Genesis 2- The Sabbath

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Genesis 2
The Sabbath
Gen 2:1-3 1 Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it!
First, prayerfully we all know that the Sabbath is really Saturday but we worship Sunday on the Lords Day because Jesus rose on Sunday.
So what should we do on the Sabbath?
Isaiah 58:13-14 13 “If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, From doing your pleasure on My holy day, And call the Sabbath a delight, The holy day of the LORD honorable, And shall honor Him, not doing your own ways, Nor finding your own pleasure, Nor speaking your own words, then you shall delight yourself in the LORD; …

The verse in Isaiah tells us that truly celebrating the Sabbath is resting, spending the day with the Lord, not doing things to please ourselves but to please the Lord.
Remember in Matthew, when the Pharisees accused God of blasphemy because he healed the man with the withered hand…asking “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?” God said “What man is there among you who has one sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not lay hold of it and lift it out? “Of how much more value then is a man than a sheep? Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”
In Mark 2:27-28 27 God said, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath.”
The Pharisees were trying to say that Jesus was disobeying law…manmade law. Jesus put them in their place quickly! Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath, Man is Lord of the Sabbath….meaning not to allow the world to say how your Sabbath should be spent, but following the example of Jesus!
As we saw in Matthew, Jesus used the Sabbath to teach and to heal, removing His eyes from Himself and focusing on others!

What are you doing on your Sabbath?

Stephanie

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