Faith musings from the seat of a forklift.
Sometimes we just need to take a break. Over the years, I’ve had times where I just needed to step away for a minute or two, think things over, and then get back to work. I also like to try to break away from work when on weekends, as I don’t really like having to think about trailers that need loading, or unloading, when I should thinking about church, and family.
The Third Commandment.
Thou shalt sanctify the holy-day.
What does this mean?–Answer.
We should fear and love God that we may not despise preaching and His Word, but hold it sacred, and gladly hear and learn it.
In a nutshell, weekends are all about church attendance. Yes, I am aware of the fact that some churches argue for Saturday worship, rather than Sunday. I am even aware of some groups who claim Monday is the Sabbath day.
Yes. Sabbath. This is a day of rest. It is first prescribed in Exodus 20:8~11, where it reads:
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep 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, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.”
This command was given to Moses that the people were to honor God, and that includes taking a day off from their labors, that they may worship God. However, it was not simply a case of going off to quietly pray in a field, or in a fishing boat, it was corporate worship, just as is in the church today. In fact, it was God, who set up how the people of Israel were to worship him, establishing their religion.
I know, there are still those who don’t think that they need to attend church to worship God. I guess that depends upon how you define “god”. In truth, we humans have a tendency towards worship, even if we claim otherwise. That which you give your fullest devotion to is your “god”. Unfortunately, it is often a false god that people become devoted to, an idol. However, that is the only god some people wish to serve. Most people don’t want to hear that we are all sinners, and in need of a savior. They want to hear how great they are, making their worship about themselves, not the God who created them. Sadly, anyone familiar with the story of the Golden Calf, know how debased a worship of anything other than the one true God can become, and quite quickly.
Unfortunately, there is a flip side to this. You can go to church, and never really hear the word of God, rather, you just hear an interpretation. Joel Osteen is really good at not really telling people what God’s word (the Bible) says. He is one of those who tickles itchy ears with nice words about how great we are, denying the truth of scripture, that we are sinners. This is vanity, and profanes the Sabbath, as the Sabbath is meant to honor God, while twisting his word does the contrary.
Osteen isn’t the only one. There are literally thousands of others, some famous, most not. I have been to a few non-denominational churches over the last year, and not heard a single piece of scripture in context. The person presiding as the pastor profanes both God’s word and the Sabbath in this action.
God meant the Sabbath as a day of rest, to worship him, and to hear his word as he meant it. It is not a day to feel good about ourselves, or think about how great we are. It is a day to consider our sinfulness, and our need for a savior, which God provided.
Christ Jesus is God in the flesh. It is he whom is Lord of the Sabbath. It is he who died to save us from our sins, and rose from the grave that we may inherit eternal life. It is not about wealth, or health, or anything else. It is about what God has done for us in Christ Jesus.
Yes, we all need a break now and then. However, on the weekend, we need a break from ourselves, that we may see ourselves as God does, and seek his forgiveness for our sins, a forgiveness given us by Christ Jesus at the cross. To that end, don’t despise going to church on the weekend, rather consider the church as God’s gift to a sin-sick world in dire need of a savior. Go, and hear his word for you, that your spirit may get the rest it needs, which is only found in Christ.