Question & Answer Part 1
Last week I ended the Present Truth series with the promise that I would do a Question and Answer session starting with this question:
Does walking in holiness 24/7 negate our obligation to keep the 7th Day Sabbath holy in a special manner and if not what are some of the things we can or must do in order to keep it different from the other 6 days of holiness?
The answer to the first part of this question is: No, the fact that we are to walk in holiness 24/7 does not negate the fact that we are to keep the 7th Day Sabbath holy in a special manner because God made the 7th day special by doing 3 things when He created it. We are told what those 3 things were in Genesis 2:1-3 which reads as follows:
2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2:2 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. 2:3 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.
This tells us that God had ended His work of creation in 6 literal days but went on to create the 7th day in which He nothing but rest on it, then bless and sanctify it. The question in light of this information is this:
Why did God only do those 3 things on the 7th day: What purpose did He create the 7th day to serve?
The answer to this question can be found in the 4th commandment which is expressed in Exodus 20:8-11 and reads as follows:
20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 20:9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 20:10 But the seventh day [is] the sabbath of the LORD thy God: [in it] thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that [is] within thy gates: 20:11 For [in] six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them [is], and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
Verse 11 of the 4th commandment tells us that God created the 7th day to be a perpetual reminder to mankind that everyone and everything that is in the heavens above, the earth beneath and the waters under the earth was created by Him and there is nothing that mankind can do to add to what God has already done to make themselves more complete because God’s work of creation was finished in 6 days: Therefore the only thing they had to do to enjoy all that God had already supplied was to worship Him and Him alone 24/7. To ensure that mankind would always honor His purpose for creating the 7th day God rested on that day, blessed that day, and sanctified that day (which means to set apart for a holy purpose).
In short, the purpose of the 7th day Sabbath is to serve as a perpetual reminder to walk in God’s Sabbath rest during the other 6 days of the week: It reminds us by telling us that we are not to depend on our strength or works to accomplish anything but rather we are to constantly surrender to and depend on the His Spirit working in and through us to accomplish God’s good pleasure: This is what it means to walk in the Spirit or in holiness 24/7.
This brings us to the 2nd part of the question which is:
What are some of the things we can or must do in order to keep the 7th Day Sabbath different from the other 6 days of holiness?
Next week I am going to address this part of the question. Until then I leave you with this portion of scripture to ponder and pray over:
But the seventh day [is] the sabbath of the LORD thy God: [in it] thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that [is] within thy gates: Exodus 20:10 (Emphasis supplied).