Constantly recalling the eternal God and Creator. Free from the cares of this life, we meet with the Saviour; in studying the Word, we learn more of His love. It’s such a lovely day, spent time serving the One who needs a little of our attention and love. From one Sabbath to the next Sabbath, worship the Lord together. And in the new earth, for eternity, we will exalt His love. Sabbath is a day of hope, praise, rest from our work. It’s a day of hope, alliance, between a people and their great Lord. It’s a day of joy and harmony. It’s a day of song and poetry. A separate day, a consecrated day, an incomparable day, holy day of the Lord.”