How do feel when you give someone a gift from your heart with the intention for it to be a huge blessing to them…and they throw it away?
It hurts us that they thought so little of our gift and can make us angry when they disregard the love with which we gave it.
That’s how God feels when we forsake His Day of Rest. It makes Him so angry that He left behind the example of commanding a man be killed for picking up sticks on His Day of Rest…
Numbers 15:32-36 (NKJV)
32 Now while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man gathering sticks on the Sabbath day. 33 And those who found him gathering sticks brought him to Moses and Aaron, and to all the congregation. 34 They put him under guard, because it had not been explained what should be done to him.
35 Then the Lord said to Moses, “The man must surely be put to death; all the congregation shall stone him with stones outside the camp.” 36 So, as the Lord commanded Moses, all the congregation brought him outside the camp and stoned him with stones, and he died.
Even though God doesn’t require we be stoned to death anymore in the fact that we aren’t under that law, He still expects us to honor His Day of Rest.
He expects us to continue to make The Lord’s Day holy. That means sanctify and separate it for God. It must be different…
Exodus 20:8 (NLT)
8 “Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
Yes, Yeshua said we are free to do good and to do what’s necessary on the Sabbath day…
Luke 14:4-6 (ESV)
4 But they remained silent. Then he took him and healed him and sent him away. 5 And he said to them, “Which of you, having a son[a] or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day, will not immediately pull him out?” 6 And they could not reply to these things.
However, that doesn’t mean that God permits us to leave an ox in the ditch that fell in there earlier in the week to remove it on God’s Day of Rest.
He doesn’t intend for us to push the ox in the ditch just to remove it.
How many times have you SAVED WORK that could be done another day to do on The Lord’s Day?
How many times have you taken a job or promotion that required you to work on The Lord’s Day when you previous didn’t have to work.
As Disciples of Christ embrace the scripture that asserts we don’t FORSAKE THE ASSEMBLING OF OURSELVES together, let us be just as devout in making sure we DON’T FORSAKE HIS DAY OF REST.
It’s a gift. It’s a weekly holiday. Enjoy it…don’t forsake it.