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From The Pastor's Desk

From The Pastor's Desk: June 2017

Posted on June 8, 2017 at 12:30 AM
"If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on My holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the Lord's holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words, then you will find your joy in the Lord, and I will cause you to ride on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob." Isaiah 58:113-14 Isaiah, the prophet, was reminding Israel of the importance of keeping the Sabbath for the blessing it would bring them. Many Christians today have simply abandoned the Sabbath concept almost completely. They seem to think that the commandment only pertains to the Jews or history. May I remind us that God established the Sabbath at creation, not at Mount Sinai. While Jesus condemned the legalistic rules established by Jewish leaders, He never abolished or negated the Sabbath principle. It is still relevant for God's people today. We are blessed when we heed its teaching and reap negative consequences when we ignore it. Keeping the Sabbath provides a positive witness to a watching world that we choose to honor God with the first fruit of our time. It allows us to prioritize worship and rest, or re-creation. It is a practical demonstration to our families and neighbors of the importance of our relationship with God. Jesus reminds us that the Sabbath was made for us. It was established by God for our benefit and blessing. God deemed it so special and important that He made keeping it part of the Ten Commandments. The atheist philosopher, Voltaire, thought it so significant that he believed if he could rid society of its practice, he could destroy Christianity. He tried, but fortunately he failed. Today, evangelical Christians are simply neglecting it to the attendant consequences. I challenge us all to read and study relevant passages related to the Sabbath, and to rethink and develop convictions in response to God's provision. Who knows, but what that could spark revival in the church? May it be so! Amen. Pastor Jim

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