01 July, 2019

31. Lord of the Sabbath


31. Lord of the Sabbath

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. —Exodus 20:11

On the sixth day (the first Friday), God declared that his creation was "very good." Planet Earth was Eutopia,* a perfect world.

On the seventh day (the first Saturday), God finished his work of creation, so he "sabbath on the seventh day from all his work."

We often translate the Hebrew word "sabbath" as rested, though it more accurately means "ceased" or "desisted."

At this point in scripture, barely chapter two, God defines himself as Creator of the world, his most magnanimous role, and establishes a 7-day week, and later (Exodus 20:11) would declare that on the 7th day all those in allegiance to him were to honor him as Creator by also ceasing from their own work every 7th day.

Think about that for a second.

God comes down to earth—a very rare occurrence—and writes on stone in his own hand, and of all things he chooses to include this.

Why?

Could it have anything to do with this?
They deliberately forget that long ago by God's word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed... —2 Peter 3:5
Interestingly, Jesus refers to himself as the Lord of the Sabbath in Matthew 12:1-8, Mark 2:23-28 and Luke 6:1-5. And in John 1:3, Jesus is referred to as a co-creator with his Father:
All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.
Highlight Exodus 20:11 and 2 Peter 3:5 in your designated spiritual warfare color.

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*Eutopia = a good place. Dystopia = a bad place. Utopia (pronounced the same as Eutopia) = a non-place, meaning a fictional place, such as Narnia or Middle Earth. 

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