Sunday, April 29, 2012

Respecting the Sabbath

[15] In those days saw I in Judah some treading wine presses on the sabbath, and bringing in sheaves, and lading asses; as also wine, grapes, and figs, and all manner of burdens, which they brought into Jerusalem on the sabbath day: and I testified against them in the day wherein they sold victuals. [16] There dwelt men of Tyre also therein, which brought fish, and all manner of ware, and sold on the sabbath unto the children of Judah, and in Jerusalem. [17] Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, and said unto them, What evil thing is this that ye do, and profane the sabbath day? [18] Did not your fathers thus, and did not our God bring all this evil upon us, and upon this city? yet ye bring more wrath upon Israel by profaning the sabbath. [19] And it came to pass, that when the gates of Jerusalem began to be dark before the sabbath, I commanded that the gates should be shut, and charged that they should not be opened till after the sabbath: and some of my servants set I at the gates, that there should no burden be brought in on the sabbath day. [20] So the merchants and sellers of all kind of ware lodged without Jerusalem once or twice. [21] Then I testified against them, and said unto them, Why lodge ye about the wall? if ye do so again, I will lay hands on you. From that time forth came they no more on the sabbath. [22] And I commanded the Levites that they should cleanse themselves, and that they should come and keep the gates, to sanctify the sabbath day. Remember me, O my God, concerning this also, and spare me according to the greatness of thy mercy. Nehemiah 13:15-22

The people had returned to their “old ways” Nehemiah 10:31. Nehemiah reestablishes the rules of the Sabbath. He stops the buying and selling on the Sabbath. He went so far as to lock the gates of the city to guarantee those merchants and their wares would not enter in. He told the merchants not to come to the gates on the Sabbath as this was forbidden. He threatened harsh results if they did not heed his words.

We no longer fall under the rules and restrictions of the law, but the law was our schoolmaster (Galatians 3:24). Learning and applying from the schoolmaster is a great way to live our life. We should live the principles of the Bible. Once Christ came the disciples started to worship on the first day of the week, Sunday, instead of the Sabbath, Saturday.

I thought it was so fitting that this blog topic fell on a Sunday. As we keep today as a day of worship and rest dwell on the wonderful attributes of our Lord.

Dwell on His:
Quiet still voice
eXciting future
unYielding love

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.  Exodus 20:8 

Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. Hebrews 10:25  

Have a blessed day,

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